Exploring the Collaboration Between NASA, the FAA and Drone Industry to Develop a Cloud-Based UTM System

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) are partnering with private companies to develop a cloud-based traffic management system that could handle unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) operating in the national airspace, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently announced. The Unmanned Aircraft Systems Traffic Management platform enables drone users to…

FAA Makes Major Drone ID Marking Change

For the past few months, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has been hinting at the possibility that drone markings’ specifications will have to be modified in order to satisfy law enforcement concerns regarding visibility and accessibility to said markings. Today, the FAA finally published a rule in the Federal Register requiring small drone owners to…

5 Fields of Strong Growth for Professional Drone Pilots

Drone piloting can be a well-paying profession. It’s a rapidly expanding vocation that’s playing a larger and larger role in many industries. However, there are a few fields where professional pilots are making a particularly strong impact. The following sections highlight a few of the specialties where drone pilots have made successful inroads. If you’re…

Is a Network Based Remote ID Solution the Right One for the Drone Industry?

Developing a realistic approach to being able to remotely identify small drones in controlled airspace is a top priority for stakeholders throughout the drone industry. Acting FAA Administration Dan Elwell has literally said that we need universal remote identification (Remote ID), and plenty others have mentioned that it is critical for the industry at large to move forward. It’s…

FAA Issues an RFI for a Remote ID System for Drones

On December 20th the FAA quietly announced the release of a Request for Information (RFI) looking for partners to help develop a realistic approach to sharing data that would be required to remotely identify small drones in controlled airspace. The data collected would include a unique identifier for the UAV, tracking information as well as…

2019 Predictions for the Commercial Drone Industry with Randall Warnas

The advantages and opportunities that thermal imagery provides are incredible to consider, especially since that information can be gathered so quickly and easily via a drone. We’ve explored what kind of value can be created with the combination of thermal and multispectral imagery in one drone flight, and that thermal piece is being enabled by…

2019 Predictions for the Commercial Drone Industry with Svilen Rangelov

It’s been over five years since Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos showcased “octocopter” delivery drones, and said they’d be operational in five years’ time, delivering packages in various countries. While the company has made some progress with commercial drone delivery, regulators and operators across the world still have a great deal of work to do in…

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