FAA Grounds Texas Search Group’s Drone Fleet

HOUSTON (April 19, 2014) The Federal Aviation Administration has grounded a fleet of drones belonging to Texas EquuSearch.

The fleet of four unmanned aircraft used by the Texas-based volunteer group, which searches for missing people around the country, was grounded until the FAA develops rules that allow for the commercial use of unmanned aircraft.

Congress has given the FAA until the end of next year to do so.

Texas EquuSearch argues that its drones are not used for commercial purposes and should not be subject to the restrictions.

The group’s founder, Tim Miller, says an attorney involved in drone litigation is working on a lawsuit to challenge the ban.