Category Archives: FAA

300,000 U.S. drones have been registered

A rule requiring all drones that weigh between 0.55 and 55 pounds to be registered with the Federal Aviation Administration, has resulted in close to 300,000 owners coming forward in the first 30 days since registration opened on on Dec. … Continue reading

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2015 Year in Review – Center for the Study of the Drone

The Center for the Study of Drones, at Bard College, have published their most newsworthy stories of 2015. The 10 stories that caught my eye are as follows: A shortfall in Air Force drone operators is at “breaking point.“Relatedly, the … Continue reading

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63% Americans believe opening U.S. skies to drones is a mistake

A wide-ranging Pew/Smithsonian report looks at U.S. attitudes to future science and technology. The legal and regulatory framework for operating non-military drones is currently the subject of much debate, but the public is largely unenthusiastic: 63% of Americans think it … Continue reading

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FAA drone test sites announced

The Federal Aviation Administration announced six states that will develop test sites for drones, a critical next step for the spread of unmanned aircraft across U.S. skies. Alaska, Nevada, New York, North Dakota, Texas and Virginia will host the research … Continue reading

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FAA releases roadmap for opening America’s skies – but it’s not Skynet (yet)

Since the 1990s unmanned aerial systems, or drones, have operated on a limited basis within U.S. domestic airspace–the National Airspace System (NAS). The main user of drones in the NAS were public agencies, such as the military and border patrol. … Continue reading

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