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…]
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The FAA has launched a web-based aircraft registration process for owners of small unmanned aircraft (UAS) weighing more than 0.55 pounds and less than 55 pounds, including payloads such as on-board cameras. [Read more…]
The FAA is advising unmanned aircraft owners that there’s no need to work with a “drone registration” company to help them file an application for a registration number.
Owners should wait until additional details about the forthcoming drone registration system are announced before paying anyone to do the work for them, FAA officials said. Drone owners should visit FAA.gov for official updates on the unmanned aircraft registry, officials add.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — With an eye toward re-opening recreational oyster harvesting in Northeast Florida, the Marine Science Research Institute, Department of Geography and the Environment, and the School of Aviation at Jacksonville University have launched a crowdfunding project with Experiment.com aimed at using drones to measure the health of local oyster beds. [Read more…]
LOS ANGELES – With drones expected to be a holiday season must-have, a new interest in aviation is emerging from the hobbyist to professional pilots. Industry leaders and enthusiasts will gather at the International Drone Expo (IDE), to discuss the future of this developing drone economy at the Los Angeles Convention Center Dec. 11-12. [Read more…]