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Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) Drone Testing Moves Forw…

image courtesy SkySkopes Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) flight is a critical component of the advancement of unmanned commercial applications.  While France has had legalized BVLOS flight since 2012, most countries and areas of the world are still working towards moving forward with a framework to accommodate BVLOS flight …

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Don’t Fly Blind: The Business of Air Traffic Awareness for D…

Image from INVOLI UTM, air traffic awareness, remote ID and tracking, and collision avoidance are all hot topics in the drone industry.  As these frameworks and technologies develop, risks will decrease, regulations will ease, and the applications that commercial drones are regularly able to perform will expand dramatically. There is …

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DroneLife Exclusive: An Interview with Marc Kegelaers, CEO o…

One of the great aspects of being present at the Commercial UAV Expo Europe, held this week in Amsterdam, is the opportunity to speak directly to some of the thought leaders in the global drone industry. DRONELIFE spoke with Marc Kegelaers: pilot, thought leader, CEO of Unifly, and an important player in …

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A Swiss Regulatory Take on Drone Regulations and Paying for …

The Commercial UAV Expo Europe is taking place this week in Amsterdam.  In addition to being an important market for the commercial drone industry, Europe is at the center of drone regulations.   European regulators have made significant progress in creating a framework that will apply across member states, and …

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Drones Will Be Shot Down Until These Misconceptions Are Tack…

On February 23rd, Long Island resident Gerard Chasteen allegedly fired his Shotgun three times at a DJI Mavic 2 Zoom flying near his property. Rather than a neighbourhood menace up to no good, the drone’s operators – Lynn Fodale and Teddy Henn – were volunteers working for local pet-rescue group, Missing …

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Inside EASA’s High Level Conference on Drones: the New Europ…

At Amsterdam Drone Week, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) is holding their high level conference on drones.  In two days of invitation-only sessions, top aviation and industry stakeholders discuss the future of drone regulations and the drone industry in Europe. During a plenary session on the New European Regulatory …

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What’s Next for Drone Laws? The Commercial UAV Policy Panel …

One of the best aspects of this week’s DJI Airworks conference in Dallas was the opportunity to hear the industry’s biggest influencers speak about critical issues.  The Commercial UAV Policy Panel was moderated by DJI’s Vice President of Policy and Legal Affairs Brendan Schulman, and the panel included a critical …

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AMA Issues Statement on FAA Reauthorization: A “New Chapter”…

The AMA is putting the best face possible on the recently passed FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018. The Academy of Model Aeronautics was vocal in their opposition to the section of the Act which repealed Section 336, which provided protections from new regulation for recreational flyers.  While the AMA has …

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FAA Reauthorization, Explained: Part 4, Can Homeland Securit…

The new proposed FAA Reauthorization package has been made public.  It’s wordy, complex, and confusing – and the headlines haven’t made understanding what’s inside easier.  There are several points of critical importance for the drone industry to understand.  The proposed Repeal of Section 336, the Integration Pilot Program, the “Safeguarding …

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