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.…

Redefining the “R” in ROI for Commercial Drone Programs with Kittyhawk – an interview with Joshua Ziering and Jon Hegranes

The first half of 2018 saw some major announcements from Kittyhawk, the company dedicated to unifying the mission, aircraft, and data to empower safe and effective drone operations. New features that enabled drone operators to conduct automated flights were announced at the very beginning of the year, while their collaboration with Jeppesen has enabled them…

Improving Worker Safety With Drones

Dangerous work is par for the course in many different industries. In 2016, 5,190 people died while on the job, making for an average of more than 14 work-related deaths per day. While eliminating all of the risk that comes with some jobs is unlikely, it is important to find ways to reduce employee risk…

Cell Tower Scan from Drone Harmony Transforms Expectations for Cell Tower Inspections

With the insatiable appetite of the general public and enterprise alike for faster and more reliable mobile connectivity, telecommunication companies are engaged in a fierce race to out-maneuver each other in terms of speed, access and dependability of their wireless networks. One unintended consequence of this race to the top is the constant construction, upgrading…

FAA Expands UAV Airspace Restrictions Over DOJ Facilities

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recently announced a dramatic expansion to the restricted airspace in which drones, or UAVs, can operate including federal prisons and U.S. Coast Guard bases. It’s a move that comes at the request of the FAA’s Federal security partners and demonstrates the FAA’s authority to restrict drone operations over national security…