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FAA History

This section begins in 2013. It tracks the various FAA initiatives including regulations, task forces, Pathfinder, the test sites and NASA. You will also find information about regulatory initiatives in other states and countries. Taken together it will give you a sense of the evolutionary forces creating US drone policies.

The Not Quite 4th of July issue of Dronin’ On 07.01.17

Hi all – A whole bunch of harrumphing went on up on the Hill this week as the Senate and House versions of the FAA Reauthorization Act took shape. Since you can’t tell...

SPECIAL EDITION – 7 Forces Transforming the FAA and the UAV Industry

Hi all – I founded the DroneBusiness.center (db.c) to advise clients about the ideas and issues that are impacting the development of the commercial drone business. Coming into the drone business from the...

UK To Introduce New UAV Measures

The consultation will also consider whether there is a need for a new criminal offense for misuse of drones. The government plans to introduce new measures to ensure the successful uptake of...

Did UTM Turn The Corner At Syracuse?

Last year, the FAA wasn’t enthusiastic about UTM and I could detect a real “not invented here” vibe among the FAA folks who attended. The FAA didn’t like NASA telling them how...

DOT Audit Faults FAA’s Reactive Approach To UAVs

The Audit found the lack of a risk-based process of oversight problematic, and criticized the FAA’s focus on education over enforcement. The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Inspector General has issued a...

Elaine Chao Is The New Drone Boss

President-elect Donald Trump has selected Elaine Chao to be his transportation secretary. Ms. Chao, who is married to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, would join South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley,...