Tagged: FAA

Who’s Your Drone Overlord?

From time to time, folks like to alert me to stories that they believe need telling for various reasons. Sometimes it is just good old-fashioned FAA bureaucratic bungling, arbitrary favoritism, obfuscation and or your garden-variety industry shenanigans. Other times it might be more severe matters like national security issues, spying,

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FAA Low Altitude Manned Aviator Participation In UAS Remote Identification RFI

As part of ongoing integration efforts, the FAA is committed to creating streamlined and scalable processes to address operations of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in the national airspace. To address the need for consistent and predictable responses to airspace authorization requests, the FAA developed the Low Altitude Authorization and Notification

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FAA Registration Extension

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has important registration information for drone recreational flyers who registered in the FAADroneZone before December 12, 2017. Your registration has been automatically extended until December 12, 2020.

Why Was My Registration Extended?
The National Defense Authorization Act for 2018 restored the FAA’s registration rule with respect

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Who’s Monkeying With The Numbers Again?

I don’t know if the folks at the FAA UASIO are just trying to muddy up the water for job security purposes, or are they going for totally inept? I’ve been listening to what amounts to the mental defective league (formally known as the toy company cabal) bray about the

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DJI Urges FAA To Reconsider Flawed Remote ID Rule

Independent Economic Analysis Finds Costs Nine Times As High As FAA Estimate March 3, 2020 – DJI, the world’s leader in civilian drones and aerial imaging technology, has filed an 89-page formal comment urging the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to allow drone pilots to choose which method of Remote

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Highlights from February Drone Advisory Committee Meeting

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and drone community leaders met in Washington, D.C.on February 27th. to continue an important dialogue on drone integration topics. The Drone Advisory Committee (DAC) reviewed a lot of key drone information and discussed specific DAC taskings such as: Tasking #5: Facility Maps Tasking #6: Beyond

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New Drone Pilot Training Program Builds Skills for the Renewable Energy Industry

The new “Drone Pilot Boot Camp + FAA Part 107 Exam Prep” is a collaboration between three companies: HeatSpring, Little Arms, and Unmanned Experts. They’ve built this unmanned aircract commercial operations course especially for engineering, construction and renewable energy firms. Keven Gambold is the instructor. Formerly a combat pilot for

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DroneUp Airspace Planner App

DroneUp, LLC, a drone pilot service provider for aerial data collection, has been named an Unmanned Aircraft System Service Supplier (USS) to provide the Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC) initiative for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). DroneUp’s LAANC capability will be available in-app through Airspace Planner providing its

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Patrick’s RID letter to the President Trump.

February 21, 2020President Donald J. TrumpThe White House1600 Pennsylvania Ave, NWWashington, DC 20500 RE: FAA Remote Identification of Unmanned Aircraft Systems, Notice of Public Rulemaking.Docket No.: FAA-2019-1100 This proposed rule constitutes a credible threat to the national security of the United States of America. Mr. President; This proposed rule will

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New Members Join FAA Drone Advisory Committee

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has appointed two new members to the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Drone Advisory Committee (DAC). The new members are Christian Ramsey, President of uAvionix Corp., headquartered in Bigfork, MT, and Lee Moak, founder and Chief Executive Officer of The Moak Group in Washington, D.C.

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Wing Supports ASTM Standard for Drone Remote ID

Wing is committed to the safe, open, and secure use of airspace. To that end, Wing supports the remote identification of drones (“Remote ID”), which will help to protect the public, promote responsible flying, and keep our skies open to all users. Following the December release of the FAA’s Notice

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Bye Aerospace Appoints Mark Armstrong, Son of Neil Armstrong, to Strategic Advisory Board

Bye Aerospace, developer of the eFlyer family of FAA Part 23-certified all-electric aircraft, announced that Mark Armstrong has joined the company as a Strategic Advisor. Armstrong is a software engineer and entrepreneur, as well as a singer/songwriter and public speaker. He spent 25 years working in technology, writing software and

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FAA DAC meeting – Feb 27 2020

This meeting is open to the public The FAA’s Drone Advisory Committee (DAC) is a broad-based, long-term Federal advisory committee that provides the FAA with advice on key UAS integration issues by helping to identify challenges and prioritize improvements. The committee helps to create broad support for an overall integration

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FAA UAS Symposium

Registration is now open for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) 5th Annual FAA Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Symposium June 16-18, 2020, at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore.
The UAS Symposium brings enterprise drone operators, commercial remote pilots and recreational flyers face-to-face

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Dark Days in Droneland

Regarding the NPRM comments/questions section, I have stated publicly in articles, on forums, on social media platforms, and in several interviews; the FAA is under no obligation to change one word of the NPRM due to public comments. This regulatory situation is like trying to negotiate peace from the losing

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New Coalition Launches to Protect Model Aviation Hobby Industry, Starting with Fight for a Better Remote ID Rule

Coalition of aviation associations, hobby shops and manufacturers will lobby the FAA to limit burdensome regulation and protect the many jobs and businesses that support the model aviation hobby, as well as STEM learning opportunities. MUNCIE, Ind. – Today, a new coalition launched to protect the model aviation hobby industry,

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Empire Drone Company Gets FAA Approval to Spray Crops

Empire Drone Company has announced that it has received a Part 137 certification from the FAA. This certification allows Empire Drone Company to spray crops by drone, making them part of an elite list of a companies who have this authorization in the United States. There are several advantages over

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DroneUp Launches Airspace Planner with Native LAANC Integration

DroneUp, LLC, an end-to-end drone pilot service provider for aerial data collection, is pleased to announce that it has been named an Unmanned Aircraft System Service Supplier (USS) to provide the Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC) initiative for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). DroneUp’s LAANC capability will be

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James Norrod new CEO of PrecisionHawk

James Norrod has been named as our new Chief Executive Officer. Michael Chasen will lead PrecisionHawk’s advisory board and continue to champion efforts to integrate commercial drones into the National Airspace as Chair of the FAA’s Drone Advisory Committee. Mr. Norrod brings more than 25 years of experience leading companies

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Simlat Solution Delivered to FAA UAS Simulation Lab

Simlat has delivered its small UAS/drone simulation solution to the UAS simulation lab at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) William J. Hughes Technical Center (WJHTC) NextGen Integration & Evaluation Capability (NIEC). The Simlat INTER simulator complies with the MAVLink protocol and can be easily integrated to UAS control software that

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Simlat UAS simulation delivered to the FAA UAS Simulation Lab

Simlat has delivered its small UAS/drone simulation solution to the UAS simulation lab at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) William J. Hughes Technical Center (WJHTC) NextGen Integration & Evaluation Capability (NIEC). The Simlat INTER simulator complies with the MAVLink protocol and can be easily integrated to UAS control software that

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FAA Gets Swift Feedback on Drone ID Proposals

The FAA published on December 31 a detailed and long-awaited proposal to create a system to track and manage every flight by millions of drones, and many stakeholders responded swiftly: The online document logged more than 100,000 views and 1,000 comments within three days of its publication. Initial feedback on

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GAO Says FAA Could Better Leverage Test Site Program to Advance Drone Integration

The Federal Aviation Administration, in coordination with industry, is working on safely integrating drones into the national airspace with manned aircraft. FAA has 7 designated drone test sites, which have facilitated about 15,000 drone research flights since 2015. Both public and private entities have used the test sites to test

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NovAtel® Delivers First Shipment of Signal Generators to Modernize the FAA’s WAAS Navigation Service

Next-Generation NovAtel Ground Uplink Station Signal Generators Delivered for SBAS Modernization Hexagon | NovAtel announced that shipments of next-generation Ground Uplink Station (GUS) Signal Generators have commenced in fulfillment of the contract with the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to support the FAA’s safety of life Wide Area Augmentation

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FAA Should Improve Drone-Related Cost Information

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has undertaken actions to integrate unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or “drones”) into the national airspace and has developed plans to allow for increasingly complex operations, including operations over people and beyond visual-line-of-sight and—eventually—passenger operations (see figure). However, FAA efforts to track related costs may result

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