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As drone popularity increases, feds look to rein in bad behavior
Dec. 6, 2021

The Salem, Va., firefighters were standing outside on a summer day in 2019 when a drone — its blades whirling in a high-pitched whine — headed right for them, sending them scurrying, authorities said.

FAA Announces Recreational Drone Pilot Safety Test
June 28, 2021

The FAA has launched its long-awaited The Recreational UAS Safety Test (TRUST) program for recreational drone flyers. All recreational flyers must pass an aeronautical knowledge and safety test and provide proof of test passage to the FAA or law enforcement upon request.

New Drone Operations Over People Rule Effective Today
April 21, 2021
Final FAA rules take effect today for remotely identifying drones and allowing operators of small drones to fly over people and at night under certain conditions.
FAA Issues Updated Rules For Remote Identification, Operations Over People
Dec. 28, 2020

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today announced final rules for Unmanned Aircraft (UA), commonly known as drones. The new rules will require Remote Identification (Remote ID) of drones and allow operators of small drones to fly over people and at night under certain conditions. These…

UPS cleared by FAA to deliver medical supplies in campus settings
Oct. 31, 2019

United Parcel Service Inc on Tuesday said it won the U.S. government’s first full approval to operate a drone airline, which gave it a lead in the nascent U.S. drone delivery business over rivals Amazon.com Inc and Alphabet Inc.

The company said the certificate allows it to expand its delivery service in campus settings such as…

UAS Operations Restricted At More Federal Facilities
Oct. 30, 2019

WASHINGTON – The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today announced Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) airspace restrictions over additional national security sensitive locations, effective November 7. 

In cooperation with its federal partners, the FAA will restrict UAS operations in the airspace over 60…

Clean-energy Firm Claims First-ever 3D-printed, Hydrogen-fueled Drone Flight
Oct. 23, 2019

British clean-tech firm H2GO Power has partnered with Ballard Unmanned Systems in what may be the first-ever test flight of a 3D-printed, hydrogen-powered drone. According to an H2GO Power media release, the flight launched in late August from a test site in Boston.

Several tech firms have soared into hydrogen-fuel research as the…

Scientists are setting a forest on fire — and studying it with drones
July 5, 2019

The Fire and Smoke Model Evaluation Experiment is a rare chance for researchers to study a large fire from start to finish.

As flames and smoke rise, an interdisciplinary research team will use drones, radar and other equipment to track how the 900-hectare burn spreads.

It is part of a broader push to gather data from…

FAA Makes Major Drone ID Marking Change
Feb. 19, 2019

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) posted a rule in the Federal Register requiring small drone owners to display the FAA-issued registration number on an outside surface of the aircraft. Owners and…

FAA Moves Forward With Rulemaking on UAS Flights Over People, Safety, Traffic Management
Jan. 25, 2019

In a move that could further accelerate the unmanned aircraft systems industry, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration today announced a notice of proposed rulemaking for the operation of small UAS over people, as well as another about the safe and secure operations…