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FAA Issues Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to Add Powered Lift to Air Carrier Aircraft Categories
Transport Up | 11/27/2022
The FAA signed a draft Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) document on November 21st that adds a "powered lift" aircraft to the existing types of air carrier operations, a move that would set the stage for air carrier regulations that would apply specifically to eVTOL and aerial mobility aircraft in the future.
The American Security Drone Act (ASDA)
sUAS News | 11/24/2022
The American Security Drone Act (ASDA) continues the halls of power and may come into being just in time for Christmas. I cannot see it passing as it would affect too many things. But it is worth being aware of. If it does go through you will not be able to fly a Chinese drone or something made up of Chinese parts for Government jobs.
Looking at Buying – or Giving – a Drone for the Holidays? Check Out These FAA Drone Resources!
dronelife | 11/21/2022
If you haven't visited the website in a while, it's time for a return visit.   The agency has developed a whole library of FAA drone resources for drone pilots new and old – and it's easier to find things, too.
Percepto’s Waiver Allows Customers to Fly BVLOS on Qualified Sites Across the Country, with Central Control
dronelife | 11/08/2022
Leading autonomous inspection and monitoring solution provider Percepto announced that it has been granted a nationwide Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) waiver by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
Airworthiness Criteria: Special Class Airworthiness Criteria for the Joby Aero, Inc. Model JAS4-1 Powered-Lift
sUAS News | 11/08/2022
The FAA invites interested people to take part in the development of proposed airworthiness criteria for the Joby Model JAS4-1 powered-lift by sending written comments, data, or views. Please identify the Joby Model JAS4-1 and Docket No. FAA-2021-0638 on all submitted correspondence. The most helpful comments reference a specific portion of the airworthiness criteria, explain the reason for a recommended change, and include supporting data.
The Top 3 Things to Consider When Applying for a BVLOS Waiver
dronelife | 11/07/2022
At October's AUVSI NE UAS and AAM Summit, BVLOS flight was a major topic of conversation.  With no clear guidance on when the BVLOS rule will be released, companies must still rely upon a waiver process.
Integrating Advanced Air Mobility Operations into Tomorrow’s Flight Department
Aviation Today | 10/31/2022
Business aviation flight departments need to prepare for advanced air mobility (AAM) operations and related technologies that are emerging. There are many hurdles that the introduction of advanced technologies must overcome, including public acceptance, regulations, and infrastructure requirements.
AFWERX: How the Air Force and DoD are Supporting Innovation in the Drone Industry – and Vice Versa
dronelife | 10/30/2022
The AUVSI NE UAS and AAM Summit, held at the Northeastern University Innovation Campus, took place last week with an impressive lineup. Among the speakers offering a rare opportunity for an open discussion was Lt. Col. Thomas F. Meagher, Division Chief, AFWERX Prime, Department of the Air Force.  AFWERX is one of the military agencies most actively supporting and investing in new unmanned technology companies, helping startups reach commercial viability and scale through investment, testing, and other services.
DroneUp partners with the Utah department of transportation, division of aeronautics for air mobility & urban planning
sUAS News | 10/25/2022
FAA Updates Recreational Drone Flying Guidance
sUAS News | 10/25/2022
The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today issued guidance on how to become an FAA-recognized community-based organization for recreational drone flying.
NBAA Hails Law to Support Advanced Air Mobility Development
Aviation Pros | 10/19/2022
The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) welcomed President Biden's signing into law this week of the Advanced Air Mobility Coordination and Leadership Act, which will promote policies, procedures and programs to support the integration of this emerging aviation sector into America's transportation infrastructure.
United States, Japan agree to partner on advanced air mobility
Reuters | 10/18/2022
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Japan Civil Aviation Bureau (JCAB) agreed to partner on advanced air mobility certification and operations, the U.S. regulator said Tuesday.
Six things to know about China’s plan to certify and begin eVTOL operations
Vertical | 10/13/2022
Asia, along with North America, Europe and Australia, is expected to lead the world in eVTOL adoption. To provide insight into how certification of eVTOLs is rolling out in China, and how industry operation will be initiated there, experts from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) and other organizations discussed six important things to know about China's plans to certify eVTOL aircraft.
Don’t let flying taxis be the next scooters, city planners warn
Smart Cities Dive | 09/27/2022
Miami, Los Angeles, Orlando, Pittsburgh and other U.S. cities have started planning for urban air mobility, but most have not. While that delay could prove challenging as air taxi services begin operating, it is an opportunity to ensure that policies are consistent throughout the U.S. to make rolling out eVTOLs easier, said Suzanne Murtha, vice president of connected and automated vehicle technology at AECOM.
FAA Releases Vertiport Design Standards to Support the Safe Integration of Advanced Air Mobility Aircraft
FAA | 09/26/2022
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today released new design guidelines for vertiports, infrastructure that will support Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) aircraft. The design standards will serve as the initial step to provide key information for airport owners, operators and infrastructure developers to begin development of facilities that will support operations of AAM aircraft that are electrically powered and take-off and land vertically. 
AAM Leaders Say Certs on Track Despite FAA Reg Shift
AINonline | 09/26/2022
Developers of new eVTOLs said their plans to achieve type certification for aircraft remain on track in the wake of the FAA's recent move to approve aircraft as a special class under FAR 21.17(b) instead of existing Part 23 rules. However, executives participating in a panel during Honeywell's Air Mobility Summit last week expressed concern that the U.S. agency still has to address associated operational and training aspects under a to-come special FAR.
U.S. Lawmakers Look To Build Advanced Air Mobility With FAA Reauthorization Bill
Future Flight | 09/23/2022
Congressional leaders are planning to provide "clear direction" to the FAA on preparing for the emerging advanced air mobility (AAM) segment in the upcoming FAA reauthorization bill, House aviation subcommittee leaders said today.
Collaboration Gives Bentonville Teachers Immersion Into Advanced Air Mobility
University of Arkansas | 09/15/2022
The U of A's Master of Science in Operations Management Program and Bentonville Schools collaborated to incorporate workforce education opportunities in advanced air mobility.
What Does the FAA Plan for Drone Regulations? From the Keynotes at Commercial UAV Expo (and the FAA’s Surprise Announcement)
dronelife | 09/07/2022
Commercial UAV Expo is hosting a record-breaking crowd in Las Vegas this year.  At the first keynotes of the show this morning, a lineup of important industry figures gave attendees the insights they've been waiting for  – including  the FAA plan for drone regulation in the coming year.
Commercial Drone Alliance uses old-school lobbying in next-generation AAM sector
Drone DJ | 08/18/2022
Rebounding off its participation in the August 3 White House summit on advanced air mobility (AAM), sector lobbying organization Commercial Drone Alliance has gone on the offensive with praise of the Biden administration's initiative in support of next-generation aerial activities, but with criticism of regulatory constrictions it says stifles increased UAV services in the US.
Grand Farm’s Autonomous Nation Conference to Connect Autonomous Industry and Policymakers
sUAS News | 08/11/2022
Grand Farm will host its Autonomous Nation Conference on Thursday, August 25, 2022. Autonomous Nation will bring together policymakers from the local, state, and national levels with industry entrepreneurs and innovators to help make our region the most autonomous-friendly area in the country. The conference will focus on the autonomous industry and the impact it can have across our region, solving issues such as workforce shortages, inefficiencies, and technology gaps.
Assuring Autonomy BlogWhite House Advanced Air Mobility Summit: Takeaways for Industry
AUVSI | 08/10/2022
On August 3rd, the White House hosted a Summit on Advanced Air Mobility (AAM). While AAM was the focus of the Summit, discussions also centered around more traditional Uncrewed Aircraft Systems (UAS) issues, in addition to Counter-UAS issues in light of the Administration's Counter-UAS Action Plan. AUVSI was honored to be able to attend this historic event and thanks the Biden Administration, and specifically the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), for organizing this Summit and inviting key industry stakeholders to share their views. Below are AUVSI's top takeaways from the Summit

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