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This Drone is Absolutely Out of This World

Drones have been around for many decades, but this latest drone is truly out of this world. The NASA Ingenuity drone is currently tucked away on the bottom of the Perseverence rover that recently landed on Mars. When this drone takes flight, it will be limited to a bit less flight time than we have to deal with. The total ... Read More »

2nd Pilot Facing Criminal for Violating TFR

A second FAA licensed pilot is facing criminal charges after flying inside the TFR for the Super Bowl. The other day I wrote about this other pilot who was charged. The second pilot is identified as Kevin Jonathan Canty, 33, of West Palm Beach, Florida. According to ABC News, “According to the complaint, FBI agents saw a drone flying Saturday ... Read More »

Part 107 Pilot Arrested for Violating Flight Restrictions

An alleged FAA certificated UAS pilot, Henry Jimenez, was arrested and charged by federal authorities for violating a number of Federal Aviation Regulations (FAR). If convicted, Jimenez could face up to one year in federal prison. Jimenez was observed by FBI agents flying his drone in the Tampa TFR, approximately 3.5 miles from the Super Bowl stadium. The pilot was ... Read More »

What do Tesla and Drones Have in Common – This Guy

I’m a big fan of Tesla and the bleeding edge cars they produce. In fact, I just bought one. But I was overjoyed to read that one of the smart engineers at Tesla has made the leap and joined the drone delivery company Zipline. Now former Tesla Engineering Director Joseph Mardall recently announced: “After 10 wonderful years at Tesla, I’m ... Read More »

One Department Deals With Drone Battery Problems This Way

A great reader sent in this advice and permitted me to share it. His department has been dealing with DJIbattery issues now, but the advice applies to all pilots flying rechargeable batteries. I wrote about DJI battery problems before and shared what the official language said about dealing with battery problems. Read What Should I Do About My Swelling Drone ... Read More »

Final Rule on Operation of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Over People

The Operation of Unmanned Aircraft Systems Over People Final Rule is the next incremental step towards further integration of unmanned aircraft (UA) in the National Airspace System. The final rule allows routine operations over people and routine operations at night under certain circumstances. The rule will eliminate the need for those operations to receive individual Part 107 waivers from the ... Read More »

Final Rule on Remote Identification of Unmanned Aircraft (Part 89)

The Remote Identification of Unmanned Aircraft Final Rule is the next incremental step towards further integration of Unmanned Aircraft (UA) in the National Airspace System. In its most basic form, remote identification can be described as a “digital license plate” for UA. Remote ID is necessary to address aviation safety and security issues regarding UA operations in the National Airspace ... Read More »

FAA Announces Type Certification Policy for UAS

The Federal Aviation Administration has announced its policy for the type certification of certain unmanned aircraft systems as a special class of aircraft. This is obviously the first toe in the water and the FAA even says so in the announcement. “The FAA’s part 107 rulemaking on small UAS was only the first step in the FAA’s plan to integrate ... Read More »