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.…

EASA Adopts EU-Wide Drone Rules

On both sides the Atlantic, the issue of integrating manned and unmanned aerial vehicles over controlled airspace has two distinct angles: one is technological and the other regulatory. These are issues the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in the USA and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) in Europe are directly dealing with, as the agencies…

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…

NASA’s Ikhana UAV Completes Its First BVLOS Flight in Controlled Airspace

The integration of manned and unmanned aircraft in controlled airspace is something many people are focused on enabling, and advances are being made every day which will see that goal realized sooner rather than later. NASA and the FAA have been working together to make sure that the requirements imposed on manned aircraft to keep…