Policy & Regulation

March 13, 2019

Federal UAS program offers potential beyond fighting wildfires

BY Patrick C. MillerA UAS expert says that a new federal R&D program established by Congress to integrate drones into wildfire fighting operations could lead to broader UAS applications and regulations for their use during emergency situations. READ MORE

March 13, 2019

Flirtey and Reno receive FAA approval for BVLOS drone delivery

BY Patrick C. MillerThe FAA has approved BVLOS flights for the city of Reno, Nevada, and Flirtey, its partner in the UAS Integration Pilot Program. Flirtey will use its latest drone to deliver emergency defibrillators to heart attack victims. READ MORE

March 06, 2019

BVLOS oil and gas inspections conducted in Nigeria

BY Patrick C. MillerThe combination of professional drone pilots, situational awareness software, a long-range UAS and regulatory supervision enabled Aerial Robotix to demonstrate its BVLOS inspection capabilities for the oil and gas industry in Nigeria. READ MORE

February 27, 2019

FAA to release new version of B4UFLY app later this year

BY Patrick C. MillerThe FAA and software developer Kittyhawk are partnering on a new version of the B4UFLY mobile app, which helps recreational drone pilots determine where they can safely fly. The updated app is expected to be released later in 2019. READ MORE

February 21, 2019

Insitu begins commercial UAS operations in Papua New Guinea

BY Insitu Inc. Insitu Commercial Solutions has conducted a series of aerial data collection operations in Papua New Guinea after obtaining its first approval for commercial UAS operations in the country. Insitu conducted remote sensing operations using LiDAR. READ MORE

February 15, 2019

FAA restricts UAS flights over federal facilities

BY Federal Aviation Administration The FAA has announced new restrictions on drone operations over certain Department of Justice and Department of Defense facilities. The additional restrictions are on UAS flights up to 400 feet and within the boundaries of 41 facilities. READ MORE

February 13, 2019

Whitepaper outlines economic impact of BVLOS drone operations

BY Patrick C. MillerA recently released whitepaper produced by PrecisionHawk and Skylogic Research highlights the economic impact of commercial BVLOS drone operations on the utility, insurance and oil and gas industries. Cost savings and safety are key factors. READ MORE

February 13, 2019

FAA makes major drone ID marking change

BY Federal Aviation Administration Beginning Feb. 23, the FAA is requiring all small UAS owners to display the FAA-issued registration number on an outside surface of their aircraft. Owners and operators may no longer place or write registration numbers on an interior compartment. READ MORE

January 30, 2019

FAA proposes new rules to move UAS industry forward

BY Patrick C. MillerThe FAA has published notices of proposed rulemaking for drone flights over people and nighttime operations without requiring waivers from the agency. The Department of Transportation is also moving ahead to develop UAS traffic management technology. READ MORE