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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.

Part 107 The Sum Of Its Parts

Part 107: The Sum Of Its Parts

Hi all – The big news this week was the press conference announcing Part 107. Oh and Brexit. Good thing that the FAA went first, would have been hard to get any...

UAS Items: 2019 Appropriations Bill

                SENATE REPORT - TRANSPORTATION, AND HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT, AND RELATED AGENCIES APPROPRIATIONS BILL, 2019 JUNE 7, 2018.—Ordered to be printed NOTE This document was prepared to provide reference to the sections...

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...
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Flying FPV? Surprise, You’re Gonna Need A 107

The gang that can't shoot straight, misfires and misses again. If you’ve gotten into drone racing, whether you fly for hobby or not, the FAA confirmed to me today that if you...
Teal Group sUAS forecast

FAA Forecasts Their Top 5 For 2020

As shown in the graph, it is expected that, once the final small UAS rule is implemented, two different categories of small UAS (sUAS) will emerge. Higher end sUAS will have...
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NMSU Is Now A FAA UAS Flight Test Center

The new FAA authorization adds NMSU to the list of test ranges that can equally compete for federal projects. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., says his measure to solidify southern New Mexico's...