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  1. Funny Chuck, before I got to your last paragraph, I was already thinking about how AirMap, and others, came up with a grand scheme, sucked in some like-minded VC $$, hired some lobbyists and went about fabricating a problem for which they would be paid to provide a solution. And, walah! the UTM idea was born. It's an amazing idea. Record all of the uas operation "meta data" in the entire country and store it. Then, if something goes wrong, the "recording" can be queried to try and find out what happened and who is responsible. The model has already been proven by the NSA. UTM aims to take it even further. At least with PRISM, all of the tax payers got to chip in. With UTM, a much smaller contingent has to pay for it. The FAA keeps harping on the need for UTM to enable mass BVLOS operation. But they don't want to discuss the novel idea that only those operating mass BVLOS, thus requiring some way to assign accountability, are the ones that need a plan and will need to pay for it. The problem for AirMap with this idea is that Boeing, Amazon, UPS, fill in the blank, will administer their own programs with no need of AirMap. AirMap needs those that cannot build the infrastructure on their own to pay them.
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  2. Hi @Zacc Dukowitz no worries, anything I can do to help. Regarding the UTM, we now have two CRADA's with the Navy and our principle investigator is also part of the NASA committee for UTM so I've heard a lot about what works and what doesn't. Interestingly, as I've heard some of this Patrick Eagan has reported on the same issues. Not exactly the same way that I hear it but he must also know someone who is a part of the UTM testing. You know the expression "Follow the Money." There's a lot being said about UTM but there was very little public debate on was it necessary in the first place. It was all attributed to "safety" which pretty much quelled any rational debate. I mean, who would be against safety? When you look back on what I call "The Summer of 2017" when the FAA issued "guidelines" of how they "literally" control everything from the grass in your backyard to FL65 which meant that you couldn't fly in your own backyard, not even a kite. Then they had to issue more guidelines defining a kite and how it wasn't included. Really? Not that these laws mean anything, but its against the law for the FAA to regulate commerce, so if you follow the money are they breaking any laws if they turn to a "Public/Private partnership" (The three blue blocks in your diagram) to accomplish this for them? I would argue that it is but I'm not an attorney. I would also argue that's it a conflict of interest if any of the money collected for user fees as part of the UTM could not be used to fund any part of the FAA. People justify drone registration because its only $5, that's to the registrant. The FAA has taken in almost $9M. Where did that money go and where is it being spent? How is the FAA being held accountable for such a sizable amount of money. How much is UTM going to cost to deploy? Who decided it was necessary? Why do we need LAANC? Who, if anyone, made the case for UTM? Everyone who has a financial stake in its development that's who, but the statistics don't warrant it.
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  3. You guys are all a bunch of drone industry geeks
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  4. @Av8Chuckthat's really interesting re: your professional experience w/ UTM. Sounds like you're privy to some information our readers would love to hear about . . . would you possibly be open to sharing some of what you know for an article on the realities of UTM? I could say 'an anonymous source' if you preferred it, and of course you could vet it before we published. Curious to hear your thoughts, and thanks for considering it.
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  5. Confirming that AirMap deleted that post after it created a lot of backlash for them. @Dave Pitman you're right, I think that was definitely them slipping up and stating their true mission. @Av8Chuck, had no idea NASA's UTM testing was so shaky. Can you share some links to where you read/heard about that? Would be curious to read up on it. Dave did a good job a while back checking me when I was writing about UTM and really just adopting an industry perspective without thinking about how its rollout could impact drone service providers/individual operators (hobbyists too, for that matter). Hope I'm doing a better job now—I want to write 'the facts' (what the FAA/industry reps are saying and what it seems like is happening on the testing front) but I'm trying to do better at considering whom will be impacted and what that impact might look like. Thanks for keeping me honest Dave and Chuck, know I can always count on you to share your frank thoughts.
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