Policy & Regulation

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

May 25, 2016

NTIA releases UAS privacy best practices

BY Luke GeiverUnmanned aircraft systems service providers, end-users and the general public may now have a better understanding of the privacy issue after the National Telecommunications and Information Administration completed a multi stakeholder process. READ MORE

May 12, 2016

Good Stories From New Orleans UAS Event

BY Luke Geiver

May 12, 2016

Two UAS companies sign on as Robotic Skies customers

BY Patrick C. MillerRobotic Skies LLC has added two new companies to its customer base—Spectral Sky Inc. and DPI UAV Systems—which will receive technical support and warranty service from a network of more than 100 service centers around the world. READ MORE

May 12, 2016

Intel tapped to lead drone council, unveils drone 100 flight

BY Luke GeiverIntel's work in the unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) ecosystem has put the company atop a new drone advisory council recently created by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration. A new drone video shows Intel's UAS capabilities. READ MORE

May 12, 2016

FAA UAS Pathfinder update draws big crowd, many questions

BY Luke GeiverAn update on the FAA's Pathfinder program filled the room at AUVSI's Xponential. Major UAS industry firms were in attendance, along with most FAA test sites, all of whom asked several questions of the Pathfinders: BNSF, CNN, CACI, Precisionhawk. READ MORE

April 28, 2016

FAA grants commercial night flight exemption to Tremco Roofing

BY Patrick C. MillerOhio-based Tremco Roofing and Building Maintenance has become the first U.S. business to receive permission from the FAA to fly nighttime commercial operations using UAS. READ MORE

April 28, 2016

NASA, UAS sites complete first phase of traffic management tests

BY Luke GeiverNASA has made unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) history with the help of all six U.S. Federal Aviation Administration UAS test sites. Following the successful test this month, NASA has future plans. READ MORE

April 14, 2016

The War Between The Drones States

BY Patrick C. MillerCities and states want to pass laws and regulations protecting the safety and privacy of their citizens. Congress is considering a bill that would allow the FAA to preempt state and local measures. Which approach is best for the UAS industry? READ MORE

April 14, 2016

FAA amendment could extend UAS test sites by 5 years

BY Luke GeiverThe U.S. Senate has approved an amendment to the Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill that would extend the authorization of every unmanned aircraft systems test site for an additional 5 years. Plus, test site updates. READ MORE

April 14, 2016

EEI, Sharper Shape partner for UAS power line inspections

BY Patrick C. MillerShaper Shape Inc. and the Edison Electric Institute are joining forces to advance UAS technology to inspect electric utility power lines and infrastructure employing beyond line of sight operations. READ MORE

March 31, 2016

Are Small UAS Regulations Closer Than They Appear?

BY Patrick C. MillerIf you think it's a coincidence that the FAA's recent willingness to speed up and streamline UAS regulations is related to congressional interest in the subject, it's not. READ MORE

March 31, 2016

Grand Sky, U.S. Air Force sign runway joint use agreement

BY Patrick C. MillerThe U.S. Air Force and the Grand Sky Business and Technology Park located at the Grand Forks (North Dakota) Air Force Base on Wednesday signed a joint use agreement to share the base’s runway. READ MORE

March 31, 2016

FAA announces changes to UAS altitude limits and registration

BY Patrick C. MillerThe Federal Aviation Administration this week announced changes to UAS altitude limits and to its registration process, both of which should streamline regulations for commercial operators of small UAS. READ MORE

March 31, 2016

UAS Takeaways From Texas

BY Luke Geiver