WASHINGTON, D.C. – The FAA has reached a settlement agreement with SkyPan International of Chicago resolving enforcement cases that alleged the company operated unmanned aircraft (UAS) in congested airspace over New York City and Chicago, and violated airspace regulations and aircraft operating rules. [Read more…]
RENO, Nevada — Flirtey, a drone delivery service, reports it completed 77 autonomous drone deliveries in November to customer homes in the United States.
ORLANDO, Florida — The Unmanned Safety Institute (USI) has launched an online training course to teach drone enthusiasts how to fly safely and minimize risk.
The course, known as SAFEGUARD, is a self-paced online course that is approximately one hour in length, and covers safety topics, including understanding airspace, identifying and avoiding hazards, weather effects on drones, planning safe flights, current FAA rules and regulations, and much more. [Read more…]
LAUSANNE, Switzerland — As the world governing body for all air sports recognised by the International Olympic Committee, the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) is responsible for world drone sports.
As part of its work in this area, FAI has established a Working Group on matters related to drones, comprised of members of the FAI Executive Board and the executive of the Aeromodelling Commission, as well as senior FAI officials. [Read more…]
The Centaur optionally piloted DA-42 aircraft (OPA) flew above the expedition area in a predetermined flight pattern to help scientists onboard the OCEARCH ship target identify and track the location of the sharks in real time. [Read more…]
OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma House Bill 2599, which restricts the flight of unmanned aircraft over locations and businesses that are considered critical infrastructure, goes into effect Nov. 1, 2016. [Read more…]
The FAA began issuing Part 107 waivers and airspace authorizations to drone operators starting Aug. 29, 2016, the effective date of the new rule.
As of Oct. 24, 2016, the agency has approved 81 authorizations for flights in Class D and E airspace, and has issued 36 waivers of Part 107 provisions to drone operators who applied after the rule’s effective date. [Read more…]
Just published is “Build A Drone: A Step-by-Step Guide to Designing, Constructing, and Flying Your Very Own Drone,” by Barry Davies. [Read more…]
Leave the flying to the professionals. That’s the message coming from the International Council of Air Shows (ICAS) out of concern for spectator safety and the safety of air show pilots who fly nearly 10,000 performances at over 300 North American events annually.
Supporting the FAA’s “No Drone Zone,” “Leave Your Drone at Home,” and “Know Before You Fly” initiatives, ICAS wants air show spectators and those in an air show venue’s surrounding area to understand that flying an unmanned aircraft in unauthorized air space is not just illegal, but unnecessarily puts people at risk. [Read more…]