WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and FAA Administrator Michael Huerta have called for a task force to develop recommendations for a registration process for Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA), also known as Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) or drones. [Read more…]
Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) has introduced legislation to make “reckless” drone flights near restricted airspace a crime. According to a report in The Hill, the bill, known as the SAFE DRONE Act, would make operating a drone within two miles of a restricted airspace a misdemeanor offense.
Boxer said the measure would reduce the number of drone flights that interfere with manned flights and efforts to combat wildfires. “Our firefighters and airplane pilots should be focused on keeping the public safe — not worrying about unauthorized drones that recklessly interfere with their jobs,” she said.
In a part of Manitoba, Canada, so remote you have to fly in by helicopter, a research team led by the University of North Dakota and the American Museum of Natural History spent the summer of 2015 in the polar bear capital of the world deploying the latest tool – Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) — in a nearly five-decade-old ecological study. [Read more…]
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The House Subcommittee on Aviation, chaired by U.S. Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ), will hold a hearing Wednesday on issues related to remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) safety. The hearing will be streamed live online. [Read more…]
Along with the Pope’s visit to Washington, D.C., New York and Philadelphia this week comes No Drone Zones. [Read more…]
Reports of remotely piloted aircraft — also called unmanned aerial vehicles or drones — near airports and public gatherings are raising concerns. That has led to a new online course in small RPA safety, offered with a special discount for General Aviation News readers. [Read more…]
STARKVILLE, Miss. — Officials with the Alliance for System Safety of UAS through Research Excellence (ASSURE), led by Mississippi State University, met with FAA officials this week, with the focus on the initial challenges the alliance’s researchers are tackling to safely integrate unmanned aerial systems — also known as remotely piloted aircraft or drones — into the National Airspace System. [Read more…]
Remotely piloted aircraft — also known as drones and unmanned aerial systems — seem to be everywhere these days, but keeping up with the regulatory environment is a challenge.
The forces behind BuyTheBestDrone.com want to help by providing a continuously updated post on the FAA’s small RPA policy. The post, which was last updated in August, assesses the FAA’s current guidelines based on court decisions and FAA cease-and-desist actions.
“It is constantly updated, and provides readers with a much better understanding of current policy,” officials note. “Our goal is to help pilots understand what’s okay and what’s not when flying, as there has been some confusion in the industry.”