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.…

5 Minutes with Tony Hallet, CEO of Unmanned Response

A case in Sharpsville, PA pits a lone drone enthusiast against a neighbor and local authorities who say drone operator Robert Layman was harassing the dogs intentionally, causing them to harm each other. He is charged with Eco-terrorism and Taunting. Tony Hallet, an expert on drones who trains others how to use them and who…

PA Drone Case Could Be Landmark Testing FAA Control

A court case involving local authorities, a drone enthusiast and his neighbor—an ex-police officer dog kennel owner who trains police dogs as part of his business—could set a precedent for how local law enforcement in the United States deals with perceived crimes involving drones. Drone enthusiast Robert Layman of Sharpsville, PA, is facing felony charges…

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…

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…

Are You Ready for Integrated Skies?

In December 2017, a McKinsey & Company study revealed that the value of drone activity in the United States had risen from $40 million in 2012 to $1 billion in 2017. The study further projects that commercial UAS will have an annual impact of $31 billion to $46 billion on the U.S. GDP by 2026.…

Earl Lawrence from the FAA Talks Waivers, BVLOS, IPP and More at the Commercial UAV Expo

How does the @FAANews define success? Operations. From Earl Lawrence with @gawherry at @ExpoUAV #expouav18 pic.twitter.com/qBwg1J5jJC — Jeremiah Karpowicz (@jeremiahkarp) October 2, 2018 During Commercial UAV Expo 2018 in Las Vegas, the audience was exposed to new technologies and new ideas, along with the vibrancy of an industry excited about the future and the possibilities for…

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