FAA Unveils Effort to Expand the Safe Integration of Unmanned Aircraft

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WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is establishing an aviation rulemaking committee  (PDF)with industry stakeholders to develop recommendations for a regulatory framework that would allow certain UAS to be operated over people who are not directly involved in the operation of the aircraft. The FAA is taking this action to provide a more flexible, performance-based approach for these operations than what was considered for Micro … Read More

Drone Registration Deadline Approaching

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If you own a drone, the registration deadline is approaching. The Federal Aviation Administration requires all unmanned aircraft systems to be registered before flying outside. If you own a Drone, you have until Feb. 19 – Friday – to register. The federal law requires registration. Registration is inexpensive and is valid for three years and the online process is easy. The FAA now requires every drone, R/C aircraft owner to register aircraft … Read More

FAA Updates Washington, DC-Area Unmanned Aircraft Procedures

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The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is updating its conditions today for flying unmanned aircraft in the area between 15 and 30 miles from Washington, D.C. to clarify differences for various types of unmanned aircraft. As of 12:01 a.m. EST, Wednesday, February 10, the operating procedures will allow model aircraft, commercial and public users to operate in the outer ring of the Special Flight Rules Area (SFRA) under specific conditions. The … Read More

Small Drones Have Big Impact for Accident Investigators

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When air safety investigators with Taiwan’s Aviation Safety Council (ASC) mobilized to the island of Hoko on July 24, 2014, to find out why a TransAsia Airways ATR 72-500 crashed into residences near Magong Airport, they brought along a new tool—a ScientificAerospace quadcopter with a digital camera and inertial and altitude sensors. Investigators with the U.K.’s Air Accident Investigation Branch (AAIB), who have also been deploying sUAS over the past … Read More

Drone Aids TransAsia Flight 222 Accident Investigation

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The Taiwan Aviation Safety Council (ASC) successfully deployed a sUAV as part of its investigation into the July 23, 2014 crash of a TransAsia Airways ATR-72-500 on the island of Hoko, west of Taiwan. Drones for investigations is a growing trend among crash investigators worldwide, due to their ability to access remote locations or to quickly perform a site survey while gathering data at a lower cost than manned aircraft … Read More

Over 300,000 sUAS now Registered

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WASHINGTON – Nearly 300,000 owners have registered their small unmanned aircraft in the first 30 days after the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) online registration system went live. Owners who registered in the first month received a refund for the $5 application fee. “I am pleased the public responded to our call to register,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.  “The National Airspace System is a great resource and all users of … Read More

FAA Releases B4UFLY Smartphone App

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B4UFLY for iOS is now available for free download in the App Store. Android users can opt-in via the Google Play store to participate in a beta test. B4UFLY is an easy-to-use smartphone app that helps unmanned aircraft operators determine whether there are any restrictions or requirements in effect at the location where they want to fly. Key features of the B4UFLY app include: A clear “status” indicator that immediately … Read More