Gavel and Law Books If you haven't heard yet, it's true. Effective December 21st, 2015, all Unmanned Aircraft Systems (Drones) are required to be registered with the FAA (again). That means you will have to register your drone if you want to fly it outside, anytime, anywhere; even for non-commercial use. The silver lining [...]
It looks like Congress is about to make a decision that will most likely not be very popular amongst recreational drone operators. It wasn't too long ago that the FAA instituted a drone registration that required all operators, recreational and commercial alike. However, that position changed to only requiring commercial registration, now it looks like the registration rules will be changing yet again. Many will consider this a very surprising move when you consider that after the FAA, after collecting over $4 million dollars in registration fees, was forced to issue refunds.
Recently finalized, our drone laws look to be in flux again. The President directed U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao to develop a new program. This program, named the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Integration Pilot Program, is designed to safely test and validate advanced operations for drones in partnership with state and local governments in select jurisdictions. Running over 3 years, this program will "help tackle the most significant challenges in integrating drones into the national airspace while reducing risks to public safety and security. The program is designed to provide regulatory certainty and stability to local governments and communities, UAS owners and operators who are accepted into the program."
FAA Logo, Credit: FAA Great news for commercial (or soon to be) drone operators, the FAA has a new program being developed, the Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC), which will dramatically accelerate turn around time for requests to fly near 50 different airports around the United States. Historically, these requests could take [...]
In Australia, the Civil Aviation Safety Authority or CASA, which is similar in purpose and function to our FAA, has gotten a lot more active as of late in the process of identifying and punishing drone operators who are breaking local laws. Surprisingly a lot of the activity is happening on-line, specifically on YouTube; as [...]
It seems as drones are fast becoming the drug mule of choice for todays US prison system. This is a subject I've touched on a few times before (here and here for example). According to this latest article, there are 26 ongoing cases under investigation by the Department of Corrections and I'm sure a much [...]
It was really just a matter of time until a story like this hit. In the UK, a man has been accused of recklessly operating his drone. A man has been accused of dangerously flying a drone in south Warwickshire. The 37-year-old man has been accused of five offences, including allowing the drone to land [...]
In Memphis, Tennessee, a small group of drone operators are breaking the law in Memphis, they are endangering people and it's reflecting negatively on the entire drone community. The most recent incident was a near accident with two medical helicopters carry young patients en route to the hospital. A drone forced the helicopters to land and an ambulance [...]
Generally speaking, the Drone Universities blog has a US focus. However, occasionally we do cover news outside this sphere. This is one of those times. It seems that Germany is taking a fairly strict attitude towards consumer drone use, especially in residential areas. If you are curious to learn more, then I recommend you follow [...]
It was just a matter of time before I had to report on a story like this. I mean it was inevitable right? After all the stories I've posted about people flying their drones near active fires. Now, in College Park, Maryland, Trevon Miller, a 24 year old drone pilot, has been arrested. Why? He [...]