FAA comment period closed
The comment period for input to the FAA regarding the inclusion of educational use of micro UAVs in new drone regulations closed on April 24. In total, 4,550 comments were received. While those involved in the model aviation community filed the majority of comments, the educational community was well represented.
A search of the comments found: • 413 comments included the word "education". • 244 comments included the word "Journalism". • 230 comments included the word "school".
All we can do now is wait and hope that the FAA recognizes the importance of including options for educational use in the new drone regulations. Congress has directed the FAA to put the new regulations in place before the end of 2015. Information regarding those rules will be forthcoming.