Archive for federal aviation administration

Saturday Night’s Alright for Flying: The Ins and Outs of Drone Ops in the Dark

Betsy Lillian
Written by Betsy Lillian on March 01, 2017

Since the FAA’s Part 107 was announced last summer, many companies have been reaping the benefits of their additional drone waivers, especially for operations taking place beyond the daylight hours.

FAA, Xcel Energy Partner to Advance UAS for Utility Inspections

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 16, 2017

In an effort to research the safe operation of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) for inspecting critical infrastructure, Minneapolis-based Xcel Energy is partnering with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The agreement involves using UAS to inspect more than 20,000 miles of [Read More]

How to Move Drone Industry Forward Under New Trump Order

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 15, 2017

The Commercial Drone Alliance has proposed a way to keep the industry thriving under the White House’s recent executive order of “Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs.”

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.

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

Betsy Lillian
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?

Betsy Lillian
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.

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]

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]