National Drone Safety Awareness Week

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The first National Drone Safety Awareness Week will be held in November 4-10, 2019 National Drone Safety Awareness Week will help educate the public about drone safety by highlighting how key sectors of the drone community are engaging with the public and spreading awareness throughout the U.S. During this week, the FAA will promote your safety stories, successes, events and educational programs. Everyone is welcome to participate in this weeklong … Read More

Recreational Drone Flyer Test

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The Recreational Drone Flyer Test is Coming Soon and the FAA could use your help. Are you part of the drone or tech industry? If so the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) wants your help to administer a recreational flyer knowledge and safety test to the widest audience possible! We have posted a Knowledge Test Administration RFI where you can read and understand what information the FAA is looking for and … Read More

FAA makes Important Changes to the Airspace Webinar Series

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After receiving positive feedback and constructive input the FAA has updated the schedule for the webinar and 2019 FAA UAS Symposium and added a session to include the recent changes to recreational flying. Webinar schedule: June 19, 2019 2 P.M. ET                 Public Safety: How to Start a Drone Program June 27, 2019 4 P.M. ET                 Recreational Flyers: Fly Safe. Have Fun. July 18, 2019 4 P.M. ET      … Read More

8 Conditions to be a Recreational UAS Drone Flyer

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Operators of small unmanned aircraft (also referred to as drones) for recreational purposes must follow the rules in 14 CFR part 107 for FAA certification and operating authority unless they follow the conditions of the Exception for Limited Recreational Operations of Unmanned Aircraft, discussed in this notice. The FAA refers to individuals operating under that statutory exception as ‘‘recreational flyers.’’ Section 44809(a) provides eight conditions that must be satisfied to … 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 Test Centers

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Home→Blog→Flight SafetyPart 107 FAA Testing Center MapThe Federal Aviation Administration requires that drone operators pass an unmanned aerial system (UAS) drone aeronautical knowledge test as one of the requirements for legally flying drones commercially. What are the expected areas this test will cover? The FAA’s test areas include: Applicable regulations relating to small unmanned aircraft system rating privileges, limitations, and flight operation Airspace classification and operating requirements, and flight restrictions … 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

FAA Establishes Restrictions on Drone Operations over Additional DOD Facilities

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At the request of its Federal security partners, the FAA is using its existing authority under Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations § 99.7 – “Special Security Instructions” – to address concerns about drone operations over national security-sensitive facilities by establishing temporary flight restrictions specific to unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). In cooperation with Department of Defense (DOD), the FAA is establishing additional restrictions on drone flights up to 400 … Read More

Super Bowl 52 No Drone Zone Within 30 Miles

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Super Bowl 52 in Minneapolis, MN is expected to bring over 1000 private and chartered aircraft into surrounding airfields during the brief period before and after the event. Private aircraft and drones will be restricted from flying near U.S. Bank Stadium during, before and after the SuperBowl LII. These aircraft must make plans ahead of time with local airfields for takeoffs and departures. Temporary flight restrictions (TFR) within 30 miles … Read More

Hurricane Harvey Drone Safely

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The has issued a statement and warns unauthorized drone operators that flying a drone could interfere with the U.S. National Guard, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Coast Guard, and the Texas Military Department’s rescue and recovery missions as evacuations escalate due to rising water. Flying a drone without authorization in or near the disaster area may violate federal, state, or local laws and ordinances, even if a Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) … Read More