WASHINGTON, D.C. – The FAA has finalized the first operational rules for routine commercial use of small unmanned aircraft systems — also known as UAS, remotely piloted aircraft or drones. [Read more…]
A team of medical personnel, emergency management specialists and drone technology experts, including from New Jersey Institute of Technology‘s New Jersey Innovation Institute (NJII), will conduct the first ship-to-shore drone delivery in the U.S. on June 23 on the New Jersey coastline.
The flights will demonstrate the capacity of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) to provide lifesaving aid to victims of a disaster, such as a hurricane or system-wide failure of electrical or communications infrastructure. [Read more…]
MUNCIE, Ind. – The Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) has released an updated analysis of the FAA’s drone data which finds a month-by-month decline in unmanned aerial systems (UAS) sightings since peaking in August 2015.
The apparent decrease in monthly sightings is remarkable as it comes despite an influx of nearly 700,000 to 1 million new devices sold last year, according to AMA officials.
Meanwhile, consistent with AMA’s prior findings, only 3.3% of reports in the FAA’s latest dataset contained explicit notations indicating near misses or close calls. [Read more…]
Flight Safety in the Drone Age (FSDA) has been released by the Aviators Model Code of Conduct Initiative’s Permanent Editorial Board.
The publication offers voluntary guidance to advance the safety of flight when operating near unmanned aircraft also known as drones or remotely piloted aircraft (RPA). [Read more…]
This Saturday, May 7, more than a dozen Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) clubs will celebrate D.C. Drone Day by inviting the public to flying events free of charge around the Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia region.
Events include drone racing, obstacle courses, demonstrations and aerobatic stunts of model airplanes, helicopters and drones, as well as many educational opportunities. [Read more…]
Forbes.com is reporting that a lawsuit challenging the new FAA requirement that all unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) must register was filed in the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia on Dec. 24 by a model aircraft enthusiast concerned that the registration rules were illegal. That individual is John A. Taylor, a multi-rotor builder and flyer living in Silver Spring, Maryland, according to a story on Forbes.com. An insurance attorney, Taylor said he expected other hobby groups or drone manufacturers to file suit against the registration rules but when they didn’t, he decided to step up himself. Read the full story here.