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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Our Contributors 

PrecisionHawk LATAS may help drones work beyond line of sight

We reached out to the PrecisionHawk team about their role in the Pathfinder Program and how PrecisionHawk LATAS may be involved What is PrecisionHawk LATAS you ask?  According to the PrecisionHawk web site: “LATAS, which stands for Low Altitude Tracking and Avoidance System. An onboard system that provides flight planning, tracking and avoidance for every drone in the sky using real-time flight data transmission based on existing world-wide cellular networks. Developed to be plug and play or integrated into a UAV’s circuit during manufacturing, LATAS is small (3x2x1in), light (>100G)…

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Pathfinder Program – Industry Initiative Will Expand Small UAS Horizons

 The FAA issued this press release today, focused on the Pathfinder Program and its benefits to small UAS use. WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today announced a partnership with industry to explore the next steps in unmanned aircraft operations beyond the type of operations the agency proposed in the draft small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) rule it published in February. “Government has some of the best and brightest minds in aviation, but we can’t operate in a vacuum,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “This…

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Drones In The News 

FAA Administrator Huerta announces the Pathfinder Program

The Pathfinder Program demonstrates a growing willingness by the FAA to enable broad commercial drone operations The FAA is partnering with three businesses on this project as it looks closely at multiple aspects of commercial drone use. CNN BNSF Railway PrecisionHawk The Pathfinder program will explore topics such as flying drones beyond line of site, one of the most critical needs for commercial use and one of the areas where the FAA has been most unwilling to consider in the past. Here is the press release from Precision Hawk, one of the…

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