Tag Archives: FAA

AUVSI Remote Pilots Council Announced

The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) has announced the formation of a Remote Pilots Council which aims to promote education and dialog between commercial unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or drones), operators, industry stakeholders and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The council will discuss opportunities and challenges related to the safe and responsible use … Continue Reading

L.A. County Sheriff’s Department Begins Use of UAS for Dangerous, Hostile and Life-Saving Operations

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s (LASD) use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or drones) has been approved by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for “dangerous, hostile and life-saving operations.” LASD Sheriff, Jim McDonnell, explained in a press release that the drones will be used in situations like search and rescue, explosive ordnance detection, hazardous … Continue Reading

SkyPan and FAA Settle UAS Enforcement Cases

SkyPan International, Inc. (SkyPan), based in Chicago, and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) agreed upon a comprehensive settlement to resolve the enforcement cases where the FAA alleged that the SkyPan operated unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or drones) in airspace over New York City and Chicago in violation of airspace regulations and operating rules. SkyPan will … Continue Reading

Update on the Drone Flights-Over-People Rule

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) continues to work on its proposed rule which would allow the operation of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), or drones, over people, expected (hopefully) to be released before the end of the Obama Administration next week. For the final rule, of course, there is no set timeline. FAA Administrator, Michael Huerta, … Continue Reading

FAA Approves Beyond-Visual-Line-of-Sight Operations at North Dakota UAS Test Site

Last week, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approved beyond-visual-line-of-sight (BVLOS) unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or drone) operations at a test site in North Dakota. With this approval, operators can now develop, test, and evaluate new applications for UAS technology at the Northern Plains UAS Test Site. North Dakota Senator John Hoeven said, “This authorization will … Continue Reading

The Drone Market: 2016 Year in Review

The biggest news of 2016 for the commercial drone market was surely the finalization of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Part 107 regulations. And even better news for the commercial drone market was that the Part 107 regulations are not as onerous as they could have been! In 2017, we will surely see the regulatory … Continue Reading

FAA Drone Registration Systems Marks its One-Year Anniversary

The Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) drone registration system marked its one year anniversary on December 21, 2016. Since then, 616,000 drone owners have registered their drones. The FAA sees this as a great achievement in safety; upon registration each applicant receives “basic safety information” so over 600,000 drone owners now have “basic aviation knowledge to … Continue Reading

How Can You Mitigate Risks When Flying a Drone Beyond Visual Line of Sight?

Precisionhawk, one of the leaders in the drone market, released a report this week outlining operational risks when flying drones beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS). Precisionhawk’s research comes from its participation in the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Pathfinder program, which was created to explore incremental expansion of drone operations in the national airspace. Precisionhawk’s … Continue Reading

FAA’s Drone Efforts Audited by the OIG

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) released its recent audit of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), “FAA Lacks A Risk-Based Oversight Process For Civil Unmanned Aircraft Systems,” stating that while the FAA has taken continuous steps to advance the integration of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or ‘drones’) into the national airspace, … Continue Reading

2017: New President, New Transportation Secretary—Where Do Drones Fit?

The Drone Manufacturers Alliance (DMA) has voiced approval of President-elect Donald Trump’s nomination of Elaine Chao as the next U.S. Secretary of Transportation in its November 9 letter to Trump and the Trump-Pence Transition Team. But with that approval comes a request for Trump to “pursue a balanced legal and regulatory framework for unmanned aircraft systems … Continue Reading

Privacy Tip #64 – Online Training for those Drone Hobbyists Out There

If you are considering purchasing a drone this holiday season, make sure to check out the newly launched online training course created by the Unmanned Safety Institute (USI) designed specifically for drone hobbyists. This new course, called SAFEGUARD, is about one hour long and covers safety topics such as understanding airspace, identifying and avoiding hazards, … Continue Reading

FAA Sends Proposed Rule for Drone Flights over People to the White House OIRA

Last week, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) proposed a new rule for performance-based standards and means-of-compliance for operation of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or “drones’) over people who are not directly participating in the drone operation. This is contrary to the Small UAS Rule (or Part 107 as it is commonly called), which explicitly … Continue Reading

Night Ops –Top Requested Part 107 FAA Waivers

At a recent Commercial Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada, a Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) attorney, Dean Griffiths, explained that the top three requests for Part 107 commercial drone operations waivers were for night operations, operations over people, and flight beyond visual line of sight. For operations over people and flights beyond … Continue Reading

FAA Holds First Unmanned Aircraft Safety Team Meeting

The first meeting of the Unmanned Aircraft Safety Team (UAST) was held on October 18-19 in Washington, D.C. This team was first announced back in August by Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Administrator Michael Huerta at the White House Drone Day. This team includes a wide variety of stakeholders from drone aviation industries and government stakeholders. … Continue Reading

Extra, Extra, Read All About it, News-Gathering Drones Increasingly Hitting the Skies

Since the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) started allowing commercial drone operations, media organizations have moved quickly to get their own news-gathering drones in the skies. Recently, Sinclair Broadcast Group (Sinclair) (operator of 173 television stations across the U.S.) announced that it was going “all in” on its news-gathering drone fleet. Sinclair plans to have 80 … Continue Reading

FAA Issues Guidance for Part 107 Waivers and Airspace Authorizations

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued a short press release and guidance on Part 107 waivers and airspace authorizations for commercial drones. Since the final drone operations rule was issued in August 2016, the FAA has approved 81 authorizations and 36 waivers. However, the FAA has rejected 71 waiver requests and 854 airspace authorization applications … Continue Reading

Final Drone Rule and Potential Privacy Implications For Operators

Well, the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Part 107 commercial drone regulations are in full swing this week and without the inclusion of specific privacy standards, there are still concerns about privacy-related drone issues. As we reported last week, the Electronic Information Privacy Center (EPIC) filed a complaint against the FAA alleging that the final drone … Continue Reading

Drone mapping the way of the future for insurance companies

Drone mapping provides insurance companies with an easy, fast and accurate method of documenting a scene and preserving key details  while also letting the process of clean-up and reconstruction begin as quickly as possible. Recently, Dronotec, a start-up company specializing in drone inspection for insurance companies conducted a case study to determine just how much … Continue Reading

FAA releases new Part 107 regulations for small unmanned aircrafts, benefit for commercial drone operators

On June 21st, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released Part 107 to the FAA regulations regarding commercial operation of small unmanned aircrafts. Part 107 provides operating rules for drone operators who do not fall into Section 336 to operate the aircraft in the national airspace. Part 107 allows for drone operations if the drone is … Continue Reading
LexBlog