drone laws

Drone Flight Over People When its Allowed

Part of an occasional series, “Things the FAA Wishes More Pilots Knew.”  This article explains what drone flight over people really means, and when it is – and isn’t – allowed. This fall, DRONELIFE had the privilege of speaking on a panel with representatives from the FAA.  After some discussion, …

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Drone Legislation Op-Ed Warns Against Sweeping Bans

An op-ed from former Reps. Bill Shuster (R-PA) and Jeff Denham (R-CA), published in Morning Consul today, spoke directly to drone legislation which seeks to limit purchases of drones based on country of origin or other broad criteria. Republished in full below with links, the article is strongly critical of …

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Drones Over Nuclear Power Plants No Threat

Commercial drones can be used unlawfully.  Terrorist incidents over oil and gas infrastructure have led to concerns that commercial drones pose a threat to any protected site.  The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, however, has published a memo saying that commercial drones do not pose a threat to nuclear power plants. …

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Know Before You Fly Gets New Support from CTA

“Know Before You Fly” has been one of the drone industry’s successes: a collaborative effort between commercial interests, recreational interests, and the FAA.  Know Before You Fly was started with a partnership between the FAA; the industry’s leading advocacy organization, the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI); and the …

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Hold Fast on Date for Release of Remote ID DRONELIFE

A group of drone industry stakeholders including the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), and the U.S. Chamber’s Technology Engagement Center (C_TEC) have signed a letter asking the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to “hold fast” to the intended December 2020 release of the …

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Waivers and Authorizations: FAA Reps Answer Questions

AUVSI’s North Carolina chapter and DRONELIFE host free webinars and chat rooms monthly, where drone pilots from all over the country can get their questions answered by a panel of experts.  This month, AUVSI NC hosted two representatives from the FAA: UAS Integration Program Manager Michael O’Shea and  Aviation Safety …

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FAA IPP Update from UAS Integration Office

At this morning’s Commercial UAV Expo Keynote Panel, Erik Amend, Executive Office Manager of the FAA UAS Integration Office, gave an update on the FAA IPP.  Integration Pilot Program (IPP) participants gave their insights on how the program has benefited the communities they serve and the drone industry. As many …

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FAA and Drones: Commercial UAV Expo Keynote

At this morning’s Commercial UAV Expo Keynote address, Commercial UAV hosted one of the most important figures in the industry.  FAA Administrator Steve Dickson addressed the virtual audience to discuss FAA and drones: pilot programs, new regulations, and future endeavors. Dickson began his address with the expected message that the …

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