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FAA releases drone registration recommendations

Advocacy | Nov 23, 2015

The FAA has released the recommendations of its drone registration task force ahead of anticipated record holiday sales of drones.

The drone pro

Article | Nov 04, 2015

A pilot who long ago built a general aviation business in New Jersey was also among the first unmanned aircraft operators approved for commercial work.

A wild ride to come

Article | Oct 29, 2015

An aviation engineer and pilot in Idaho designed the next generation of small drones with an eye on manning them in the future.

AOPA to help guide drone registration policy

Advocacy | Oct 26, 2015

AOPA will help determine the specifics of a new registration policy for drones as part of the FAA’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems Registration Task Force.

Drone registration details emerge

Advocacy | Oct 21, 2015

The Department of Transportation and the FAA have published new details about plans to register drones and their authority to regulate those operations.

Drones to be registered

Article | Oct 19, 2015

A task force will develop particulars for a drone registration requirement to be in place by mid-December.

Conference focuses on drone integration

Article | Oct 15, 2015

A Las Vegas conference will focus on the issues surrounding safe integration of unmanned and manned aircraft; AOPA members can register at a discount.

Drones prove difficult for ag pilots to see

Article | Oct 08, 2015

An organization dedicated to promoting safe and responsible drone use demonstrated just how difficult it is for agricultural pilots to spot drones.

Drone action urged

Article | Oct 08, 2015

Members of a House panel heard testimony from pilots, the FAA, and other stakeholders Oct. 7 in a hearing focused on drone dangers and benefits.

Getting drones up there

Article | Sep 22, 2015

Many of the institutions that are emerging as leaders of drone integration research came together Sept. 15 at Mississippi State University.

Preventing drone disaster

Article | Sep 16, 2015

Technology that will allow small drones to operate safely while beyond visual range is beginning to emerge.

The swarm of drones to come

Article | Sep 10, 2015

Thousands of drone enthusiasts (and yes, most embrace the word “drone”) gathered in Las Vegas for a glimpse at what’s to come.

Lawyer gets FAA to approve paper airplane

Article | Sep 02, 2015

A Connecticut lawyer tricked the FAA into approving a powered paper airplane as a commercial drone.

FAA names top unmanned aircraft execs

Article | Sep 02, 2015

The FAA has named Marke Gibson and Earl Lawrence to lead the agency’s integration of unmanned aircraft systems into U.S. airspace.

Graphical drone briefing developed

Article | Aug 27, 2015

Lockheed Martin has developed a graphical briefing tool that will help keep manned and unmanned aircraft safely separated.

Drone reports detailed

Article | Aug 27, 2015

A detailed list of unmanned aircraft encounters reported by pilots reveals just over half of all such encounters were reported in five states.

AMA issues drone challenge

Article | Aug 20, 2015

The Academy of Model Aeronautics is offering kits and education for student teams to compete in a search-and-rescue challenge with drones.

Racing ‘like Superman’

Article | Aug 19, 2015

Measured in inches and ounces, camera-toting drones raced like hummingbirds around a track, taking their pilots along for the ride.

Drone encounters surge

Article | Aug 13, 2015

Pilot reports of unmanned aircraft sightings, some flying as high as 10,000 feet, continue to rapidly increase in number.

A landmark delivery

Article | Jul 30, 2015

July may well prove to be a seminal month in the development of unmanned aircraft.

Downsized Rutan designs

Article | Jul 22, 2015

Remote control modelers will have a chance to fly some of Burt Rutan's most innovative aircraft.

Drone pilots sought

Article | Jul 08, 2015

A Boston-area startup has secured an FAA exemption to operate unmanned aircraft, and is seeking qualified pilots with or without drone experience.

Kansas State University expands unmanned aircraft programs

Article | Jul 08, 2015

Kansas State University is offering a new unmanned aircraft systems bachelor's degree program, as well as two new UAS minors.

Drones edge into NAS: 'Sense and avoid' tech tested

Article | Jun 24, 2015

NASA continues to test technology giving large drones capability to detect and avoid other aircraft, and invites pilots to join a meeting of minds.