UAV Safety – Page 2

Shooting Down UAS Would be A-OK Under Proposed Oklahoma Law

Betsy Lillian
Written by Betsy Lillian on March 13, 2017

Citing privacy issues, State Sen. Ralph Shortey, R-Okla., has proposed a bill that would give immunity to those who “voluntarily damage or destroy” a drone under certain circumstances.

Global Insurer Launches Coverage for Drones in Construction

Posted by Betsy Lillian on March 10, 2017

Starr Companies, a global insurance and financial services organization with headquarters in New York City, has launched primary and excess liability coverage for drones in the construction industry. A joint initiative between Starr’s aviation and excess construction divisions, the product [Read More]

DJI Finds FAA’s Weight Standard for Low-Risk UAS to be ‘Deeply Flawed’

Posted by Betsy Lillian on March 06, 2017

In a newly released white paper, drone manufacturer DJI has concluded that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) set its weight standard “far too low” for determining which drones pose the lowest risk to people. The FAA’s 2015 registration task force [Read More]

Texas A&M Forest Service Speaks out on Drone Interference

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 27, 2017

With the Texas winter wildfire season in full swing, officials at Texas A&M Forest Service are responding to an increase in wildfire frequency across the state. However, last week, two single engine air tankers (SEATS) responding to a wildfire in [Read More]

FAA Changes Tone in Latest ‘Drone Sightings’ Report

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 24, 2017

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has released its latest report on “potential encounters” with unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) as reported by pilots, air traffic controllers, law enforcement and citizens. The latest data, which covers February through September 2016, reports 1,274 [Read More]

Seattle Court Orders Jail Time for ‘Reckless Endangerment’ Drone Incident

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 24, 2017

Judge Willie Gregory of the Seattle Municipal Court has sentenced the owner of an aerial photography company to 30 days in jail for “reckless endangerment” stemming from a 2015 drone accident. According to the Seattle Municipal Court, Paul M. Skinner [Read More]

Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association Further Embraces UAS Community

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 22, 2017

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), a general aviation group that has been around since 1939, is further embracing the unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) sector by offering new membership options. According to an article from AOPA’s Jim Moore, aviation [Read More]

Drone-Detection Software Company Inks Investment, Notes Milestones

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 13, 2017

Dedrone, a developer of software to detect unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) near critical infrastructure, has secured another investment, which the company will use to increase marketing and sales efforts, as well as global research and development (R&D). Led by Joerg [Read More]

National Association of Tower Erectors Releases Another UAS Guide

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 07, 2017

The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) has released the second edition of its safety resource for unmanned aircraft system (UAS) operations for vertical infrastructure inspections. The resource is a byproduct of collaboration between NATE’s UAS committee and other representatives [Read More]

As Usual, Super Bowl Area is Strict No-Drone Zone

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 03, 2017

As in years past, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is reminding the public that the airspace around NRG Stadium in Houston for this year’s Super Bowl is a strict no-drone zone. According to the agency, temporary flight restrictions will prohibit [Read More]