Kittyhawk is on a roll the last few weeks. First, they announced their new Kittyhawk Dynamic Airspace platform, which brings all the data, enterprise drone operators need to know in one handy app. Now the company announces that they are developing the B4UFLY app in partnership with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). A new B4UFLY app is on the horizon and scheduled to be released later this year. That’s great news!
FAA Stories February 27
FAA Stories February 22
It’s back! Phew! For a while, we weren’t quite sure if the FAA Symposium would be canceled altogether or not. Luckily, it hasn’t and the FAA just announced a new date for the 4th annual UAS Symposium that the FAA organizes together with AUVSI. The UAS Symposium will now take place from June 3rd through 5th at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, MD. You can register for the event here.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) launches a new Drone Safety Tips video on Facebook. The short clip starts off with the question: “Getting a drone? Before you fly, register it at faadronezone.faa.gov.” you can watch the entire clip here below as well as two videos from 51Drones, who did a great job explaining the registration process on YouTube.
FAA Stories February 14
One of the treaths against our ability to fly drones comes from states, municipalities, and landowners as they try to use privacy concerns and private property rights to ban drone flights over their property. Even though the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recently restated that only they control the airspace in the U.S., now the State of Oklahoma considers drone restrictions for hobbyist drone pilots.
FAA Stories February 13
New FAA requirement. Starting February 23rd you will have to display the FAA registration number on the outside of your drone or small unmanned aircraft. It will no longer be ok to display the number inside the battery compartment as so many drone pilots have done in the past.
The change is prompted by law enforcement officials and the FAA’s interagency security partners, who have expressed concerns about the risk of a concealed explosive device might pose to first responders upon opening a compartment to find a drone’s registration number. The FAA issued the new requirement as an Interim Final Rule, a rule that takes effect while inviting the public to comment as well. This is different from normal proceedings in which the rule is subject to comments before coming into effect. The new FAA rule comes into effect in 10 days, on February 23rd. expand full story