Dan Elwell Steps in as Acting FAA Admin

Yesterday, Daniel K. Elwell, FAA deputy administer, was named acting administrator of the FAA after Michael Huerta’s departure from the helm on Saturday at midnight, and after seven years with the agency. Elwell became Deputy in June 2017 and will serve for five years as admin if asked to man the post permanently and is approved by the Senate.

Jan 10, 2018 11:08:25 AM

Topics: FAA, Trump

The Next Stage for Drones in 2018

Professional interest in drones began to solidify in 2017. Part 107 landed the year before and it jumpstarted a wave of industry confidence that led commercial operators and business owners to produce some of the most exciting UAV initiatives since the drone revolution began. The future looks bright for 2018, but don’t expect the ground to stand still. We expect a lot of big changes in 2018 and here are just a few of them:

Jan 3, 2018 3:16:51 PM

Topics: Updates

FAA Expands Restrictions to Include UAV Flights over Department of Energy Facilities

Utilizing its authority under Title 14 of The FAA Code of Regulations § 99.7 – “Special Security Instructions,” the Federal Aviation Administration will be restricting drone flights below 400 feet over DOE facilities effective on December 29. Seven DOE sites will have the restriction enforced in the interest of national security due to their particular vulnerabilities. The restrictions apply to both hobbyist drones and civil aircraft in accordance with the FAA's small UAS rule.

Dec 20, 2017 1:45:05 PM

Topics: Updates

Trump Reinstates the FAA’s Drone Registration Requirement with 2018 Defense Bill

Yesterday, President Trump signed a sweeping defense policy bill for 2018, which included reinstating the requirement for recreational drone users to once again register their drones between 0.55 and 55 pounds. In May this year, a D.C. circuit judge determined the Federal Aviation Administration didn’t have the authority to enforce this rule, citing a 2012 aviation law, which states model aircraft cannot be regulated by the FAA and argued the recreational use of drones is considered the use of a model aircraft.

Dec 13, 2017 11:13:40 AM

Topics: Drones, FAA regulations, FAA, Trump

2017: The Year of Natural Disasters and Putting Drones to Work

This year was host to a lot of natural disasters across the globe, but one common thread was the use of drones during the disaster and in its aftermath. Here’s a list of where and how they were used, from most recent to earlier in the year.

Dec 13, 2017 9:19:07 AM

Topics: Drones, Humanitarian, disaster relief

Kittyhawk Adds Intelligent Flight Profiles to Enterprise Drone Platform

Kittyhawk has announced the addition of Flight Profiles, which allow fleet managers and Chief Pilots to set and enforce defaults across their teams. The product change will serve the growing class of internal drone teams within the enterprise.

Dec 6, 2017 11:15:39 AM

Topics: Startups and Partnerships

Yahama Motors will Showcase Drone and Unmanned Helicopter at CES 2018

Under the theme “Expanding the Possibilities of Mobility with Advanced Technology,” the Yamaha Motor Booth at CES 2018 (which will be Yamaha’s first appearance at the show) will feature a drone, the YMR-01, and an unmanned helicopter, the FAZER R, for industrial uses, in Las Vegas, Jan 9 – 12.

Dec 5, 2017 10:57:14 AM

Topics: commercial drones, Yamaha, autonomous systems, Precision Agriculture, autonomous vehicle

FAA Drone Registration Database Gives Comprehensive View on the Scope of Commercial Drone Use

On November 14, the Federal Aviation Administration publicly released a treasure trove of information on the number of drone registrations up to October 31, 2017. According to its database and a thorough analysis by Dan Gettinger and Arthur Holland Michel of the Bard College Center for the Study of the Drone, 2017 showed an uptick in non-hobbyist registrations while hobbyist user registrations slowed.

Nov 30, 2017 1:43:14 PM

Topics: Updates

How to Find Work in the Drone Industry: The Growing Importance of Professional Training

A lot has changed in the drone industry since the FAA first launched the Part 107 rules over a year ago, in August of 2016.

In that time we’ve seen drones grow more sophisticated, more focused on niche applications, and generally cheaper. We’ve also seen the rise of the droneprenuer, the drone service provider who works for him- or herself, usually doing aerial cinematography but also, in some cases, doing work in surveying, mapping, or other applications.

Nov 30, 2017 10:32:10 AM

Topics: Updates

From Minimal to Catastrophic, How Much Damage Can a Drone Do to an Airplane

The FAA's Center of Excellence for UAS Research, ASSURE, released a report evaluating the severity of UAS collisions with manned aircraft. ASSURE, which is managed by Mississippi State University, conducted simulated tests of more than 140 collision scenarios and determined that drone collisions cause greater structural damage than bird strikes at the same mass and impact velocity.

Nov 29, 2017 3:43:23 PM

Topics: Updates