Each month, the FAA receives more than 100 reports from pilots and others who spot what appears to be an unmanned aircraft (UAS) flying close to an airport or a manned airplane. It’s become a serious safety concern for the agency, and a potential security issue for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), according to FAA officials. [Read more…]
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The FAA is establishing an aviation rulemaking committee to develop recommendations for regulations that would allow certain remotely piloted aircraft (RPAs) — also known as unmanned aerial systems (UAS) or drones — to be operated over people who are not directly involved in the operation of the aircraft.
FAA officials say they are taking this action to “provide a more flexible, performance-based approach for these operations than what was considered for Micro UAS.” [Read more…]
The FAA is reminding drone owners about this week’s registration deadline.
If you own a drone weighing more than 0.55 pounds, but less than 55 pounds, and you’ve been flying it outdoors or plan to fly it outdoors for hobby or recreation, federal law requires you to register by this Friday, Feb. 19. [Read more…]
When Michigan Technological University Professor Mo Rastgaar was watching World Cup soccer, he heard about snipers protecting the crowd from drones — not a good idea, he thought.
“I thought, ‘If the threat is a drone, you really don’t want to shoot it down — it might contain explosives and blow up. What you want to do is catch it and get it out of there.’” [Read more…]
The FAA is launching a new public service announcement to let people know the airspace around Levi’s Stadium is a No Drone Zone during the Super Bowl. [Read more…]
Forbes.com is reporting that a lawsuit challenging the new FAA requirement that all unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) must register was filed in the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia on Dec. 24 by a model aircraft enthusiast concerned that the registration rules were illegal. That individual is John A. Taylor, a multi-rotor builder and flyer living in Silver Spring, Maryland, according to a story on Forbes.com. An insurance attorney, Taylor said he expected other hobby groups or drone manufacturers to file suit against the registration rules but when they didn’t, he decided to step up himself. Read the full story here.
The FAA has released the B4UFLY mobile application to the public following an initial beta testing period. [Read more…]
FORT WORTH, Texas — Aero Kinetics, the first company to file for FAA Type Certification for multi-rotor unmanned aircraft, has been acquired by Strat Aero US Holdings, a U.S. subsidiary of Strat Aero.
The acquisition, valued at $24 million, will allow Aero Kinetics to broaden its reach domestically, according to company officials. [Read more…]