CBP to test first truck-portable drone for monitoring border
The small unmanned aircraft system (sUAS) can be taken on patrols in the back of a pickup truck.
FAA rolls out automated system for drone pilots to request airspace
The agency has begun expanding use of the Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability, which helps to integrate drones into the airspace, providing operators “near real-time airspace authorizations”
Senators look to boost safe drone use in new legislation
The Safe Drone Act of 2017 aims to further the development of unmanned aircraft systems and help clarify the safety and privacy concerns that cities and states must address as they begin to embrace the possibilities proffered by the now-affordable technology.
Commercial drone use expected to take flight under new regulations
The Federal Aviation Administration's rules on small commercial drones went into effect Monday, enabling drone use in the commercial space without the onerous policy of the past that required obtaining a special waiver for any commercial use. [Read more: FAA finalizes first-time rules on small commercial drones] “What we’ve been waiting for is just this regulatory clarity and lowered barrier to entry,” Chris Anderson, CEO of 3DR Robotics, told FedScoop.
FAA, industry groups launch UAS safety campaign
The campaign, Know Before You Fly, aims to increase awareness of UAS operation rules and regulations.
As UAS exemptions grow, questions remain on qualifications
The agency announced Wednesday it had approved five more requests for four different companies to use drones for aerial surveying, construction site monitoring and oil rig flare stack inspections.