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Save the Date: FAA Invites Public to Next Drone Advisory Committee Meeting

Posted by Betsy Lillian on January 11, 2017

The next meeting of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Drone Advisory Committee (DAC) will be held Jan. 31 at the University of Nevada in Reno. Last year, the FAA established the long-term DAC in an effort to help shape the [Read More]

FAA Highlights ‘Revolution and Evolution’ of UAS Industry

Posted by Betsy Lillian on January 09, 2017

“We have to approach our challenges with the same kind of creativity and open-mindedness that is fueling the drone revolution,” said Michael Huerta, FAA administrator, at last week’s CES 2017.

New Year Reflections: Shhh, Don’t Say ‘Drone’

Written by Betsy Lillian on January 04, 2017

It’s now 2017. Have we gone beyond the days of avoiding the word “drone” – versus “UAS” or “UAV” – in the commercial and civil industry?

UAS Course Arrives at N.J. University This Semester

Posted by Betsy Lillian on January 03, 2017

Stockton University, a public college in Galloway, N.J., is kicking off its new course on unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) this upcoming semester. The class, commencing Jan. 17, will be taught by Adam Greco, the air traffic account manager of center [Read More]

North Dakota UAS Test Site Nets Beyond-Line-Of-Sight Authorization

Posted by Joseph Bebon on December 28, 2016

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has approved a certificate of authorization (COA) for the Northern Plains UAS Test Site in North Dakota to oversee unmanned aircraft operations that go beyond the line of sight of the operator, according to U.S. [Read More]

Drone Registration Celebrates First Birthday: How Has it Fared?

Posted by Betsy Lillian on December 21, 2016

Over the past year, according to the Federal Aviation Administration, the agency’s system has registered a whopping 616,000 drone owners.

FAA Recognizes Denver International Airport for UAS Work

Posted by Betsy Lillian on December 21, 2016

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has recognized Denver International Airport (DEN) with a 2016 Regional Administrator Aviation Partnership Award for the airport’s partnership and work with the agency’s NextGen and unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) programs. This fall, DEN partnered with [Read More]

Embry-Riddle Offers Complimentary Web Course on sUAS

Posted by Betsy Lillian on December 21, 2016

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) is rolling out a free, two-week, online course entitled “Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) – Key Concepts for New Users.” Running from Feb. 6 to Feb. 19, 2017, the course introduces participants to concepts related to [Read More]

Inspector General Audits FAA on Drones: How Does the Agency Measure Up?

Written by Betsy Lillian on December 07, 2016

According to the OIG, the Federal Aviation Administration, rather than “proactively identifying and mitigating risks,” is taking a “reactive approach to UAS oversight.”

Who’s Flying Beyond the FAA’s Commercial Drone Rules?

Written by Betsy Lillian on November 29, 2016

Since its Part 107 rules went into effect at the end of August, the FAA has green-lighted a number of approvals for nighttime drone operations, as well as a few other types.

AUVSI Rolls out Webinars on Artificial Intelligence, Precision Ag and FAA Regs

Posted by Betsy Lillian on November 29, 2016

The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) is hosting three upcoming webinars in which experts will share their insights and answer questions on a variety of issues in the unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) industry. On Wednesday, Nov. 30 at [Read More]

FAA and Partners Put Counter-UAS Technology to Work at Airport

Posted by Betsy Lillian on November 21, 2016

Last week, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Nevada Institute for Autonomous Systems (NIAS) – managers of the FAA-designated unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) test site in Nevada – teamed up with the Northern Plains UAS Test Site in North [Read More]

Kansas State Polytechnic Offers One Last Part 107 Course of 2016

Posted by Betsy Lillian on November 17, 2016

The unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) program on Kansas State University’s Polytechnic Campus is providing professionals one last opportunity in 2016 to obtain a remote pilot in command (RPIC) certification. In response to the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Part 107 rule, [Read More]

Drones are Coming to Disney Skies – Sooner Than You Might Think

Written by Betsy Lillian on November 08, 2016

In conjunction with the holiday season, Disney – now with a federal green light – is planning to bring its “Flixels” drone light show to one of its parks.

Michigan UAS Company OK’d for Nighttime Operations

Posted by Betsy Lillian on October 26, 2016

Southwest Michigan-based Great Lakes Drone Co. LLC (GLDC) has been awarded a waiver from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for operating unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) at night. The company provides unmanned aircraft services for industries including precision agriculture, real estate [Read More]

FAA Rejects UAS Waiver Requests, Advises on How to Apply Properly

Posted by Betsy Lillian on October 25, 2016

Citing “incorrect or incomplete information” on applications, the FAA has had to reject 71 waiver requests and 854 airspace applications; however, the agency is laying out how to properly submit a request.

FAA Kicks off First Meeting of Unmanned Aircraft Safety Team

Posted by Betsy Lillian on October 25, 2016

Last week in Washington, D.C., the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) convened the first meeting of its Unmanned Aircraft Safety Team (UAST). According to the FAA, the group, which was established in August at the White House’s Drone Day, includes a [Read More]

From Hobby to Commercial: AMA Forms Partnership for Part 107 Test Prep

Posted by Betsy Lillian on October 20, 2016

The Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA), which serves approximately 195,000 modelers in 2,400 clubs in the U.S. and Puerto Rico, is now offering Part 107 remote pilot test preparation through UAV Ground School (UAVGS). Recently appointed to the Federal Aviation [Read More]

Unmanned Safety Institute Joins FAA Program; UAS Course Made Available

Posted by Betsy Lillian on October 18, 2016

The Unmanned Safety Institute (USI), a subsidiary of ARGUS International Inc., has been accepted as a training provider to the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Safety Team (FAASTeam) Program. USI has also made available its Small UAS Safety Ground School course [Read More]

Philly Company Gets Federal Green Light for UAS in Congested Airspace

Posted by Betsy Lillian on October 17, 2016

Commercial unmanned aircraft system (UAS) operator Keystone Aerial Surveys Inc. has been granted Class D airspace authorization from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Under the FAA’s Part 107 rules for commercial drone operators, operations are not possible within Class B, [Read More]