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

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 to Target UAS Violators for Enforcement

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The FAA says drone pilots of unmanned aircraft (“drones”) who interfere with fighting wildfires, law enforcement efforts, or other first responders, such as medical flights, now are more likely to face serious civil penalties, even for first-time offenses. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has provided guidance for agency personnel who handle possible drone violations to refer all cases involving interference with first responders to the FAA Chief Counsel’s office for … 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

Super Bowl 2018 is a No Drone Zone

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Super Bowl 2018 is off limits to drones. But it’s not just the stadium where your quadcopter will be grounded. The Federal Aviation Administration, banned drones for a 34.5-mile radius for the 2017 Super Bowl around NRG Stadium in Houston. The ban has yet to be released for the 2018 Super Bowl at the U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, MN, however, it’s expected to be the same ban. A circular area of more … Read More

Restrictions Set for Drones Over National Landmarks

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At the request of U.S. national security and law enforcement agencies, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is using its existing authority under Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) § 99.7 – “Special Security Instructions” – to address concerns about unauthorized drone operations over 10 Department of the Interior (DOI) sites, including the Statue of Liberty and Mount Rushmore. The FAA and DOI have agreed to restrict drone flights up … Read More

Safe DRONE Act of 2017

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The Safe DRONE Act of 2017 is being introduced by four U.S. senators in a bipartisan bill designed to advance the development of the unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) industry and ensure the U.S. keeps pace in the development and implementation of the technology. The Safe DRONE Act of 2017 is being introduced by U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner, D-Va.; John Hoeven, R-N.D.; Catherine Cortez Masto, D-Nev.; and Dean Heller, R-Nev. There … Read More