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LAANC Allows Some Drone Pilots to Fly at Night – Sort Of

The FAA has just announced the ability to get approval to fly at night in controlled airspace through the Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC) system. Don’t get all excited before you dive into the details. COA and recreational flyers are not covered and excluded from this new rule that only applies to Part 107 pilots. Currently, the LAANC ... Read More »

New Drone Rules Take Effect Today

Final rules take effect today for remotely identifying drones and allowing operators of small drones to fly over people and at night under certain conditions. “Today’s rules are an important first step in safely and securely managing the growing use of drones in our airspace, though more work remains on the journey to full integration of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS),” ... Read More »

New FAA Get Out of Jail Free Portal for UAS Pilots

The FAA has extended the Aviation Safety Reporting Program (ASRP) to UAS operators, including the protections offered through the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) Aviation Safety Reporting System (ASRS). NASA’s ASRS has a reporting form tailored to the UAS community. This will ensure that the safety data that is collected will result in actionable information for the entire aviation ... Read More »

All Public Safety Pilots Should Take the Latest 107 Recurrent Class – Eye Opener

The FAA just came out with the new, free, online recurrence class for all Part 107 Non-Part-61 pilots. I don’t care if you are a pilot for a COA agency or flying under Part 107, the new updated information is a great refresher. I just did my updated recurrent training online yesterday for Part-61 pilots and I was surprised about ... Read More »

Remote Pilot – Small UAS – Airman Certification Standards – April 2021

The FAA has just released the newest UAS testing standards for remote commercial pilots. These standards have not been updated since 2018 and include new information. The complete ACS document can be downloaded here. For information on taking the test in-person or online, click here. Major Enhancements to Version FAA-S-ACS-10B Section Action Description Introduction Updated "Airman Certification Standards Concept" subsection ... Read More »

Updated Drone Training – Available Now!

Part 107 Pilots: The updated remote pilot recurrent online training is available today on the FAA Safety Team website. The training ensures Part 107 remote pilots have the knowledge necessary to operate in accordance with the Operations Over People rule when it becomes effective on April 21, 2021. There are multiple training options, depending on your current status: If you ... Read More »

FAA Wings Program: Becoming a Better Drone Pilot, in Small Bites

The FAA Wings program has been around for a long time, helping aviators to improve their flight skills. The FAA Safety Team (FAAST) also offers free classes that benefit drone operators – an excellent resource for public safety professionals and others to keep learning. There are classes focused specifically on drones – and classes that benefit aviators of all types. ... Read More »

A Lazy Way to Get an Exceptional Drone Preflight Weather Briefing

Sky Clouds

I was just reading through CFR Part 107 for another issue and came across § 107.49 Preflight familiarization, inspection, and actions for aircraft operation. That triggered a memory of a document I had received recently from the FAA. CFR 107.49 describes the items the UAS pilot should review before a flight. It is not an exhaustive list. Part of that ... Read More »

Have the Right Stuff to be a Drone Test Pilot? This is Your Chance.

Drone Test Pilot

I’m currently working on a project to determine the real limits for FAR 107.31 in the real world when it comes to public safety flying. 14 CFR § 107.31 – Visual line of sight aircraft operation. (a) With vision that is unaided by any device other than corrective lenses, the remote pilot in command, the visual observer (if one is ... Read More »

That’s Not a Drone. That’s a Drone. Hello Elvis.

Erickson and helicopter manufacturer Sikorsky are working on putting together a drone solution. In reading about it, I was reminded of that line from that movie Crocodile Dundee. The Sikorsky S-64 Air Crane has been around a long time and can do some pretty incredible heavy lifting. From helo logging to firefighting to lifting large machinery to hard-to-reach places, the ... Read More »