Content Category: Policy and Regulations
Michigan Gov. Signs Bills to Prohibit UAVs in Hunting
on April 15, 2015 by print the content item
Under bills signed by Gov. Rick Snyder, R-Mich., unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) will be banned from interfering with hunting and fishing on Michigan lands. S.B.54 and S.B.55 - sponsored by state Sens. Tom Casperson, R-Escanaba, and Phil Pavlov, R-St. Clair Township, respectively - prohibit the use of UAVs for taking game or interfering with hunting or fishing. Using a drone More
FAA Formally Announces Changes to UAS Exemptions
on April 13, 2015 by print the content item
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has announced its "summary grant" process for issuing Section 333 exemption approvals for commercial unmanned aerial system (UAS) operations. Under the new process, the FAA says, the agency is speeding up exemption approvals for many commercial UAS operators. Although the FAA still reviews each Section 333 petition individually, the agency can issue a summary grant More
Latest Commercial UAV Exemptions Comprise a Third of Total Granted
on April 07, 2015 by print the content item
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has now granted a total of 99 commercial exemptions for unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) operations. Nearly one-third of these grants were announced all at once in the agency's most recent round of exemptions. All dated on April 3, these Section 333 exemptions - 30 in total - span a number of industries: photography and cinematography, More
Group Sues FAA for 'Purposefully Ignoring' Drone Privacy
on April 02, 2015 by print the content item
The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit research center, is suing the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for "[failing] to establish privacy rules for commercial drones as mandated by Congress."EPIC claims that in the FAA’s February notice of proposed rulemaking for small commercial drone operations, the agency “purposefully ignored privacy concerns, stating that privacy ‘issues are beyond the More
New FAA Policy Kicks off the 'Beginning of Many Announcements'
on April 01, 2015 by Betsy Lillian print the content item
In an effort to simplify its process of granting commercial unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) authorizations, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recently released what it calls a blanket policy to cover entities that already hold Section 333 exemptions. These entities, instead of going through the current process of applying for a Certificate of Waiver or Authorization (COA), will now be automatically More
New FAA Policy Streamlines UAS Authorizations
on March 24, 2015 by print the content item
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has established an interim policy to speed up airspace authorizations for certain commercial unmanned aerial system operators who obtain Section 333 exemptions. According to the agency, the new policy helps bridge the gap between the past process - which evaluated every UAS operation individually - and future operations after it publishes a final version of More
Europe Lays out Risk-Based Approach to Regulating Drones
on March 12, 2015 by print the content item
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has presented a new regulatory, risk-based approach for safely operating remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS). The announcement marks a significant change in the way aviation safety regulations are developed, becoming proportionate to the risks they aim to address, says Germany-based EASA, which is the centerpiece of the European Union’s strategy for aviation safety. Called More
Aerialtronics: Europe Aiming to be Leader in UAV Industry
on March 11, 2015 by print the content item
Having reached a broad consensus to open the remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) market, Europe is aiming to be a frontrunner in the development of the industry, according to Netherlands-based drone manufacturer Aerialtronics.The Latvian government and the European Commission recently held a joint conference to address and develop the opportunities and concerns of the RPAS industry. What followed was the More
Bicameral 'Drone Aircraft Privacy and Transparency Act' Proposed
on March 10, 2015 by print the content item
Sen. Edward J. Markey, D-Mass., and Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., recently introduced what they call legislation to establish safeguards to protect the privacy of individuals from the expanded use of drones. The bicameral Drone Aircraft Privacy and Transparency Act would ensure standards for informing the public about the location, timing and ownership of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). The legislation would More
NTIA Seeks Input on UAS Privacy; Small UAV Coalition Ready to Take Action
on March 05, 2015 by print the content item
The U.S. Commerce Department's National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) is seeking comment on a new multistakeholder process aimed at developing privacy best practices for the commercial and private use of unmanned aerial systems (UAS). The public is invited to submit suggestions concerning the structure of the multistakeholder engagement and the substantive issues stakeholders will discuss. NTIA expects to convene More
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Are you comfortable with the use of the term "drone" to describe commercial/civil UAS?

Yes; a UAS is a drone.
No; it gives the technology a negative connotation.
No opinion; it's not important what they are called.

Total Votes: 231
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