Michael P. Huerta Says Collaboration will Pave the Way forward for a Succesful Integration of Drones within the NAS

Michael P. Huerta, Administrator of the Federal Aviation Adiministration, took the stage at InterDrone to deliver the Grand Opening Keynote Address of the Conference for the second year in a row. Huerta highlighted the great progress drones have made in a short three-year span and the new role they are playing in the Hurricane Harvey disaster relief effort. 

Sep 6, 2017 4:36:33 PM

Topics: InterDrone, Regulation

DJI Responds to the Army Ban with No-Internet Mode

The U.S. Army recently banned the use of off-the shelf DJI drones by service members amid concerns drone data could be compromised by the data link back to the Chinese manufacturer's headquarters. DJI has responded by announcing the development of a new offline mode to help it sell to enterprise and government customers concerned about data privacy.

Aug 15, 2017 11:27:40 AM

Topics: Regulation

Kansas DOT Works with AirMap to Manage Drone Traffic

The Kansas Department of Transportation has partnered with unmanned traffic management (UTM) software provider AirMap to provide safer skies over Kansas and stimulate growth within the states burgeoning UAV industry.

Aug 9, 2017 1:27:49 PM

Topics: Control Systems, Regulation

NASA tests the next phase of its UAS traffic management system

On May 25, 2017, the FAA-designated Nevada UAS Test Site and its NASA Partners flew five different Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs or drones) demonstrating multiple operational scenarios, including parachute initiated emergency supply deliveries and aerial survey operations.  In addition to flying the specific NASA Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Traffic Management (UTM) missions, the UAVs were flown beyond the pilot’s visual line of sight.  This was accomplished using strategically placed visual observers (VO) and sophisticated Command and control (C2), communication, detect, and avoid technologies.

Jun 6, 2017 8:34:55 AM

Topics: Control Systems, Regulation

The latest outlook on Part 107

Part 107 is in full effect, but what does that mean to you and what does that mean to the industry going forward? At a glance, it means registered operators with drones weighing 55 pounds or less can operate commercially under this set of rules.

Sep 7, 2016 4:58:20 PM

Topics: Regulation

Part 107 goes into effect today

The day has finally come. The Federal Aviation Administration's official commercial drone rule went into full effect today. The regulations were first announced on June 21.

Aug 29, 2016 1:52:02 PM

Topics: Regulation

Preparing for an autonomous drone industry

The FAA recently released a rule for commercial use of small unmanned systems: Part 107. But noticeably missing from it was the use of beyond line of sight. While the FAA is still trying to figure out how beyond line of sight will become a factor in the drone industry, other companies are already working on the technology. Iris Automation for instance is working on an autonomous and situational awareness system for drones so that when beyond line of sight does become reality, drones will be ready.

Jul 6, 2016 3:38:59 PM

Topics: Regulation

What Part 107 means for the drone industry

After months of waiting, the FAA finally released its rule for the commercial use of small unmanned system. The rule, also know as Part 107, is meant to be a huge step toward a full-fledged commercial drone industry, opening up the sky to more and more use cases.

Jun 22, 2016 3:16:44 PM

Topics: Regulation

FAA finalizes Part 107 for small unmanned aircraft

The Department of Transportation and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) have revealed the final rules for the commercial use of small unmanned vehicles, also known as Part 107. According to them, this will help foster new business and government opportunities and innovation.

Jun 21, 2016 3:48:07 PM

Topics: Regulation

FAA looks to detect rogue drones at JFK

In an effort to keep the national airspace safe from drones, the Federal Aviation Administration is looking into new ways to detect the misuse of drones around restricted airport space. The agency announced it is joining forces with industry and academic partners to evaluate drone detection technology.

May 17, 2016 2:20:36 PM

Topics: Regulation