Noting the potential for newsgathering operations, the Newspaper Association of America (NAA), National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) and Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) have voiced their support of the recently approved micro unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) classification in the proposed Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reauthorization.
On Feb. 8, NAA says, it joined NPPA and RTDNA in writing a letter to House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster and Ranking Member Peter DeFazio to encourage the inclusion of a micro UAS classification in the reauthorization bill, the Aviation Innovation, Reform, and Reauthorization (AIRR) Act.
NAA says this provision would allow for innovation and technological advancement in newsgathering – without expensive and unnecessary license requirements currently contained in the FAA’s exemption process.
NAA notes it appreciates the leadership of Rep. Rodney Davis for sponsoring the amendment and applauds all members of the House committee for voting to include it in the AIRR Act.
The association says it will support the amendment as the AIRR Act goes to the floor of the House of Representatives and will push for its adoption in the Senate’s version of FAA reauthorization legislation.