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FAA Over People – FAA approves AVSS’s Means of Compliance
sUAS News | 04/05/2024
The FAA has approved the AVSS Means of Compliance (MOC) for Category 2 and Category 3 flight over people operations.
FAA Annual Drone Safety Day is Saturday, April 27, 2024
FAA | 04/01/2024
Drone Safety Day (DSD) is an annual campaign designed to educate  drone users of the importance of flying safely, inspiring fun drone activities and connecting a community of enthusiast.
The Drone Racing League and the United States Air Force Announce Groundbreaking Initiative to Elevate Women in Sports and Technology
sUAS News | 03/28/2024
DRL unveils "Women Taking Flight" to recruit women pilots and spotlight women pursuing underrepresented career paths
FAA Ends Discretionary Enforcement Policy on Drone Remote Identification
FAA | 03/15/2024
n September 2023, the FAA issued a policy for exercising discretion in determining whether to take enforcement action for drone operators who were not able to comply with the Remote ID rule. That policy ends on March 16, 2024. Operators who do not comply after that date could face fines and suspension or revocation of their drone pilot certificates.
U.S. Congress Set to Mandate FAA Establish UAV BVLOS Final Rule
Commercial UAS News | 03/13/2024
Both the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate versions of FAA reauthorization bills direct the agency to develop a UAV BLVOS notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) within 4-6 months of the legislation's passage, setting a path to adoption of a final rule within two years.
FAA Updates and Open Questions: From the Floor of the National Public Safety UAS Conference
dronelife | 03/13/2024
A panel of FAA representative provide updates and insights for public safety and law enforcement drone community with updates on the B4UFly app, remote ID, and  along with fielded questions from the audience.
FAA’s Jeffrey Vincent: What’s Next in Drone Regulations (and When Can We Expect that BVLOS NPRM?)
dronelife | 03/12/2024
At the DRONERESPONDERS National Public Safety UAS Conference, Jeffrey Vincent, the Executive Director of the FAA's UAS Integration Office, spoke what is next for drone regulations – including a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) for BVLOS flight by the end of this year.
Former DOI Director on the Impact of the American Drone Security Act: From the Floor of the National Public Safety UAS Conference
dronelife | 03/12/2024
Mark Bathrick, former U.S. Department of the Interior's Director of the Office of Aviation Services (OAS) spoke about the practical impact that the American Drone Security Act and proposed bans on Chinese made drone technology.
The Impact of the Drone Industry on Flight Schools
Commercial UAV News | 02/28/2024
At the beginning it was a trickle of enthusiasts curious about this new uncrewed industry but as the years passed, we have seen an evolution in which the number of Part 107 pilots now exceeds holders of traditional commercial and ATP (Airline Transport Pilot) combined.
5 Opportunities to Build Drone Pilot Success
Commercial UAV News | 02/07/2024
As the demand for skilled drone pilots continues to soar, opportunities for success continue to expand, and, in this article, we'll explore five key opportunities to build drone pilot success. However, before we dive into those opportunities, there are a few topics that need discussion.
PG&E Revolutionizing Utility Operations Through Cutting-Edge Drone Technology: Beyond Inspections
dronelife | 12/05/2023
PG&E Explores Cutting-Edge Drone Technology to Elevate Utility Operations
Flying Cars Meet Quantum Computing
IOT World Today | 08/24/2023
Flying cars and quantum computers have long been shorthand for "technologies of the future," but they are both here and are now and on the verge of revolutionizing the world of transportation.
NBAA, Stakeholders Caution AAM Working Group: Competition is “Fierce and Rapidly Advancing”
dronelife | 08/16/2023
In a recent statement, the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) has addressed two crucial initiatives aimed at facilitating the safe and seamless integration of advanced air mobility (AAM) into the U.S. National Airspace System (NAS).
FAA Offers Funding to Inspire Students to Become Pilots or Maintenance Technicians
Federal Aviation Administration | 07/17/2023
The FAA is looking to develop the next generation of aviation professionals through two grants aimed at creating a more diverse pool of pilots and aviation maintenance technicians.
Startup Aims To Replace Banner-Towing Aircraft With Drones
Flying | 05/09/2023
Sustainable Skylines claims its drones will reduce the carbon footprint of traditional banner-towing aircraft by 90 percent.
Pontifications: Technical challenges for UAMs, et al, only part of the problems
Leeham News and Analysis | 03/28/2023
Technical challenges for alternative energy aircraft are daunting. Urban Air Mobility, Advanced Air Mobility, eVTOLs, batteries, hydrogen, hybrids—this list goes on.
Joby’s airworthiness criteria: A blueprint for the nascent eVTOL industry
Vertical | 11/28/2022
Ever since the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) hinted its position for the means to approve pilots and aircraft certification for eVTOL aircraft, stakeholders have been waiting for an example of how this would work in practice.
The FAA Confirms Changes to Regulatory Approach for Powered-Lift Certification
Aviation Today | 05/26/2022
In a statement to Avionics International this week, the Federal Aviation Administration confirmed that it will be modifying its regulatory approach for certification of powered-lift operations and the pilots that operate these aircraft. In the short-term, the FAA plans to use its "special class" process in 14 CFR 21.17(b) to type certificate powered-lift aircraft, in order to address the unique features of emerging powered-lift models.
Perspectives on eVTOL Certification from Honeywell, Jaunt, Archer, Joby
Aviation Today | 05/19/2022
Manufacturers of electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft are working closely with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) to establish a path to certification and make progress towards achieving certification for these new types of vehicles.
American Robotics Reese Mozer on the Many Types of BVLOS Flight: EVLOS, True BVLOS, Automated, and More
dronelife | 05/18/2022
The Many Flavors of BVLOS – an explanation of the different types of BVLOS flight, and what they mean for regulators and industry.
U.S. Air Force and Drone Racing League Partner to Celebrate 75th Anniversary – and Accelerate Drone Pilot Skills
dronelife | 05/18/2022
The U.S. Air Force and Drone Racing League (DRL) share a passionate interest in showcasing drone pilot skills and encouraging new entrants into the drone industry.
Electric Regional Air Mobility Discussion With NASA Report Lead Author Kevin Antcliff
CleanTechnico | 03/22/2022
Imagine you're a family of 4 heading to a ski resort in the region. You take an electric Uber to your local small airport. You're in the air in 15 minutes. You land near the resort and another electric Uber takes you to the hill. You fly quietly over the often dangerous mountain roads, enjoying the scenery from the air. All for the cost of getting there by other means, but in a fraction of the time.
BVLOS ARC Report Addresses Drone Industry Accessibility and Inclusion: “Developing Tailored Medical Qualifications”
dronelife | 03/17/2022
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recently released its Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) final report. Weighing in at almost 400 pages, the document is full of surprises – including a hat tip to the need to increase accessibility in the drone industry.
Disaster Response Training Offered for Women Drone Pilots
Newswires | 03/08/2022
The Center for Robot-Assisted Search and Rescue (CRASAR), the world leader in robotics for disasters, is partnering with Women and Drones for 3.5 days of drone pilot training. The purpose is to introduce female pilots to the missions, skills, and regulations applicable to different types of disasters and enable them to work with local agencies. The training will take place during the highly realistic Public Safety Interoperability Institute (Interop 22) exercise with Texas emergency management agencies, Texas National Guard, and other groups at Disaster City® and surrounding facilities.
Increase in Female Drone Pilots
Newswires | 03/01/2022
Women and Drones breaks down the latest Remote Pilot numbers released by the Federal Aviation Administration.
Built-in Intelligence Comes to Small, Pilotless Fixed-wing Planes
UAS | 02/15/2022
Most small autonomous fixed-wing aircraft are guided by a commercial controller, which works well for simple paths. But high winds, for instance, can cause a pilotless aircraft to go off course and crash. Demanding paths for demanding applications require new innovations for suitable performance to expand uses of such drones.
NBAA Praises New Bill Supporting AAM Infrastructure
AINonline | 12/16/2021
A bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers this week introduced legislation designed to help pave the way for the development of infrastructure to support the emerging advanced air mobility (AAM) sector.
Personal eVTOL Vehicles: AIR CEO Believes in the Flying Cars of the Future
drone life | 11/15/2021
From George Jetson to Prof. Brown in the Back to the Future movies, the dream of owning one's own flying car has captured the public imagination.
However, in recent years, planners envisioning urban air mobility solutions have focused largely on the creation of fleets of air taxis. Challenging this conventional wisdom is the CEO of an Israeli start-up company that has developed an electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) vehicle, who believes that small personal flying machines will be the wave of the future.
CAE to debut VTOL desktop simulator for unmanned systems
Trade Arabia | 11/10/2021
CAE will demonstrate a new Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) desktop simulator based on the company's Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) Mission Trainer at the Dubai Airshow from November 14 to 18, 2021. 
Increasing advanced air mobility (AAM) and UAS operations over the next decade will create a surge in demand for pilots, which by some estimates could be close to 60,000 pilots needed by 2028. However, training solutions geared specifically towards VTOL operations are currently limited.
A Veteran’s Day Salute: Inclusive UAS – One Man’s Mission to Bring Drone Flight to People with Disabilities
drone life | 11/10/2021
As soon as he impacted the ground, he knew something was seriously wrong. In December 2016, a freak fall while snowboarding left U.S. Air Force veteran Rob Corbett, a decorated non-commissioned officer and Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI) agent with more than a decade of active duty service to the nation, paralyzed from the neck down.
Ever since, he's dedicated his life to bringing inclusion into the drone community by advocating for and training others with disabilities, including veterans and their families.
The Smarter Pilot: Steve Rhode’s New Column Helps Pilots Parse Current Drone Regulations
dronelife | 10/20/2021
Current drone regulations can be difficult even for experienced pilots to understand.  In his new DRONELIFE column, Steve Rhode works to help bridge the knowledge gap between passing the Part 107 test and requirements of the most current drone regulations.
The following is one of an educational series for drone pilots by Steve Rhode, Chief Pilot with the Wake Forest Fire Department and the North Carolina Public Safety Drone Academy, and founder of Public Safety Flight, a website dedicated to information about the use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), UAVs, aircraft, and drones in public safety. (Not to be contrued as legal advice: please see details at the FAA government site.  Opinions are the author's.)
Drone Champions League is back with DCL 2.0
sUAS News | 10/01/2021
"Drone racing is ahead of the curve," says Drone Champions League CEO Dr. Michael Kostka. "And now DCL intends to advance the sport even further with a hybrid format that enables fans to immerse themselves in both physical and virtual events at spectacular new locations."
ODOT helps out those who want to get a drone pilot license
Hometown Stations | 01/30/2021
The Ohio Department of Transportation is extending a unique opportunity to people who want to get their official license to fly their drones. They will now be offering free online courses for the Remote Pilot Certification Exam.
New drone legislation made consistent across the EU
Digital Camera World | 01/08/2021
Up until now, drone legislation across the European Union has been inconsistent across member states, making it more confusing for photographers traveling through Europe. However, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has now produced a set of rules and tiers for several categories of drones, making EU drone legislation more consistent and easier to understand. 
Since drones exploded in popularity, countries across the world have been racing to keep up with this new technology. For a period of time, there were a series of incidents involving drones that could have been avoided with the proper care and attention of the pilot.
Vodafone using mobile networks to map drone flight paths
total telecom | 11/26/2020
Vodafone is working with Ericsson to use mobile network data to help map flight paths for connected drones
Chattanooga company using innovative technology to help farms
WRCB-TV | 10/26/2020
A Chattanooga-based company is using satellite technology to help farmers in the Sequatchie Valley.
UW Students Learn How to Operate Drones in New Online Course
University of Wyoming News | 10/26/2020
To meet the growing demand for drone use in business, the University of Wyoming Board of Trustees this past summer approved the launch of geospatial information science and technology programs. New programs, which began this fall, are offered in the areas of geographic information system, remote sensing and UAS, better known as drones.
Reno Partnership Aims to Equip Fire Department with Drones to Conduct Life-Saving River Search and Rescue Operations
sUAS News | 10/24/2020
Under the FAA's Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Pilot Program earlier this week, Iris Automation conducted a live drone flight demonstration for the City of Reno Fire Department of its Casia onboard Detect-and-Avoid collision avoidance system, which enables safe beyond visual line of sight drone operations.
Section 2209 Isn’t Familiar to Most Drone Operators – but Advocates Urge the FAA to Comply with it
DroneLife | 10/23/2020
Section 2209 of the FAA Extension, Safety and Security Act of 2016 hasn't been implemented yet.  But a group of drone industry advocates urge the FAA to act quickly, in a letter sent to the FAA.
Multi-agency Drone Task Force Deploys in the Aftermath of California Wildfires
sUAS News | 10/06/2020
A multi-agency task force of public safety drone teams has been supporting local agencies and residents impacted by California wildfires with high-resolution aerial imagery of damaged areas.
Challenges with imprecision of UAS pesticide applications
NebraskaFarmer | 10/02/2020
The potential uses for drones or unmanned aircraft systems in agriculture have been discussed extensively in the past 10 years. One of the potential uses that hasn't been fully fleshed out in the U.S. is pesticide applications.
9-1-1 Drone Dispatch in Manatee County, Florida Could Save Heart Attack Victims
DroneLife | 10/01/2020
Manatee County, Florida, may become the first local government entity in the country to use its emergency 9-1-1 system to dispatch the delivery of emergency medical supplies by drone for people suffering from heart attacks or other serious medical emergencies.
Skydio partners with EagleView for autonomous residential roof inspections via drone
TechCrunch | 09/28/2020
Skydio recently announced that it will work with EagleView to deploy automated residential roof inspections using Skydio drones.
Small unmanned aircraft give agents best possible vantage point on the border
Border Report | 09/26/2020
Small unmanned aircraft systems are helping agents track more undocumented immigrants, a division chief with the U.S. Border Patrol's Rio Grande Valley Sector said recently.
Walmart Piloting Drone Delivery of At-Home COVID-19 Self-Collection Kits
AUVSI News | 09/24/2020
Walmart announced recently that it will pilot drone delivery of at-home COVID-19 self-collection kits, which is a new way to provide additional, and contactless, testing options.
FAA Moving Slowly On Drone Certification
AVweb | 09/20/2020
The People's Republic of China is one of 66 individuals and organizations commenting on an FAA Federal Register Notice on the certification of some drones.
Self-flying drone offers faster 911 response. Manatee program would be nation’s first
Bradenton Herald | 09/19/2020
Manatee County officials are partnering with a private drone company to become one of the first government agencies in the nation to use autonomous drones as part of a 911 emergency response.
K-State Poly joins FAA’s collegiate unmanned aircraft systems training initiative
Salina Journal | 09/19/2020
The unmanned aircraft systems flight and operations program at Kansas State University Polytechnic has been selected for the Federal Aviation Administration's Unmanned Aircraft Systems-Collegiate Training Initiative.
Offshore deliveries, carrying people are new UAV developments
GPS World | 09/16/2020
A new offshore service opportunity for an already proven mini-helicopter UAV, a possible alternative to flying cars, and bulking up UAVs to carry cargo – just a few of this month's new developments in unmanned aircraft.

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