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FAA Inside Scoop – Some insights on the Pathfinder Program

The FAA is focused on creating a safe environment for drone-based business success The FAA is on a roll. When they first launched the Section 333 Summary Grant Process we were impressed to see them streamlining their processes.  Other efforts followed and we continued to be impressed.  Then, with the launch of the Pathfinder Program, it became clear that they have set its sights on creating the right regulatory environment for drone-based business success in the United States. We reached out to ask a few questions about the Pathfinder Program.  An…

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Interview with Paul Liberatore of Dronebrief

A chat with Dronebrief Founder Paul Liberatore We reached out to Paul to learn more about his thoughts on the state of drone technology and law. Paul   Paul is a licensed attorney in the State of Arizona who has a Bachelor of Science from Purdue University in Aeronautical Engineering Technology. He is also a Commercial Pilot with over 1300 hours logged time, with a CFI, MEI, and A&P.  Oh yes, Paul also founded Dronebrief, a site focused on the relatively new field of drone law. Q. You are focused on commercial…

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Drones In The News 

More than 2000 comments on proposed drone regulations

The FAA is receiving many comments on Proposed Drone Regulations. succo / Pixabay PCWorld notes that more than 2000 comments on proposed drone regulations have already been received by the FAA.  A comment that struck us as a broader truth was this one. “this rule will ultimately hurt my business and many others that have given their lives up as well. My employees and myself will be out of jobs and many others across the country. It is a very simple thing to look at. Those that intend to do harm…

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Section 333 Insights from VSG Unmanned

VSG Unmanned We continue our Section 333 Insights series, we last spoke with Industrial Aerobotics, LLC, by this time getting Section 333 Insights from VSG Unmanned.  They were approved for their Section 333 exemption on March 24th so we reached out to learn more about their experience. Q. You filed your Section 333 exemption on August 4th of 2014, did the approval process go forward as you expected? It took a bit longer than we anticipated. I think everyone was surprised with the number of applicants and the FAA was just…

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Drones In The News 

FAA may introduce new steps to speed up commercial drone use

Commercial Drone Use is taking off across the globe We applaud the FAA and look forward to seeing them take the necessary steps to speed up commercial drone use.  This story comes from Reuters. “(Reuters) – The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration plans to unveil new steps soon to make it easier for companies to use drone aircraft for specific business operations, according to people with knowledge of the matter. Commercial drone flights are generally banned in the United States, except in a small number of cases where the FAA has…

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Opinion: The FAA continues to misunderstand drone hobbyist

[interlink] According to the Tampa Tribune the FAA has sent a warning letter to Jayson Hanes, a drone hobbyist, stating: “This office has received a complaint regarding your use of an unmanned aerial vehicle for commercial purposes referencing your video on the website YouTube.com, as evidence. After a review of your website, it does appear that the complaint is valid.” Also according to this article, Hanes has attempted to reach out to the FAA who has not responded to his request. Drone hobbyist/enthusiasts fly their vehicles in hopes of seeing…

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Ex-FAA chief says drones are good, but safety first!

The ex-FAA chief realizes the value of drone/uav/uas technology.  We hope that the FAA supports the growth of this important marketplace to be used for the betterment of society in a safe and secure manner. Originally published on Yahoo Finance. More flying objects could soon be filling the skies, even making deliveries. So will more drones put your safety at risk? This week, the Federal Aviation Administration granted Amazon.com (NASDAQ: AMZN) permission to begin tests of drones outdoors. The retailer wants to use the small aircraft to deliver items from…

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Drones In The News 

Legal experts question FAA’s authority to ground drone website

Lawmakers across the globe are struggling.  Drone technology, often maligned and misunderstood, is something that they want to put legal limits upon but how much, or how little, makes sense? In our opinion the FAA, in the example below, has overstepped their bounds.  Drones/uavs are a valuable technology that can greatly benefit society.  Like any technology, there are positive and negative uses, but the vast majority of uses are positive (or at least neutral). Steve Girard’s efforts to create a part-time source of income, using his DJI Phantom for aerial photography,…

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Drones In The News 

NASA to create drone air traffic control system

Originally published on RedOrbit. NASA to create drone air traffic control system ahundt / Pixabay “In light of the US Federal Aviation Administration’s recent ruling that drone operators must make sure that their aircraft remain in their line of sight at all times, NASA and several other groups are working on an drone air traffic control system for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Droning on and on… According to Gizmodo, one of the aerospace companies working with NASA, Exelis, plans to unveil its solution to the problem later on this month. Under their system, remote drones could be…

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Close Calls Between Drones And Planes Have FAA Concerned

Close Calls Between Drones And Planes succo / Pixabay Originally published by CBS Baltimore. “BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Dangerously close. Days after new rules are proposed for drones to fly in the U.S., pilots are scared it’s a collision waiting to happen. The FAA is reporting more and more near-misses in the skies. These drones are generally pretty easy to get and relatively easy to use. They are becoming so common, officials worry it’s a just matter of time before one collides with a real aircraft. Every day, the FAA says…

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