Policy & Regulation

August 02, 2017

VTO Inc. gets federal contract for cyber forensics project

BY Patrick C. MillerThe Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate has issued an R&D contract to a Colorado company specializing in digital security for a project to assist law enforcement in gathering forensic evidence on drones. READ MORE

July 05, 2017

Verizon explains flying-cell-site drone-project

BY Luke GeiverFirst responders, Verizon and American Aerospace Technologies Inc. have showcased a new strategy to utilize a drone to create a cell tower in the sky. UAS Magazine caught up with the team for more on their efforts. READ MORE

July 05, 2017

Diverse drone identification rulemaking committee begins work

BY Federal Aviation Administration Whose drone is that? It's a critical question for law enforcement and homeland security when an unmanned aircraft (UAS) appears to be flying in an unsafe manner or where it's not supposed to fly. READ MORE

July 05, 2017

Multiple US Senators issue drone act to keep country competitive

BY Office of U.S. Senator Mark Warner Multiple U.S. Senators have introduced legislation to help the country keep pace with other countries deploying and using drones for commercial purposes. READ MORE

June 21, 2017

UAS Organizations Raise Concern Over Jurisdiction of US Airspace

BY Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International and 13 other organizations have sent a letter to members of Congress urging them to consider the potential consequences related to legislation regarding the NAS. READ MORE

June 07, 2017

North Dakota forms task force aimed at counter-UAS testing

BY Patrick C. MillerThe state of North Dakota is forming a UAS Detection and Counter-UAS Task Force to test and demonstrate technologies that defend against rogue drone operators. Two federal agencies have expressed interest in testing counter-UAS technologies. READ MORE

June 07, 2017

Attorney lists pluses, minuses of Drone Federalism Act

BY Patrick C. MillerA UAS attorney says the Drone Federalism Act introduced in Congress could help end conflicts between states and the federal government over UAS laws and regulation, but it also contains aspects that could hinder the U.S. drone industry. READ MORE

June 07, 2017

American standards group to focus on drones

BY Luke GeiverAn organization aimed at making the U.S. more competitive on a global scale has set its sights on drones. The American National Standards Institute has announced plans to establish a UAS focus group. READ MORE

May 24, 2017

U.S. record set for longest drone urban package delivery

BY Nevada Governor's Office of Economic Development A UAS team comprised of groups from Nevada and Texas set a U.S. record for delivering a package to an urban area after a 97-mile drone flight through the national airspace. A fixed-wing drone delivered the package to Austin, Texas. READ MORE

May 24, 2017

Court’s ruling on hobby drone registration creates new questions

BY Luke GeiverA hobbyist drone pilot from Washington D.C. has altered the regulatory landscape for small unmanned aircraft vehicle flights across the entire U.S. Through his case, drone hobbyists no longer need to register their sUAVs. READ MORE

May 11, 2017

Harris, Ligado partnership assists with small UAS BVLOS flights

BY Patrick C. MillerHarris Corp. and the Ligado Networks have formed a collaborative partnership to advance beyond visual line-of-sight navigation for small UAS. Ligado says its commercial satellite is well suited for the role of communicating with small UAS. READ MORE

May 10, 2017

Simulyze provides technology to improve UAS flight operations

BY Patrick C. MillerBehind the scenes, Simulyze Inc. has helped improve situational awareness for U.S. military air operations. Now it wants to use its technology and applications to do the same for UAS commercial operations. READ MORE

May 10, 2017

Grand Sky to conduct BVLOS flights with large UAS this summer

BY Patrick C. MillerThe Grand Sky UAS Business and Aviation park will begin beyond visual line-of-sight flights this summer using large UAS. A contract between Harris Corp. and Grand Sky will enable UAS satellite navigation for the flights. READ MORE

May 10, 2017

Gryphon Sensors introduces first operational mobile UTM system

BY Gryphon Sensors Gryphon Sensors this week introduced the UAS industry's first mobile UTM system during Xponential 2017 in Dallas, Texas. The company says the system sets new standards in UAS traffic management and drone security systems. READ MORE

April 27, 2017

FAA issues 200 maps to streamline commercial drone ops

BY Federal Aviation Administration The Federal Aviation Administration today published ;more than 200 facility maps to streamline the commercial drone authorization process. The maps depict areas and altitudes near airports where UAS may operate safely. READ MORE

April 13, 2017

Using innovative satellite, 5G system, sUAS goes BVLOS in Va

BY Luke GeiverCredit a one-of-a-kind satellite system that utilizes a 22-meter reflector-based antenna for the successful test flight of a small unmanned aircraft system that flew more than 12 miles beyond visual line of sight. READ MORE

April 13, 2017

Verizon tests cellphone tower in the sky to aid first responders

BY Patrick C. MillerVerizon is testing a drone equipped as a flying cell tower to demonstrate its ability to provide communications to first responders during emergencies and disasters when normal communications are knocked out. A larger test is planned for next month. READ MORE

April 13, 2017

FAA maps will speed up drone authorization applications

BY Federal Aviation Administration The FAA this week announced that on April 27, it will release the first set of UAS facility maps showing areas and altitudes near airports where drones can safely operate. This will help the agency process Part 107 requests more quickly. READ MORE

March 23, 2017

IP firm: drone identification tech isn’t theory, its available

BY Luke GeiverA New York-based intellectual property broker believes it has the patent to a drone tracking and identification system that could be used by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration and law enforcement to ID and track drones. READ MORE

March 23, 2017

Aviation consulting experts launch guaranteed UAS solutions

BY Luke GeiverEvans Inc., a consulting firm specialized in health care, aviation and international developments, has released a new service to the unmanned aircraft systems industry it guarantees will produce a successful outcome for commercial and gov agencies. READ MORE

March 16, 2017

Senate hearing offers insight on FAA UAS progress, future plans

BY Luke GeiverThe U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation met this week to hear testimony from unmanned aircraft systems experts, officials and interested parties. During a two-hour long hearing the FAA gave progress reports and plans. READ MORE

March 16, 2017

Author says U.S. has a bewildering array of UAS laws, regulations

BY Patrick C. MillerSarah Nilsson, a pilot and attorney who wrote a new book on federal and state UAS laws and regulations, believes that the U.S. has a long way to go before it can effectively regulate drones for commercial and recreational uses. READ MORE

February 16, 2017

Xcel Energy, FAA partner for safe UAS infrastructure inspection

BY Patrick C. MillerThe FAA is partnering with Xcel Energy, a Minneapolis-based utility, on a program aimed at using drones for the safe inspection of energy infrastructure. The utility is planning at least one beyond-line-of-sight flight in 2017. READ MORE

February 16, 2017

Counter-drone company Dedrone attracts $15 million in new funds

BY Patrick C. MillerDedrone's rapid expansion into the counter-drone market has attracted $15 million in new funding. One investor is John Chambers, executive chairman of Cisco, who said Dedrone empowers enterprise and federal customers regain control of airspace. READ MORE

February 02, 2017

General Atomics new SkyGuardian has commercial potential

BY Patrick C. MillerThe SkyGuardian, a new, upgraded version of the General Atomics Predator B, is going through an FAA type certification process that will enable it and other larger drone designs to eventually operate in the national airspace. READ MORE

February 02, 2017

Tiny ADS-B transceiver could provide high-traffic drone solution

BY Patrick C. MillerA low-power ADS-B transceiver the size of a dime could provide a solution for dealing with the large numbers of drones expected to be in the skies in the near future. uAvionix is working with the FAA to perfect the technology. READ MORE

February 02, 2017

A Drone Trend That Needs To End

BY Patrick C. MillerCitizen journalists using their drones to cover news events should always err on the side of safety. READ MORE

January 19, 2017

SkyPan, FAA settle largest-ever fine proposed for a UAS operator

BY Patrick C. MillerThe FAA this week announced that it would reduce a proposed $1.9 million fine on SkyPan International Inc. to a $200,000 civil penalty. Under the agreement, SkyPan neither admits to nor contests the allegations made by the FAA in October 2015. READ MORE

January 19, 2017

How Fake Drone News Begins

BY Patrick C. MillerWhen drone news seems questionable, it's always a good idea to get the facts. READ MORE

January 05, 2017

Nation's first BVLOS UAS operations approved

BY Patrick C. MillerNorth Dakota's Northern Plains UAS Test Site became the first in the nation to receive approval from the FAA to begin phasing in beyond-visual-line-of-sight flights for large-platform unmanned aircraft, eliminating the requirement for chase aircraft. READ MORE