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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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Military and Others Warn of More GPS Failures to Come

Drone fly away leads to goodbye.

Loss of control drone accidents have been a common theme in accident reports submitted to me at ReportDroneAccident.com. And by the way, don’t forget to report your drone accident there as well. But according to smarter people than me, a recent approval by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) might just lead to more GPS failures for drone aircraft. The issue …

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A Drone Crash Experience From the Pilot’s Point of View

A very conscientious pilot, Tim Strickland, recently experienced the DJI Matrice 210 he was piloting falling to the ground. The accident report he submitted is online here and the video of his accident is above. You read my ramblings and thoughts nearly all of the time so I asked Tim to describe the crash experience in his words. My name …

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More Airports Added to LAANC for UAS Flight

Starting today more than 100 control towers and airports will be added to the hundreds of Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) air traffic facilities and airports that currently use the Low Altitude Authorization and Capability (LAANC) system. LAANC is a collaboration between the FAA and industry that directly supports the safe integration of Unmanned Aircraft Systems into the nation’s airspace. LAANC …

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