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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.

Drones: Where do we go from here?

Article | Jun 16, 2015

Representatives of drone associations, research institutes, and universities; drone enthusiasts; and those curious about the growing drone industry gathered June 14 at the UAS Academy near Warrenton, Virginia, for RoboFest 2015.

No-fly map for drones

Article | Jun 03, 2015

With consumer-grade unmanned aircraft selling like hotcakes, a California firm released a free online tool to help operators steer clear of trouble.

Unmanned aircraft encounters increasing

Article | May 28, 2015

The FAA fielded reports of unmanned aircraft encounters in growing numbers in 2014, and the agency is developing a systematic protocol for reporting future encounters that may reveal more close calls.

Drone school opens for business

Article | May 22, 2015

Auburn University has been granted a waiver to operate a commercial drone school that will be open to the public.

FAA launches DC-area No Drone Zone campaign

Article | May 14, 2015

The FAA is reaching out to residents and tourists in the Washington, D.C., region to emphasize that the area is a “No Drone Zone,” the agency announced May 13.

AOPA asks FAA to close gaps in UAS rule

Article | Apr 23, 2015

AOPA is asking the FAA to close gaps in the agency's proposed rules governing small commercial unmanned aircraft systems.

Yuneec drones makes Sun 'n Fun debut

Article | Apr 22, 2015

Knowing pilots have reservations about sharing airspace with unmanned aircraft, drone manufacturer Yuneec came to Sun ‘n Fun to showcase its latest products and give attendees a chance to try them out.

UAV innovator to receive aero club award

Article | Mar 17, 2015

The Aero Club of New England announced that it will bestow its Godfrey L. Cabot Award on Abraham E. Karem, president of Karem Aircraft.

Droning on

Pilot Magazine | Mar 10, 2015

From search-and-rescue missions to crop surveying; from capturing movie action sequences to starring in them—unmanned aircraft systems have progressed from a niche hobby to a booming industry.


News release | Mar 05, 2015


AOPA backs ‘Know Before You Fly’ campaign

Advocacy | Mar 05, 2015

AOPA has joined the “Know Before You Fly” campaign that seeks to educate users of unmanned aircraft systems about safe and responsible operations, including where and how high unmanned aircraft may be flown.

Proposed rule sets limits on small UAS

Advocacy | Feb 15, 2015

The FAA has announced a proposed rule governing the use of commercial small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) that would address many of AOPA's concerns, including setting certification requirements for operators and requiring see-and-avoid capabilities.

FAA approves eight drone requests

Article | Feb 03, 2015

If your address is Van Nuys and you have anything to do with the movie industry, chances are you can get FAA approval to fly drones.

Air Shepherd targets poachers

Article | Jan 21, 2015

Air Shepherd is a nonprofit organization created by the Lindbergh Foundation to support the same approach to fighting poachers that proved successful against insurgents and terrorists who plant roadside bombs.

Unmanned aircraft systems

Pilot Magazine | Jan 08, 2015

The legal status of unmanned aircraft systems (also called UAVs—unmanned aerial vehicles—and more colloquially, “drones”) has now been confirmed to technically be “aircraft” subject to relevant FAR Part 91 general operating and flight rules.

NTSB: FAA may enforce regs on unmanned aircraft

Article | Nov 18, 2014

An unmanned aircraft is subject to enforcement of regulations prohibiting reckless operation of aircraft, the NTSB said Nov. 18 in a decision sending the case of photographer Raphael Pirker back to an administrative law judge.

Eyes in the sky

Article | Oct 21, 2014

Here’s a riddle: What job requires a private pilot certificate, but never asks you to leave the ground?

FAA approves six companies for unmanned aircraft filming

Article | Oct 02, 2014

The FAA on Sept. 25 granted requests from six aerial photo and video production companies to use unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) for film and television.

Solar aircraft rounds the clock

Article | Aug 12, 2014

A Boston-area startup led by an aeronautical engineer (and private pilot) is working toward an unmanned, solar-powered aircraft capable of staying aloft for two years.

'Smart' quadcopters

Article | Jul 09, 2014

Researchers at the University of Sheffield in England are designing autonomous flying machines that think for themselves, and learn as they go.

Four things to know about unmanned aircraft

Article | Jun 30, 2014

Titans of aerospace and startups alike gathered in Grand Fork, N.D., June 25 and 26 to discuss the future of unmanned aircraft in the National Airspace System. Here’s what a general aviation pilot should know about the emerging industry.

AOPA Live This Week - June 26, 2014

Video | Jun 25, 2014

We fly the Howard 500. The breakfast bunch flies a C-45 named Chow Hound. The USA Today debacle continues. The National Park Service clamps down on drones.

FAA reasserts enforcement authority over model aircraft

Advocacy | Jun 24, 2014

The FAA is warning model aircraft operators not to fly with first-person-view goggles or for hire in new guidance prompted by an uptick in reports of reckless model aircraft use.

FAA approves first commercial unmanned flights over land

Article | Jun 11, 2014

The Puma AE, a hand-launched aircraft with a wingspan of nine feet, will survey Alaskan roads and infrastructure for energy corporation BP.