Robotic Skies Set to Guide the Future of UAS Maintenance

Robotic Skies, a service provider who supports manufacturers and operators of commercial UAS by keeping UAS flying safely, efficiently and affordably around the world, has received an investment from Boeing. This investment will help to expand the company’s, and the world’s only, global network of more than 170 civil aviation authority-certified UAS maintenance centers. It’s…

Advice from FAA Drone Waiver Approvers

Jeremy Grogan, Part 107 Waiver Team Lead, FAA Flight Standards Service, as well as Randy Willis, Manager, FAA Emerging Technologies Team, took part in the “Get Advice From the Approvers” session at the 2019 FAA UAS Symposium. While operators may request to fly specific drone operations not allowed under Part 107 by requesting an operational…

The FAA Offers New Partnership Opportunities for Commercial Drone Entities

On June 3rd the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced a new policy in response to a Congressional requirement. The announcement clearly states the intention of the FAA to partner with qualified commercial entities who will match a $6M pledge to perform Unmanned Air Systems (UAS or UAV) integration-related work at the UAS Test Sites. The…

The FAA is No Longer Implementing Remote ID for Drones by July

At a recent hearing before the Senate Commerce Committee, FAA UAS Integration Office Executive Director Jay Merkle said that the agency is seriously contemplating releasing its remote identification ruling for drones in July this year. The hearing is looking specifically at the integration of unconventional aircraft into the National Airspace System (NAS). A few days…

How Will Michael Chasen Lead the FAA’s Drone Advisory Committee (DAC)?

In 2016, the FAA created the Drone Advisory Committee (DAC), which was designed to advise it on introducing unmanned aircraft into the national airspace system. Committee members came from across the manned and unmanned space, as it included representatives from organizations that ranged from the National Air Traffic Controllers Association to DJI to American Airlines.…

How Will Extended Flight Time for Drones be Powered?

We’ve been hearing about organ deliveries that have been enabled by drones as well as beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) flights for years now, all of which have been accomplished despite the power bottleneck that has limited the technology for even longer. Now that the era of unmanned airlines has truly arrived, isn’t it…

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