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…

Highlights from FAA Administrator Michael Huerta’s CES Address

The Consumer Technology Association (CTA) held its 50th annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in early January of this year, and drones were a major part of the show. An entire section of the show floor was dedicated to the technology, and companies like Yuneec and GDU announced and showcased some new commercial UAV…

Personal Reflections on the 2017 Predictions for Commercial Drones

I read with interest the “7 Commercial Drone Predictions for 2017” report by Jeremiah Karpowicz, and even though there are seven distinct forecasts for the drone industry in this coming year, a few themes seemed to emerge from his analysis. They’re issues that will influence anyone looking to fly a drone for commercial purposes in…

Looking at the Impact of Amazon’s First Commercial Delivery Using a Drone

On Wednesday December 14th Amazon.com announced it made its first commercial delivery using a drone a week earlier. The shipment took place in a rural area of Cambridge, U.K. and consisted of popcorn and a Fire TV video-streaming device to a farm house 13 minutes away from one of the giant retailer’s distribution centers. Delivering…

Airbus and Local Motors Complete the Cargo Drone Challenge

In early 2016, Airbus, the giant European aerospace company, and Local Motors, a USA-based company that operates a growing global network of microfactories, launched the Cargo Drone Challenge. Until now, Airbus had focused all of their drone efforts in a military context, but with this initiative, Airbus seems to be sending a message to the…