FAA task force’s recommended drone registration rules are here

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has released the final recommendations from its unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) registration task force. The task force was set up after the FAA announced it would require recreational drone operators to register their drones.

Nov 24, 2015 3:52:59 PM

Topics: Regulation

FAA: Beware of drone registration companies

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) wants drone owners and operators to think twice before paying a company to assist them with their drone registration. The organization says once the drone registration is in place, it will be easy to register a drone, and owners shouldn't need any outside help to file an application.

Nov 16, 2015 2:39:30 PM

Topics: Regulation

Amazon, Google and Walmart join FAA task force

A number of technology companies are joining the Federal Aviation Administration's Unmanned Aircraft Systems Registration Task Force. The task force was designed in response to the FAA’s efforts to require recreational drone operators to register their drones. The task force will consist of 25 to 30 diverse representatives from the drone industry, federal government and other stakeholders, and is designed to help the FAA decide which drones should and shouldn't be exempt from the registration requirement.

Nov 2, 2015 1:48:50 PM

Topics: Regulation

Former FAA employee talks drone regulations

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has been catching some heat with its proposed drone regulations and the slow-moving process around them. Jim Williams, former manager of the FAA’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) integration office, spoke at the International Drone Conference and Exposition (InterDrone) this week in Las Vegas, giving some insight into what is going on behind the FAA’s thought process.

Sep 10, 2015 3:10:26 PM

Topics: Regulation

What’s the latest with the FAA’s drone regulations?

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is still working on its first step in regulating small unmanned aircraft systems. A notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) was publicly released Feb. 15, and the period for comments closed on April 24. Now the industry is waiting for the FAA to complete its analysis, and if the recent FAA Regulations panel at the International Drone Exposition and Conference (InterDrone) in Las Vegas this week was any indication, the industry will have a long wait.

Sep 10, 2015 11:07:00 AM

Topics: InterDrone, Regulation

A Brief Talk About Drone Policy with DJI’s US Policy Leader

Jon Resnick leads DJI’s drone policy efforts in Washington DC. Prior to joining DJI, he was a senior television planning editor with the Associated Press, leading news planning for AP’s national elections coverage. Jon spearheaded AP’s program to incorporate drones into professional news-gathering operations. He also played a leadership role in the News Media Coalition which is now conducting formal testing at an FAA sanctioned site.

May 29, 2015 12:42:04 PM

Topics: Regulation

FAA looks to expand drone horizons while ensuring safety

The Federal Aviation Agency (FAA) is furthering its commitment to safely implement drones into the national airspace with a number of announcements made today at AUVSI’s Unmanned Systems conference in Atlanta. First, the agency announced a new initiative to work with industry leaders to figure out the next steps for drones beyond the proposed regulations.

May 6, 2015 2:04:00 PM

Topics: Regulation

Drone TechCon: Drone innovators and policy makers have to work together

Commercial drones are already being utilized in industries such as real estate, movie production, search and rescue, and agriculture, but the drone industry is about to get a lot bigger in the next couple of years—and it is up to the drone innovators and policy makers to bring it to that next level.

May 5, 2015 2:11:00 PM

Topics: InterDrone, Regulation

Nevada bill could hinder drone industry, according to lobbyist

Nevada law enforcement organizations looking to implement drones into their daily job routines may run into some problems if a proposed bill is passed. State Assemb. Elliot Anderson has introduced a bill known as the Nevada Homeowner Privacy Protection Act, which looks to address anxiety about drones, but lobbyists say the bill could hinder the use of drones in law enforcement there as well as in the rest of the country.

Apr 29, 2015 4:14:00 PM

Topics: Regulation

Why the FAA Struggles with Drones


In a recent hearing before the Senate Aviation Operations, Safety, and Security Subcommittee, Federal Aviation Administration representative, Margaret Gilligan, stated the agency had inadequate infrastructure in place for testing commercial drone beyond line-of-sight operations for commercial drones, and they will continue to be committed to safety. Both statements are sincere, but it’s hard to take the agency's side when it expends resources hunting down drone enthusiasts on YouTube. It might be time for the FAA to swallow its pride and focus more on catching up to the rest of the world on commercial UAS regulation.

Apr 1, 2015 1:22:00 PM

Topics: Regulation