FAA Opens More Access to Airspace to Fly Drones

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Starting today more than 100 control towers and airports will be added to the hundreds of Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) air traffic facilities and airports that currently use the Low Altitude Authorization and Capability (LAANC) system. LAANC is a collaboration between the FAA and industry that directly supports the safe integration of Unmanned Aircraft Systems into the nation’s airspace. LAANC expedites the time it takes for a drone pilot to … Read More

FAA Issued Statement on UAS Detection Systems at Airports

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FAA Statement on UAS Detection Systems at Airports The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) understands airport safety and security concerns raised by the malicious or errant use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). The agency shares these concerns. In order to support the safe integration of UAS detection systems into the airport environment, the FAA provided important information and continues to work closely with airport operators who are considering installing UAS detection … Read More

Phenomenal UAS Growth Forecasted by FAA

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The forecast also highlights the phenomenal growth of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), often referred to as drones. The FAA projects the small model UAS fleet to grow from 1.2 million vehicles in 2018 to 1.4 million in 2023, an average annual growth rate of 2.2 percent. The commercial, small non-model UAS fleet is forecast to nearly triple from 277,386 in 2018 to 835,211 in 2023, an average annual growth rate … Read More

2019 UAS Symposium

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Mark Your Calendar for the 2019 UAS Symposium The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) will co-host the 4th Annual FAA Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Symposium on June 3-5, 2019 at the Baltimore Convention Center, Baltimore, MD.The Symposium will bring together representatives from the FAA, other government agencies, industry and academia to discuss the latest issues related to the increasingly diversified uses of … Read More

Operation of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems over People

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The FAA has given notice today of a proposed rulemaking to allow for drone flights over people and at night. The FAA proposes to amend its rules applicable to the operation of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). This rulemaking would allow operations of small unmanned aircraft over people in certain conditions and operations of small UAS at night without obtaining a waiver. It would also require remote pilots in command … Read More

FAA Makes Major Drone ID Marking Change

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All operators must now place their registration number on the outside of the drone. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has posted a new rule in the Federal Register requiring small drone owners to display the FAA-issued registration number on an outside surface of the aircraft. Owners and operators may no longer place or write registration numbers in an interior compartment as allowed previously. The rule is effective on February 23, … Read More

FAA Needs Advisory Group Members

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FAA Seeks New Drone Advisory Group Members The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has posted a notice in the Federal Register soliciting qualified candidates to serve on the Drone Advisory Committee (DAC). The committee provides an open venue for the FAA and stakeholders to identify and recommend consensus-based resolutions for issues related to the integration of unmanned aircraft (UAS) into the National Airspace System. The notice explains the responsibilities associated with … Read More

Drone Pilots: President Trump Signs FAA Reauthorization Act

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On October 5, 2018, the President signed the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018. The Act establishes new conditions for recreational use of drones and immediately repeals the Special Rule for Model Aircraft. The agency is evaluating the impacts of this change in the law and how implementation will proceed. The Reauthorization Act cannot be fully implemented immediately, please continue to follow all current policies and guidance with respect to the … Read More

H.R. 302, the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 passed by Senate

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The act not only provides funding for the Federal Aviation Administration for the next five year but it also brings major changes to the aviation industry as a whole and to the drone industry specifically. With a 93-6 vote, the Senate passed the H.R. 302, the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 today. The FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 repeals Section 336, under which currently all hobbyist drone operators fly. Going … Read More