Policy & Regulation

September 01, 2016

Intel Corp. gets two Part 107 waivers from FAA

BY Patrick C. MillerIntel Corp. was pleasantly surprised Monday when it received two waivers from the the FAA as the Part 107 rule went into effect. One waiver allows nighttime flights and the other allows multiple drones to be controlled by a single operator. READ MORE

September 01, 2016

FAA announces Drone Advisory Committee members

BY Patrick C. MillerComing on the heels of implementing Part 107, the Federal Aviation Administration this week announced the 35 members of its Drone Advisory Committee formed under the RTCA federal advisory committee. READ MORE

August 31, 2016

Something Big Is Coming For UAS

BY Luke Geiver

August 23, 2016

Air Force outlines UAS plans as NASA pursues traffic management

BY Patrick C. MillerDay two of the 10th Annual UAS Summit and Expo saw top leaders from the U.S. Air Force and NASA outline their plans for improvements and pushing ahead with UAS traffic management in collaboration with private industry partners. READ MORE

August 23, 2016

UAS Summit & Expo opens with session for student entrepreneurs

BY Patrick C. MillerThe opening day of the 10th Annual UAS Summit & Expo featured advice from young CEOs about how students can pursue their own UAS startup companies using the opportunities and resources available in North Dakota and the surrounding region. READ MORE

August 18, 2016

Expert: New Part 107 UAS operators shouldn’t overlook insurance

BY Patrick C. MillerThose who plan to start new UAS businesses under the FAA's Part 107 shouldn't assume their insurance policies cover them. Insurance adviser Shawn Ram with Crystal & Company cautions that many policies exclude anything related to aviation. READ MORE

August 18, 2016

NASA to highlight opportunities in North Dakota at UAS Summit

BY UAS Magazine Staff NASA, UAS industry partners will explain collaboration on UTM development and future beyond visual line of sight flights. READ MORE

August 18, 2016

Insuring UAS Operations

BY Patrick C. MillerVerifly is democratizing insurance for the UAS industry with an app that enables drone pilots to buy insurance with two taps. READ MORE

August 04, 2016

DroneTracker can spot, identify and track problem drones

BY Patrick C. MillerDedrone's DroneTracker 2.0 offers a solution for those concerned about their privacy or public safety at large events. It can also help track down someone illegally operating UAS. READ MORE

August 04, 2016

White House workshop launches new UAS initiatives

BY Patrick C. MillerThe White House Office of Science and Technology Policy held a UAS workshop to launch several initiatives aimed at the safe integration of UAS into the national airspace. READ MORE

August 04, 2016

App gives UAS operators weather data in real time

BY The Weather Company The Weather Company, announced that it will work with AirMap, a provider of low-altitude airspace management services for UAS, to allow AirMap to deliver real-time weather data directly to drone operators. READ MORE

August 04, 2016

Senator working with NASA, FAA to advance UAS in North Dakota

BY Patrick C. MillerNorth Dakota Sen. John Hoeven is working with the FAA and NASA to secure new opportunities for the state through it's Northern Plains UAS Test Site. His comments came as General Atomics and the University of North Dakota opened new UAS facilities. READ MORE

August 04, 2016

A Tale Of Two UAS Stories

BY Patrick C. MillerHere's a behind-the-scenes look at what went into creating feature stories on Intel, Flying-Cam and SkySkopes for the upcoming third quarter issue of UAS Magazine. READ MORE

July 21, 2016

Virginia schools get $1 million to create UAS workforce pipeline

BY Office of Senator Mark Warner U.S. Sens. Mark Warner, D-Va., and Tim Kaine, D-Va., have announced that the National Science Foundation has awarded nearly $1 million from to multiple Virginia schools to develop programs creating a UAS operator workforce. READ MORE

July 21, 2016

Drone experts, major firms headed to UAS epicenter

BY UAS Magazine Staff The event will unite commercial end-users with commercial manufacturers and operators, researchers, payload providers, platform designers and multiple leaders spearheading UAS expansion. READ MORE

July 21, 2016

How Not To Get The FAA’s Attention

BY Patrick C. MillerPosting videos on YouTube of questionable UAS activities probably isn't the best way of testing the FAA's regulatory authority. READ MORE

July 21, 2016

Aerospace State Association ramps up UAS support efforts

BY Luke GeiverThe Aerospace States Association is looking to unmanned aircraft systems to help transform the U.S. economy. ASA, a Washington D.C.-based entity made up of lieutenant governors and other elected officials, recently made a major partnership. READ MORE

July 07, 2016

NASA completes first phase of tests, readies for next phase

BY Patrick C. MillerWith the final round of flight tests completed on a detect-and-avoid system for large UAS, NASA will fund a second four-year phase of tests set to begin in 2018. The General Atomics Ikhana served as the UAS workhorse for the project. READ MORE

July 07, 2016

Xcel Energy UAS program lead explains expansion efforts

BY Luke GeiverEileen Lockhart, UAS program lead at Xcel Energy, has helped the major utility provider transform what was once a good idea into a company-wide UAS initiative and soon-to-be operational UAS team. READ MORE

July 07, 2016

Bill gives FAA test sites a three-year extension

BY Patrick C. MillerThe FAA reauthorization bill expected to be voted on by Congress this week or next contains a provision to extend authorization of the agency’s UAS test sites for another three years. READ MORE

June 23, 2016

RED Consultants opens UAS training academy

BY Patrick C. MillerA new training academy opening in Silver Springs, Nevada, will assist UAS pilots in obtaining remote pilot certificates needed to operate under the FAA's small UAS rule. READ MORE

June 23, 2016

Speaking Of UAS Milestones...

BY Patrick C. MillerThe UAS industry received a major boost this week when the FAA released its small UAS rule. Another milestone will occur next week when NASA wraps up flight testing of a detect-and-avoid system for large UAS operating above 500 feet. READ MORE

June 22, 2016

Attorney: FAA’s small UAS rule gives operators more flexibility

BY Patrick C. MillerUAS attorney James Mackler breaks down the pluses and minuses of the FAA's recently released rule for the commercial use of unmanned aircraft. He believes it means more businesses will be getting into the UAS business. READ MORE

June 21, 2016

FAA releases rule for small UAS commercial operations

BY Patrick C. MillerThe FAA's release of a rule to govern commercial operations for UAS weighing less than 55 pounds was greeted with a positive reaction from industry and government. READ MORE

June 09, 2016

What to expect if the FAA releases a small UAS rule

BY Patrick C. MillerThe FAA says Part 107, the small UAS rule, should be out later this month. What will it mean for those in the UAS business or who are planning to get into the business? UAS Magazine asked two UAS attorneys and an operator. READ MORE

June 09, 2016

Wildfire agencies ramp up efforts to stop hobby drones near fires

BY Luke GeiverUAS are a hot topic for the U.S. National Inter Agency Fire Center, for reasons both good and bad. NIAFC is pushing a message to the public, “If You Fly, We Can’t” to remind hobbyist and recreational pilots about the impact of flights during fires. READ MORE

May 25, 2016

Amazon's Prime Air VP outlines proposed UAS airspace system

BY Patrick C. MillerGur Kimchi, Amazon's Prime Air vice president, has a plan to manage UAS traffic that not only helps the retail giant deliver packages, but could also work around the world. And he says we don't have to reinvent the wheel to do it. READ MORE