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Airspace right of way

Practical, usable, efficient, and fair methods for clarifying use of operational airspace near to the ground

Background (Describe the current situation or problem in the industry, and how your idea would address it.)

The airspace between ground and 1000 feet AGL is desireable to both GA and UAS. GA are supposed to fly 1000 ft AGL but may fly 500 ft AGL over unpopulated areas. During conditions of low clouds, GA aircraft may fly at low altitudes to stay VFR. Drones are instructed to fly within 400 AGL or 400 ft above structures, which can legally put them into the 500-1000 ft altitudes. A part 107 operator can legally fly above structures in the altitudes that GA would also use. In addition, current consensus from a 1958 court cases establishes homeowner rights to prohibit operations above one's home up to 500 ft. A thoughtful examination of this airspace and recommendations how to deconflict the stakeholders using airspace 400-1000 ft would be useful.

Objective (What is the desired product or result that will help the airport industry?)

Practical, usable, efficient, and fair methods for clarifying use of operational airspace near to the ground

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