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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.