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AOPA Talks About Chula Vista Police BVLOS and Lack of Matrice Safety Information

This article on the AOPA website is an excellent summary of the issues facing primarily DJI pilots. But the peripheral issues apply to all UAS pilots. More information is supplied in the piece regarding two topics I’ve written about before. The most recent was the caution message out from the UK Civil Aviation Authority on Matrice 210s falling out of ... Read More »

Matrice 210s Falling Out of Sky Warns UK Aviation Authority

The UK Civil Aviation Authority, think FAA, just sent out a warning regarding the Matrice 210 falling out of the sky. In the U.S. we don’t have any similar mandatory reporting requirement so there is no way to know if others have been experiencing similar issues here. But in the much smaller UK there are concerns. The CAA says, “The ... Read More »

Much Easier Night Flight Approvals Coming Sooner Than You Think

I’ve been working on my next webinar on night flight and in doing my research there is good news on the horizon when it comes to getting approval to fly at night. In the not too distant future, all Part 107 pilots may be eligible for night flight. But both COA and Part 107 pilots will require additional training to ... Read More »

Slow the Bus Down When it Comes to BVLOS Public Safety Flight

There have been recent marketing efforts and press releases from vendors praising the Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) flight operations that will allow public safety pilots to fly further. Before anyone gets excited about purchasing such technology, I invite you to ask more questions and get more facts. At present such highly regulated flight may be available under a ... Read More »

Expanded UAS Oversight for 2019-2020

For about a year now I’ve been talking about additional UAS oversight from the FAA. A recent document most would never see talks specifically about how a special focus on some oversight activities. Here are the highlights. “The analysis indicates UAS do pose potential risks to air transport due to UAS sightings in communities bordering airport approach and departure paths. ... Read More »

UAS Traffic Management in Urban Environments Testing

NASA picked the Lone Star UAS Center for Excellence & Innovation and the Nevada Institute for Autonomous Systems to hold demonstrations of the agency’s drone traffic management system. The testing is slated for March and June in Reno, Nev., and July and August in Corpus Christi, Texas. NASA is trying to “help the commercial drone industry understand the challenges posed ... Read More »

A Tested Easy Way to Get LAANC Approval

The FAAs Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC) software solution have rolled out and I’ve finally had a chance to test it with several different providers. LAANC allows UAS pilots to get automated approvals to fly in the previously off-limits airspace. LAANC requests are checked against airspace data in the FAA UAS Data Exchange such as temporary flight restrictions, ... Read More »

Future Public Safety Tech Coming Fast. Role of Pilot Will Change.

The smartypants at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) have been doing some very cool things with automated UAS flight, without a pilot or GPS signal. https://youtu.be/vDYy3L9nvLk While their work focuses on solutions for the military, clearly their work filters out into consumer consumption as well. DARPA was the leading developer of things like the internet, GPS, speech translation, ... Read More »

Hey UAS Public Safety Pilots – Time to Get Recurrent

The FAA has sent out this notice to UAS Part 107 pilots. Important information for COA pilots is below the Part 107 update. The first Remote Pilot certificates were issued in August 2016 and are nearing the end of their 24 calendar month currency. Remote drone pilots must complete a recurrent training course or pass a recurrent knowledge test within ... Read More »

Will it Soon Become Illegal to Fly Below 200′

The Uniform Law Commission (ULC) is working on proposals for new guidance for states to develop laws from. Generally, the ULC does very good work to help states consider new rules, regulations, and laws they may want to work towards getting into statutory law. https://youtu.be/HJdyz-LS52M According to The Drive, “The ULC’s primary example regarding the insufficient legal preparedness revolves around ... Read More »