WASHINGTON, D.C. — The House Aviation Subcommittee, chaired by U.S. Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ), will hold a hearing this week on the status of remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) integration into U.S. airspace and the development of the RPA industry.
FAA Administrator Michael Huerta told Candy Crowley on CNN’s “State of the Union” Sunday that education about Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) safety and regulation enforcement needs to be improved in order to actually keep the airways safe. While those operating RPAs tout their benefits, Huerta noted: “On the other side, you have pilots, commercial pilots, general aviation pilots, who are very concerned that these are difficult to see, they don’t really have a good understanding of how they interact with other aircraft, and bedrock principle of aviation is a principle called see and avoid. The pilots take action to avoid one another. So it’s for that reason that we have a plan for a staged and thoughtful integration of unmanned aircraft where we look at lower risk uses first, and then gradually work to others.” Read the full post here.
CALIFORNIA, Md. — The University of Maryland Unmanned Aircraft Systems Test Site has received a Certificate of Waiver or Authorization (COA) from the FAA to conduct tests with a remotely piloted aircraft (RPA), the Talon 240, designed and manufactured by UAV Solutions, of Jessup, Md.
ARLINGTON, Va. — Brian Wynne has been named president and CEO of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, succeeding the retiring Michael Toscano on Jan. 12, 2015.
WASHINGTON D.C. — The Small UAV Coalition has launched to help pave the way for commercial, philanthropic, and civil use of small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) in the United States and abroad. Chief among the organization’s goals is to advance a regulatory environment that will support safe, reliable, and timely operation of small UAVs, according to coalition officials.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The drones are coming.
Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and FAA Administrator Michael Huerta revealed at a news conference Sept. 25 that six aerial and video companies have been granted permission to operate unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in the United States, with a seventh company in line for approval.