No one disputes that the federal government has exclusive jurisdiction over “navigable air space,” which has historically begun “above the minimum safe altitudes of flight,” including the airspace needed to ensure safety in the takeoff and landing of aircraft. The FAA generally sets the minimum safe altitude as “500 feet above the surface [of non-congested areas], except over open water or sparsely populated areas.” Continue reading
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration has announced a comprehensive settlement agreement with SkyPan International, Inc., of Chicago. The agreement resolves enforcement cases that alleged the company operated unmanned aircraft (UAS) in congested airspace over New York City and Chicago, and violated airspace regulations and aircraft operating rules. Continue reading
The Directorate General for Civil Aviation (DGCA), with support from the National Geographic and Forest Information Institute (IGN) has developed an interactive map of zones of restrictions and prohibitions for use recreational of drones in metropolitan France. Continue reading
When a drone crashes into the Space Needle in Seattle, does it make a sound at the state Capitol? Washingtonians are about to find out. Some state lawmakers are growing increasingly concerned about the popularity of the unmanned aircraft, and are launching renewed efforts to regulate them.
At its second meeting on January 31, 2017 in Reno, NV, the Drone Advisory Committee (DAC) will continue to help the Federal Aviation Administration prioritize its efforts to integrate unmanned aircraft systems – or drones – into the national airspace. FAA Administrator Michael Huerta announced the creation of the DAC as a federal advisory committee in May 2016, and the DAC first met in September 2016. Continue reading
US Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx has announced the publication of the finalised Beyond Traffic 2045 report, which aims to highlight some of the key transport-related challenges that the United States will face over the next three decades. Continue reading
As drones become a more common sight overhead, the government has started to think more and more about how to protect the skies. At CES 2017, the Federal Aviation Administration revealed that it is researching new ways to detect and defend against drones.