Policy & Regulation

April 27, 2017

FAA issues 200 maps to streamline commercial drone ops

BY Federal Aviation Administration The Federal Aviation Administration today published ;more than 200 facility maps to streamline the commercial drone authorization process. The maps depict areas and altitudes near airports where UAS may operate safely. READ MORE

April 13, 2017

Using innovative satellite, 5G system, sUAS goes BVLOS in Va

BY Luke GeiverCredit a one-of-a-kind satellite system that utilizes a 22-meter reflector-based antenna for the successful test flight of a small unmanned aircraft system that flew more than 12 miles beyond visual line of sight. READ MORE

April 13, 2017

Verizon tests cellphone tower in the sky to aid first responders

BY Patrick C. MillerVerizon is testing a drone equipped as a flying cell tower to demonstrate its ability to provide communications to first responders during emergencies and disasters when normal communications are knocked out. A larger test is planned for next month. READ MORE

April 13, 2017

FAA maps will speed up drone authorization applications

BY Federal Aviation Administration The FAA this week announced that on April 27, it will release the first set of UAS facility maps showing areas and altitudes near airports where drones can safely operate. This will help the agency process Part 107 requests more quickly. READ MORE

March 23, 2017

IP firm: drone identification tech isn’t theory, its available

BY Luke GeiverA New York-based intellectual property broker believes it has the patent to a drone tracking and identification system that could be used by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration and law enforcement to ID and track drones. READ MORE

March 23, 2017

Aviation consulting experts launch guaranteed UAS solutions

BY Luke GeiverEvans Inc., a consulting firm specialized in health care, aviation and international developments, has released a new service to the unmanned aircraft systems industry it guarantees will produce a successful outcome for commercial and gov agencies. READ MORE

March 16, 2017

Senate hearing offers insight on FAA UAS progress, future plans

BY Luke GeiverThe U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation met this week to hear testimony from unmanned aircraft systems experts, officials and interested parties. During a two-hour long hearing the FAA gave progress reports and plans. READ MORE

March 16, 2017

Author says U.S. has a bewildering array of UAS laws, regulations

BY Patrick C. MillerSarah Nilsson, a pilot and attorney who wrote a new book on federal and state UAS laws and regulations, believes that the U.S. has a long way to go before it can effectively regulate drones for commercial and recreational uses. READ MORE

February 16, 2017

Xcel Energy, FAA partner for safe UAS infrastructure inspection

BY Patrick C. MillerThe FAA is partnering with Xcel Energy, a Minneapolis-based utility, on a program aimed at using drones for the safe inspection of energy infrastructure. The utility is planning at least one beyond-line-of-sight flight in 2017. READ MORE