FAA Part 107 has made it even easier to Fly
Legally in the USA under 14 CFR Part 107. It's what we have all been
FAA Automatically Grants "blanket" COA'S -
As of March 23, 2015, the FAA will automatically
grant "blanket" COA's for flights at or below 200 feet to any UAS
operator with a Section 333 exemption, provided the aircraft weighs less
than 55 pounds, operations are conducted during daytime Visual Flight
Rules (VFR) conditions and within visual line of sight (VLOS) of the
pilots, and stay certain distances away from airports or heliports.
FAA Grants UAV Permits for Agriculture & Real Estate Companies -
The Associated Press reports that on Tuesday, the FAA issued exceptions
to the commercial UAV ban, permitting the monitoring of crops and real
estate use for aerial photographs of properties for sale. This is the
first time permits have been granted to agriculture and real estate
Deploys the RDASS Q1000 UAV -
HSE announces the deployment of the
new RDASS Q1000 4 rotor electric UAV. The RDASS Q1000 series is
designed to meet the hi-tech needs of the user at a price to meet any
city or county budget.
Chief Will Johnson announced that the Federal Aviation Administration
has given the city permission to get the rotors turning on the police
UAV drone project.
Supreme Court & The
4th Amendment - The US
Supreme Court has held that individuals do not generally have
Fourth Amendment rights with respect to aerial surveillance. Can the
lower courts or State, county, city municipalities outlaw the use of
UAV's for law enforcement?
UAV FAA Regulations
- For more
than five decades, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has
compiled a proven track record of introducing new technology and
aircraft safely into the National Airspace System (NAS).
Drones Are Opportunity For Entrepreneurs
By Ryan Davis
Last year, Amazon made headlines for its plans to deliver products using
I recently attended the 2014 Association for Unmanned Vehicles
International in Orlando, Florida, and found that the future may be much
closer than we think, opening opportunities for entrepreneurs to enter
the aerospace industry.
The unmanned aerial vehicle market has been dominated by
defense applications, but according to economic analysis done by the
conference organizers, the market for unmanned systems could grow to
over $82 billion and create 100,000 jobs in the next 10 years.
Unmanned vehicles are already being used in precision
agriculture, search and rescue operations, 3-D mapping and the film
industry. Innovative uses are coming to market continually with new
vehicles and payloads. Research is moving forward in using unmanned
technology for infrastructure inspection, retail delivery, oil and gas
exploration, wildfire mapping, airborne Wi-Fi access and many other
Unfortunately, the industry is hampered in United States by the lack of
regulation from the Federal Aviation Administration. According to Krista
Ochs, a senior program manager for General Dynamics Unmanned systems
division, the FAA is suffering from “analysis paralysis,” making no
decisions on how UAVs are to be regulated.
As a result, most commercial operation of UAVs violates
regulations governing the national airspace. By the end of next year,
the FAA has said it will have at least draft regulations for review by
However the lack of clear regulation has not stopped entrepreneurs from
developing innovative new products and systems. While the AUVSI trade
show was dominated by large defense contractors and commercial aerospace
companies such as Boeing and Northrup Grumman, the “Start Up Pavilion”
provided an opportunity for small companies to showcase their
Washington manufacturers were well represented at the
event, though the UAV sector is centered in the southern part of our
state. Insitu, a Boeing subsidiary based in Bingen, Kickitat County,
produces a wide range of UAVs primarily for defense contractors.
Sagetech, the producer of the world’s smallest aircraft transponder, is
located in nearby White Salmon.
In Snohomish County, the aerospace economy is dominated
by the production of large commercial airliners. However, many of the
same skills needed to design, build and maintain complex aircraft like
the 787 can translate into creating vehicles and payloads for the
One has to wonder what great innovations in unmanned
vehicles are taking shape in a garage near you.
Ryan Davis is the dean of the Business and Workforce
Education department at Everett Community College.
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