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FAA Makes Major Drone ID Marking Change

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has posted a rule in the Federal Register requiring small drone owners to display the FAA-issued registration number on an outside surface of the aircraft. Owners and operators may no longer place or write registration numbers in an interior compartment. The rule is effective on

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Atlanta is a “No Drone Zone” During Super Bowl LIII

 The airspace around Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta is a “No Drone Zone” for Super Bowl LIII, on Feb. 3, 2019, and during three days leading up to the event. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will establish a Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) on game day that will prohibit drones within

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Sinclair College Unmanned Aerial Systems Program Coordinator

The position coordinates and directs all aspects of Sinclair’s Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) programs for the Aviation Technology Department. The coordinator will oversee laboratory and flight operations, manage curriculum quality, monitor student performance, and ensure compliance with FAA regulations and guidelines. The coordinator will also market the program throughout the

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Echodyne Radar Selected for Northern Plains’ UTM Pilot Program Testing

Echodyne, the manufacturer of innovative, high-performance radars for government and commercial markets, announced today that it has been selected to participate in Northern Plains UAS Test Site (NPUASTS) industry partnership to test and demonstrate commercial UAS operations in the next phase of DOT/FAA UAS Pilot Program (UPP) testing. Echodyne’s MESA™

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State of Nevada Unmanned Aircraft System Test Site Selected for Milestone DOT / FAA UAS Traffic Management Pilot Program

On 14 January 2019, Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao addressed attendees to the Transportation Research Board (TRB) 98th Annual Meeting on the future of Transportation. In her remarks, Secretary Chao highlighted the DOT / FAA Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Traffic Management (UTM) Pilot Program (UPP) awardees, which

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FAA Issues RFI on Drone ID

In a request for information quietly issued late December, the FAA said it wants to find partners to help develop a practical approach to the data sharing required to remotely identify small drones in controlled airspace. The data collected would include a unique identifier for the UAS, tracking information and

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ParaZero announces second waiver for flight over people and Beyond Visual Line of Sight Operations

Drone safety systems company, ParaZero Technologies Ltd (ASX: PRZ), announced today that its customer, Airobotics, has secured a Certificate of Waiver (CoW) from the Federation Aviation Authority (FAA) that allows them to fly Beyond Visual Line of Sight for automated drone operations over people. Airobotics’ drone system integrates ParaZero’s SafeAir

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FAA Selects NovAtel® to Provide Safety-Critical Infrastructure for North American Navigation Network

NovAtel® announced the award of a contract from the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to design, produce and deliver 40 next-generation Ground Uplink Station (GUS) Signal Generators to support the FAA’s safety of life WAAS navigation service. The contract also includes ongoing engineering support services for NovAtel’s complete portfolio

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Vigilant Aerospace Provides Airspace Safety for 13-mile BVLOS Authorization at Oklahoma State University

Vigilant Aerospace Systems participated with Oklahoma State University (OSU) today in the first beyond visual line-of-sight (BVLOS) drone flights authorized under a new, unique FAA Certificate of Authorization (COA) allowing flights in a 13-mile long corridor in central Oklahoma. The COA, released by the FAA on Dec. 6, 2018, allows

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FAA Seeks New Drone Advisory Group Members

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has posted a notice (PDF) in the Federal Register soliciting qualified candidates to serve on the Drone Advisory Committee(DAC). The committee provides an open venue for the FAA and stakeholders to identify and recommend consensus-based resolutions for issues related to integration of unmanned aircraft (UAS)

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Can you help the FAA with LAANC?

The FAA is dedicated to ensuring drones are able to operate safely in the same airspace with manned aircraft. The LAANC capability offers industry the opportunity to work with the agency as we develop a UAS traffic management system. Companies approved to provide LAANC Services are known as Approved UAS

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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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