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  • A Tiny Selfie Drone You Don’t Need To Register With The FAA

    A Tiny Selfie Drone You Don’t Need To Register With The FAA

    The palm-sized ONAGOfly is an affordable GPS-enabled drone that automatically takes photos using smile and obstacle recognition technology. Normally the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requires registration for unmanned aircraft systems. Nearly 300,000 drone owners have registered since the government introduced this rule in early January. However, this bite-sized flying camera is so… Read More

  • Get Ready To Register Your Drone With The FAA On December 21

    Get Ready To Register Your Drone With The FAA On December 21

    The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration today launched its long-expected drone registration program. Starting December 21, owners in the U.S. will have to register their drones with the government for a $5 fee (though the FAA is making registration free for the first 30 days). Those who already own drones today (or plan to buy one before the 21st) will have until February 19, 2016 to… Read More

  • FAA Task Force Proposes Registration Procedure For Drones Weighing More Than 250 Grams

    FAA Task Force Proposes Registration Procedure For Drones Weighing More Than 250 Grams

    Earlier this month, the FAA convened a task force to work out a proposal for drone registrations. As expected, the task force published its report today and it looks like you will indeed soon have to register your drone before you’re allowed to fly it. Read More

  • Drones Now Need To Be Registered With U.S. Government, Say The FAA And DOT

    Drones Now Need To Be Registered With U.S. Government, Say The FAA And DOT

    As rumored last week, the U.S. government has just announced a program that will require drones to be registered with the U.S. Department of Transportation. At a press conference today in Washington D.C., Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced the plan. The department will be creating a task force comprising public and private industry leaders to devise exactly how the… Read More

  • The FAA Starts Moving To The Cloud

    The FAA Starts Moving To The Cloud

    The Federal Aviation Administration plans to move away from its own data centers and toward cloud services. Last week, the FAA signed a deal with Computer Science Corp. (CSC) to help it migrate its data and systems to a hybrid cloud environment that will include Amazon Web Service, Microsoft Azure, and “other strategic business partners.” The current 10-year deal is worth… Read More

  • What The U.S. Can Learn From Europe’s Growing Commercial Drone Industry Crunch Network

    What The U.S. Can Learn From Europe’s Growing Commercial Drone Industry

    Drones are an auspicious future technology that can service a vast number of professional industries. Businesses around the world are discovering the great benefits that drones can provide. However there is a notable difference in the economic growth of the drone industry in Europe compared to the rest of the world. For example, in Europe, the number of companies deploying drones for… Read More

  • Line Of Sight

    Line Of Sight

    You’ve probably heard that the FAA proposed its rules for commercial drones last weekend. There’s some good and some bad in those rules. The good thing is that drone startups finally know what kind of rules they will operate under once they are codified in the next year or so. The bad: many of the most interesting use cases for drones, including drone delivery, will be unfeasible… Read More

  • Leaked Document Shows FAA Rules For Commercial Drones Will Be Laxer Than Feared

    Leaked Document Shows FAA Rules For Commercial Drones Will Be Laxer Than Feared

    The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will officially announce its proposed rules for small drones (or UAS — unmanned aerial systems — as the agency likes to call them) on Sunday. However, as Forbes first reported earlier this weekend, a document (first discovered by Steve Zeets) leaked out ahead of the announcement that now gives us a pretty good idea of what these… Read More

  • FAA Allows First Real Estate Company To Use Drones For Aerial Photography

    FAA Allows First Real Estate Company To Use Drones For Aerial Photography

    Douglas Trudeau of Tierra Antigua Realty in Tucson, Ariz., today became the first real estate agent who can legally use a drone for real estate photography. If you have recently looked at the listings in your local MLS (or on Zillow and Redfin), you have likely seen plenty of images that could have only come from a drone. Under the FAA’s strict definition, however, those weren’t… Read More

  • What The FAA Wants You To Know Before You Fly Your Drone

    What The FAA Wants You To Know Before You Fly Your Drone

    I’m pretty sure there will be more drones sold this Christmas season than ever before. Having more drones in the air, though, also means there is a higher chance for things to go wrong. Read More

  • Rules For Drones

    Rules For Drones

    People are idiots and when you put high-powered flying lawnmowers machines into their hands, things can get ugly fast. This Christmas, more people than ever will get quadcopters and that means even more of them will think it’s a good idea to fly them on a field right next to their local (or international) airport or over a stadium full of people. Thanks to people like this and general… Read More

  • Flight Attendants Union Sues The FAA Over Use Of Electronics In Flight

    Flight Attendants Union Sues The FAA Over Use Of Electronics In Flight

    About a year ago, the FAA gloriously adjusted their guidance regarding the use of portable electronic devices during takeoff and landing. For the first time in years, travelers could boldly and proudly listen to music or play Two Dots or mindlessly click into social apps (forgetting there’s no service in the sky) without fear of reprimand from flight attendants. Turns out, the largest… Read More

  • 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