TAG: Federal Aviation Administration

Pirker Drone Case Reaches Settlement

January 30, 2015By

Aerial photographer Raphael Pirker has settled the civil penalty proceeding brought by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration in 2013 concerning his flight of a styrofoam Zephyr II model aircraft (or “drone”) at the University of Virginia at Charlottesville in October 2011. The $1,100 settlement  “does not constitute an admission of any of the allegations in the case or an admission of... read more

FAA Warns Super Bowl Fans: Leave Drone at Home

January 28, 2015By

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) declared today that Super Bowl XLIX will be a “No Drone Zone.” “Many familiar sounds are associated with the Super Bowl: Cheering fans. Referee whistles. The spectacular halftime show. Booming fireworks,” the FAA wrote. “But one sound you shouldn’t hear is the whirring of an unmanned aircraft overhead. The Super Bowl is strictly a ‘No Drone... read more

Drinking and Droning Has Consequences

January 28, 2015By
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Firmware Fixes Coming from Drone Maker
A government employee who crashed his friend's drone on the White House lawn was apparently drinking while droning. The employee, who works for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), was questioned Jan. 26 by the Secret Service as the operator of the drone involved in Monday’s incident at the White House. read more

FAA Grants Two More UAV Exemptions

January 6, 2015By
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The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today granted two more regulatory exemptions for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) operations for commercial use. The FAA granted five exemptions to four companies in December. The two companies are Advanced Aviation Solutions of Spokane, Wash., and Tierra Antiqua Reality of Tuscon, Ariz. Advanced Aviation Solutions plans to fly an eBee senseFly UAV Ag system carrying a georeferenced still... read more

Amazon to FAA: Loosen Laws or Moving Research Abroad

December 9, 2014By

Amazon.com is warning the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that it will move its drone research abroad if it doesn’t get permission soon to test-fly in the United States, reports The Wall Street Journal. Amazon has already begun researching drone flights in the United Kingdom. “Without the ability to test outdoors in the United States soon, we will have no choice but to... read more

Drone Prohibition: NTSB Rules Favorably on FAA Appeal

December 1, 2014By

The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board has ruled that drones are aircraft for the purpose of the Federal Aviation Administration’s prohibition of their careless or reckless use. The NTSB affirmed the agency’s position that unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) meet the legal definition of “aircraft,” and that the agency may take enforcement action against anyone who operates a UAS or model aircraft... read more

Pratap Misra Honored with ION Kepler Award 

September 15, 2014By
Pratap Misra, 2014 Kepler Award recipient.

The Institute of Navigation’s (ION) Satellite Division awarded Pratap Misra its Johannes Kepler Award on September 12 at the ION GNSS+ Conference in Tampa, Florida, for his contributions to satellite navigation education, the understanding of GLONASS, and receiver autonomous integrity monitoring. Misra is credited with tracking GLONASS satellites using the AF Deep Space Tracking Network to determine their orbits in the... read more

FAA Issues First Commercial UAS Authorization over Land

July 2, 2014By
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Like it or not, as a person who works with geospatial data, UAS (unmanned aerial systems such as drones and UAVs) are in your future. The upside of said technology for “quick and dirty” mapping is undeniable. GNSS plays a key role with UAS, just like it plays a key role in classical photogrammetry. In fact, UAS may even push GNSS technology... read more