February 15, 2015
WASHINGTON, Feb. 15, 2015—The Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration today proposed a framework of regulations that would allow routine use of certain small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in today’s aviation system, while maintaining flexibility to accommodate future technological innovations. The FAA proposal offers safety rules for small UAS (under 55 pounds) conducting non-recreational operations.
February 11, 2015
Feb. 11, 2015—The Federal Aviation Administration has authorized unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) to fly in a wide area of North Dakota, a move that will give industry more opportunities for research that could help the agency integrate UAS into the nation’s airspace. Two Certificates of Waiver or Authorization (COAs) awarded to the Northern Plains UAS
January 9, 2015
WASHINGTON, D.C., Jan. 8, 2015—The proliferation of small, relatively inexpensive unmanned aircraft (UAS) presents the Federal Aviation Administration with a challenge in identifying people who don’t follow the rules of the air or who endanger the nation’s airspace. So, the agency is asking the law enforcement community for help. The FAA released guidance to the
December 18, 2014
CENTENNIAL, Colo., Dec. 18, 2014—CompassData, a worldwide provider of geospatial data and services, is excited about the announcement that the FAA has granted five regulatory exemptions for unmanned aircraft system (UAS) commercial operations. Under Section 333 of the 2012 FAA Modernization and Reform Act (FMRA), the exemptions have been granted to four companies representing several
December 17, 2014
On Dec. 10, 2014, the Federal Aviation Administration expanded the commercial use of unmanned aircraft system (UAS) technology to four more companies, including its use for surveying, construction site monitoring and oil rig flare stack inspections. The previous exemptions were granted for video capture by television and film companies.
December 9, 2014
The University of Maryland’s drone test facility is open for business. The Federal Aviation Administration approved the university’s efforts to trial and test unmanned aircraft systems to ensure their safe integration into U.S. airspace amid growing interest and demand.
November 19, 2014
WASHINGTON, Nov. 18, 2014—The National Transportation Safety Board announced today that it has served the FAA and respondent Raphael Pirker with its opinion and order regarding Mr. Pirker's appeal in case CP-217, regarding the regulation of unmanned aircraft. In the opinion, the Board remanded the case to the administrative law judge to collect evidence and issue
September 26, 2014
WASHINGTON, Sept. 26, 2014—U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx today announced that the Federal Aviation Administration has granted regulatory exemptions to six aerial photo and video production companies, the first step to allowing the film and television industry the use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in the National Airspace System. Secretary Foxx made the announcement on
September 17, 2014
Sept. 12, 2014, Reston, Va.—MAPPS, the national association of private sector geospatial firms, has been selected as a member of a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) working group on unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). MAPPS is the only representative of the geospatial, aerial survey, and remote sensing community on the committee. "As an association representing the many private