The first victory in the battle to employ domestic UAS for non-military government and commercial uses.  The FAA announced today that they are approving unmanned systems weighing up to 25 pounds to be used by public safety agencies.

Today’s step is an interim one until the FAA completes rules to allow small drones for commercial purposes, Ben Gielow, government relations manager for the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, said in a phone interview. Congress ordered the FAA to complete those rules within two years. A proposed regulation is due this year.

It is hoped that this move is the first of many more to come – with commercial airspace access being a long sought after goal.  We”ll be keeping our eyes on this issue.