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Re: Mystery Object Spotted By Pilot Prompts

From: Michael Tarbell <mtarbell.nul>
Date: Fri, 25 May 2012 09:58:57 -0600
Archived: Fri, 25 May 2012 14:43:33 -0400
Subject: Re: Mystery Object Spotted By Pilot Prompts

>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

>>Mystery Object Spotted By Pilot Prompts Investigation

>>FAA Looking Into Monday Incident Over Denver

>>An unidentified object over Denver has led to an FAA
>>investigation. The object appeared Monday when the pilot of a
>>Cessna Citation CJ1 flying at 8,000ft MSL called ATC to report
>>"A remote-controlled aircraft, or what? Something just went by
>>the other way, about 20 to 30 seconds ago. It was like a large
>>remote-controlled aircraft."

>>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:



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