Think the FAA has a perfect system for monitoring, licensing and enforcing drone regulations? Think again. The agency has been reactionary to a lot of drone advances in the marketplace. They have a long established program for RC Pilots whom are usually hobbyists. But when companies like DJI made the technology easier and cheaper to fly (and put a camera on it!), it was a game changer. They now had untrained remote pilots in congested downtown areas to get cool shots and that created risk.
They have been playing catch up ever since. There are several large issues with the FAA’s UAV regulations. One is the cumbersome and slow waiver process which they are updating. And the other, in my opinion, is the licensing process. Hear how they have left out a key element in obtaining your remote airman’s license.