Tagged: FAA

Airobotics receives FAA BVLOS Waiver

Leading automated drone startup Airobotics announced today that it is the first company in the United States to receive a Certificate of Waiver (CoW) from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that combines three elements: flying Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) for automated drone operations, over human beings, with a

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Airobotics Gets FAA BVLoS Waiver for US Operations

Automated drone startup Airobotics announced that it is the first company in the United States to receive a Certificate of Waiver (CoW) from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that combines three elements: flying Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) for automated drone operations, over human beings, with a visual observer

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Alaska’s First Commercial Drone Company Continues to Pave the Way with First Overhead Waiver

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Alaska Aerial Media (AAM) in collaboration with Advanced Aerial Education (AAE) is the first small unmanned aircraft service company in Alaska to obtain a certificate of waiver (COW) from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for operations over people in the State of Alaska. The provisions of the

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Measure Acquires Security Clearance and an FAA Waiver to Fly within the DC FRZ (Flight Restricted Zone)

Measure, a leading international provider of aerial intelligence, has completed a drone flight in the DC Metropolitan Flight Restricted Zone (FRZ) as a result of a waiver granted by the Federal Aviation Administration’s Systems Operations Security unit. Washington DC’s FRZ was put in place in 2007 and prohibits aviation operations

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FAA Appoints New Head of UAS Integration

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced that Jay Merkle, Deputy Vice President for the FAA Air Traffic Organization’s Program Management Office, will become the new head of UAS Integration. The appointment is effective Dec. 9, and both executives will report to FAA Associate Administrator for Aviation

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Federal Aviation Administration Announces Key Appointments for Executive Directors of Aircraft Certification and UAS Integration

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today announced Earl Lawrence’s promotion to the Agency’s Executive Director for Aircraft Certification. Lawrence was previously Executive Director for the FAA’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Integration Office. He succeeds Dorenda Baker, who retired Nov. 30 after a distinguished aviation safety career.

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GA-ASI Receives Experimental Certification on Newest MQ-9B SkyGuardian

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA‑ASI) received a Special Airworthiness Certification in the Experimental Category from the FAA for its second MQ-9B SkyGuardian aircraft. The company-owned Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) – registered as N191FP and known as YBC02 – joins the first SkyGuardian in support of the MQ-9B development program.

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Taint It A Shame ASTM – drone standards

One of the new FAA mantras trifecta is “standards,” the other two are “we’re open for business” and “bring us a safety case.” I’ve touched on these before, and I’ll be writing another article addressing the absurdity (the good Lord knows we need some FAA leadership) as soon as I

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The Pop-up Drone Symposium For the Rest of US

Post-FAA 2018 Reauthorization Drone Symposium and Pancake Breakfast. The venue is in the new US epicentre of Drones—Los Angeles, California, December 7th, 2018. We will meet for breakfast at the world famous Dinah’s Family Restaurant for pancakes, or pigs in a blanket if you’re not into the whole breakfast

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Snap Gets FAA Waiver in Rutherford County, Tennessee

Vantage Robotics has announced that the FAA has granted another waiver for using Snap in commercial operations over people. The Part 107.39 waiver granted to Rutherford County, Tennesee is a landmark first for a county government in the United States. Ordinarily, the FAA prohibits flying drones commercially over people. As

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Audit Initiated of FAA’s Role in Authorizing Small UAS Operators in the National Airspace System

The continuing growth of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) within the National Airspace System (NAS) presents challenges for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in maintaining the world’s safest aviation system while fostering innovation. FAA has processed more than 1.1 million UAS registrations for commercial operators and hobbyists since December 2015. Further,

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US Department of Transportation to Audit FAA’s Role in Authorizing sUAS Operators in the NAS

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Office of Inspector General has announced that it will be conducting an audit of the FAA’s role in authorizing Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS/drone) flights within the National Airspace System. The continuing growth of Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) within the National Airspace System (NAS) presents

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Color Me Gobsmacked

The following hardball (and softball too) questions took three-plus weeks (and in some cases 6 plus years) for the FAA to answer as they had to ask around the various compartments, nooks and crannies of the Caerbannog. As is usually the case in the fluid world of the drone, more

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The Lost Decade

I was finally able to meet FAA UASIO Director Earl Lawrence in person at the NASA UAM GC meeting in Seattle. I know you are probably scratching your heads saying, “Wow it took you that long? I met him at such and such show.” Please understand, I don’t go to

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NWUAV successfully completes first phase towards FAA 14 CFR Part 21 Type Certification

McMinnville, OR: Northwest UAV (NWUAV), the largest UAV propulsion system manufacturer in the U.S., has successfully completed the first phase towards Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) 14 CFR Part 21 Type Certification in support of the NW44 type certification program. Members of the FAA team, which comprised FAA Flight Standards (AC-AW),

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FAA Approves HSE Over 55 lb Crop Sprayer Drone for Commercial Use!

Homeland Surveillance & Electronics, LLC (HSE) a full-service UAV company, together with UASolutions Group, Inc. an aviation consulting firm, received notification from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) of approval on the AG-V6A+ unmanned aircraft system (UAS) for Commercial Operations over 55 lbs. The AG-V6A+ is a fully autonomous, unmanned &

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Insitu / FAA Complete First Type Certification Board Meeting for ScanEagle3

Insitu, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Boeing Company, has successfully completed the first interim Type Certification Board Meeting (TCBM) in support of the ScanEagle3 Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) type certification program. Insitu demonstrated its stringent culture of safety which mirrors the FAA’s extremely strict safety standards, exhibited the ScanEagle3’s innovative

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The FAA UAS NAS Integration Roadmap

Where did they get the GIS data for this thing? I was all set to do a comparative analysis with the previous Federal Aviation Administration Unmanned Aircraft Systems National Airspace Integration Roadmap, but the missed September 2015 Congressional mandate for NAS integration, mandated in Section 332 of the FAA Modernization

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Insitu Collaborates With the Federal Aviation Administration to Demonstrate Achievement of Unmanned Air System Type Certification Requirements

Insitu, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Boeing Company, has successfully completed the first interim Type Certification Board Meeting (TCBM) in support of the ScanEagle3 Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) type certification program. Recently, key FAA teams including Aircraft Certification (AIR), Aircraft Flight Status (AFS), Air Traffic Organization (ATO), and Aircraft Unmanned

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DJI Demands Withdrawal Of Misleading Drone Collision Video

Simulation Was Staged Faster Than Both Maximum Possible Speed And FAA Guidelines October 19, 2018 – DJI, the world’s leader in civilian drones and aerial imaging technology, today demanded the University of Dayton Research Institute (UDRI) withdraw a misleading video and blog post which claim to depict a collision between

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Avitas Gets First FAA Civil BVLOS Approval with Radar

Avitas Systems, a GE venture, received Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approval to fly an unmanned aerial system (UAS) beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) in Loving County, Texas. The permission authorizes the company to fly a UAS over 55 lb at low altitudes without a visual observer for industrial inspection;

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First Civilian BVLOS Flights with Radar

Avitas Systems, a GE venture, announced that it received Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approval to fly an unmanned aerial system (UAS) beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) in Loving County, Texas. The permission authorizes Avitas Systems to fly a UAS over 55 pounds at low altitudes without a visual observer

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Avitas Systems, a GE Venture, is the First FAA-Approved Civil Use of Beyond Visual Line of Sight with Radar

Avitas Systems, a GE venture, announced that it received Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approval to fly an unmanned aerial system (UAS) beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) in Loving County, Texas. The permission authorizes Avitas Systems to fly a UAS over 55 pounds at low altitudes without a visual observer

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President Trump Signs FAA Reauthorization Act into Law

On Friday, October 5, 2018, the President signed into law H.R. 302, the “FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018,” which reauthorizes the Federal Aviation Administration and related revenue authorities through September 30, 2023. It modifies the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s disaster assistance authorities; provides $1.68 billion in emergency supplemental appropriations

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