"European air space may not be larger, but it is just as crowded on a density basis," noted Frost & Sullivan analyst Michael Blades.
"The FAA can place whatever restrictions they want on operations when approving a Section 333 waiver," said Michael Blades, a senior industry analyst with Frost & Sullivan.
Keeping Pace With Everyone Else
It's been suggested that the U.S. is falling behind other countries with respect to regulating drones.
"I think arguments that other areas are ahead of us are strong," Blades
told the E-Commerce Times
"European air space may not be larger, but it is just as crowded on a density basis."
Also, Australia "has a great program for certifying operators and platforms for commercial use" at a cost of about US$7,000, Blades
It's possible that a large number of UAS in the sky could overwhelm the communications networks used to control them, Blades
suggested, and if a UAS were to malfunction, people and animals might be hurt.
may be moving slowly because "rather than learn from mistakes, they want to have as good an operating environment in place as possible before making widespread commercial use available," Blades
On the other hand, the longer the FAA
takes to work out regulations, the more advantages non-U.S. companies will have, because they "are gaining experience, expertise and lessons learned by operating systems now," Blades