The Houston Chronicle reported that "Texas EquuSearch filed suit Monday against the federal government to overturn the grounding of its fleet of aerial drones used to search for missing people." Regular readers know the Federal Aviation Administration won't come out with regulations for civilian drone use until 2015.
This is another example why Grits and many national experts considered Texas' "drone bill" banning video recording by unmanned aircraft to be misguided. Drones have a plethora of legitimate uses, many of which have yet to even be imagined yet. Blanket bans - whether by the Texas Legislature or the FAA - preempt many cool and useful things this technology can do before people can even try them. I agree with the FAA that Texas EquuSearch's drones are probably covered by the ban on civilian use until 2015,
MORE: See a letter (pdf) to the FAA from Texas EquuSearch arguing why the FAA ban on civilian drone use shouldn't apply to them.
CORRECTION: I was wrong about Texas' law. It allows someone under the direction of law enforcement to look for missing persons with drones so Texas EquuSearch could legally do so at the behest of law enforcement.