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FAA Scraps Exemption Requirement for Student Drone Operations

The agency has decided that a student's UAS operation falls under the definition of "model aircraft," as long as he or she is not compensated.

New Alliance, Led by West and Ellman, Aims to Grow Commercial Drone Ecosystem

The nonprofit Commercial Drone Alliance is looking to shape public perception about the technology, among other goals.

Small UAS Rules Proceed to White House for Final Review

Law firm Hogan Lovells calls this stage with the office of information and regulatory affairs an "extremely important step in the rulemaking process."

FAA Administrator Lays Out Three ‘High-Level UAS Strategic Priorities’

At a recent UAS symposium, Michael Huerta emphasized the "shared responsibility" between the FAA and the industry to develop solutions for safe drone integration.

Senate Overwhelmingly Passes FAA Reauthorization Bill

According to AUVSI, the legislation's Senate passage is a “critical milestone" for advancing the commercial and civil drone industry.

White House: Reauthorization Bill Includes ‘Overly Prescriptive Means’ of UAS Integration

The Obama administration’s office of management and budget has released a statement regarding the Senate's proposed Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reauthorization bill, H.R.636, the...

A Closer Look at the Brand-New Drone Manufacturers Alliance

Comprising DJI, 3DR, Parrot and GoPro, the D.C.-based group is all about "advocacy and education" for small unmanned aircraft systems.

FAA Reauthorization Amendments Would Streamline UAS Research, Extend Test Sites

The U.S. Senate has approved an amendment authored by Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., to ensure greater public- and private-sector coordination of research and policy...

Sens. Inhofe, Booker Roll out Amendment on UAVs for Critical Infrastructure

U.S. Sens. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., and Cory Booker, D-N.J., have introduced an amendment, 3492, to the proposed Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization Act (H.R.636) that...

Lawmakers Fight Against Federal Preemption for Local Drone Rules

A bill from California Sen. Dianne Feinstein opposes an amendment to the FAA reauthorization act and aims to ensure that "states and local governments retain significant authority to protect their communities."

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