Policy & Regulation

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

February 16, 2017

Counter-drone company Dedrone attracts $15 million in new funds

BY Patrick C. MillerDedrone's rapid expansion into the counter-drone market has attracted $15 million in new funding. One investor is John Chambers, executive chairman of Cisco, who said Dedrone empowers enterprise and federal customers regain control of airspace. READ MORE

February 02, 2017

General Atomics new SkyGuardian has commercial potential

BY Patrick C. MillerThe SkyGuardian, a new, upgraded version of the General Atomics Predator B, is going through an FAA type certification process that will enable it and other larger drone designs to eventually operate in the national airspace. READ MORE

February 02, 2017

Tiny ADS-B transceiver could provide high-traffic drone solution

BY Patrick C. MillerA low-power ADS-B transceiver the size of a dime could provide a solution for dealing with the large numbers of drones expected to be in the skies in the near future. uAvionix is working with the FAA to perfect the technology. READ MORE

February 02, 2017

A Drone Trend That Needs To End

BY Patrick C. MillerCitizen journalists using their drones to cover news events should always err on the side of safety. READ MORE

January 19, 2017

SkyPan, FAA settle largest-ever fine proposed for a UAS operator

BY Patrick C. MillerThe FAA this week announced that it would reduce a proposed $1.9 million fine on SkyPan International Inc. to a $200,000 civil penalty. Under the agreement, SkyPan neither admits to nor contests the allegations made by the FAA in October 2015. READ MORE