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FAA Unveils 200 Facility Maps for Commercial UAS Operators

The Federal Aviation Administration has released more than 200 facility maps that provide information on areas and altitudes near airports where operators can fly their unmanned aerial systems. FAA said Thursday the facility maps are designed to help drone operators boost the quality of their Part 107 airspace authorization requests and help the agency simplify …

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FAA to Release Initial UAS Facility Maps by April 27

The Federal Aviation Administration aims to release an initial batch of facility maps for small unmanned aircraft systems by April 27 in a move to help remote pilots depict areas and altitudes near airports where UAS platforms will be allowed to operate. FAA said Monday the maps are intended to guide drone operators when they apply for Part …

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Marines Test New Small Unmanned Aerial ISR Platform

The U.S. Marine Corps‘ Task Force Southwest has demonstrated a new small unmanned aerial system designed for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions during a flight test held at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. The Instant Eye UAS works to capture imagery of battlespaces, perform reconnaissance and conduct airstrikes on selected targets, …

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FAA Issues Small Civilian UAS Operational Rule; Anthony Foxx Comments

The Federal Aviation Administration has finalized its operational rule governing the use of small commercial unmanned aircraft systems in national airspace. The policy will take effect in August and covers safety regulations for non-recreational drones that weigh less than 55 pounds as well as requirements that a UAS owner needs to meet in order to fly a drone, the …

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FAA to Sanction Unregistered Drone Operators; Michael Huerta Comments

The Federal Aviation Administration will impose regulatory or criminal sanctions against operators of small unmanned aerial systems that are not registered with the agency, The Hill newspaper reported Monday. Keith Laing writes FAA’s mandatory online registration for civilian drones that weigh less than 55 pounds ended Friday. The agency has recorded 368,472 registrants and said unregistered drone users could face a …

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DoD to Demo, Assess Counter-UAS Tech at Black Dart Event

The Defense Department aims to demonstrate air and missile defense interoperability and cooperation across the services and assess existing capabilities in counter-UAS at an ongoing joint technology demonstration in California, DoD News reported Saturday. Lisa Ferdinando writes that the two-week Black Dart 2015 event at Naval Base Ventura County and the Sea Range at …

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FAA Implements Interim Policy for Commercial Drone Flights

The Federal Aviation Administration is implementing a temporary policy for a streamlined authorization process on commercial drone flights among operators that were granted Section 333 exemptions to the agency’s overall flight ban. FAA said Tuesday the move is intended to “bridge the gap” between the original individual-flight authorization process and future policies …

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FAA Seeks Public Comment on Proposed Rules for Small UAS Operations

The Federal Aviation Administration is seeking public comment on its proposed regulation framework for small unmanned aircraft systems that also includes an option for a flexible framework for future “micro” UAS. FAA said Sunday the proposal covers safety rules for the nonrecreational use of small UAS, as well as altitude and speed restrictions, …

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NASA Langley, FWS to Use Small UAS Fire Detectors at Great Dismal Swamp

NASA has partnered with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to test the capability of small unmanned aerial systems to detect brush or forest fires at the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge. Langley Research Center will head the study in support of the UAS Integration in the National Airspace System project of the NASA Aeronautics Research …

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