Policy & Regulation

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

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

January 19, 2017

How Fake Drone News Begins

BY Patrick C. MillerWhen drone news seems questionable, it's always a good idea to get the facts. READ MORE

January 05, 2017

Nation's first BVLOS UAS operations approved

BY Patrick C. MillerNorth Dakota's Northern Plains UAS Test Site became the first in the nation to receive approval from the FAA to begin phasing in beyond-visual-line-of-sight flights for large-platform unmanned aircraft, eliminating the requirement for chase aircraft. READ MORE

January 05, 2017

UAS attorney: Drone deliveries for the masses a long way off

BY Patrick C. MillerAmazon and Flirty have made news with reports of successful drone deliveries. But how close are they to becoming a reality? UAS attorney Jonathan Rupprecht believes there are substantial regulatory and legal hurdles yet to be cleared. READ MORE

December 22, 2016

FAA expected to approve BVLOS flights at ND UAS test site

BY Patrick C. MillerDuring a meeting with Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein, U.S. Sen. John Hoeven said he expects the FAA to next week approve beyond visual line of sight flights for the Northern Plains UAS Test Site in North Dakota. READ MORE

December 22, 2016

Making connections in the UAS world

BY Patrick C. Miller

December 21, 2016

AirMap: think of new Drone ID like any form you have in wallet

BY AirMap AirMap, an unmanned aircraft systems airspace management company, has announced Drone ID, a partnership with DigiCert that will enable, instant authentication of a UAV's identity via digital certificate. READ MORE

December 19, 2016

UAS test site supports flights at Denver International Airport

BY North Dakota Department of Commerce The Northern Plains UAS Test site based in North Dakota supported the FAA's Pathfinder Program by conducting a dozen flights at Denver International airport last month. The test flights will help evaluate the safety of UAS operations around airports. READ MORE

December 08, 2016

Online drone safety course offered by Unmanned Safety Institute

BY Patrick C. MillerThe Unmanned Safety Institute is offering the first-ever online safety course for drone enthusiasts. With millions of drones in the air and reports of near misses between manned and unmanned aircraft increasing, USI is looking to improve safety. READ MORE

December 08, 2016

Drone groups reach out to Trump

BY Luke GeiverPresident-elect Donald Trump and his incoming administration can play a vital role in furthering the commercial deployment of unmanned aircraft systems, according to two industry-related organizations who recently reached out to his team. READ MORE

December 01, 2016

Drones, DAPL Protests And The FAA

BY Patrick C. Miller

December 01, 2016

European drone report calls for immediate action, investment

BY Luke GeiverA new report issued by a European Union aerospace entity states drones represent a genuine opportunity which requires immediate EU actions including roughly $200 million in the next five years. READ MORE

December 01, 2016

News media drone flights during pipeline protests approved by FAA

BY Patrick C. MillerThe FAA said news organizations that want to use drones to cover the ongoing Dakota Access Pipeline protests in North Dakota can do so as long as they get permission and follow the agency's UAS regulations. READ MORE

December 01, 2016

FAA video reminds new drone pilots how to fly safely

BY Patrick C. MillerAn increase in the number of drone sales to new pilots during the holiday season has prompted the FAA to release a new video reminding them to register their aircraft and follow the rules of safe flying. READ MORE

November 17, 2016

News from the UAS test sites

BY Luke Geiver

November 17, 2016

NY works with NASA to develop UAS traffic management system

BY Patrick C. MillerDuring the NASA UAS Traffic Management Convention last week, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the state would invest $30 million in a 50-mile-long flight traffic management system. The technology for a viable UTM system is not far off. READ MORE

November 08, 2016

Military has key role in Arizona’s commercial UAS development

BY Patrick C. MillerThe Arizona UAS Summit & Expo opened Monday near Scottsdale with a panel discussion on the role the state's military facilities play in developing the commercial UAS industry. The facilities generate billions of dollars in economic impact. READ MORE

October 27, 2016

Drones and the Economy

BY Luke Geiver