It was only two months ago that the FAA mandated that all drone owners will have to register with the FAA. But now a “Micro Drone” amendment is suggested to be added to the FAA’s funding bill that will exempt small drone owners from registering. (The bill goes by the boring name of Aviation Innovation, Reform, and Authorization (AIRR) Act). The bill must be approved by the congress by March 31st which is just around the corner in legislation terms.
Major cities and famous landmarks often make for awesome shots, and that’s probably what Sean Nivin Riddle was after when he went filming with his drone around New York City’s Empire State Building last night.
Unfortunately for the 27-year-old his drone crashed into the 40th floor of the skyscraper, leading to local and federal security forces swarming to the area and arresting him.
The Boeing 737 was making its way earlier this morning from O’Hare International Airport in Chicago, when according to FAA spokesperson Kathleen Bergen the crew spotted a drone 1-2 miles from the end of the runway.
Although no evasive action was required by the plane, the FAA is investigating the incident and politicians are planning stricter regulations on drones.
Today is the day. From here on out, anyone who purchases a drone must register their device with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Department of Transportation (DOT) before their UAV ever takes flight.
While the process is both simple and affordable – only $5 and a few lines of information submitted online – a new realization about the process might make you reconsider for the sake of your privacy.[Read More…]
The time has come. Drones owners will soon have to register and mark their unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).[Read More…]
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) says the process of registering unmanned aerial vehicles, confirmed to be in development a month ago, will be simple enough for drone operators to ‘probably’ do it on your own.
This update comes alongside of an alarming trend – ‘drone registration firms’ that are popping up left and right offering to take care of any future registration paperwork for a fee of $25. [Read More…]
A rather funny, and perhaps somewhat worrying, video shows an encounter between Dallas Police detectives and a camera crew that took place a couple of days ago.
As we’ve seen too often lately, police are quick on the scene once a drone is around and in this case they were making sure the team wasn’t flying the device near the airport.
That would all be perfectly fine, except the ‘drone’ in this case wasn’t flying anywhere, with our without the FAA’s approval.
Here it comes… US just created a task force to create a Drone Registry by November 20. Frankly, we are not surprised.
The Obama administration would want all US drones to be registered. They said that this is a part of a bigger effort to “to curtail rogue drone flights that pose a danger to commercial aircraft and crowded public venues“.
What this exactly means, we are still unsure. The task force will have to recommend on what constitutes a Drone (I guess a DJI Inspire 1 is not the same as those little baby quadcopters); how the registration process will be handled; and the timeframe for execution.
Three days ago the Federal Aviation Administration proposed an industry-record fine of $1.9 million against an aerial photography company claiming their drone broke the law and posed a safety threat.
What the FAA isn’t being as outspoken about is that on October 1, 2015 it missed a congressionally mandated deadline to set safety rules for drones and integrate them in US airspace.
Making things even worse, according to Aviation Week the FAA expects as many as one million unmanned aerial vehicles will be sold during the upcoming US holiday season.
The company is being accused of conducting 65 unauthorized commercial flights, which involved aerial photography, over Chicago and New York’s highly restricted Class B airspace.
“These operations were illegal and not without risk,” the FAA said, and the company now has 30 days to respond to the agency.