Doing Business in the Drone Age

The 2019 FAA UAS Symposium featured numerous insightful panels and discussions, but the “Doing Business in the Drone Age” session was particularly informative. Diana Cooper, Greg Agvent, Jennifer Richter, Brendan Schulman and Eric Schwartz discussed a wide range of topics around how they’ve helped tackle challenges associated with the drone market while also making a…

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.…

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…

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