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Big News: Proposed Small UAS Rule for Flights Over People at White House for Review

White House Open to Stakeholder Meetings about Drone Operations Over People In a major new development, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has just sent to the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) the proposed rulemaking for performance-based standards and means-of-compliance for the operation of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS, or “drones”) over unsheltered people not directly participating in the operation. This is big news and an important step in moving drone policymaking forward. As most of you likely know, the current Part 107, which went into effect

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US: A Historic Day for Commercial Drones: Part 107 Takes Flight

Until this week, any company looking to fly drones to enhance its business operations – whether for disaster response, infrastructure inspection, agriculture, newsgathering, filmmaking, aerial photography, or anything else – had to apply for a special exemption from the FAA. That “Section 333 Exemption” approval process was burdensome and costly, and constrained true expansion within the drone industry. That has changed effective August 29th. We have reached a milestone for the industry, as the final rule for the operation and certification of small UAS (Part 107) has officially gone into effect –

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Senate Advances FAA Reauthorization Legislation with Passage of Bill

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization legislation took a major step forward on April 19th as the Senate overwhelmingly passed its bill 95-3. Although it is only an 18 month bill (the measure authorizes FAA programs until Sept. 30, 2017), the bill includes many reforms that impact airlines, airports, aircraft manufacturers, unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) manufacturers and operators, and airline passengers. The bill aims to enhance airport security, and streamline the process for certifying new safety systems for aircraft. In addition, it seeks to increase consumer protections for passengers and

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Russia Set to Mandate UAS Registration and Certification

Russia is set to mandate new UAS registration and certification requirements that will affect businesses using, manufacturing and/or importing UAS into Russia. Russia’s new federal law, “On introducing amendments to the Air Code of the Russian Federation regarding the use of unmanned aerial vehicles” became effective yesterday, March 30, 2016. The bill, which was signed into law December 30, 2015 by Russian President Vladimir Putin, mandates new requirements for the registration and certification of UAS (the bill refers to UAS as Civil Unmanned Aircraft or CUA). According to the bill,

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China Launches First Operational Rules for Civil Unmanned Aircraft

China’s civil flight authority, the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC), has issued new rules applicable to civil unmanned aircraft, commonly known as drones or UAS, weighing no more than 116 kg. The new rules are styled as the Provisions for the Operation of Light and Small Unmanned Aircraft (for Trial Implementation) (the UAS Operation Rules) and became effective on 29 December 2015, the date they were issued. The UAS Operation Rules add to a substantial and growing body of new rules applicable to the rapidly developing UAS industry in

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FAA Releases Rule on UAS Registration Requirements

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) estimates that nearly 800,000 small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), or drones, will be sold this holiday season, and expects sales of an additional 1.9 million UAS to hobbyist and recreational users in 2016. Over the past year we have witnessed a surge in news events involving careless operators misusing drones, including crashes at stadium sporting events and hundreds of incidents involving close-encounters between UAS and manned aircraft. In response to these recent news reports, the Department of Transportation (DOT) created a registration task force charged

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FAA Task Force Recommends Sweeping UAS Registration Requirements

As previously reported here and here, a month ago on October 19, 2015, the Department of Transportation (DOT) created a registration task force (RTF) charged with making recommendations to the FAA on what mandatory registration of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), including those used for recreational or hobby use, should look like. Yesterday, the FAA publicly released the RTF’s much-anticipated final recommendations report. Here are the key highlights from the RTF’s report to the FAA:

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BREAKING: DOT Accepting Public Comments on UAS Registration Requirements

On Monday, October 19, the Department of Transportation (DOT) announced the creation of a task force charged with developing a registration process for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), or drones, for both commercial and hobbyist use. Secretary Foxx directed the task force to deliver its recommendations by November 20, with the goal of having final registration rules in place by mid-December. In a surprise move, DOT just published a document, Clarification of the Applicability of Aircraft Registration Requirements for UAS and Request for Information Regarding Electronic Registration for UAS, to the Federal

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The Mexican Civil Aviation Authority has issued a new mandatory circular for all Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) operations

On April 8, 2015, the DGAC issued a new mandatory circular CO AV-23/10 R2 that “establishes the requirements to operate RPAS” (the Circular) to be more in line with the regulatory regimes of other countries that have developed such regulations. The Circular supersedes and replaces the prior mandatory circular CO AV-23/10 R1. The Circular is applicable to : all individuals and entities that intend to operate or currently operate RPAS; all RPAS operating in Mexico, including those belonging to the Mexican government, except for those having a national security purpose;