One step closer to integrating drones into the National Airspace System

NASA’s remotely-piloted Ikhana aircraft, based at the agency’s Armstrong Flight Research Center in Edwards, California, successfully flew its first mission in the National Airspace System without a safety chase aircraft on June 12, 2018. This historic flight moves the United States one step closer to normalizing unmanned aircraft operations in the airspace used by commercial […]

FAA offers series of drone webinars

FAA Safety Inspector Kevin Morris and a team of experts will launch a series of webinars June 5, 2018, on drone waivers. The series of free webinars will cover the most requested Part 107 waivers under the FAA’s Small UAS Rule. This is a great opportunity to ask questions and talk to FAA experts, agency […]

See and avoid: Ag pilots vs. drones

With more than 1 million drones registered with the FAA, it is vitally important for unmanned aerial vehicle operators to be aware of agricultural aircraft operations this growing season, according to officials with the National Agricultural Aviation Association (NAAA). Thankfully, a vast majority of drone users operate in a responsible manner, but since last year […]

Webinar slated on drone data

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) will host a webinar to discuss how businesses can navigate the enormous amount of data collected by unmanned systems. The webinar, “‘Data is the New Oil’ and Other XPONENTIAL Ideas,” will explore how businesses can harness the data collected by unmanned systems to address […]

FAA issues fact sheet for drone pilots

The FAA has issued a new fact sheet that gives the highlights of the agency’s rules for small unmanned aircraft (UAS) operations other than model aircraft — Part 107 of FAA regulations – that cover commercial and government uses for drones weighing less than 55 pounds. So if you need a refresher or are just […]

Academy of Model Aeronautics offers to help NTSB investigate drone accidents

Officials with the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) sent a letter to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) offering AMA’s more than 80 years of experience in the investigation of any potential incident involving a manned and unmanned aircraft system (UAS). In the letter, AMA President Rich Hanson writes: “The recent potential incidents involving manned […]

Drone training for first responders

Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus is working with law enforcement to offer a training course specifically targeted at how first responders can use unmanned aircraft systems in daily operations and safety procedures. The first course runs April 9-12, 2018, at the campus in Salina. Kurt Carraway, a retired U.S. Air Force colonel and the executive […]