Update 9/2016 – Peter Sachs – Drone Law Journal: If you are confused about how to legally operate a model aircraft, it’s not your fault, but the FAA’s fault. The new FAR Part 101 is confusing, and has already resulted in controversy. [Read more…]
[NOTE: **Updates 7-10-16] With the much-anticipated announcement of the Part 107 sUAS rule for commercial flight today [June 21, 2016], there are still many unanswered questions and the answers will most likely come out slowly over the following 60 days. We’ll do our best to keep up, and here are some great resources for learning as much as you can about it today! [Read more…]
With all the fear of personal information released with the latest public drone registry for UAS (multirotors and model aircraft) weighing more than .55lbs and under 55lbs for hobbyist/non-hobbyist use has once again popped up when the FAA released a downloadable Excel spreadsheet showing a list of drone registrations in the US by city. [Read more…]
The FAA this week announced a change to one of its policies that means more to me than anything before.
It’s not a leak about the announcements expected to come in June about commercial operation of small UAVs. It’s not about geofencing, or air traffic control, or registration, or any of the topics that are hot in the drone news world or discussed on the stage at conferences.
It’s this: the FAA this week announced that in the very near future, it will start allowing students to operate UAS for educational and research purposes.
“As a result, schools and students will no longer need a Section 333 exemption or any other authorization to fly provided they follow the rules for model aircraft,” according to an FAA statement. “Faculty will be able to use drones in connection with helping their students with their courses.”
I first got into drones when I was a journalism student at the University of Missouri. I needed one more credit to graduate by May 2013, and there was basically one class that fit in my schedule — a brand, new class called Drone Journalism. I hastily signed up the first week of January 2013 with no idea what I was getting into, or what even a drone was. I was hooked. We explored the use cases for drones in journalism — documenting environmental changes, covering protests or getting a bird’s-eye view of natural disasters. We learned [Read more…]
Another year at the NAB show in Las Vegas has come and gone and those of us in the UAS/drone community are still recovering from a grueling, yet exciting week. It was an action-packed 6 full days of workshops, demonstrations, training, panels, presentations, new product demos and even drone sports!
The UAS industry has long awaited a rule that will broadly authorize commercial UAS operations in the United States. We are now at an extremely important step in the rulemaking process. In a major new development, described in more detail here, the FAA has sent the Small UAS NPRM to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) at the White House for one final interagency review. This means that a final small UAS rule is coming soon. This also means that now is the last opportunity to influence the rule before it is released. [Read more…]
Skydio drone can actually follow you while avoiding trees
Drones with the ability to follow the user and shoot video or still images are out there right now. The catch is that they only really work in environments where there are no obstacles that the drone needs to avoid. Put the same tracking drone into a forest environment with random tree branches and trunks and the drone is unable to avoid those obstacles. Read More SlashGear [Read more…]
The FAA started posting amendments on 3/7/2016 which are different from what the FAA has been previously doing. In the past, the FAA was granting amendments to petitions to add aircraft or to add on closed-set TV/movie filming. This created a super backlog because many of the petitioners were repeats. [Read more…]
In this industry there’s a lot of information that’s constantly being updated and you can find a ton of resources on various drone-related sites, links and forums with open discussions about the latest state of commercial and hobby UAS regulations and rules. But the folks at AllDigital have created a simplified and easy to follow infographic chart that touches on the basic points both nationally and in certain states that have developed their own laws. [Read more…]
The commercial drone forums were all ablaze this week with the announcement of proposed bill H.R. 4433 Commercial UAS Modernization Act – and just what that means for the industry, and those who have already been jumping through hoops to get accepted in the FAA’s current Section 333 Exemption process. Today, I asked drone law expert Peter Sachs if he would give us a breakdown of just what’s in this bill and how it’s going to impact the commercial drone industry. [Read more…]