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Drone show is all business

Article | Apr 28, 2016

It is far from the largest convention that the drone boom has spawned, but a four-year-old conference in California is tightly focused on business.

FAA talks drone integration

Article | Apr 21, 2016

The FAA held its first UAS Symposium April 19 and 20, seeking feedback from the unmanned aircraft community on drone integration into the National Airspace System.

Drone risk in sharper focus

Article | Apr 20, 2016

A reported collision between a drone and a British Airways Airbus A320 over London prompted a flurry of media coverage and fresh concern.

Dollars for drone safety

Article | Apr 13, 2016

AirMap, the Santa Monica, California, firm founded by pilot Ben Marcus, has raised $15 million to support safe integration of drones.

AOPA joins industry letter supporting uniform UAS regulation

Advocacy | Apr 12, 2016

AOPA and nine other aviation groups signed a letter opposing a recently proposed amendment to the U.S. Senate's FAA Reauthorization Act that would do away with federal preemption in the integration of drones into the National Airspace System.

Micro drone recommendations issued

Advocacy | Apr 06, 2016

A government-industry panel charged with making recommendations for creating a “micro drone” category has submitted its formal report to the FAA.

Drone notification made easy

Article | Apr 04, 2016

Recreational drone pilots who plan flights within five miles of an airport can use AirMap to electronically notify airport operators of the flight.

Drone sightings steady

Article | Mar 31, 2016

The FAA released a new set of reports of unmanned aircraft sightings March 25, followed by new rules for commercial operators.

AOPA helps drone operators unravel FAA rules

Advocacy | Mar 22, 2016

Drone pilots operating near airports can get help deciphering FAA guidance and learn more about best practices from a new AOPA fact sheet.

Drone designed to save lives

Article | Mar 17, 2016

The Vapor 55 unmanned helicopter can spot sharks near beaches, drop life rafts to swimmers in distress, and carry life-saving medical supplies to wounded soldiers.

Drone registrations surpass aircraft registrations

Article | Mar 15, 2016

More than 400,000 operators have registered their drones, FAA Administrator Michael Huerta announced March 11, surpassing the number of aircraft in the U.S. registry, which is more than 320,000.

Dueling drones detect, avoid

Article | Mar 02, 2016

DJI has unveiled a new quadcopter with sense-and-avoid technology, the second such product rolled out as 2016 marks the arrival of small drones with smarts.

AOPA seeks permission to operate a commercial UAS

Article | Feb 29, 2016

AOPA is seeking FAA permission to operate a commercial unmanned aircraft, primarily for aerial photography and video.

New rulemaking for small drones

Advocacy | Feb 25, 2016

AOPA will represent general aviation on an FAA committee created to develop a regulation that would allow small drones to fly close to people.

Drone deadline arrives

Article | Feb 17, 2016

Drone owners who fly for fun (not profit) have registered in big numbers: 342,000 of them just ahead of the Feb. 19 deadline.

FAA lifts drone restriction

Article | Feb 10, 2016

Model aircraft (including camera-toting drones) can once again operate within the outer ring of the Washington, D.C., Special Flight Rules Area.

Intro to drones

Article | Jan 29, 2016

You’ve just purchased your first drone, but if you’re like most people, the first question you ask is, “Where should I go fly this thing?” Here are tips on where and how to safely fly your new drone.

Droners register in droves

Article | Jan 27, 2016

The FAA reports that nearly 300,000 hobbyists took advantage of the limited-time opportunity to register their drones at no cost.

Racing to catch drones

Article | Jan 13, 2016

Airbus made a bit of a splash at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, displaying a system made to capture and control rogue drones.

Letters for my drone

Article | Dec 24, 2015

Registering a small unmanned aircraft proved pretty easy when the FAA opened the online portal Dec. 21.

Petition for Exemption

Article | Dec 17, 2015

Thinking about operating a UAS as part of a business, or to capture and sell the pictures, video, or other data but don’t know how to do so legally?

FAA announces drone registration rules

Advocacy | Dec 14, 2015

The owners of small recreational drones will have to register their aircraft before making their first outdoor flight under new rules announced Dec. 14.

Catch a drone for cash

Article | Dec 09, 2015

MITRE Corp. is offering up to $100,000 to any person or team who devises a way to detect and capture a drone.

Terrafugia takes unmanned turn

Article | Dec 02, 2015

Terrafugia, the Boston-area startup working to build flying cars (or “roadable aircraft”) will soon fly an unmanned version of its latest design.

Riverside Airport hosts drone seminar

Article | Dec 01, 2015

California’s Riverside Municipal Airport invites the public to a free public education seminar on private use of unmanned aircraft Dec. 5 at California Baptist University’s Wallace Theatre.