Apr 19, 2018 | FAA

Colorado’s largest utility, Xcel Energy, received permission from the FAA to run beyond visual line of site (BVLOS) drone operations for routine inspections of electronic transmission lines. This Wednesday, Xcel announced that it would be the first utility in the nation to receive such an authorization.  Ben Fowke, Xcel’s chairman, president, and CEO stated the company is honored to…

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LANNC Connected
Apr 05, 2018 | FAA

The Federal Aviation Administration is now seeking additional suppliers to add to the Low Altitude Authorization Notification Capability system. In the early days of the system, which only started last November, suppliers not chosen for the pilot program were upset by what appeared to be the FAA picking winners in the industry. The FAA always…

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Mar 07, 2018 | FAA

On March 6th, the FAA announced the nationwide expansion of the Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC) to 500 airports. The rollout, which begins going into effect April 30, will also include 300 air traffic control facilities and open up 78,000 miles of previously restricted airspace to commercial drone flight. It was only last…

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Michael Chasen of Precision Hawk
Mar 01, 2018 | FAA

Michael Chasen took the reins as CEO of PrecisionHawk in January of 2017 and didn’t waste time becoming one of the most outspoken proponents in the commercial drone industry, advocating for the advancement of UAS. InterDrone was able to grab some time with him to get his perspective on PrecisionHawk’s recent hand off of its…

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Jan 10, 2018 | FAA

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…

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