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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.

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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...
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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...

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...

7 Predictions About The Impact Of Part 107

Everyone in the UAV community has the same question. When will the FAA finalize and implement its proposed Small Unmanned Aerial System (sUAS) rule, Part 107 of the Federal Aviation Regulations? As...
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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...

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...

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

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...