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…]
The constant drumbeat of stories about close encounters between airplanes and unmanned aerial systems (UAS) can be described as nothing short of a panic, with pilots and non-pilots alike convinced that a drone disaster is looming, says blogger John Zimmerman of the Air Facts Journal.
“And yet, I am unable to find a single verified story of a drone colliding with an aircraft in the US,” he says, noting this is the latest example of the “safety fad” problem in aviation, a type of industry-wide ADHD. Read the full blog here.
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.”
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.
As remotely piloted aircraft — also known as Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) and drones — take to the skies, it is essential for safety that RPA operators and pilots are aware of each other. To help provide this shared situational awareness, Lockheed Martin has deployed the first components of a UAS traffic management (UTM) system that is available to the drone community now. [Read more…]
The National Agricultural Aviation Association (NAAA) has launched a remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) safety campaign to raise awareness and prevent accidents between RPA operators and low-altitude manned aircraft.
The first public outreach tool in the safety campaign is a “safety stuffer” designed for aerial applicators to share with farmers and other agricultural stakeholders. Sized to fit into a No. 10 envelope, the double-sided insert illustrates the safety concerns ag pilots have about hard-to-see RPAs — also known as unmanned aerial vehicles, unmanned aerial systems and drones — and provides recommendations for safe and responsible operations in rural areas. [Read more…]
Much of the talk around the feasibility of Amazon’s Prime Air drone delivery service is rightly centered around how the vehicles can be safely squeezed into US airspace, according to a post at GizMag. But Amazon officials have a plan, where drones would get exclusive access to that chunk of airspace between up to 400 feet. The first 200 feet would be dedicated to “low-speed localized traffic,” while 200 feet to 400 feet would be dedicated to “high-speed transit.” The airspace between 400 feet and 500 feet would be declared a no-fly zone to create a buffer between drones and general aviation. Check out the story here and then let us know what you think of the plan in our comment section.