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New 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 waiting for.

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 Releases Small UAS Notice of Proposed Rulemaking! - Check out the provisions being proposed in the FAA’s Small UAS NPRM.


Department of Justice UAV Policy Guidance - Domestic Use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS)


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 companies.


FAA Poised to Include Limitations on Hobbyist UAVs - The FAA is proposing to amend its regulations to adopt specific rules for the operation of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in the National Airspace System (NAS).


HSE 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.


Judge Rules Against FAA in ‘Landmark’ UAV Challenge -  In a decision dated March 6, NTSB Judge Patrick Geraghty found that the FAA has no regulations that apply to model aircraft or that classify a model aircraft as an unmanned aircraft system.


Court Approves Use of Police UAVs - a North Dakota court has approved the use of UAV drones to help arrest citizens on US soil.


Arlington Police Dept Granted Permission to Fly UAVs by FAA -Arlington Police 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?


Congress - UAS Privacy & Transparency Act - The proposed UAV Drone Aircraft Privacy and Transparency Act of 2012 requires that police obtain warrants to use UAV drones for certain types of surveillance.


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).


FAA Fact Sheet – Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) - For Immediate Release.


FAA Certificate of Authorization or Waiver (COA) - Before you can operate a UAV in National Airspace System (NAS) you must have a COA. The average time to issue an authorization for non-emergency operations is less than 60 days, 


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FAA Press Release - Wildfires and Drones Don’t Mix

Responding to recent incidents in which unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), also known as “drones,” interfered with manned aircraft involved in wildland firefighting operations, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is supporting the U.S. Department of the Interior and U.S. Forest Service in their simple message to drone operators: If you fly; we can’t.

“Flying a drone near aerial firefighting aircraft doesn’t just pose a hazard to the pilots,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “When aircraft are grounded because an unmanned aircraft is in the vicinity, lives are put at greater risk.”

Often a temporary flight restriction (TFR) is put in place around wildfires to protect firefighting aircraft. No one other than the agencies involved in the firefighting effort can fly any manned or unmanned aircraft in such a TFR. Anyone who violates a TFR and endangers the safety of manned aircraft could be subject to civil and/or criminal penalties. Even if there is no TFR, operating a UAS could still pose a hazard to firefighting aircraft and would violate Federal Aviation Regulations.

“The FAA’s top priority is safety. If you endanger manned aircraft or people on the ground with an unmanned aircraft, you could be liable for a fine ranging from $1,000 to a maximum of $25,000,” said FAA Administrator Michael Huerta. “Know the rules before you fly. If you don’t, serious penalties could be coming your way for jeopardizing these important missions.”

Since so many people operate unmanned aircraft with little or no aviation experience, the FAA is promoting voluntary compliance and working to educate UAS operators about how they can operate safely under current regulations and laws. The agency has partnered with industry and the modeling community in a public outreach campaign called “Know Before You Fly.”

The campaign recently reminded UAS users to respect wildfire operations. The National Interagency Fire Center also posted a video warning for users to, “Be Smart. Be Safe. Stay Away.”

Additionally, the FAA provided guidance to law enforcement agencies because they are often in the best position to deter, detect, immediately investigate, and, as appropriate, pursue enforcement actions to stop unauthorized or unsafe unmanned aircraft operations.

So remember this simple message around wildfires: If you fly, they can’t. Keep your drone on the ground and let firefighters and aircraft do their jobs. And, if you see someone flying a drone near a wildfire, report it immediately to local law enforcement and the nearest FAA Flight Standards District Office with as much information as possible. You can find the closest FAA office at: http://www.faa.gov/about/office_org/field_offices/fsdo/.


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FAA Part 107 Press Release
FAA Part 107 Regulations
FAA Part 107 Summary
FAA Test Centers
FAA To Crack Down On UAS Airspace Violators
FAA Know Before You Fly Video
FAA Regulations
FAA Section 333 Frequently Asked Questions
FAA Section 333 Special Rules For Certain Unmanned Aircraft Systems
FAA Section 333 Public Guidance
FAA Certificate of Authorization
FAA Petitioning For Exemption Under Section 333
FAA How To Send Your Exemption Petition or Rulemaking
FAA Guidelines - Section 333 Petition For Exemption
FAA Section 333 Petition Guidelines
FAA Section 336 Public Law 112-95
FAA Fact Sheet – UAS
FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012
FAA Temporary Flight Restrictions
FAA Special Airworthiness Certification
FAA UAS Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
FAA UAS Frequently Asked Questions
FAA Unmanned Aircraft Systems FAQ's
FAA Industry Innitiative Will Expand Small UAS Horizons
FAA UAV Aircraft Registry Requirements
FAA Launches Capital Hill No Drone Zone Campaign
FAA Limitations on Hobbyist UAV Operators
FAA Passes 1000 Section 333 Exemptions
FAA Grants Section 333 Exemptions
FAA Grants British Petroleum COA to Fly UAV
FAA UAS Guidance for Law Enforcment Agencies.pdf
FAA UAS Research Test Sites
FAA Unmanned Aircraft Systems Test Site Selection
FAA Streamlines UAS COAs for Section 333
FAA Wildfires and Drones Do Not Mix
FAA Safety Briefing May-June 2015 Issue
FAA B4UFLYY Smartphone App For UAS Pilots
FAA - Arlington Police Department Authorized to Fly UAV
FAA UAS Guidance for Law Enforcement
FAA Law Enforcement Engagement With Unauthorized UAS Operations
FAA Sporting Event Flight Restrictions Handout.pdf
FAA Drone Authorization List
FAA Papal City Visits Are No Drone Fly Zones
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FAA B4UFLYY Smartphone App For UAS Pilots
FAA Know Before You Fly Video
FAA Regulations
FAA Fact Sheet – UAS
FAA UAS Frequently Asked Questions
FAA UAS Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
FAA Industry Innitiative Will Expand Small UAS Horizons
FAA Launches Capital Hill No Drone Zone Campaign
FAA Limitations on Hobbyist UAV Operators
FAA Section 333 Special Rules For Certain Unmanned Aircraft Systems
FAA Grants Section 333 Exemptions
FAA Grants British Petroleum COA to Fly UAV
FAA Certificate of Authorization
FAA Drone Authorization List
FAA Law Enforcement Engagement With Unauthorized UAS Operations
FAA Arlington Police Department Authorized to Fly UAV
FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012
FAA UAS Guidance for Law Enforcement
FAA National Arispace Classifications
FAA Safety Briefing May-June 2015 Issue
FAA Special Airworthiness Certification
FAA Temporary Flight Restrictions
FAA Unmanned Aircraft Systems Test Site Selection
FAA UAS Research Test Sites


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