Policy & Regulation

January 12, 2018

NY to add drone fleet to police force

BY Office of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has announced the launch of the new State Police Unmanned Aerial System program, which will be used to support law enforcement missions, including disaster response and traffic safety. READ MORE

January 12, 2018

FAA drone registry tops 1 million

BY Federal Aviation Administration U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao has announced at the Consumer Electronics Show that the total number of drones now registered with the Federal Aviation Administration has eclipsed 1 million. READ MORE

January 03, 2018

DroneGun a countermeasure to drone terror attacks

BY Patrick C. MillerDroneShield CEO Oleg Vornik sees the use of drones as a terror weapon as a growing threat. Military and security organizations around the world see the company's DroneGun as an effective countermeasure to the potential threat. READ MORE

January 03, 2018

2,800 interested parties apply for UAS Integration Pilot Program

BY Patrick C. MillerThe FAA has received more than 2,800 applications from interested parties for the UAS Integration Pilot Program announced last fall. Most applicants are commercial drone operators, but private entities and law enforcement agencies have also applied. READ MORE

December 20, 2017

Military, security applications to dominate UAV markets

BY Patrick C. MillerMarkets and Markets, a global research and consulting firm, says that while the commercial sector of the UAS market will experience rapid growth through 2022, military and security applications will capture the largest segment of the market. READ MORE

December 19, 2017

FAA restricts drone operations over DOE facilities

BY Federal Aviation Administration The FAA is restricting drone flights over seven U.S. Department of Energy facilities at the request of national security and law enforcement agencies. The airspace restrictions are listed in a NOTAM and become effective on Dec. 29. READ MORE

December 15, 2017

Trump signs bill reinstating registration for hobbyist drones

BY Patrick C. MillerThe requirement for hobbyist drone operators to register with the FAA is back on after President Donald Trump signed legislation reinstating the measure. Last spring, a federal judge halted the requirement, saying the FAA had exceeded its authority. READ MORE

December 07, 2017

U.S. House Aviation Subcommittee tackles UAS issues

BY Patrick C. MillerThe U.S. House Aviation Subcommittee last week held its first hearing dedicated to UAS. Committee members heard from government, industry and academia about measures to advance the drone industry. Safety issues continue to be a key concern. READ MORE

December 06, 2017

Intel sees positive signs in Drone Integration Pilot Program

BY Patrick C. MillerAlthough Intel doesn't yet know what part it will play in the U.S. Drone Integration Pilot program, Anil Nanduri, the company's UAS general manager, believes the ability to test technology in real-world environments will benefit the UAS industry. READ MORE

December 05, 2017

New report details FAA, ASSURE work to understand drone collision

BY ASSURE The ASSURE research team began its research in FY 2016. The research attempts to answer the question of what happens when a drone collides midair with other aircraft. READ MORE

December 05, 2017

American National Standards Institute looking for UAS experts

BY Luke GeiverThe American National Standards Institute has officially issued a call for participants to join its UAS Standardization Collaborative. Subject matter experts interested in joining or participating have until the end of the year to join. READ MORE

November 22, 2017

Attorneys see positive signs for UAS from federal government

BY Patrick C. MillerBetween FAA reorganization, Congressional reauthorization of the agency and the Trump administration's drone pilot program, two veteran aviation attorneys see reason for optimism that 2018 will be a better year for the UAS industry. READ MORE

November 08, 2017

NUAIR announces first phase of New York UTM corridor

BY Patrick C. MillerThe Northeast UAS Airspace Integration Research Alliance launched the first phase of a 50-mile unmanned traffic management corridor aimed at growing the drone industry in Central New York. Vendors are being sought for Phase II of the project. READ MORE

November 08, 2017

AirMap mobile app offers automated airspace authorization

BY Patrick C. MillerThrough a partnership the the FAA, AirMap's mobile app can now be used to request digital authorization to fly commercially in the airspace of five prototype evaluation sites with Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability. READ MORE

November 07, 2017

Arizona UAS event reveals changes coming to industry

BY Luke GeiverSpeakers from the FAA and AUVSI provided attendees of the second Arizona UAS Summit & Expo held this week in Mesa with insight and perspective on the future of the UAS industry. Drone swarms and UAS traffic management were among the topics discussed. READ MORE

November 07, 2017

Workhorse optimizes last-mile delivery with integrated drone

BY Workhorse Group Inc. Workhorse Group Inc. has begun implementing agreements to test and operate its new N-Gen electric van equipped with an integrated delivery drone. The aircraft launches from the roof of the van and can deliver packages weighing up to 10 pounds. READ MORE

November 02, 2017

Chao announces details of U.S. Drone Integration Pilot Program

BY U.S. Department of Transportation U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao has announced details of the Trump administration's Drone Integration Pilot Program, which is aimed at accelerating the commercialization and integration of UAS into the national airspace. READ MORE

October 26, 2017

Trump administration seeks to advance UAS integration

BY Patrick C. MillerCalling the current unmanned aircraft regulatory framework "outdated," the Trump administration this week launched the UAS Integration Pilot Program. The goal is to speed up the safe integration of drones and provide an economic boost. READ MORE

October 10, 2017

HAZON Solutions lists UAS crisis response lessons learned

BY Patrick C. MillerVirginia-based HAZON Solutions sent crisis response teams to fly small UAS following hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Based on the experience gained, the company offered a list of what operators should know and do before responding to a disaster scene. READ MORE

September 27, 2017

General Atomics sets UAS record with flight in civilian airspace

BY Patrick C. MillerGeneral Atomics last month flew a Predator from its new North Dakota facility using a high-tech satellite navigation system to set a new record for an unmanned flight in Class A civilian airspace. The flight occurred without a chase plane. READ MORE

September 21, 2017

Textron Systems UAS team deploys multicast feed during Harvey

BY Patrick C. MillerEarlier this year, Textron Systems deployed a UAS team to assist a town in Oklahoma struck by a tornado. The company's team gained more firsthand experience when it was embedded with a group of first responders headed to Texas after Hurricane Harvey. READ MORE

September 19, 2017

Canada, Kongsberg to develop drone emergency management system

BY Kongsberg Geospatial Kongsberg Geospatial, an Ottawa-based developer of geospatial software technology, has announced that Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) has awarded them a contract to produce an emergency operations plan for drones. READ MORE

September 13, 2017

Risk manager survey reveals No. 1 concern with drones

BY Luke GeiverThe Risk Management Society Annual Conference held earlier this year in April provided the backdrop for a new survey that reveals the mood of risk managers on drones. 100 risk managers were surveyed. READ MORE

September 08, 2017

Industry experts, major companies featured at Arizona UAS Summit

BY John NelsonFocused on both small and large unmanned aircraft systems, the 2nd Annual Arizona UAS Summit & Expo will reveal how Arizona and surrounding southwestern states are leading in the commercialization of UAVs. The event will be held in Mesa Nov. 6-8. READ MORE

August 30, 2017

General Atomics CEO outlines plans for new ND facility

BY Patrick C. MillerGeneral Atomics last week dedicated a new UAS training center in North Dakota that's already trained 55 air crews. Company CEO Linden Blue said the facility will also serve as a test center for sensors, satellite communications and other technology. READ MORE

August 30, 2017

ANSI kicks off effort to coordinate UAS standards

BY Patrick C. MillerThe American National Standards Institute (ANSI) will next month begin a collaborative effort to coordinate the development of standards and assessment programs needed to safely integrate unmanned aircraft systems into the national airspace. READ MORE

August 16, 2017

Farmers Insurance turns to Kespry for roof inspections

BY Patrick C. MillerAfter four years of studying the use of drones to inspect roof damage, an FAA policy change and Kespry's UAS technology led Farmers Insurance to introduce UAS for commercial operations. Safety and faster claims for customers are among the advantages. READ MORE

August 16, 2017

RAND report uses equations to answer questions on drone delivery

BY Luke GeiverA newly-released study by RAND Corp. offers insight into the impacts of drone delivery over urban settings. The study assesses infrastructure requirements, aerial congestion and privacy along with other elements. READ MORE

August 16, 2017

Kansas, AirMap announce first-of-kind UAS traffic management deal

BY Luke GeiverCalifornia-based AirMap is bringing its unmanned aircraft vehicle traffic management system to Kansas. Through a partnership with the Kansas Department of Transportation, AirMap will deploy its UTM system across the state. READ MORE

August 02, 2017

Gryphon Sensors develops one-of-a-kind drone tracking system

BY New York Governor's Office Gryphon Sensors has developed a state-of-the-art mobile UAS traffic management system. It provides accurate detection of low-flying drones out to six miles. The new technology is part of an initiative to support the UAS industry in central New York. READ MORE