FAA cuts red tape to let UAS work Yosemite wildfire

You’re a fire boss trying to contain an out-of-control wildfire in mountainous terrain, and you literally can’t see the forest for the burning trees. Dense smoke chokes the air, making it nearly impossible to have a good sense of where and how quickly a fire is moving.

Such was the case for firefighters battling this August’s Yosemite Rim fire in California, which had spread to cover more than 134,000 acres in less than two weeks. They needed a bird’s eye view of what was happening — in a hurry. Enter the California Air National Guard and the FAA.

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FAA needs better budget management

While the FAA is charging airshows for ATC services, it appears the agency could reap billions of dollars in cost savings simply by implementing better management and business practices. According to a report from Aviation International News, analyses by the Department of Transportation and the Government Accountability Office show that overruns in the NextGen program and a resistance to consolidating Air Traffic Control centers is a big part of the problem.