Motorized Paper Airplanes Are Drones, According To FAA

Peter Sachs, a lawyer and drone advocate, requested an exemption to fly a paper airplane with an attached engine for commercial purposes. His goal was to find out if, given the opportunity, would the agency extend its jurisdiction to include paper planes? According to the FAA, if the paper airplane has an attached motor and its operator has filed the appropriate paperwork, the answer is a resounding “yes.”