A Live Look at the Next Century of Aviation from North Carolina

The North Carolina Drone Summit and Flight Expo promised to show off what the next century of aviation will look like, and it managed to do so in the context of where and how the technology is making a difference today. Featuring a collection of commercial drone representatives, technology providers, influential government officials and users,…

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.…