TAG: Federal Aviation Administration

FAA Grants Topcon UAS Exemption for Sirius

April 27, 2015By
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Topcon Positioning Systems has received a national exemption from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that allows for operation of its unmanned aerial system (UAS) in the United States. The exemption covers the operation of the Sirius Basic and Sirius Pro for aerial data collection. In early April, the FAA issued 30 more commercial exemptions, bringing the total to 99. That number... read more

FAA: GBAS Operational at Airports Worldwide

April 23, 2015By
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Delta Airlines made a perfect Ground-Based Augmentation System (GBAS) Landing System (GLS) landing at Liberty Newark International Airport on Feb. 18, according to the Federal Aviation Administration’s SatNavNews newsletter. Delta now joins United Airlines and British Airways as airlines that use the GBAS at Newark. More GBAS locations around the world are reaching operational status, and airline operations using GBAS are... read more

FAA Grants 30 More Commercial UAS Exemptions

April 8, 2015By
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The Federal Aviation Administration has approved 30 more commercial unmanned aircraft systems exemptions, bringing the total number of approved operations to 99, reports AUVSI News. AUVSI is the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International. Among those receiving exemptions are the insurance companies USAA and AIG. USAA said in a press release that the exemption “could help speed review of insurance claims... read more

McMurdo Gets FAA, EASA Nods for Commercial Aircraft Locator

April 1, 2015By

McMurdo Group, maker of end-to-end search and rescue solutions, has received formal certification from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) for its Kannad Integra ARINC 429 Navigation Interface. Based on the ARINC 429 GPS communications standard for most commercial aircraft, the interface, when used with the Kannad Integra Emergency Locator Transmitter (ELT), provides dual GPS redundancy... read more

FAA Streamlines Waivers for UAS Exemption Holders

March 24, 2015By

The Federal Aviation Administration has established an interim policy to speed up airspace authorizations for certain commercial unmanned aircraft operators who obtain Section 333 exemptions. The new policy helps bridge the gap between the past process, which evaluated every UAS operation individually, and future operations after the FAA publishes a final version of the proposed small UAS rule. Under the new... read more

FAA Gives Amazon Go-Ahead for Delivery Drone Tests

March 20, 2015By
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The Federal Aviation Administration has issued an experimental airworthiness certificate to an Amazon Logistics, Inc. unmanned aircraft (UAS) design that Amazon will use for research and development and crew training. Amazon has said it wants to use drones for delivering packages to customers. The FAA typically issues experimental certificates to manufacturers and technology developers to operate a UAS that does not have... read more

FAA UAS Proposal Open for Comments Until April 24

March 11, 2015By

The public has until April 24 to comment on a framework of regulations proposed by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in February. The regulations would allow routine use of certain small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in today’s aviation system, while maintaining flexibility to accommodate future technological innovations, the agency said. The FAA proposal offers safety rules for small UAS (under... read more

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FAA Proposes New Rules for Unmanned Aircraft Systems

February 17, 2015By
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  The Federal Aviation Administration has proposed a framework of regulations that would allow routine use of certain small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in today’s aviation system for commercial purposes. “We have tried to be flexible in writing these rules,” said FAA Administrator Michael Huerta in a statement. “We want to maintain today’s outstanding level of aviation safety without placing an... read more

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