Federal Aviation Administration

Despite objection, Congress passes bill that lets U.S. authorities shoot down private drones

U.S. authorities will soon have the authority to shoot down private drones if they are considered a threat — a move decried by civil liberties and rights groups. The Senate passed the FAA Reauthoriz

Zunum Aero bets on hybrid electric engines for its small commuter jet

The traditional aviation industry typically moves rather slowly, but over the last few years, we’ve seen a number of upstarts that are challenging the status quo both in the general and commerci

The electric aircraft is taking off

In 2008, the electric motor vehicle experienced a rebirth triggered by a rise in oil prices. Now in 2018, it is the time for another rebirth -- in electrical aviation.

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 des

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 Mi

Trump pick for transportation secretary, Elaine Chao, signals support for private innovation

Chao also addressed questions and concerns around tech innovation in transportation, specifically touching on autonomous vehicles, connected infrastructure, drones and more. In initial statements, Com

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 pou

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 mon

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

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,

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

Tero Heinonen Contributor Tero Heinonen is chief executive of Sharper Shape, an drone-based asset inspection company. Last week, we welcomed the much-anticipated Part 107 drone regulations, which wil

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

US agency issues privacy guidance for drone operators

The NTIA has published voluntary best practice privacy guidelines for the use of commercial and non-commercial drones to gather personally identifiable data, agreed by a consensus of stakeholders.

US Senate bill would give FAA 2 years to create rules for delivery drones

The U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation today approved the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reauthorization bill. In an amendment to the bill filed by Senators Hell

FAA Reauthorization Bill Still Leaves Much To Be Desired For Commercial Drone Operators

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration is due for reauthorization and the Transportation & Infrastructure Committee introduced the first draft of the FAA bill today. While the efforts to refor

After 30 Days, The FAA Has Now Registered Almost 300K Drone Owners

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today announced that almost 300,000 drone owners have now used its online registration system. The site went live 30 days ago and until today, the FAA would r

45K+ Register Their Drones With The FAA In First 2 Days

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) drone registry went online on Monday. As the agency announced this morning, more than 45,000 people have now used the online service to registe

The Moment A World Cup Skier Was Nearly Hit By A Drone Falling Out Of The Sky

Drone registration may seem like unnecessary hassle for some, but an incident at the alpine skiing world cup this week illustrated why the FAA is pushing for regulation.

Flytenow Shuts Down After Court Rules Against Flightsharing Startups

Airplane ridesharing startup Flytenow today announced that it is shutting down after a court recently upheld the FAA’s power to regulate what does (and does not) constitute a commercial aviation

The FAA’s Drone Registration Site Is Now Up And Running

As promised, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) launched its drone registry today. If you live in the U.S. and own any kind of drone that weighs more than 0.55 pounds and less than 55 pounds (
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