Free the Beer Drones
Maybe the FAA doesn’t have the authority to regulate unmanned aerial vehicles.
Full Story: Slate
First, article says:
“aircraft” means any contrivance invented, used, or designed to navigate, or fly in, the air’
from the FAA code definition 49 USC § 40102 doesn’t refer to drones. Uh, ok. Because it didn’t specifically say “drone”? It didn’t specifically say autogyros either, but I think pretty much everyone would call that an aircraft.
Second, it states that the FAA doesn’t have authority because it hasn’t taken the authority. Even though Congress passed a law to force them to do that, precisely,in 2012.
Third, it states that even when Congress specifically did give them authority in 2012, it doesn’t count, because Congress didn’t mention the fact that they didn’t already have authority when it gave them authority. Err—what?
In conclusion: this article makes about as much sense as those tea party people that try to convince you the IRS owes you a million dollars because FDR sold the labor of every future citizen of the united states into slavery. Nice work, Slate… now I can coin the phrase “Drone Truthers”.