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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.

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...

EASA UAS Safety Analysis 2010-2016

42 accidents, the majority of which resulted from the crash of drone for either technical reasons or due to loss of control The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has issued their analysis of...

NASA UTM TCL2 Demo Ready To Fly

First UTM demonstration of multiple drones flying and landing beyond visual line-of-sight of the pilot, with paths separated by altitude. In mid-October NASA partners will fly five unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), commonly...

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333, 107, Recreation & 101 – A Dangerous Regulatory Mess!

The FAA can and should fix this before someone gets seriously hurt. Beginning Monday the 29th of August, four different sets of regulations will be...