FAA

  • President Obama Plans Action On Drone Privacy Regulation

    President Obama Plans Action On Drone Privacy Regulation

    As the FAA watches its drone regulation deadlines loom, President Obama intends to issue an executive order that will deal with drone privacy, something that the federal agency hasn’t delved too deeply into. According to Politico, the president plans to put together an executive order asking the National Telecommunications and Information Administration to come up with rules relating… Read More

  • FAA Bans The Use Of Drones To Deliver Packages

    FAA Bans The Use Of Drones To Deliver Packages

    The FAA made it plain this week that Amazon, or anyone else for that matter, won’t be able to deliver packages using a drone in the near future. In a document soliciting feedback regarding drone policy — a “Notice of Interpretation with Request for Comment ” — the FAA calls “delivering packages to people for a fee” a non-hobby or recreation-based… Read More

  • FAA Approves First Commercial Drone Flights Over Land

    FAA Approves First Commercial Drone Flights Over Land

    The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration today announced that it has given approval for the first commercial drone flights over land. Energy corporation BP and unmanned aircraft systems manufacturer AeroVironment will now be able to legally fly a drone for aerial surveys over BP’s Prudhoe Bay oil field on Alaska’s North Slope. Read More

  • The FAA To Test Drones In Nevada

    The FAA To Test Drones In Nevada

    The FAA is ready to test drones in Nevada, the agency has said. This marks the third operational drone-testing location that the FAA has kicked live. The Insitu ScanEagle drone will be used in this case. The testing at the Nevada site is important to the future of drones — or unmanned aircraft systems — in that it will examine how the aircraft will interact with air control. The… Read More

  • The FAA’s First Drone Test Site Is Live

    The FAA’s First Drone Test Site Is Live

    This morning the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reported that its first drone testing site is operational. There will eventually be six such sites. The first is located in North Dakota. The agency is more than two months ahead of schedule. Tests on the Draganflyer X4ES drone will commence on May 5. Read More

  • FAA Appeals Commercial Drone Ruling, Cites Safety Concerns

    FAA Appeals Commercial Drone Ruling, Cites Safety Concerns

    Yesterday, a National Transportation Safety Board judge ruled that the Federal Aviation Administration could not fine anybody for using small, hobby-plane-sized commercial drones use because it hadn’t made any legally binding rules against them. That went against everything the FAA had ever claimed with regard to commercial drones. So in an unsurprising move, the FAA today appealed… Read More

  • Commercial Drones Are Now Legal, According To Federal Ruling

    Commercial Drones Are Now Legal, According To Federal Ruling

    As of right now it’s perfectly legal to operate a drone for commercial reasons. That’s according to a federal judge, in a ruling that notes the Federal Aviation Administration has not made any legally binding rules against the practice. This flies in the face of the FAA, which previously stated that drones used for commercial reasons were illegal. The ruling follows a lawsuit in… Read More

  • FAA Starts Working With Hobbyists To Draft Safety Guidelines For Model Aircraft And Drones

    FAA Starts Working With Hobbyists To Draft Safety Guidelines For Model Aircraft And Drones

    The FAA today announced that it is working with the Academy for Model Aeronautics (AMA), the largest organization for model aircraft enthusiasts in the U.S., to create safety guidelines for model aircraft and drones. Many model aircraft hobbyists already belong to the AMA or at least know about its guidelines (don’t fly higher than 400 feet, don’t fly within three miles of an… Read More

  • Why Commercial Drones Won’t Deliver Tacos Anytime Soon

    Why Commercial Drones Won’t Deliver Tacos Anytime Soon

    Amazon scored one of the greatest tech PR coups in recent history when it got CBS to put its quadcopter-powered delivery service on air the day before Cyber Monday. Sadly, CBS pretty much ignored that this was a pretty unrealistic proposal for the time being, not in the least because commercial drone flights will remain illegal in the U.S. for the next few years. If journalists aren’t… Read More

  • FAA Selects 6 Sites For Civilian Drone Testing

    FAA Selects 6 Sites For Civilian Drone Testing

    There are already quite a few drones in use in U.S. airspace, but given that commercial drone usage remains off-limits, most of them are either operated by government agencies or for research purposes. Today, however, the FAA has taken another step in its congressionally mandated process of integrating drones into the U.S. air traffic system. The FAA today announced six test sites in six… Read More