An Emphasis on Innovation and Regulation at Commercial UAV Expo Europe

On June 20 the first Commercial UAV Expo Europe will open its doors to its attendees in Brussels, Belgium. The complete program was announced last week and I must admit that the list of presenters and exhibitors promises a very exciting event. Of particular interest are the presentations related to BVLOS and the regulatory framework…

Insights Around a New Report on State and Local Drone Laws

On March 28 Bard College, a private higher education institution located in the town of Red Hook, NY, released the first in a three-part series of a very comprehensive study on the current status of state and local laws that are being implemented throughout the USA and might present a potential conflict to the FAA’s…

First Commercial Drone Flight Conducted Beyond Visual Line of Sight in Canada

February 24th marked yet another big step towards the successful integration of manned and unmanned aircraft in controlled airspace. This time the breakthrough came from our neighbor to the North, Canada, where Ventus Geospatial, a Canadian company using an Aeryon Skyranger performed a Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) flight at the Foremost UAS Range…

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…