Archive for federal aviation administration

Drone Photography Brings $55K FAA Fine to Minnesota Man

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UAO Staff on June 14, 2016

The agency alleges that the August operations were done in a “careless or reckless” manner and were not for a hobby/recreational purpose.

FAA’s New List of Approved Commercial UAS Still Not Retroactive

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UAO Staff on June 09, 2016

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has released the seventh round of a list of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) that are approved for use by federally approved commercial operators. Earlier this year, the FAA began granting new commercial exemptions covering all [Read More]

Federal Court Throws out EPIC’s Suit Against FAA on Drone Privacy Rules

Betsy Lillian on May 12, 2016

The court contends that EPIC cannot challenge the FAA’s lack of privacy rules for drones until the final rules have been released.

FAA Seeks Input on ‘UAS Event Reporting System’ – Then Rescinds Offer

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UAO Staff on May 11, 2016

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is requesting public input on a potential information-collection system in which the public would report unmanned aircraft system (UAS) operations they deem “suspicious or illegal.” According to the notice/request for comments, posted May 10, the [Read More]

Start-Up Proposes Class H Airspace for Drones, Federal/State Teamwork

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UAO Staff on May 11, 2016

San Francisco-based start-up Navio Systems LLC has laid out an idea for a Class H airspace, which would be dedicated specifically to unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). The company’s proposal is explained in a white paper entitled “The Creation of Local [Read More]

FAA Expanding Efforts for Drone Detection at Airports

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UAO Staff on May 09, 2016

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has signed new cooperative research and development agreements to expand the part of its Pathfinder Program that focuses on unmanned aircraft system (UAS) detection near airports. The FAA is teaming with Gryphon Sensors LLC, Liteye [Read More]

Small UAS Rules Proceed to White House for Final Review

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UAO Staff on April 27, 2016

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’

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UAO Staff on April 21, 2016

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

DAC’s Tethered Drone Completes FAA-Approved Nighttime Testing

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UAO Staff on April 13, 2016

Drone Aviation Holding Corp. (DAC), a manufacturer of tethered drones and aerostats, says it has completed a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)-approved nighttime test of its WATT-300 tethered drone. The flight was conducted in collaboration with the Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership at [Read More]

Lawmakers Fight Against Federal Preemption for Local Drone Rules

Betsy Lillian on April 12, 2016

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.”

Flying Drones Over People: Industry’s Recommended Plan of Action

Betsy Lillian on April 07, 2016

The Federal Aviation Administration has released to the public what its multidisciplinary aviation rulemaking committee came up with last month.

FAA Task Force Delivers Proposal for UAS Operations Over People

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UAO Staff on April 05, 2016

As planned, the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) recently established aviation rulemaking committee for small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) flights operated over people has delivered its set of recommendations to the agency. On Feb. 24, the FAA said it would not [Read More]

DOT Hit With Lawsuit Over Lack of Records from Drone Registration Meetings

Betsy Lillian on April 05, 2016

The Electronic Privacy Information Center has filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit that claims the DOT has not provided requested records of November’s closed-door task force meetings.

Embry-Riddle, FAA Hosting UAS Symposium in Daytona Beach

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UAO Staff on April 05, 2016

In conjunction with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is hosting an unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) symposium in Daytona Beach, Fla., on April 19-20. According to Embry-Riddle, FAA Administrator Michael Huerta and Deputy Administrator Mike Whitaker will keynote [Read More]

FAA Opens up Online UAS Registration to Non-Hobbyist Operators

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UAO Staff on March 31, 2016

As planned, the Federal Aviation Administration has established its online registration system for commercial, public and other non-model aircraft operations. The agency first opened Web-based registration for model unmanned aircraft system (UAS) operators on Dec. 21, 2015. The FAA says [Read More]

AUVSI Highlights Keynote Speakers for May’s XPONENTIAL 2016

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UAO Staff on March 29, 2016

The Association for Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) has announced the host and keynote speakers at its upcoming show, XPONENTIAL 2016, taking place at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans on May 2-5. Journalist and pilot [Read More]

Flying Your UAS in a Few Years? No Need to Register Right Now, Says FAA

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UAO Staff on March 22, 2016

Even though an operator had been flying his model aircraft before Dec. 21, 2015, he need not register if he has no intention to fly it for another two to three years, the agency has clarified in a letter.

FAA Administrator Offers Updates on UAS Progress

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UAO Staff on March 15, 2016

At yesterday’s drone panel discussion at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, Michael Huerta – administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) – announced a number of updates regarding unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). According to Huerta’s speech, the [Read More]

Sen. Schumer Underscores Importance of Extending FAA UAS Test Sites

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UAO Staff on March 01, 2016

For the upcoming Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reauthorization bill, U.S. Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., is pushing for an extension of the six FAA-designated unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) test sites. According to Schumer, the Northeast UAS Airspace Integration Research (NUAIR) [Read More]

FAA Comes out with New Procedures for UAS in D.C. Area

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UAO Staff on February 09, 2016

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has updated its conditions for flying unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in an area between 15 and 30 miles from Washington, D.C. As of 12:01 a.m. EST, Wednesday, Feb. 10, the operating procedures will allow hobbyist, [Read More]