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The FAA’s Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability

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 [...]

By | 2017-08-28T12:11:00+00:00 August 28th, 2017|Drone Law, Drones, FAA|Comments Off on The FAA’s Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability

Government Regulations Still Stifling US Drone Industry Growth

Each day, new ideas are brought forth in the drone industry by enterprising entrepreneurs. It's exciting to watch, and it gives me hope for a bright future filled with drones. However, when I read about the stifling regulations the FAA and government organizations have created that hope can quickly fade. When Jim Komsa launched his [...]

By | 2017-07-24T08:01:58+00:00 July 24th, 2017|Aerial Photography/Videography, Drone Industry, Drones, FAA|Comments Off on Government Regulations Still Stifling US Drone Industry Growth

The FAA Would Appreciate It If You Register Your Drone

While no longer mandatory, the FAA would still "appreciate" it if you voluntarily registered your drone. I'd be curious to learn what the statistics show for voluntary registration. For some reason I expect was a drastic drop off. The response to John Taylor’s FOIA request asking the FAA for records that indicate the recreational drone [...]

By | 2017-07-18T08:27:20+00:00 July 18th, 2017|Drone Registration, Drones, FAA|Comments Off on The FAA Would Appreciate It If You Register Your Drone

Drone Flight Bans Enacted Over Sporting Events

Petco Park Drones and large gatherings, like sporting events or concerts, don't always mix well. Why? The answer is very simple "safety." While drones may be the ideal vehicle to capture your event on video, mistakes happen, things can easily go wrong and quickly become dangerous. That's why the FAA has been banning drone flights [...]

By | 2017-08-31T15:23:31+00:00 June 7th, 2017|Drones, FAA, Safety|Comments Off on Drone Flight Bans Enacted Over Sporting Events

Are Pilots Over-Reporting “Near Misses” Between Drones and Airplanes?

Historically speaking, the FAA has had a difficult job; imagine the complexity of safely coordinating all of the air traffic. Now, thanks to the rapid proliferation of drones, the FAA's job has gotten even harder. Drones are responsible for creating 770,000+ new pilots. While the drone operators aircraft is small, it still shares the same airspace, and [...]

By | 2017-06-04T12:38:43+00:00 June 5th, 2017|Drones, FAA, Safety|Comments Off on Are Pilots Over-Reporting “Near Misses” Between Drones and Airplanes?

San Diego, California Takes a Reasonable Stance On Drones

In positive drone news, San Diego, California, has decided to take a reasonable stance on drones and their operation within city limits. San Diego officials say the city’s proposed drone regulations strike a proper balance between boosting safety and respecting the rights of hobbyists, but a group of critics is calling the proposed rules irresponsibly [...]

By | 2017-04-12T12:48:21+00:00 April 12th, 2017|Activism, Drone Law, Drones, FAA|Comments Off on San Diego, California Takes a Reasonable Stance On Drones

FAA using Dummies to Crash Test Drones

If you are reading this blog, then chances are, you are either part of the drone community or planning on joining us soon. A fact that all members of our community must recognize is that drones can be dangerous in certain situations. Drones have injured everyone from celebrities to infants, so when I read about [...]

By | 2017-08-31T15:23:40+00:00 March 31st, 2017|Drones, FAA|Comments Off on FAA using Dummies to Crash Test Drones

What You *Need*, to Learn to Legally Operate Your Drone

At Drone Universities, we love teaching people how to fly drones. It's safe to say it's in our blood; our core team has over 150 years of Aviation and UAS experience. That's why I love reading articles like Peter B. Nichol's "Drone certification: how to earn your wings." Peter contributed this piece to the IDG Contributor Network [...]

By | 2017-08-31T15:23:40+00:00 March 30th, 2017|333, Drone Education, Drone Industry, Drone Law, Drone Registration, Drones, Exemption, FAA|Comments Off on What You *Need*, to Learn to Legally Operate Your Drone

Over 770,000 Drones Registered in the United States

If you walked down your street, it's very likely that at least one of your neighbors is the proud owner of a drone of some sort. The fact is drones are becoming more and more ubiquitous each day. Fifteen months ago the FAA started requiring drone owners to register their small aircraft if it weighs [...]

By | 2017-03-30T14:44:19+00:00 March 30th, 2017|Drone Industry, Drone Law, Drones, FAA|Comments Off on Over 770,000 Drones Registered in the United States

DOT Has 2 Years To Create A Small UAS Air Carrier Certificate

Every so often the FAA needs to request new funding if they want to stay in business. The funding is approved by the Senate. On March 31st, literally just days away, the FAA's current funding is set to expire. It appears the funding reauthorization process is moving along nicely. “We’re pleased that the Senate is [...]

By | 2017-08-31T15:23:41+00:00 March 28th, 2016|Drone Law, Drones, FAA|Comments Off on DOT Has 2 Years To Create A Small UAS Air Carrier Certificate