Tag Archives: Federal Aviation Administration

FAA to Require Recertification for Commercial Drone Pilots

Last week, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced that it will require recertification for those who receive a Remote Pilot Airman Certificate under Part 107 small unmanned aircraft system (UAS or drone) regulations. The certification will only have a 24 month shelf life, and then the pilot needs to recertify their knowledge through additional testing. … Continue Reading

FAA’s LAANC Expands to Western North United States

As planned, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has launched its next wave of its beta Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC) system, in the western north region of the United States. LAANC helps to support the integration of drones into the national airspace. LAANC allows drone operators to obtain real-time airspace authorizations from air … Continue Reading

UAS Integration Pilot Program

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) will now fund double the number of unmanned aircraft system (UAS or drone) integration projects as it previously has, due to a strong response from organizations and companies wishing to participate. The DOT’s UAS Integration Pilot Program (IPP) was set to launch five projects in the initial round, but … Continue Reading

LAANC Beta Test Launched this Week

As of April 30, 2018, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has begun its beta test of the Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC) in the South Central United States. For the list of those facilities in South Central, click here. The system will continue incremental deployment at nearly 300 air traffic facilities covering about … Continue Reading

Xcel Energy Receives FAA Waiver for Beyond Visual Line of Sight

Last week, Xcel Energy (Xcel), Colorado’s largest utility company, received a waiver from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for drone operations beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS). Xcel will use drones to conduct routine inspections of electronic transmissions lines, making it the first utility company to receive such an authorization. Xcel’s CEO and Chairman, Ben … Continue Reading

Update on the FAA Reauthorization Bill

On April 13, 2018, the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee (Committee) leadership introduced a five-year Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reauthorization bill, FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 (H.R. 4) (the Act). This bipartisan Act focuses on stabilization of the FAA with consistent funding instead of efforts to reform the air traffic control system. The Act … Continue Reading

EPIC Files Suit to Enforce Transparency Obligations related to U.S. Drone Policy

Last week, the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) filed a lawsuit against the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Drone Advisory Committee (Committee) to enforce the open government obligations of the Committee. The Committee is an industry-led committee that advised the FAA regarding drone policy in the U.S. EPIC claims that for over one year, the Committee … Continue Reading

Commercial Drone Alliance Asks Congress to Repeal Section 336

The Commercial Drone Alliance (the Alliance) has asked Congress to repeal Section 336 of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Modernization and Reform Act (FMRA) of 2012. The Alliance believes that differentiating model aircraft users, including unmanned aerial systems (UAS or drone) pilots,  from commercial drone pilots poses a safety risk in the national airspace. The … Continue Reading

Announcement of New Alliance for Drone Innovation

This week, a new group of unmanned aerial system (UAS or drone) industry leaders announced the creation of the Alliance for Drone Innovation (ADI),  a policy-oriented coalition of manufacturers, suppliers, and software developers of hobbyist and commercial drones meant to help represent the interests of individuals, businesses, governments, scientists, academics and others who fly drones … Continue Reading

FAA’s Tips for Applying as a Service Supplier to LAANC

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recently announced its nationwide expansion of its automated airspace approval system, the Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC), and that it will be taking applications for new unmanned aerial systems service suppliers (USS) to provide LAANC services to the public. Last week, the FAA issued a notice of “important … Continue Reading

FAA Grants PACI Beyond Visual Line of Sight Part 107 Waiver

Praxis Aerospace Concepts International (PACI) announced this week that it has been granted a Part 107 waiver under the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) regulations to fly drones beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS). PACI, a Nevada-based company, is now one of the very few companies in the United States permitted … Continue Reading

Drones and Insurance: How Unmanned Aircraft Systems Can Assist Insurers in Timely and Effectively Evaluating Property Damage Claims

A typical claim for a homeowner will involve some type of damage to the property, which, in turn, prompts the insurer to perform an inspection of the insured property,  to assess the cause and extent of the alleged damage. Depending on the nature of the claim, insurers may be able to have a solitary claims … Continue Reading

FAA Issues Refresher on Part 107 Rules

Last Friday, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released a “refresher” on its Part 107 rule for small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or drones) in a “Fact Sheet” available here. The Fact Sheet outlines all the basics of Part 107 including: Operating Requirements – “You must keep your drone within sight;” “you can fly during daylight;” … Continue Reading

Massive Adoption of Drones; Safety Still Top Concern for Officials

At the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) co-hosted Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS or drones) Symposium in Baltimore, Maryland last week, all speakers agreed on one thing: safety is the primary concern. Michael Kratsios, Deputy Assistant to the president and Deputy U.S. Technology Officer, said that while “we’ve never … Continue Reading

FAA Plans to Bring LAANC to 500 More Airports by Next Month

On March 6, 2018, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced the nationwide expansion of its Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC) to 500 more airports, and include 300 air traffic control facilities as well as open up 78,000 miles of previously restricted airspace to commercial drone flights. Under FAA Part 107 drone regulations, operators … Continue Reading

Drones – When Things Go Wrong

Over the last several years, drones have rapidly grown in popularity. From quick deliveries during rush hour to reaching an otherwise inaccessible military base, drones are proving to be extremely advantageous where humans are either unable to reach an area or are unable to perform specific tasks in a timely and efficient manner. Increasing productivity … Continue Reading

Remote Identification of Drones: For Commercial Operators Only or Hobbyists Too?

Last month, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) received recommendations regarding remote identification of drones in a report from the unmanned aircraft  Identification and Tracking (UAS ID) Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC). One of the topics at issue: whether we need remote identification (ID) of all drones in the national airspace. Beyond the FAA, the Department of … Continue Reading

Drones and Personal Privacy

Imagine that you are sitting in your backyard and a drone flies overhead. It hovers. The camera adjusts and looks right at you. Then it flies away. You are left wondering who is operating it and why. On a number of occasions, similar encounters with unknown drones had led to visceral (sometimes even violent) reactions … Continue Reading

Close Calls with Drones Increasing Dramatically

Aviation regulators, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in the United States, and the Transportation Safety Board of Canada, have been investigating a flurry of close calls between consumer drones and manned aircraft, which poses a significant risk to the flying public and the public down below. We are even seeing collision reports from Canada –just … Continue Reading

Texas Dept. of Public Safety Launches Drone Program

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) has launched a new unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or drones) program for public safety purposes. The DPS plans to use its 17 drones for a variety of public safety purposes across the State, including officer safety, search and rescue, disaster support, aerial observation support, crash reconstruction, crime scene … Continue Reading

Validity of Ball State University Drone Policy Questioned

Public Relations and Government Affairs Director of the Academy of Model Aeronautics, Chad Budreau, says that Ball State University’s (Ball State) “Policy for the Use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (Drones)” violates the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) small unmanned aircraft systems rule (Part 107). The Ball State policy, issued back in November 2017, states that all … Continue Reading

Drone Detection Technology at the Waste Management Phoenix Open

This past weekend, Scottsdale, Arizona police used new drone detection technology at the Waste Management Phoenix Open to keep attendees (and players) safe. Sergeant Ben Hoster said, “Drones are becoming so inexpensive and so popular, we are getting ahead of this technology,” by linking up with Dedrone (an anti-drone solutions company) and Aerial Armor (a … Continue Reading

North Carolina Seeks to Deliver Emergency Supplies via Drone

The North Carolina Department of Transportation (DOT) and state officials are currently building plans to use drones to deliver emergency supplies across the state; however, several hurdles need to be overcome first. Basil Yap, program manager of the Unmanned Aircraft Systems of the North Carolina Division of Aviation, says, “How do drones safely fly beyond … Continue Reading
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