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

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

Aeronautical Knowledge and Safety Test

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The FAA has issued a notice to 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 the Federal Register notice. The FAA refers to individuals operating under that statutory exception as ‘‘recreational flyers.’ There … Read More

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