Policy & Regulations – Page 10

Lawmakers Fight Against Federal Preemption for Local Drone Rules

Betsy Lillian
Written by Betsy Lillian on April 12, 2016

A bill from California Sen. Dianne Feinstein opposes an amendment to the FAA reauthorization act and aims to ensure that “states and local governments retain significant authority to protect their communities.”

Flying Drones Over People: Industry’s Recommended Plan of Action

Betsy Lillian
Written by Betsy Lillian on April 07, 2016

The Federal Aviation Administration has released to the public what its multidisciplinary aviation rulemaking committee came up with last month.

PA Game Commission Moves Forward With Proposed UAV Restrictions

Posted by Betsy Lillian on April 06, 2016

The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners has cast a unanimous preliminary vote to enact a ban on the flying of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) over lands or waters designated as state game lands. The measure will be brought back to [Read More]

FAA Task Force Delivers Proposal for UAS Operations Over People

Posted by Betsy Lillian on April 05, 2016

As planned, the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) recently established aviation rulemaking committee for small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) flights operated over people has delivered its set of recommendations to the agency. On Feb. 24, the FAA said it would not [Read More]

DOT Hit With Lawsuit Over Lack of Records from Drone Registration Meetings

Betsy Lillian
Written by Betsy Lillian on April 05, 2016

The Electronic Privacy Information Center has filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit that claims the DOT has not provided requested records of November’s closed-door task force meetings.

3DR, DJI, GoPro and Parrot Come Together to Form New Alliance

Posted by Betsy Lillian on April 04, 2016

Three major consumer unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) manufacturers, as well as GoPro, recently left the Small UAV Coalition and have now established their own group, the Drone Manufacturers Alliance. GoPro, which is expected to release its new Karma drone this [Read More]

Micro Drone Rule Kicks off in Australia This Fall

Posted by Betsy Lillian on March 31, 2016

Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) says commercial operators of “very small” remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) – with a maximum takeoff weight of 2 kg (approximately 4.4 lbs.) – will no longer need to obtain a number of regulatory [Read More]

FAA Opens up Online UAS Registration to Non-Hobbyist Operators

Posted by Betsy Lillian on March 31, 2016

As planned, the Federal Aviation Administration has established its online registration system for commercial, public and other non-model aircraft operations. The agency first opened Web-based registration for model unmanned aircraft system (UAS) operators on Dec. 21, 2015. The FAA says [Read More]

Wisconsin Governor Signs Bill to Prohibit UAVs Over Prisons

Posted by Betsy Lillian on March 31, 2016

Gov. Scott Walker, R-Wis., has signed into law A.B.670, which prohibits a person from operating an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) over a correctional institution, including any grounds of the institution. According to the governor, a “correctional institution” is defined as [Read More]

FAA Ups the Ante for Blanket COAs: UAS Can Now Fly up to 400 Feet

Posted by Betsy Lillian on March 29, 2016

Following what it calls a “comprehensive risk analysis,” the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has now doubled the blanket altitude authorization for Section 333 exemption holders and government unmanned aircraft system (UAS) operators. About a year ago, the agency put in [Read More]