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FAA Offers New Maps in Hopes of Expediting Drone Authorization Requests

In an effort to help the agency process Part 107 airspace authorization requests more quickly, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is creating new maps that...
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Report Probes Local Drone Laws: What’s Going on Around the Country?

UAS rules have been established in 135 localities in 31 U.S. states, according to new analysis from Bard College's Center for the Study of the Drone. However, many of these ordinances conflict with federal laws.
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Proposed Drone Bill Threatens to Upend Privacy Standards, Stifle UAS Industry

The Commercial Drone Alliance argues that the “Drone Aircraft Privacy and Transparency Act” would create an additional layer of regulation that departs significantly from our existing technology-neutral standards.
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FAA Unveils Drone Stats, New Rulemaking Committee

During his opening remarks at this week’s UAS Symposium in Reston, Va., Michael Huerta, administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), laid out some...

New York Lawmaker Seeks Ban on UAVs Near Prisons

New York Assemblyman Tom Abinanti, D-Greenburgh/Mt. Pleasant, has introduced a bill that would ban the civilian use of drones near correctional facilities in the...
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Utah Gov. Signs Drone Livestock Harassment Bill into Law

Gov. Gary R. Herbert, R-Utah, has signed into law H.B.217, a bill that keeps unmanned aircraft system (UAS) operators from “harassing” livestock.Rolled out earlier...
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FAA Predicts the Future of Commercial, Hobbyist UAS Industry

“The commercial drone sector is very dynamic and appears to be at an early stage of growth,” says the federal agency, which has laid out the numbers for both the recreational and commercial UAS sectors.
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Canada Puts ‘Sudden Regulations’ in Place for Hobbyist Drone Operators

Citing a tripling of “incidents” involving recreational drones since 2014, Transport Canada has introduced new rules for hobbyist unmanned aircraft system (UAS) operators.According to...
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Legislators Re-Introduce Bill on UAS ‘Privacy and Transparency’

U.S. Sen. Edward J. Markey, D-Mass., and U.S. Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., have introduced bicameral legislation that they say would ensure the transparency and...

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

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.

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