UAS Operations Restricted At More Federal Facilities

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WASHINGTON – The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today announced Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) airspace restrictions over additional national security sensitive locations, effective November 7. In cooperation with its federal partners, the FAA will restrict UAS operations in the airspace over 60 additional Department of Defense and Department of Justice facilities to address concerns about malicious drone activity. An FAA Notice to Airmen (NOTAM), FDC 9/7752, defines these special security instructions. … Read More

More Delays in Issuance of UAS Remote Identification Regulations

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The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) announced on Thursday October 3rd, that the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for remote identification of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or drones) has been delayed yet again. The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking is now scheduled for release sometime in December of this year. These rules will address remote identification, which is the ability of a drone to transmit identifying information to other parties on the … Read More

FAA Updates DroneZone

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DroneZone Portal Gets an Update Upgrades to the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) DroneZone allows recreational flyers to request airspace authorizations in controlled airspace where the Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC) is not available. Airspace authorizations can take up to 45 days to process and approve through the DroneZone. Recreational flyers may request to fly up to the designated altitude ceiling in an Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Facility Map … Read More

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

Drone Remote ID Rule

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Drone Remote ID Rule Enters Regulatory Review There is movement on the FAA’s long-awaited draft rule to require a means of remotely identifying drones from the ground, despite the postponement of its release from September to December. On Sept. 12 the Remote ID proposed rule was submitted for regulatory review to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), part of the White House Office of Management and Budget. OIRA … Read More

It’s Official. FAA and UAS Partners Successfully Demonstrate Traffic Management System

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FAA, UAS Partners Complete Successful Demos The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), NASA and their partners in a pilot program that is laying the groundwork for an Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) traffic management system successfully demonstrated how such a system can work in the future. The demonstrations, conducted at three separate test sites selected by the FAA for the UAS Traffic Management Pilot Program (UPP), showed that multiple, Beyond Visual Line … 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’s New Administrator Takes Over Today

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WASHINGTON – Stephen M. Dickson was sworn in today by U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao as the 18th Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). An aviation industry professional with nearly 40 years of experience, Dickson is widely respected and assumes the role of Administrator of the agency during a critical moment for aviation safety. Recognizing Acting Administrator Elwell’s service, Secretary Chao stated, “I’m grateful for Acting Administrator Dan … Read More

FAA Further Expand Opportunities for Safe Drone Operations

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The FAA Further Expand Opportunities for Safe Drone Operations The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) beginning on July 23 will expand the Low Altitude Authorization and Capability (LAANC) system to include recreational flyers. This action will significantly increase the ability of drone pilots to gain access to controlled airspace nationwide. LAANC, a collaboration between the FAA and industry that directly supports the safe integration of Unmanned Aircraft Systems into the nation’s … Read More

FAA Issues Waiver for Flight With Parachutte

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FAA Issues Waiver to Fly Drones With Parachutes The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced today that it issued Hensel Phelps Construction Company of Washington, D.C., a Part 107 waiver on June 1 to operate a DJI Phantom 4 drone, equipped with a parachute, over people. A waiver is required to operate a drone contrary to the rules in part 107, which is the small unmanned aircraft rule. The FAA did … Read More