FAA Stories September 16

The Area 51 airspace will be closed to helicopters and drones during Storm Area 51 event. The planned event to “See them aliens” started out as a joke on Facebook, but has morphed into a potentially dangerous situation. More than 2 million people have said that they would attend the event, and as a precaution, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued two temporary flight restrictions (TFRs) for the airspace around Area 51 in Nevada for helicopters and drones starting this week. The infamous Area 51 is controlled by the US Department of Defense and the Department of Energy.

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FAA Stories August 23

Do not attach weapons to your drone, FAA warns. This week the Federal Aviation Administration sent out a message in which the agency warns the general public that “it is illegal to operate a drone with a dangerous weapon attached.” Over the years, we have seen our fair share of drones with shotguns, flame throwers, and fireworks mounted on them. Mostly for fun, but the FAA and other government officials worry that weaponized drones might be used for other purposes. If you think that sounds farfetched just see how drones have been used in the MiddleEast. Using a drone with a dangerous weapon attached to it is in violation of Section 363 of the 2018 FAA Reauthorization Act. And, unless the drone operator has received special authorization from the FAA, he or she is subject to civil penalties up to $25,000 for each violation.

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FAA Stories August 21

Flytrex and Causey Aviation Unmanned receive FAA approval to deliver food by drone in North Carolina

As part of the UAS Integration Pilot Program, Flytrex and Causey Aviation Unmanned received Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approval to start making food deliveries by drone in Holly Springs in North Carolina.

FAA Stories August 3

Firefighters were forced to halt their fire fighting efforts due to a rogue drone flying above and around the Alaskan fire. Both the FAA and the local fire department have taken to social media to share their frustrations and concerns with rogue drones around fires.

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FAA Stories July 24

New FAA leader Steve Dickson ‘will enter under a cloud of his own’

Politico had a very detailed article with background on the new FAA leader Steve Dickson. It is definitely worth a read if you want to know who will be in charge of the Federal Aviation Administration for the foreseeable future.

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.’

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