Hearing Reveals State of Commerical Drones in U.S.

A Senate Aviation Operations, Safety, and Security Subcommittee hearing revealed earliest acceptance of the recently proposed FAA rules regarding UAS would occur in the last quarter of 2016. In the interim, the FAA will be taking other critical steps to expedite the exemption process and remove some hurdles for commercial drone testing and usage, but will remain committed to addressing issues of safety, and dealing with the complexity and volume unique to US airspace.

Mar 26, 2015 9:55:23 AM

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FAA Makes it Easier to Fly Commercial Drones

The FAA recently announced it will help streamline the exemption process for companies and individuals applying for commercial drone usage and testing. Under the interim policy, before the official UAS rules are changed, the agency will grant a COA (Certificate of Authorization or Waiver) for flights at or below 200 feet to any UAS operator with a 333 exemption.

Mar 25, 2015 1:14:32 PM

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Amazon’s drones cleared for takeoff in the U.S.

UPDATE: Amazon has filed for a new certificate to fly an updated drone. The company states that the previous drone from last week's approval is already obsolete.

Just when it seemed Amazon’s drone delivery service would never take off in American skies, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released a statement giving Amazon the green light to test its drones.

Mar 25, 2015 11:09:00 AM

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K-State Salina Granted Statewide Airspace Access for UAS

Kansas State University Salina became the first entity to gain Federal Aviation Administration approval to fly unmanned aircraft systems statewide in research operations.

The university received three certificates of authorization that allow it to conduct research using unmanned aircraft on all public property in the state and on private property with landowner permission. The COAs are effective for two years.

“Our statewide access will allow us to continue to provide practical applications of technology to our students and will further develop our research abilities for the university, the FAA and our industry partners,” says K-State Salina’s UAS Flight Operations Manager Kurt Carraway...Read More

Feb 27, 2015 12:56:57 PM

Topics: Regulation

FAA's New Rules Proposal Only the First Step Towards Regulation


Feb 17, 2015 1:49:00 PM

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DOT and FAA propose new rules for small unmanned aircraft systems

The Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration today proposed a framework of regulations that would allow routine use of certain small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in today’s aviation system, while maintaining flexibility to accommodate future technological innovations.

The FAA proposal offers safety rules for small UAS (under 55 pounds) conducting non-recreational operations. The rule would limit flights to daylight and visual-line-of-sight operations. It also addresses height restrictions, operator certification, optional use of a visual observer, aircraft registration and marking, and operational limits.

Feb 17, 2015 12:12:14 PM

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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

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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

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