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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.

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.

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]

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]

FAA Sends out Drone Notice for Hurricane Matthew

Posted by Betsy Lillian on October 07, 2016

In light of Hurricane Matthew, the Federal Aviation Administration is cautioning unmanned aircraft system (UAS) operators to take notice of any upcoming flight restrictions. According to an email notice from the agency, because of the significant recovery efforts the storm [Read More]

FAA’s Drone Advisory Committee Kicks off First Meeting

Posted by Betsy Lillian on September 22, 2016

The inaugural meeting of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) newly established Drone Advisory Committee (DAC) took place on Friday, Sept. 16, in Washington, D.C. According to a summary from the Radio Technical Commission for Aeronautics (RTCA) – which was charged [Read More]

FAA Reveals Members of Long-Term Drone Advisory Committee

Posted by Betsy Lillian on September 01, 2016

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has announced the members of its long-term drone advisory committee (DAC), which will hold a public meeting in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 16. Held at 9:00 a.m. at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, [Read More]

Drone Rules Are In Effect; FAA Outlines What To Do Now

Posted by Betsy Lillian on August 29, 2016

Regulations for the non-hobbyist use of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) officially took effect today, and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) says it has several processes in place to help users take advantage of the rules, formally known as Part [Read More]

Insurance Company Announces New Forms, Rules Filings for UAS Coverage

Posted by Betsy Lillian on August 22, 2016

American Association of Insurance Services (AAIS), a not-for-profit national insurance advisory organization, has announced new filings of Unmanned Aircraft Liability Coverage forms and rules in its Agricultural General Liability Program (AgGL) in response to consumer demand for unmanned aircraft systems [Read More]

FAA Extension Bill Gets Green Light from House and Senate, Heads to Obama

Posted by Betsy Lillian on July 14, 2016

The bill, which includes measures for unmanned aircraft systems, awaits the president’s signature before the FAA’s reauthorization deadline this Friday.

House Unanimously OKs FAA Extension Bill

Posted by Betsy Lillian on July 12, 2016

The U.S. House of Representatives has unanimously approved the bipartisan Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) authorization bill, the FAA Extension, Safety, and Security Act of 2016, which includes unmanned aircraft system provisions and ensures the FAA is funded through Sept. 30, [Read More]

House, Senate Come to Agreement on FAA Reauthorization

Posted by Betsy Lillian on July 07, 2016

Leaders of the House and Senate say the FAA Extension, Safety, and Security Act of 2016, which includes several drone-related provisions, offers “much-needed stability for our aviation system through September 2017.”

Coalition: Drone Rules Not In Part 107 That We Need in FAA Reauthorization

Posted by Betsy Lillian on June 28, 2016

In a letter to U.S. House and Senate committee leaders, the Small UAV Coalition is urging the passage of several unmanned aircraft systems (UAS)-related provisions in the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) upcoming reauthorization. “While stakeholders from across the aviation sector [Read More]

UAS Rulemaking Now in Federal Register; Will Go into Effect Aug. 29

Posted by Betsy Lillian on June 28, 2016

The Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) final rulemaking for small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) made its way to the Federal Register today and will officially go into effect on Aug. 29. The FAA announced its long-waited rules for commercial UAS operations [Read More]

FAA’s Final Drone Rule: Did the Agency Get It Right?

Written by Betsy Lillian on June 24, 2016

There’s finally a set of rules under which to operate UAS commercially, but the work toward full integration into airspace is not complete by any means.