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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.

Drone legislation crashes in Colorado

Rep. Paul Rosenthal, D-Denver, introduced the legislation after hearing stories from several other states, where drones were used to drop prohibited items into prison yards. He called it a public safety issue, pointing out that...

Props to all involved with the UTM test

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NASA together with the United States Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) have conducted the first and largest demonstration of its UAS traffic management (UTM) research platform which saw 22 drones flown simultaneously...

Early Takeaways From Part 107 Applications

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Individuals taking the remote pilot exam had a pass rate of 87.88%, close to the private pilot knowledge test pass rate of 89.44%. *The data was gathered from a source in the...

It’s Not Just For The Birds

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“Contrary to sensational media headlines, the skies are crowded not by drones, but by fowl.” That’s the synopsis of a new study from George Mason University that suggests the Federal Aviation Administration...

FAA Considering ADS-B for BVLOS

Federal Aviation Administration official Don Walker said at a public meeting earlier this month that drones flying beyond sight of operators ultimately “are likely to have ADS-B receivers.” The receivers would...

Sen. Schumer Pushes For FAA UAS Test Sites

For the upcoming Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization bill, U.S. Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., is pushing for an extension of the six FAA-designated unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) test sites. According to...