Reston, Va., April 28, 2015—In response to a call from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for public comments on a proposed framework of regulations for use of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) to be operated in public skies, MAPPS submitted on Friday its concerns and suggestions.
As the only national association exclusively comprised of private firms in the remote sensing, spatial data and geographic information systems field, MAPPS is uniquely positioned to act as both expert adviser and witness on UAS technology, best practices and implications. As many of its members operate small UAS (under 55 pounds), MAPPS is well versed in current practice and future plans for commercial UAS.
In light of all of the many useful geospatial applications, MAPPS believes "regulation of geo-location data, or its collection from a UAS, would have a severe, negative and unintended consequences for the government, business and individual U.S. citizens."
Among the technical comments proffered by MAPPS:
MAPPS has been engaged in programs, education sessions, and public policy discussion on use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) for geospatial applications - aerial surveying, mapping and imagery - for more than seven years. MAPPS is a member of a partnership on UAS with the National Conference of State Legislatures, the association's Executive Director, John Palatiello is a member of a FAA rulemaking advisory committee on BVLOS, and MAPPS member firms were the first in the geospatial community to receive section 333 waivers to commercially operate UAS in the United States. On November 17-18, 2015, MAPPSwill be the exclusive geospatial applications content provider at Drone World Expo in San Jose, California.
Read the full text of the MAPPS comments here.
Formed in 1982, MAPPS is the only national association exclusively comprised of private firms in the remote sensing, spatial data and geographic information systems field in the United States. The MAPPS membership spans the entire spectrum of the geospatial community, including Member Firms engaged in satellite and airborne remote sensing, surveying, photogrammetry, aerial photography, LIDAR, hydrography, bathymetry, charting, aerial and satellite image processing, GPS, and GIS data collection and conversion services. MAPPS also includes Associate Member Firms, which are companies that provide hardware, software, products and services to the geospatial profession in the United States and other firms from around the world. Independent Consultant Members are sole proprietors engaged in consulting in or to the geospatial profession, or provides a consulting service of interest to the geospatial profession.