Policy & Regulations – Page 8

FAA’s New List of Approved Commercial UAS Still Not Retroactive

Posted by Betsy Lillian on June 09, 2016

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has released the seventh round of a list of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) that are approved for use by federally approved commercial operators. Earlier this year, the FAA began granting new commercial exemptions covering all [Read More]

U.S. Senator Urges FAA to Include ‘Capable, Willing Stakeholders’ in Drone Committee

Posted by Betsy Lillian on June 09, 2016

U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, is calling on the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to continue including “strong industry, government, research and academia” in the agency’s recently established unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) advisory committee. Last month, Michael Huerta, the FAA’s administrator, [Read More]

R.I. Legislators Want Airport Corp. to Have Authority to Regulate UAVs

Posted by Betsy Lillian on June 02, 2016

The Rhode Island State House has passed legislation that aims to give the state, through the Rhode Island Airport Corp., the exclusive legal authority to regulate unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Sponsored by Rep. Stephen R. Ucci and co-sponsored by Rep. [Read More]

Small UAV Coalition Urges Reform to FAA Exemption Process

Posted by Betsy Lillian on May 24, 2016

In order to further “reform and improve” the process for obtaining a commercial unmanned aircraft system (UAS) exemption from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the Small UAV Coalition is urging the agency to allow current exemption holders to operate any [Read More]

Calif. Assembly Passes Bill Regarding Unlawful Drone Operations

Posted by Betsy Lillian on May 20, 2016

The California Assembly has approved legislation clarifying that it is unlawful to operate unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in the conduct of activities already against the law in the state, according to the bill’s authors. Co-authored by Majority Leader Ian Calderon [Read More]

Industry Creates Voluntary Best Practices for U.S. Drone Operators

Posted by Betsy Lillian on May 19, 2016

Led by the NTIA, unmanned aircraft systems stakeholders have come up with voluntary practices for privacy, transparency and accountability.

Approved Operators Exempt from Oklahoma’s New Drone Law

Posted by Betsy Lillian on May 19, 2016

Gov. Mary Fallin, R-Okla., has signed into law H.B.2599, which prohibits unmanned aircraft system (UAS) operators from flying near critical infrastructure in Oklahoma but, at the same time, allows approved pilots to fly as prescribed by the Federal Aviation Administration [Read More]

How Many Registered Drone Users in Your Area? Check out FAA’s Database

Posted by Betsy Lillian on May 18, 2016

In response to Freedom of Information Act requests, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has publicly released its database of registered drone owners. The huge list includes the city, state and zip code of each hobbyist and non-hobbyist registrant; names and street [Read More]

Small UAV Coalition to Congress: Clock is Ticking to Reauthorize FAA

Posted by Betsy Lillian on May 17, 2016

The coalition warns that the U.S. drone industry “cannot fully develop and thrive under another short-term extension of current FAA authorities.”

Federal Court Throws out EPIC’s Suit Against FAA on Drone Privacy Rules

Betsy Lillian
Written by Betsy Lillian on May 12, 2016

The court contends that EPIC cannot challenge the FAA’s lack of privacy rules for drones until the final rules have been released.