Using sensors and cameras and code, drone technology pioneers should be required detect and avoid … everything. That puts the onus on the drone industry to integrate into the well-established National Airspace System.
In Oklahoma, the approval means drone pilots operating on the Choctaw Nation’s Emerging Aviation Technology Center UAS Test Range need only an electronic observer while meeting requirements to remain clear of crewed aircraft while the drone is beyond the pilot’s visual range of sight.
The class is free for military veterans and their families, public safety officers, and high school educators and high school students.
“Imagine a sensor co-located with your aircraft light system. An unblinking eye that’ll warn you when another aircraft is getting too close for comfort. First versions may be simple auditory alerts in your headset.”
The announcement means there is a “permanent solution for Part 107 drone pilots to operate in controlled airspace at night,” according to FAA officials.
NASA seeks BVLOS flight-corridors for AAM vehicles. UAS will test ConOps between CERTAIN and USRTC. This AAM HDV will pave the way for more complex routing of larger UAM aircraft.
Drone pilots who have Part 107 Remote Pilot Certification can now take their required training courses for free online at the FAA Safety Team website. The training ensures that pilots have the knowledge necessary to operate in accordance with the Operations Over People rule when it becomes effective on April 21, 2021.
There should be no misunderstanding: Drones WILL be fully integrated into the National Airspace System at some point in our future. Would you prefer a seat at the table or just wait to see what happens?
For those who wish drones would just go away, I believe it best to come around to understanding that drones will forever be part of our ecosystem.