A display of drone technology by Intel Corporation with 100 small remotely piloted aircraft being launched skywards in formation has earned a new world record title for the Most Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) airborne simultaneously.
“The department continues to be bullish on new technology,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx in a Feb. 24, 2016 release about the FAA’s efforts to expand the safe integration of unmanned aircraft. “We recognize the significant industry interest in expanding commercial access to the National Airspace System. The short deadline reinforces our commitment to a flexible regulatory approach that can accommodate innovation while maintaining today’s high levels of safety.” [Read more…]
Each month, the FAA receives more than 100 reports from pilots and others who spot what appears to be an unmanned aircraft (UAS) flying close to an airport or a manned airplane. It’s become a serious safety concern for the agency, and a potential security issue for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), according to FAA officials. [Read more…]
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The FAA is establishing an aviation rulemaking committee to develop recommendations for regulations that would allow certain remotely piloted aircraft (RPAs) — also known as unmanned aerial systems (UAS) or drones — to be operated over people who are not directly involved in the operation of the aircraft.
FAA officials say they are taking this action to “provide a more flexible, performance-based approach for these operations than what was considered for Micro UAS.” [Read more…]
The FAA is reminding drone owners about this week’s registration deadline.
If you own a drone weighing more than 0.55 pounds, but less than 55 pounds, and you’ve been flying it outdoors or plan to fly it outdoors for hobby or recreation, federal law requires you to register by this Friday, Feb. 19. [Read more…]
When Michigan Technological University Professor Mo Rastgaar was watching World Cup soccer, he heard about snipers protecting the crowd from drones — not a good idea, he thought.
“I thought, ‘If the threat is a drone, you really don’t want to shoot it down — it might contain explosives and blow up. What you want to do is catch it and get it out of there.’” [Read more…]
The FAA is launching a new public service announcement to let people know the airspace around Levi’s Stadium is a No Drone Zone during the Super Bowl. [Read more…]