The FAA has barred search-and-rescue volunteer Gene Robinson from flying this five-pound Spectra styrofoam drone to find the missing.

Courtesy ofTexas EquuSearch Mounted Search and Recovery Team

A Texas volunteer search-and-rescue outfit grounded by federal regulators is fighting back, suing the government that maintains that its humanitarian efforts are illegal.
Federal Aviation Administration officials in February grounded Texas EquuSearch Mounted Search and Recovery Team, which deploys five-pound styrofoam drones to find the missing—all for free.
“There is no legal basis for the FAA to prohibit the operation of model aircraft for volunteer search-and-rescue activities,” Brendan Schulman, the nonprofit’s lawyer, wrote in the lawsuit Monday (PDF).
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