West Virginia Moves to Implement Drone Legislation

A few weeks ago we wrote an article outlining the differences, and similarities, between the American and European regulatory frameworks covering the issue of drones and shared airspace. We emphasized the fact that the USA has a federal agency with jurisdiction over the entire airspace over the nation, but at the same time there are…

How Does Drone Regulation in the United States Compare with Laws in Europe?

The recently published UAV report, “Exploring Commercial Drone Opportunities and Regulation Across Europe in 2017”, describes in great detail the efforts of the different industries to deploy and take advantage of this amazing cost-reducing technology in Europe’s fragmented regulatory environment. Apart from the obvious challenges that every industry worldwide is facing as they deploy UAVs…

Insight from an FAA Hosted Drone Safety Seminar in South Florida

On February 23rd the FAA hosted its first safety seminar covering drones in South Florida. The event was called “Drones Flying Around Us: An Introduction and Overview of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) and 14 CFR Part 107.” It was held at the Daher-Socata hangar located in the Pompano Beach Airpark airport (KPMP) where 40 attendees…

Analysis from the Second Meeting of the FAA Drone Advisory Committee

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Michael Huerta announced the creation of the Drone Advisory Committee (DAC) in May 2016. The general idea behind this multidisciplinary committee was to provide an open venue for the FAA and the UAV community stakeholders to work in partnership identifying and recommending a single, consensus-based set of resolutions for the…

Beyond Visual Line of Sight Operations: The Next Target for FAA Regulation

One key element of the FAA’s strategy for 2017 is finding consensus on a rule to extend commercial operations over populated areas and controlled airspace beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) of the operator of the UAV. It’s something they are and will be looking at in order to determine regulation that makes sense for…