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 [...]
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 [...]
A fear that many commercial drone operators share, is a fear of new drone regulations that severely limit commercial applications. New laws that stifle drone innovation, will in the end, have a major financial effect. That's why I get so frustrated when I read about new drone laws, bills or regulations that are unfriendly to drones, [...]
Did you know flying your drone recklessly can get you locked up in jail? Paul M. Skinner, of Oak Harbor, Washington, didn't, but he was still sentenced to 30 days in jail and fined $500. This may seem bad, but considering the maximum sentence is 364 days in jail and a $5,000 fine, it could [...]
In the "Drone Slayer" incident, in June of 2016, William Merideth shot down an unmanned aircraft as it hovered over his Kentucky home. The drone was piloted by his neighbor David Boggs and while some accounts of the incident have Boggs using his drone to take photos of Merideth's daughter, we don't really know what occurred. The only people who [...]
If you live near the Arcata Marsh & Wildlife Sanctuary in Arcata, California, then consider this your warning. Do not fly your drone above or even near the sanctuary. While it's illegal to hunt game in the sanctuary, there is currently no law against shooting down drones. Those "NO HUNTING" signs at the Arcata Marsh & [...]
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 [...]