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FAA: Commercial drone use to take flight

June 21, 2016By
A Sensefly eXom UAV inspects a structure.

Today, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has finalized the first operational rules for routine commercial use of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), opening pathways towards fully integrating UAS into the nation’s airspace. These new regulations work to harness new innovations safely, to spur job growth, advance critical scientific research and save lives, the FAA said in a press release. “We are... read more

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FAA issues GPS interference flight advisory

June 9, 2016By
GPS Interference testing this June on the West Coast of the United States.

[[Editor’s note: After this story was posted, and after the Navigate! enewsletter containing it was sent out to 27,128 subscribers, GPS World received notice that in fact the U.S. Navy  canceled plans to jam GPS signals in the vicinity of the China Lake, California, Naval Air Weapons Station. The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) had raised concerns about the... read more

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FAA offers ADS-B rebates to aircraft owners

June 6, 2016By
Airplane taking off from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport with the air traffic control tower behind. (Photo: Wikipedia CC BY-SA 4.0)

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is offering a $500 rebate for aircraft to install Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast (ADS-B) surveillance technology ahead of a 2020 deadline. Today on a national press call, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and Deputy Administrator Michael G. Whitaker announced the $500 rebate incentive for General Aviation (GA) aircraft owners who equip their aircraft with required avionics... read more

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FAA tests FBI drone detection system at JFK

May 17, 2016By
Terminal 6 at JFK Airport. (Photo: New York Photo Gallery)

The United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and its government partners are expanding research on ways to detect “rogue” drones around airports. Together, they are evaluating drone detection technology at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) in New York. Over the last two years, the FAA has received numerous reports from pilots and residents about unmanned aircraft systems — UAS, or “drones” — around some... read more

FAA expands drone detection Pathfinder initiative

May 10, 2016By

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is expanding the part of its Pathfinder Program that focuses on detecting and identifying unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) flying too close to airports. On Monday, the FAA signed Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRDAs) with Gryphon Sensors, Liteye Systems Inc. and Sensofusion. The FAA will evaluate procedures and technologies designed to identify unauthorized UAS operations in... read more

Harris offers comprehensive solution for drone safety

May 4, 2016By
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Harris Corporation has introduced a comprehensive solution to increase the safety of drones and other commercial unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) flying at low altitudes in the U.S. The announcement was made during Xponential 2016 being held May 2-5 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans. Harris’ ADS-B Xtend service provides critical surveillance information to help UAS operators and airspace... read more

Insitu and PrecisionHawk form commercial drone alliance

May 4, 2016By
Insitu and BNSF officials launch ScanEagle for the historic first flight. (Photo: Insitu Inc.)

Insitu and PrecisionHawk have formed a strategic alliance to provide UAS solutions that help commercial enterprises achieve safe unmanned flight for extended and beyond-visual-line-of-sight operations. Insitu is a provider of information and unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) for commercial, civil and military operations, and PrecisionHawk is an aerial data provider. Both companies are exhibiting at this week’s AUVSI Xponential 2016 show in New Orleans. The alliance also leverages the extensive... read more

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FAA establishing advisory committee on UAV integration

May 4, 2016By

Speaking today at Xponential, the AUVSI annual conference in New Orleans, FAA Administrator Michael Huerta announced the agency is establishing a broad-based advisory committee that will provide advice on key unmanned aircraft integration issues. He also announced plans to make it easier for students to fly unmanned aircraft as part of their coursework. Huerta said the drone advisory committee is an... read more

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