The US Chamber of Commerce is leading a coalition of diverse organizations urging the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to move quickly to implement rules designed to protect critical infrastructure facilities from drone threats. As such, the initiative represents an emphatic and very public call by influential business groups for the FAA to get the lead out.
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That rather impatient throat-clearing came in the form of a letter the Chamber of Commerce and 10 other business and trade groups sent the FAA, demanding it “implement Section 2209 of the FAA Extension, Safety, and Security Act of 2016 (FESSA).” That article – contained in laws passed in 2018 and 2019 – requires the FAA to establish and oversee a process through which operators and owners of facilities considered sensitive and potentially at risk can apply for federally issued restrictions against drones operating in their airspace.
“In the FAA…