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FAA Doubles "Blanket" Altitude for Many UAS Flights

Posted by Adele Scholl on 3/30/2016
March 29- After a comprehensive risk analysis, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has raised the unmanned aircraft (UAS) “blanket” altitude authorization for Section 333 exemption holders and government aircraft operators to 400 feet. Previously, the agency had put in place a nationwide Certificate of Waiver or Authorization (COA) for such flights up to 200 feet.


Posted by Jeff Foster on 3/29/2016
I’ve been lucky enough to be part of the original group of people to bring drone imaging and technology to NAB over the past few years, through conference sessions with Post Production World and remote off-site Field Workshops out in the Nelson Nevada Ghost Town (which is returning again this year – read below). Last year, with my partner Mannie Frances with Drone Media Group launched the first Aerial Robotics & Drone Pavilion in the upper South Hall at the NAB Show 2015 Expo. 

New research suggests the FAA exaggerates the threat that drones pose to planes

Posted by By Rick Stella on 3/25/2016
New research suggests the FAA exaggerates the threat that drones pose to planes
In response to the dramatic rise in popularity of the drone industry, the Federal Aviation Administration instituted a mandatory registration requirement for any UAV weighing more than roughly half a pound. The FAA wanted to keep consistent tabs on the growing hobby, particularly to assure none get in the way of the everyday operations of commercial and civilian aircraft. While that’s no doubt a worthwhile and warranted plan, recent research shows the FAA is vastly overestimating the threat small unmanned aircraft actually pose.

FAA B4UFLY Smartphone App

Posted by Adele Scholl on 3/15/2016
FAA B4UFLY Smartphone App

B4UFLY is available for free download in the App Store for iOS and Google Play store for Android.

B4UFLY is an easy-to-use smartphone app that helps unmanned aircraft operators determine whether there are any restrictions or requirements in effect at the location where they want to fly.

New York Drone Film Festival Aims to Win Over Skeptical Public

Posted by CHRIS FRANCESCANI on 3/9/2016
NEW YORK — For most Americans, hobby drones are about as welcome in their neighborhoods as car alarms.

A growing chorus of drone enthusiasts has been fighting an uphill battle for public acceptance for years now, but the victories have been few and far between.

When the film won its category, Johnson said, "my heart was pounding."

Drone Nationals is headed to New York City Aug 5-7, 2016

Posted by Adele Scholl on 3/7/2016
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