Policy & Regulation

April 04, 2018

FAA asks: Could you be a LAANC service supplier?

BY Federal Aviation Administration The Federal Aviation Administration is looking for a few good suppliers, for the Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability. The FAA is now considering agreements with additional entities to provide LAANC services. READ MORE

March 27, 2018

Aspen, Sensurion join forces to develop certified UAS avionics

BY Patrick C. MillerAspen Avionics of New Mexico and Minnesota-based Sensurion Aerospace have formed a partnership aimed at filling the certified avionics gap between hobbyist and military drones. This will include autopilot, communications and navigation systems. READ MORE

March 27, 2018

FAA forecasts phenomenal growth for UAS industry

BY Patrick C. MillerAccording to the FAA's aviation forecast for the next 20 years, the UAS industry will experience "phenomenal growth" between 2017 and 2022. It expects the number of commercial systems to quadruple while hobbyist done ownership more than doubles. READ MORE

March 13, 2018

Ford proposes motor vehicle department in the sky to ID drones

BY Patrick C. MillerA research team at Ford Motor Co. has come up with a potential low-cost solution to identify and track drones. As with registering and licensing a car, they believe making a drone identifiable to anyone could make operators more accountable. READ MORE

March 12, 2018

FAA expands drone airspace authorization program

BY Federal Aviation Administration The Federal Aviation Administration last week announced plans to expand testing of an automated system to speed up approvals for drones to operate in airspace controlled by an air traffic facility. The test begins in April at 500 airports. READ MORE

February 28, 2018

Kansas State Polytechnic offers UAS training for law enforcement

BY Patrick C. MillerBased on feedback from first responders, Kansas State Polytechnic at Salina will in April begin offering a specialized UAS training course for law enforcement personnel. The four-day course will provide training for specific purposes. READ MORE

February 27, 2018

Report: Large UAVs could bring explosive growth to US

BY Luke GeiverA major shift in aviation could be on the horizon according to the Aerospace Industries Association. In a new report, AIA states that large unmanned aircraft could encounter explosive growth during the next two decades. READ MORE

February 21, 2018

DOI drone report details modern approach to resource management

BY U.S. Department of Interior With a fleet of 312 unmanned aircraft, the Department of the Interior's Office of Aviation Services flew nearly 5,000 missions in 2017 to support everything from fighting wildfires to monitoring and mapping missions. READ MORE

February 14, 2018

European airport operators call for adoption of drone rulebook

BY Patrick C. MillerIncreased safety concerns about drone use in and around Europe's airports should result in quick adoption of the European Union's drone rulebook, says the Airport Council International- Europe. It also released a position paper on drone technology. READ MORE

January 31, 2018

Q&A: Aviation attorney tackles the drones and privacy issue

BY Patrick C. MillerAs the use of drones increases for hobbyist, commercial and law enforcement purposes, so too will concerns about privacy. Aviation attorney Kevin Moon with the Clyde & Co law firm outlines the challenges ahead from a legal perspective. READ MORE

January 29, 2018

Fire chiefs, ERAU partner to bring drones to fire departments

BY Luke GeiverEmbry-Riddle Aeronautical University Worldwide's College of Aeronautics and the International Association of Fire Chiefs are partnering to offer fire service education, training and certification opportunities. READ MORE

January 17, 2018

Insitu provides UAS pilots with improved situational awareness

BY Patrick C. MillerInsitu has successfully demonstrated a ground-based airspace system that provides commercial UAS operators with better situational awareness for beyond-visual-line-of-sight flying. The testing was conducted at Mississippi State University. READ MORE

January 12, 2018

NY to add drone fleet to police force

BY Office of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has announced the launch of the new State Police Unmanned Aerial System program, which will be used to support law enforcement missions, including disaster response and traffic safety. READ MORE

January 12, 2018

FAA drone registry tops 1 million

BY Federal Aviation Administration U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao has announced at the Consumer Electronics Show that the total number of drones now registered with the Federal Aviation Administration has eclipsed 1 million. READ MORE

January 03, 2018

DroneGun a countermeasure to drone terror attacks

BY Patrick C. MillerDroneShield CEO Oleg Vornik sees the use of drones as a terror weapon as a growing threat. Military and security organizations around the world see the company's DroneGun as an effective countermeasure to the potential threat. READ MORE

January 03, 2018

2,800 interested parties apply for UAS Integration Pilot Program

BY Patrick C. MillerThe FAA has received more than 2,800 applications from interested parties for the UAS Integration Pilot Program announced last fall. Most applicants are commercial drone operators, but private entities and law enforcement agencies have also applied. READ MORE

December 20, 2017

Military, security applications to dominate UAV markets

BY Patrick C. MillerMarkets and Markets, a global research and consulting firm, says that while the commercial sector of the UAS market will experience rapid growth through 2022, military and security applications will capture the largest segment of the market. READ MORE

December 19, 2017

FAA restricts drone operations over DOE facilities

BY Federal Aviation Administration The FAA is restricting drone flights over seven U.S. Department of Energy facilities at the request of national security and law enforcement agencies. The airspace restrictions are listed in a NOTAM and become effective on Dec. 29. READ MORE

December 15, 2017

Trump signs bill reinstating registration for hobbyist drones

BY Patrick C. MillerThe requirement for hobbyist drone operators to register with the FAA is back on after President Donald Trump signed legislation reinstating the measure. Last spring, a federal judge halted the requirement, saying the FAA had exceeded its authority. READ MORE

December 07, 2017

U.S. House Aviation Subcommittee tackles UAS issues

BY Patrick C. MillerThe U.S. House Aviation Subcommittee last week held its first hearing dedicated to UAS. Committee members heard from government, industry and academia about measures to advance the drone industry. Safety issues continue to be a key concern. READ MORE

December 06, 2017

Intel sees positive signs in Drone Integration Pilot Program

BY Patrick C. MillerAlthough Intel doesn't yet know what part it will play in the U.S. Drone Integration Pilot program, Anil Nanduri, the company's UAS general manager, believes the ability to test technology in real-world environments will benefit the UAS industry. READ MORE

December 05, 2017

New report details FAA, ASSURE work to understand drone collision

BY ASSURE The ASSURE research team began its research in FY 2016. The research attempts to answer the question of what happens when a drone collides midair with other aircraft. READ MORE

December 05, 2017

American National Standards Institute looking for UAS experts

BY Luke GeiverThe American National Standards Institute has officially issued a call for participants to join its UAS Standardization Collaborative. Subject matter experts interested in joining or participating have until the end of the year to join. READ MORE

November 22, 2017

Attorneys see positive signs for UAS from federal government

BY Patrick C. MillerBetween FAA reorganization, Congressional reauthorization of the agency and the Trump administration's drone pilot program, two veteran aviation attorneys see reason for optimism that 2018 will be a better year for the UAS industry. READ MORE

November 08, 2017

NUAIR announces first phase of New York UTM corridor

BY Patrick C. MillerThe Northeast UAS Airspace Integration Research Alliance launched the first phase of a 50-mile unmanned traffic management corridor aimed at growing the drone industry in Central New York. Vendors are being sought for Phase II of the project. READ MORE

November 08, 2017

AirMap mobile app offers automated airspace authorization

BY Patrick C. MillerThrough a partnership the the FAA, AirMap's mobile app can now be used to request digital authorization to fly commercially in the airspace of five prototype evaluation sites with Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability. READ MORE

November 07, 2017

Arizona UAS event reveals changes coming to industry

BY Luke GeiverSpeakers from the FAA and AUVSI provided attendees of the second Arizona UAS Summit & Expo held this week in Mesa with insight and perspective on the future of the UAS industry. Drone swarms and UAS traffic management were among the topics discussed. READ MORE

November 07, 2017

Workhorse optimizes last-mile delivery with integrated drone

BY Workhorse Group Inc. Workhorse Group Inc. has begun implementing agreements to test and operate its new N-Gen electric van equipped with an integrated delivery drone. The aircraft launches from the roof of the van and can deliver packages weighing up to 10 pounds. READ MORE

November 02, 2017

Chao announces details of U.S. Drone Integration Pilot Program

BY U.S. Department of Transportation U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao has announced details of the Trump administration's Drone Integration Pilot Program, which is aimed at accelerating the commercialization and integration of UAS into the national airspace. READ MORE

October 26, 2017

Trump administration seeks to advance UAS integration

BY Patrick C. MillerCalling the current unmanned aircraft regulatory framework "outdated," the Trump administration this week launched the UAS Integration Pilot Program. The goal is to speed up the safe integration of drones and provide an economic boost. READ MORE