FAA Reauthorization Act Stories November 23, 2018

FAA is significantly behind on implementing Remote ID for drones

In a WSJ article from yesterday, it is reported that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is significantly behind on implementing Remote ID for drones and that new rules are likely still years away. Raising concerns among industry officials that “the delay could stymie their most ambitious plans for years.”

FAA Reauthorization Act Stories November 2, 2018

The Commercial UAV Policy Panel (The new drone policy era ahead – How FAA Reauthorization will impact your business) was one of the most informing panels, I attended during DJI’s Airworks 2018. It provided an update and perspective of what commercial drone operators can expect now that the FAA Reauthorization Act has been signed into law. The panel consisted of some heavyweights from the drone industry, including three lawyers and a few pilots. All of them, experts on the subject matter.

I tried to capture the entire session on camera but unfortunately missed a little bit at the beginning and towards the end due to battery switching, full memory cards, etc. Either way, if you are a commercial drone operator and want to find out what the latest is, I highly recommend watching the video below.

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FAA Reauthorization Act Stories October 5, 2018

Today, President Trump signed the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018. In a public statement, the FAA says that this establishes new conditions for the recreational use of drones. It also means that Section 336, the Special Rule for Model Aircraft is repealed effective immediately. Although the FAA admits that the Act ‘cannot be fully implemented immediately’ and therefor advices you to ‘follow all current policies and guidance’ when it comes to flying drones recreationally.

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Government has virtual Carte Blanche to shoot a drone out of the sky

The FAA Reauthorization Act has as many proponents as it has critics. One of the major concerns that various parties have expressed is the government’s virtual carte blanche to surveil, seize, or even shoot a drone out of the sky without first obtaining a warrant.

FAA Reauthorization Act Stories October 4, 2018

The Alliance for Drone Innovation (ADI) issued a statement to let the world know that they are thrilled with the final passage of the 2018 FAA Reauthorization Act. They thanked and congratulated the House and Senate for working ‘tirelessly together’ to pass legislation that provides ‘a long-term FAA authorization.’ The alliance consists of many well-known industry players such as Chinese drone-maker DJI, GoPro, FatShark, 3DR, Parrot, Kittyhawk, and others. The alliance was started earlier this year and interestingly enough, GoPro is part of the group even though they have exited the drone business after their Karma drone failed proved unsuccessful.

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FAA Reauthorization Act Stories October 3, 2018

With a 93-6 vote, the Senate passed the H.R. 302, the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 today. After six extensions that kept the FAA’s funding at a level first set in 2012, it now has funding in place for the next five years. After the Senate vote, the Act moves on to the White House for President Trump to sign it into law. It brings many changes to the general aviation industry as well as to the drone industry specifically. We have included a summary of the changes in this post.

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