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Re: Mystery Object Spotted By Pilot Prompts

From: Robert Powell <rpowell.nul>
Date: Fri, 01 Jun 2012 16:11:50 -0500
Archived: Sat, 02 Jun 2012 09:33:56 -0400
Subject: Re: Mystery Object Spotted By Pilot Prompts

>From: Michael Tarbell<mtarbell.nul>
>To: post.nul
>Date: Fri, 25 May 2012 09:58:57 -0600
>Subject: Re: Mystery Object Spotted By Pilot Prompts Investigation

>>From: Robert Powell<rpowell.nul>
>>To: post.nul
>>Date: Tue, 22 May 2012 11:17:50 -0500
>>Subject: Re: Mystery Object Spotted By Pilot Prompts Investigation

>>>From: Don Ledger<dledger.nul>
>>>Date: Tue, 22 May 2012 11:47:08 -0300
>>>Subject: Mystery Object Spotted By Pilot Prompts Investigation

>>>USA Today reports that speculation so far has been that the
>>>object was a military or law enforcement drone, a radio-
>>>controlled aircraft, or a large bird. Drone aircraft are going
>>>through the process of being approved by the FAA to operate in
>>>airspace with manned aircraft. So far this approval has not yet
>>>been granted. The technology for maintaining separation between
>>>manned aircraft and UAVs has not been perfected yet.
>>Don, this part of the USA Today article is not quite correct.
>>The FAA has approved operation of drone aircraft in civilian
>>airspace. Based on witness reports, I have sent a FOIA to the
>>FAA for that information. They have replied that they cannot
>>tell me who they have authorized to fly drones through civilian
>>airspace because they would be compromising other government

>The Electronic Frontier Foundation has already obtained this
>information through their own FOIA request. See the following
>list of recipients of FAA Certificates of Authorization for
>operation of drones in U.S. airspace:


>Additional manufacturers with Special Airworthiness Certificates
>to test-fly experimental drones:


>Interactive map of domestic drone authorizations:


Mike, thank you for that valuable link. Unfortunately it doesn't
provide what I need in this specific case.

I was requesting that the FAA send me the names of organizations
who received certificates of authorization for specific days and
in a specific area. They have replied that they cannot provide
that information until they have cleared it with the groups that
flew drones on the specific days and location in question. (I
have politely asked them if they will be providing that
information in the future, without conferring with the owners of
the drones, should a drone collide with a civilian air craft.)

I have been keeping Jennifer, who I believe is in your
organization, appraised of my efforts.


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