Federal Aviation Administration

  • FAA outlaws drone use around 10 US monuments and dams

    FAA outlaws drone use around 10 US monuments and dams

    The Federal Aviation Administration announced new rules for drone use around key US landmarks including monuments and dams. Under the new restrictions, drones are not to fly within 400 feet of the designated landmarks. The FAA says these rules were implemented at the request of US security and law enforcement agencies. These locations are just the latest added to the growing list of the… Read More

  • Making sense of the laptop ban

    Making sense of the laptop ban

    News broke earlier this week that the U.S. would ban laptops and tablets (and any other electronic device larger than a smartphone) from all U.S.-bound flights that take off from 10 airports in the Middle East and Northern Africa. The U.K. then followed suit and instituted its own ban, which targets a slightly different list of airports, which — at least on the face of it —… Read More

  • New rules for commercial drone use take effect today in the U.S.

    New rules for commercial drone use take effect today in the U.S.

    The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration put new rules into effect today regulating the commercial use of small, unmanned aircraft systems, or drones. The rules apply to drones that weigh up to 55 pounds and that are being used for business purposes, whether that’s scientific research, education, media, or inspection and surveying of land, traffic, prisons, stadiums or anything… Read More

  • Realizing the potential of drones, yet preserving our privacy Crunch Network

    Realizing the potential of drones, yet preserving our privacy

    Drones have the potential to revolutionize our lives in many ways. However, some people have concerns. In the case of drone technology, one we hear often is the possible invasion of privacy. After months of discussions, a collaborative process resulted in a consensus set of voluntary best practices that balance people’s rights to operate drones with all of our rights to privacy. Read More

  • Backed by White House, Zipline to test U.S. medical drone delivery Crunch Network

    Backed by White House, Zipline to test U.S. medical drone delivery

    On the heels of a recent White House initiative announced after its first “Workshop on Drones and The Future of Aviation,” San Francisco based robotics startup Zipline will test drone delivery of medical supplies to remote U.S. communities. Read More

  • Four things to know about the FAA’s rules about commercial drone usage

    Four things to know about the FAA’s rules about commercial drone usage

    The rules for commercial drone usage released last week by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) left some unanswered questions on the table. We discussed some of these with Thomas Gemmell, a former U.S. Air Force fighter pilot and the co-leader of the drone team at the law firm Husch Blackwell in Chicago. The rules, which concern unmanned aircraft weighing less than 55 pounds… Read More

  • Here’s what’s missing from the new drone regulations Crunch Network

    Here’s what’s missing from the new drone regulations

    Last week, we welcomed the much-anticipated Part 107 drone regulations, which will supersede the current exemption process and is estimated by the FAA to eliminate 85 percent of the present exemptions to drone piloting. Notably, the new regulations standardize visual line of sight (VLOS) flights of unmanned aircraft that weigh less than 55 lbs. (25 kg). And, in a move that’s most… Read More

  • Flirtey delivers drugs by drone from ship to shore in New Jersey

    Flirtey delivers drugs by drone from ship to shore in New Jersey

    The Jersey Shore is finally famous for something besides fake tanning. A Reno, Nevada-based startup called Flirtey Inc. conducted the first domestic “ship to shore” drone delivery this week along the New Jersey coastline. The company’s proprietary drone is a six-rotor system constructed from carbon fiber, aluminum and 3-d printed components. No, they weren’t… Read More