Policy & Regulation

June 27, 2019

DJI creates high-security solution for government drone programs

BY DJI Government Edition allows us to tell our clients that all of their telemetry data, meaning where their drone is flying, is stored securely and not shared with anyone but them. READ MORE

June 25, 2019

ND DOT receives 4-year FAA waiver for drone flights over people

BY North Dakota Department of Transportation This is the first time a North Dakota state agency has received a waiver to routinely conduct UAS operations over people using a drone, in this case a DJI Mavic 2 series equipped with a ParaZero SafeAir parachute recovery system. READ MORE

June 19, 2019

UAH to test drones for earthquake first respondents

BY University of Alabama in Huntsville RSESC’s involvement will center on integrating Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) into disaster response and recovery operations by using open-source Internet of Things (IoT) software. READ MORE

June 18, 2019

Northern Plains UAS team opens door for flights over people

BY ParaZero, Northern Plains UAS Test Site The completion of the compliance process for the SafeAir Mavic will open the doors for UAS operators that are interested in the possibility of safe and legal UAS operations over people using the DJI Mavic 2. READ MORE

May 31, 2019

US Army selects Parrot, other drone makers for future work

BY Parrot The Short Range Reconnaissance (SRR) effort has recently awarded $11 million in funding to six companies to prototype and evaluate drones that can provide the Soldier on the ground with a rapidly deployable scouting capability. READ MORE

May 22, 2019

FAA changes rules for recreational drone pilots

BY Federal Aviation Administration While recreational flyers may continue to fly below 400 feet in uncontrolled airspace without specific certification or operating authority from the FAA, they are now required to obtain prior authorization from the FAA before flying near airports. READ MORE

May 01, 2019

BVLOS Boost: ND invests $30M for statewide UAS operations

BY Staff With a $30 million investment in a first-of-its-kind beyond visual line of sight network, along with other strategic UAS additions, North Dakota has the country's most unique and valuable UAS ecosystem for operations of all kinds. READ MORE

April 24, 2019

ND establishes first ever UAS super corridor for BVLOS

BY Staff The path to commercially viable beyond visual line of sight flights was revealed this week along a 100-mile super corridor established in North Dakota. READ MORE

April 15, 2019

The case for digital license plates for drones

BY Mariah Scott Consistent standards for remote identification, deconfliction, and communication will also allow aircraft and software to understand where other aircraft are and how to avoid each other aiding in BVLOS flights. READ MORE

April 09, 2019

NAAA: Beware of low-flying ag aircraft during growing season

BY Patrick C. MillerThe National Agricultural Aviation Association is reminding commercial and hobbyist drone operators to be aware of manned agricultural aircraft flying in the same airspace as low as 10 feet at 140 mph. The organization has a checklist for UAS pilots. READ MORE

April 05, 2019

India approves uAvionix system for UAS in controlled airspace

BY Patrick C. MillerDetect-and-avoid technology developed by uAvionix has been approved for use in India by the country's Director General of Civil Aviation. The system equips the Trinity+ drone made by Quantum Systems of Germany and used by Survey of India. READ MORE

April 04, 2019

UPS, Matternet test medical drone deliveries in North Carolina

BY Patrick C. MillerUPS and Matternet are teaming up to test the delivery of medical samples by drone at the WakeMed hospital and campus in Raleigh, North Carolina. Project results will be used to evaluate how drones can improve transport services at U.S. hospitals. READ MORE

March 28, 2019

FAA authorizes Oklahoma State University to fly drone swarms

BY Oklahoma State University Oklahoma State University's Unmanned Systems Research Institute recently became the first organization in the U.S. to receive authorization from the FAA to fly drone swarms within the national airspace. READ MORE

March 26, 2019

Report: UAS industry shows exponential growth since 2016

BY Patrick C. MillerA recently released report from AUVSI and the Danish Technological Institute reveals that growth in the UAS industry has been exponential since 2016. About 80 percent of UAS technology patents have been published over the past two years. READ MORE

March 25, 2019

Sabrewing, Alaska tribe to develop Bering Sea UAS test site

BY Patrick C. MillerSabrewing Aircraft Co. and a native Alaskan tribe have signed an agreement with an estimated value of $43 million to test 10 aircraft—both manned and unmanned—at a site centered on Saint Paul Island in the Bering Sea 770 miles west of Anchorage. READ MORE

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

January 29, 2019

General Atomics collaborates with businesses in UK, Belgium

BY Patrick C. MillerGeneral Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. is collaborating with businesses in the United Kingdom and Belgium to support its operational and new remotely piloted aircraft systems. The Belgian team includes five businesses while the UK group has 12. READ MORE

January 14, 2019

Canada set to launch new drone regulations in June

BY Patrick C. MillerCanada will implement new drone regulations in June this year for both recreational and commercial UAS pilots. The regulations provide serious penalties for those who break the rules. A small UAS operator said the rules could put him out of business. READ MORE

January 14, 2019

AUVSI joins groups calling for end to government shutdown

BY Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International AUVSI has joined with several aviation-related organizations in calling for an end to the ongoing federal government shutdown. Brian Wynne, AUVSI president and CEO, said the shutdown jeopardizes the safety and security of the U.S. national airspace. READ MORE

January 09, 2019

State Farm gets FAA waiver for drone damage assessments

BY State Farm The FAA has issued State Farm the first national waiver to fly drones over people and beyond a pilot's visual line of sight to conduct damage assessments. The insurance company says this will make the claims process more efficient. READ MORE

January 03, 2019

High-Tech Inspections

BY Patrick C. MillerDrones and robots are seeing increasing use in the energy industry, but this technical revolution hasn’t yet caught on in the biomass energy industry. Black & Veatch and Interactive Aerial discuss potential UAS uses for the biomass market. READ MORE

January 02, 2019

UAS BVLOS network successfully tested in eastern North Dakota

BY Patrick C. MillerThe University of North Dakota, Harris Corp. and the Northern Plains UAS Test Site have conducted successful flight tests using a BVLOS UAS network with the potential to broaden the commercial use of drones. READ MORE