LOS ANGELES – With drones expected to be a holiday season must-have, a new interest in aviation is emerging from the hobbyist to professional pilots. Industry leaders and enthusiasts will gather at the International Drone Expo (IDE), to discuss the future of this developing drone economy at the Los Angeles Convention Center Dec. 11-12. [Read more…]
EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wisconsin — While the number of unmanned aerial systems (UAS), also known as drones or remotely piloted aircraft (RPA), is rising rapidly, their entrance into the national airspace system cannot come to the detriment of manned aircraft operations, say officials with the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA). [Read more…]
FAA Administrator Michael Huerta has revealed the names of the members of the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Registration Task Force. [Read more…]
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…]
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.
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.
By BRIAN WYNNE
Unmanned aerial systems (UAS), also known as remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) or drones, have grown in the past few years from a niche tool to a must-have holiday toy and business asset.
The increasing availability of this technology has led many new enthusiasts to take to the skies, sometimes in places where they shouldn’t be.
Newcomers to UAS technology are often excited to get their new systems off the ground. However, many of these users do not realize that just because the technology is easily acquired does not mean that it can be flown anywhere or for any purpose. [Read more…]