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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.

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,...

Anthony Foxx’s Contribution To UAV Development

“It’s bittersweet,” says Anthony Foxx. “I’ll leave things a little less complete than I would like to.” The former mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina has taken what may seem a drab job—enforcing...

Step 1: Defining The Small UAV Rule

A meeting with OIRA provides a golden opportunity for stakeholders to make their voices heard on this key policy and regulatory issue. In a major new development, the FAA has just sent...

The Whole Part 107 Waiver Thing

WELCOME TO THE REGULATED WORLD OF AVIATION “YOUR WAIVER REQUEST HAS BEEN DENIED . . . ” The FAA has just issued a statement declaring the new part 107 waiver process a...

Transport Canada Reflects, Resets Drone Laws

Transport Canada is proposing that anyone flying a drone weighing more than 250 grams, including recreational users, should fall under more rigorous regulations expected to be introduced in 2017. "The proposed floor...

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