California Gov. Edmund Brown Jr. has vetoed a bill that would have limited the use of drones around private property. The bill would have held individuals flying drones at a height of less than 350 feet in areas of private property liable for trespassing and responsible for damages unless they received permission from the property owner to do so.
The Federal Aviation Administration has named two new officials – Marke "Hoot" Gibson and Earl Lawrence – to oversee the agency's effort to integrate drones, or unmanned aerial systems, into the U.S. airspace.
The Federal Aviation Administration has granted an exemption to Measure to fly 324 types of drones for commercial applications.
Some might say the Federal Aviation Administration has been in the clouds for its entire history.
Farmers are looking to use drones to save time, money and manpower. The Federal Aviation Administration, still working on official drone regulation, has granted over 50 exemptoins for farm-related operations so far this year.
An FAA administrator revealed details about how many exemptions it has and can issue for businesses wishing to use drones before the agency creates official rules governing drone use, during a congressional committee meeting. At the same meeting, an Amazon exec made a case for environmental and safety benefits to drone use.
This past Friday, Shuttle America Flight 2708 was forced to climb 200 feet upon its final approach to LaGuardia Airport. The last-minute climb was to avoid a collision with a drone. Clearly, drones pose a danger. But perhaps the FAA is the real problem here.
New rules regarding commercial drone use were proposed in February, though there's no telling if or when those rules will actually be approved, and some folks in agriculture have decided they don't want to wait.
Using location information in a person's smartphone, Amazon's drones will be able to deliver packages wherever the recipient is located--at home, on the job, out for a walk, or on a boat--according to a patent application Amazon submitted to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
The FAA has announced three new partnerships in an effort to achieve the "goal of safe, widespread UAS integration," said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.