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My bid for AUVSI President 2018 – Patrick Egan

We as an industry community have a rare opportunity to work with both a new Presidential Administration that understands the nuances of the aviation business (Trump Airlines and a Part 135 charter helicopter service), as well as a new FAA Administrator. The current “leadership” contract is up for

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North Carolina Calls for Drone Delivery of Medical Supplies

Physicians and providers in North Carolina may soon have faster access to supplies by air rather than wheels thanks to a proposal by the North Carolina Department of Transportation. The state government office is seeking to join the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Drone Integration Pilot Program (IPP) in a move

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Airline Groups Call on US Congress to Regulate Drones

The Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA), Airlines for America (A4A), and the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) called on Congress to reverse legislation that limits the ability of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to regulate all aspects of drone operations. In a letter to Members of Congress, the

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2018 FAA UAS Symposium

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) will co-host the FAA’s 3rd annual Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Symposium on March 6-8, 2018 at the Baltimore Convention Center. The UAS Symposium provides attendees with the opportunity to engage face-to-face with a cross-section of government

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Drone NAS Integration, What Really Happened

As we look forward to working with a new FAA administrator, we have to remember some of the past integration mistakes so we do not relieve them on the regulatory wheel of suffering. Some of these whoppers have put the U.S. behind the rest of the world in adapting and

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Swift Aero aerial systems receive permission to fly in Class Bravo airspace

Swift Aero Aerial Systems (Swift Aero), an aerial service provider specializing in cinematography, broadcasting, mapping, photography and surveying services, has received permission by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to fly Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) in key airport traffic areas and controlled airspace, Class Bravo airspace, in and around Las Vegas.

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Skyfire to Develop LA Fire Department’s UAV Program

Skyfire Consulting, a public safety-focused drone company, kicked off 2018 by gaining the FAA’s sign-off on the Los Angeles Fire Department’s in-house UAV program. LAFD, one of the nation’s busiest fire/rescue agencies, put their trust in the four-year-old consulting company, based on their proven track record of success with FAA

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Skyfire Consulting Gains FAA’s Sign-Off on Los Angeles Fire Department’s UAV Program

Skyfire Consulting, the country’s premier public safety-focused drone company, kicked off 2018 by gaining the FAA’s sign-off on the Los Angeles Fire Department’s in-house UAV program. LAFD, one of the nation’s busiest fire/rescue agencies, put their trust in the four-year-old consulting company, based on their proven track record of success

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The National Council on Public Safety UAS

By Charles L. Werner Chair, National Council on Public Safety UAS In early 2017, public safety had an awakening of the value that unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) brings to enhance the safety and effectiveness of emergency operations. This of course, resulted after the changes and more realistic FAA regulations

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FAA Drone Registry Tops One Million

U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao announced at the Consumer Electronics Show that the total number of drones now registered with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has eclipsed one million. The 1,000,000 total registration figure includes 878,000 hobbyists, who receive one identification number for all the drones they

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Dan Elwell to Serve as Acting FAA Administrator

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao announced that FAA Deputy Administrator Daniel K. Elwell will serve as Acting FAA Administrator upon the conclusion of Administrator Michael Huerta’s term. Elwell was appointed FAA Deputy Administrator in June 2017 and will become Acting Administrator at 12:01 a.m. on January 7,

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Boeing MQ-25 Prototype Gets FAA Registration Number

Boeing has received a US aircraft registration for the newly-unveiled demonstrator at the heart of its bid to make up to 72 MQ-25 Stingray carrier-based unmanned tankers for the US Navy. The Federal Aviation Administration assigned registration number, N234MQ, to Boeing for a St. Louis-aircraft model dubbed the “T1” on

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Drone Ballistic Recovery System

Indemnis hopes to put its Nexus ballistic drone recovery system on the market by next summer. Company founder Alan Erickson said the system should retail for between $1,700 and $2,500 and satisfy upcoming FAA regulations for UAS flight over people and in urban areas for Part 107 commercial operations. Erickson

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Red Star Yak 52 Display Team

The Red Star Yak 52 Display Team do their thing (massed formation aerobatics) at the Classic Fighters airshow held at Omaka Aerodrome in Blenheim, New Zealand. A Precision Warbird Mass Formation Display Team. We are actually several teams across the United States, staffed by FAA qualified warbird formation pilots that

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Palo Alto Approached for FAA UAS Integration Pilot Program

The City of Palo Alto, California, is exploring two proposed drone concepts for the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Integration Pilot Program. The City recently learned that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is undertaking a limited number of pilot projects to facilitate the establishment of safe commercial

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Drone Laws in Alabama

Paying attention to everything the FAA has put forth since their rules and regulations were initially put into full effect is crucial for all drone fliers. Are you aware of the laws and regulations related to drones in your state, as well? Flying Over Alabama Lake Purdy is an amazing

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Drone Laws in Louisiana

Paying attention to everything the FAA has put forth since their rules and regulations were initially put into full effect is crucial for all drone fliers. Are you aware of the laws and regulations related to drones in your state, as well? Flying Over Louisiana The laws regarding drones in

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Drone Law Updates

FAA Registration Required! Congress has just finalized legislation that will reverse the earlier court ruling in the John Taylor case that restores the FAA’s UAS registration requirement, and on December 12, 2017, President Trump signed the legislation into law. This legislation—the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018— requires

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Drone Laws in South Carolina

Paying attention to everything the FAA has put forth since their rules and regulations were initially put into full effect is crucial for all drone fliers. Are you aware of the laws and regulations related to drones in your state, as well? Flying Over South Carolina Charleston is the ultimate

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Drone Laws in Colorado

Paying attention to everything the FAA has put forth since their rules and regulations were initially put into full effect is crucial for all drone fliers. Are you aware of the laws and regulations related to drones in your state, as well? Flying Over Colorado Unfortunately, it would seem that

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FAA Bans New Sites for Flying Drones

Many new drone pilots don’t realize that there are certain laws that drones must abide by. They are not supposed to fly a certain height, depending on the area, and they are not permitted within certain areas such as those near airports. Pilots that don’t follow these rules risk safety

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FAA Releases UAS Remote Tracking & ID ARC Report

The Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Identification and Tracking Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) chartered by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in June has submitted its report and recommendations (PDF) to the agency on technologies available to identify and track drones in flight and other associated issues. The ARC’s 74 members represented

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FAA Restricts Drone Operations Over DOE Facilities

At the request of U.S. national security and law enforcement agencies, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is using its existing authority under Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations § 99.7 – “Special Security Instructions” – to address concerns about unauthorized drone operations over seven Department of Energy (DOE)

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Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma to Pursue Federal Aviation Administration Drone Integration Pilot Program Designation

DURANT, Okla. (December 12, 2017) – The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma has submitted a declaration of intent to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to seek an FAA Drone Integration Pilot Program designation as a tribal government. The designation would permit the Choctaw Nation to participate in an initiative unveiled in

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Trump Bill Reinstates FAA’s Drone Registry

The FAA Drone Registry is back on, courtesy of a bill signed into law earlier today by President Trump. The reinstated rules were one small piece of the $700 billion National Defense Authorization Act. In a statement to TechCrunch, an FAA spokesperson unsurprisingly gave the rules the thumbs up. “We

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Thousands Apply to Trump’s Drone Pilot Program

Transportation and FAA are accepting proposals to participate in drone innovation zones, where normal regulations do not apply. President Donald Trump issued a mandate last month that would roll back some “overly burdensome” Federal Aviation Administration regulations on drone use. The new initiative proposes to set up “innovation zones” in

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