Top 5 Things you Need to Know about Drones and the Law

If you want to fly your drone for commercial purposes you must obtain an FAA airworthiness certificate and exemption.

In February of 2007, the FAA published a federal register notice that delineated the separate uses of UASs, unmanned aircraft systems, and the regulations concerning each category of use. According to the document, commercial usage would require the acquisition of an airworthiness certificate (CofA). At the time CofAs were only being issued in the experimental category, but Section 333 of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act granted the FAA the authority to grant other exemptions. What has been maintained is the need for a pilot license.

Feb 6, 2015 10:04:56 AM

Topics: Regulation

Drones for journalism

Despite the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) limit on commercial drone use, drone research and development is flourishing, and one industry is looking to take its research even further: journalism.

CNN just recently entered into a Cooperative Research and Development agreement with the FAA in order to improve and advance efforts to use drones for newsgathering and reporting.

Feb 3, 2015 1:56:25 PM

New Dates Announced for BZ Media’s InterDrone, the International Drone Conference and Exposition

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New Dates Announced for BZ Media’s InterDrone, the International Drone Conference and Exposition

Jan 21, 2015 2:10:00 PM

The Widening Regulation Gap for Commercial Drones

Drone technology evolves fast, and if this year’s CES is any indication, fully automated UAV systems are near. From parachutes to crash avoidance systems, manufacturers demoed their efforts to improve the safety, reduce human error, and automate flight functions at the show last week. With all the exciting new tech moving the space forward, the FAA released a 12-page document on January 8 reiterating that “line of sight” is still a requirement for drone operation.

The document is to act as a guide for law enforcement agencies in handling unauthorized usage of UASs, UAVs or drones, and better define their role in enforcing the FAA's current regulations. Although local enforcement agencies may be used to gathering information, the document states, “Other law enforcement processes, such as arrest and detention or non-consensual searches almost always fall outside of the allowable methods to pursue administrative enforcement actions by the FAA unless they are truly a by-product of a state criminal investigation.”

Jan 13, 2015 2:55:00 PM

Topics: Regulation

Drone Crash Avoidance Systems Make a Splash at CES

Every drone owner wants to fly more and crash less. At CES this year, the new set of drones about to hit the commercial market promise to make that a reality. Purchasing a drone with a crash-avoidance system sounds like it would break the bank, but a few manufacturers have products poised to crush that expectation. These detection systems will give the next generation of drones previously unthought-of abilities, like navigating a maze without human assistance.

Jan 7, 2015 3:47:00 PM

Topics: Control Systems

Land v. Air: Parrot's Mini-Drones Face Off

Dec 18, 2014 8:57:00 AM

Linux Launches Open-Source Platform for Drones

The Linux Foundation, along with leading technology companies, has launched an open-source software initiative for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs). The Dronecode Project is designed to bring resources and tools to developers in order to help them innovate and advance affordable and reliable drones.

“Open-source software and collaborative development are advancing technologies in the hottest, most cutting-edge areas. The Dronecode Project is a perfect example of this,” said Jim Zemlin, executive director at The Linux Foundation, in the organization’s announcement. “By becoming a Linux Foundation Collaborative Project, the Dronecode community will receive the support required of a massive project right at its moment of breakthrough. The result will be even greater innovation and a common platform for drone and robotics open source projects...Read More

Nov 21, 2014 12:27:18 PM

Topics: Software

Airware Receives Investment from GE Ventures

Airware, creator of a hardware, software, and cloud services platform for commercial drone development and operation, announced today it has raised a strategic investment from GE Ventures, the investment arm of GE. GE and Airware will work together to identify ways that Airware’s platform can help deliver safer, more efficient solutions for GE’s industrial customer base and allow them to collect better data and make more informed decisions. Airware will use the funding to continue preparations for the commercial launch of its platform and continue to expand its engineering, sales, marketing, and customer support functions

“GE, a Fortune 50 company, sees commercial drones as a promising way to collect richer, faster and more effective data in a wide range of markets,” said Jonathan Downey, founder and CEO of Airware. “The company operates in more than 170 countries globally and across many industries, and we’re thrilled to provide it with a platform to explore the space further.”

Nov 19, 2014 1:28:18 PM

Topics: Updates

The Inspire 1: The Drone That's Just Right

Everyone knows the tale of Goldilocks. DJI’s Inspire 1 lives in the Goldilocks zone. It’s not too expensive, but not cheap. It’s not quite professional, but it is certainly not an amateur’s toy.

Bridging the gap between DJI’s affordable Phantom Drone and its more modular S1000 series, the Inspire 1 ships stock with a 360-degree rotating 4k ready camera capable of capturing 12 megapixel still photos. The Inspire 1 still has modular capabilities, but out of the box it’s ready for high quality aerial photography and video.

Nov 13, 2014 10:57:56 AM

Topics: Releases

DJI Inspire 1 Leaked Twice Before Reveal

A prototype of DJI’s new Inspire 1, to be revealed later today, was accidently left behind by an engineer at a bar in Shenzhen, China earlier this week. This is the second leak since photos of the Inspire 1 hit the Web last week. Only the device’s capabilities remain unknown.

Nov 12, 2014 2:47:37 PM

Topics: Releases