FAA

  • Here’s how to get a refund if you registered your drone with the FAA

    Here’s how to get a refund if you registered your drone with the FAA

    If you’ve been following the drone registration saga in the United States, you may remember that in May a Federal Appeals Court struck down the FAA’s drone registration requirement. The registration requirement, which mandated hobbyists pay $5 and submit their personal information into an FAA database and attach a registration number to their drone, was relatively mild. However… Read More

  • The FAA gets a case study with a drone crash inside an MLB stadium

    The FAA gets a case study with a drone crash inside an MLB stadium

    PSA: Flying your drone over a baseball stadium with tens of thousands of fans is a really, really bad (and probably illegal) idea. Yesterday someone flew their drone (which appears to be a GoPro Karma) into Petco Park, the stadium belonging to the San Diego Padres, an MLB team. And yes, it was during a game, so of course the event was captured on camera. Read More

  • A federal appeals court shoots down the FAA’s drone registry requirement

    A federal appeals court shoots down the FAA’s drone registry requirement

    The FAA’s drone database hit a major snag this week, courtesy of a U.S. Court of Appeals ruling. The D.C.-based court sided with drone hobbyist John Taylor, who argued that the Federal Aviation Administration doesn’t have jurisdiction over what the law classifies as model aircraft. “Taylor does not think that the FAA had the statutory authority to issue the Registration Rule… Read More

  • US regulators hammer down on unauthorized drone use

    US regulators hammer down on unauthorized drone use

    The Federal Aviation Administration and SkyPan International in Chicago have settled a civil suit that was closely watched by the nascent commercial drone industry. The government agency said the privately held company flew its drones over New York City and Chicago from 2012 to 2014, violating its rules which barred drone operators from flying over densely populated areas without… Read More

  • What the drone industry wants from the FAA and Trump

    What the drone industry wants from the FAA and Trump

    The commercial drone industry in the U.S. hasn’t heard much from the President-elect about his plans for rulemaking that will impact their business and global competitiveness. Last month, Associated Press broke the story that Trump is interested in privatizing air traffic control, wresting that responsibility from the Federal Aviation Administration and handing it to a nonprofit… Read More

  • The entrepreneurs behind the new drone economy Crunch Network

    The entrepreneurs behind the new drone economy

    The FAA released some staggering numbers as it welcomed Part 107, otherwise known as the rules governing the commercial drone industry in the U.S.: Within one year, they estimate 600,000 drones will be active in commerce in the U.S. But where are the pilots coming from, and what are they going to do with those drones? Read More

  • Chipotle to test burrito delivery by drone with Project Wing at Virginia Tech

    Chipotle to test burrito delivery by drone with Project Wing at Virginia Tech

    Alphabet’s innovation lab X has a drone-focused team called Project Wing which has just announced a plan to commence aerial burrito delivery, in partnership with Chipotle, on the campus of Virgina Tech next week. Project Wing’s mission it to make fully autonomous, or self-flying drones, that can deliver anything to anyone. But the X team is focused, for now, on delivering… Read More

  • Intel could put fireworks out of work, gets FAA permission to fly drone fleets at night

    Intel could put fireworks out of work, gets FAA permission to fly drone fleets at night

    As regulations governing the commercial use of small drones in the U.S. went into effect this week,companies immediately began obtaining exemptions from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration to these rules. Among others, CNN has obtained the right to fly a tethered drone over people for news gathering purposes; PrecisionHawk obtained an exemption to fly its agricultural drones “beyond… Read More

  • In a first, FAA allows PrecisionHawk to fly drones where pilots can’t see them

    In a first, FAA allows PrecisionHawk to fly drones where pilots can’t see them

    The Federal Aviation Administration has given permission to a drone tech startup called PrecisionHawk to fly its unmanned aerial vehicles beyond the visual line of sight (BVLOS) in U.S. airspace. The exemption represents a first in the country, and comes on the same day that the FAA implemented its Part 107 rules governing the way that businesses can use small drones, up to 55 pounds, in… Read More

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