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unmanned aircraft

February 9, 2016

FAA Updates DC-Area Unmanned Aircraft Procedures

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is updating its conditions today for flying unmanned aircraft in the area between 15 and 30 miles from Washington, D.C. to clarify differences for various types of unmanned aircraft. As of 12:01 a.m. EST, Wednesday, February 10, the operating procedures will allow model aircraft, commercial and public users to operate

November 16, 2015

FAA: Think Twice About “Drone Registration” Firms

Nov. 16, 2015—The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) wants unmanned aircraft owners to know that there's no need to work with a “drone registration” company to help them file an application for a registration number.  Owners should wait until additional details about the forthcoming drone registration system are announced later this month before paying anyone to

October 7, 2015

FAA Expands Unmanned Aircraft Pathfinder Efforts

October 7, 2015 — The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has entered into a Pathfinder agreement with CACI International Inc. to evaluate how the company’s technology can help detect Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) in the vicinity of airports.   In testimony today before the House Aviation Subcommittee, FAA Deputy Administrator Mike Whitaker said that flying an

September 10, 2015

FLIR Introduces New Professional-Grade Thermal Camera for Commercial Drones

WILSONVILLE, OR,SEPTEMBER 10, 2015 – FLIR Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: FLIR) announced the newest member of FLIR Vue™ thermal imaging camera series for unmanned aircraft, the FLIR Vue Pro. Following the introduction of the popular FLIR Vue earlier in 2015, the new FLIR Vue Pro delivers expanded capabilities to sUAS operators by delivering precision thermal imaging,

August 12, 2015

Pilot Report of Unmanned Aircraft Much Higher in 2015

Aug. 12, 2015—Pilot reports of unmanned aircraft have increased dramatically over the past year, from a total of 238 sightings in all of 2014, to more than 650 by August 9 of this year. The FAA wants to send out a clear message that operating drones around airplanes and helicopters is dangerous and illegal. Unauthorized

December 17, 2014

FAA Approves UAS Exemptions for Surveying and Monitoring

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.

November 19, 2014

Unmanned Aircraft Fall within FAA Control According to NTSB Ruling

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