The Fight for Section 336 of The FAA Modernization Act Heats Up

On the 14th of February, 2012, a bill known as ‘H.R.658 – FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012’ became public law. This large and complex piece of legislation had a little over 1,000 sections and one of those, Section 336, continues to stir controversy to this day. For a full read of Section 336…

Impossible Aerospace: A Viable Alternative to Increase Flying Time

In our incessant and never-stop quest for alternatives to the current lithium-ion technology to power unmanned vehicles, especially multi-copters, one company caught our attention over a year ago: Impossible Aerospace. At the time, in late 2017, we had a fascinating conversation with its founder and CEO, Spencer Gore, but the company was in the process…

FAA Establishes Restrictions on Drone Operations over DoD Facilities

With the increase number of commercial and recreational drones being sold in the USA and the number of Part 107 pilots reaching the 100,000 milestone, it’s obvious that the amount of unmanned flights in the national airspace will continue to rise. It’s an illustration of what happens when any industry is dealing with the excitement…

FAA Remote Pilot Certification Reaches an Important Milestone

On July 26th the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced that more than 100,000 people have obtained a Remote Pilot Certificate to fly a drone for commercial and recreational uses (not qualifying as “model aircraft”). The number is calculated based on the number of applicants who have successfully completed the UAS aeronautical test since the small…

FAA Declares Exclusive Authority over Drone Operations

On July 20th the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued a press release announcing its total control over drone operations in the country’s airspace. The statement unequivocally declares that the federal agency has exclusive authority over aircraft operations—including unmanned aircraft vehicles (UAVs)—within navigable airspace, although it allows that state and local governments can regulate landing sites.…