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.
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Without federal rules governing remotely piloted aircraft — also known as drones and unmanned aerial systems — states are blazing their own (potentially conflicting) paths, according to a report in the National Journal. Three years after it was tasked with developing a set of rules for commercial drone operators, the FAA still has not finalized the regulations, instead doling out more than 1,000 exemptions to allow businesses to fly drones. Tired of waiting on Washington, 26 states have developed their own rules, ranging from “mildly limiting to extremely restrictive,” according to the report.
The FAA published updated guidance on model aircraft operations Sept. 2 that reflect current law governing hobby or recreational use of unmanned aircraft.
Advisory Circular (AC) 91-57A replaces a previous guidance written in 1981.
The updated advisory circular reflects rules Congress wrote into Section 336 of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012, according to agency officials. [Read more…]
The FAA has released a new list of pilot, air traffic and citizen reports of possible encounters with remotely piloted aircraft, also known as drones and unmanned aircraft (UAS). The reports cover Nov. 13, 2014, through Aug. 20, 2015.
Because pilot reports of unmanned aircraft have increased dramatically over the past year, FAA officials said they want to send a clear message that operating drones around airplanes and helicopters is dangerous and illegal. Unauthorized operators may be subject to stiff fines and criminal charges, including possible jail time.
View the report here.
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