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Federal Aviation Administration Announces Key Appointments for Executive Directors of Aircraft...

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today announced Earl Lawrence’s promotion to the Agency’s Executive Director for Aircraft Certification. Lawrence was previously Executive Director for the...

Taint It A Shame ASTM – drone standards

One of the new FAA mantras trifecta is “standards,” the other two are “we’re open for business” and “bring us a safety case.” I’ve touched on these before, and...

Audit Initiated of FAA’s Role in Authorizing Small UAS Operators in...

The continuing growth of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) within the National Airspace System (NAS) presents challenges for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in maintaining the world’s safest aviation system...

Color Me Gobsmacked

The following hardball (and softball too) questions took three-plus weeks (and in some cases 6 plus years) for the FAA to answer as they had to ask around the...

Xcel Energy is the First U.S. Utility to Operate Drones beyond...

In one of the most significant advancements of unmanned aircraft under development by a U.S. utility, Xcel Energy is operating drones beyond visual line of sight during ongoing inspections of...

Part 107 Waivers and the Integration Pilot Program: Buying the Stairway...

All that glitters is not always gold, all is quiet across the Part 107 regulatory front, but if you listen carefully you will begin to hear the halls of...

FAA Statement–Federal vs. Local Drone Authority

Congress has provided the FAA with exclusive authority to regulate aviation safety, the efficiency of the navigable airspace, and air traffic control, among other things. State and local governments...

Drone NAS Integration, What Really Happened

As we look forward to working with a new FAA administrator, we have to remember some of the past integration mistakes so we do not relieve them on the...

FAA Releases UAS Remote Tracking & ID ARC Report

The Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Identification and Tracking Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) chartered by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in June has submitted its report and recommendations (PDF) to the agency on technologies available...

The FAA Private Rule Making Process

If you have been paying attention and have invested the time into listening to the podcasts, presentations, and videos or read the stories, you’ve probably either said or thought...