U.S. DoT announces BEYOND, a drone integration initiative

U.S. DoT BEYOND drone integration

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao has announced a new drone integration initiative called BEYOND to tackle the rest of the issues facing drones. The news comes after the Integration Pilot Program (IPP) successfully ended on October 25th.

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FedEx, DOT to test drone operations at Memphis Airport

FedEx is working with the Department of Transportation (DOT) to test drone technology within an airport environment at the Memphis International Airport. The tests in association with DJI and Asylon will help form future FAA regulations.

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Sec. Chao fails to grasp how FAA’s NPRM for Remote ID kills consumer drone hobby

Grab a cup of coffee and watch the video below in which Yahoo Finance interviews U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao about the latest developments in the transportation sector. Of course, drones are discussed as well for a good part of the interview. However, it seems that U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao fails to understand that the FAA’s NPRM for Remote ID kills the consumer drone hobby by severely restricting it and making it more expensive.

The Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) NPRM for Remote ID for drones is exactly the kind of top-down, command and control policy that the Secretary states the U.S. government is not into. The interview took place during the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

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Opinion: Prioritizing safety in the drone revolution

U.S. Secretary of Transportation, Elaine L. Chao explains in an opinion piece, titled “Prioritizing safety in the drone revolution”, why safe and responsible drone flying is crucial to the future of the drone industry.

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Transportation Sec. Elaine Chao welcomes Steve Dickson as FAA Administrator

In a statement sent to DroneDJ earlier today, the U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao welcomes Steve Dickson as Federal Aviation Administration Administrator. She points to his ‘decades of experience in the airline industry overseeing flight operations, and service to our country as a United States Air Force officer.’

Flights over people and at night allowed under proposed rules

Never mind the partial shut down of the U.S. Government. Today in a speech in Washington, the Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao said that the U.S. Department of Transportation would for the first time allow routine flights over people and flights at night without waivers as long as the drone operators take the appropriate safety precautions. This is a groundbreaking announcement that opens up the possibility of deliveries by drone and a range of other commercial drone applications.

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