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Jan 10, 2018 | Industry News

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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Dec 27, 2017 | Industry News

Utilizing its authority under Title 14 of The FAA Code of Regulations § 99.7 – “Special Security Instructions,” the Federal Aviation Administration will be restricting drone flights below 400 feet over DOE facilities effective on December 29. Seven DOE sites will have the restriction enforced in the interest of national security due to their particular vulnerabilities. The…

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Dec 06, 2017 | Industry News

Kittyhawk has announced the addition of Flight Profiles, which allow fleet managers and Chief Pilots to set and enforce defaults across their teams. The product change will serve the growing class of internal drone teams within the enterprise. The new additions will help enterprises enforce uniform flight standards across all their operators. Managers can set…

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Nov 30, 2017 | Industry News

On November 14, the Federal Aviation Administration publicly released a treasure trove of information on the number of drone registrations up to October 31, 2017. According to its database and a thorough analysis by Dan Gettinger and Arthur Holland Michel of the Bard College Center for the Study of the Drone, 2017 showed an uptick…

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Nov 30, 2017 | Industry News

A lot has changed in the drone industry since the FAA first launched the Part 107 rules over a year ago, in August of 2016. In that time we’ve seen drones grow more sophisticated, more focused on niche applications, and generally cheaper. We’ve also seen the rise of the droneprenuer, the drone service provider who…

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Nov 29, 2017 | Industry News

The FAA’s Center of Excellence for UAS Research, ASSURE, released a report evaluating the severity of UAS collisions with manned aircraft. ASSURE, which is managed by Mississippi State University, conducted simulated tests of more than 140 collision scenarios and determined that drone collisions cause greater structural damage than bird strikes at the same mass and…

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Nov 14, 2017 | Industry News

Hard-nosed commercial operators might not recognize Aerotaine’s Skye helium-filled drones as a UAS, but that’s more than likely one of the reasons CevitasNow of Ohio received permission from the Federal Aviation Administration to fly them over crowds. On September 14, The FAA granted a waiver for CevitasNow to fly the Skye with no location limitation,…

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Nov 09, 2017 | Industry News

DJI released new software and two industrial-class drones at its AirWorks user conference in Denver this week, answering to the needs of the growing enterprise segment of the drone market. FlightHub, a web-based drone management application, allows for the monitoring of multiple drones during operations. The DJI Wind 4 and Wind 8 are the latest…

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