FAA drone regulations News

Court Upholds Federal Authority to Regulate Hobbyist Drone Use

The U.S. government’s ability to police hobbyist drone use was upheld by an appellate court Friday in a ruling that helps set the stage for a series of new restrictions and requirements aviation regulators hope to enact soon. The U.S. …

Ease Up On Commercial Drones, Scientists Advise Safety Regulators

Science advisers to the federal government say safety regulators are hindering the spread of commercial drones by being too cautious about the risks posed by the flying machines. The National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine said in a report …

U.S. Selects 10 Drone Test Projects

The U.S. Transportation Department’s 10 winning drone pilot projects aimed at spurring the use of unmanned aerial vehicles in a wide variety of fields do not include Amazon.com Inc. and China’s DJI, but do involve Alphabet Inc., Qualcomm Inc. and …

Drone Owners Warned Against Use near Oklahoma Air Force Base

Officials at a northern Oklahoma air force base are asking the public to keep recreational drones away from aircraft after a near collision on a training flight. Lt. Col. Eric Schmidt works at Vance Air Force Base. He told the …

Tracking System Could Speed OK for Drone Deliveries in U.S.

Deliveries by drones took a step closer to being allowed in the U.S. after a federal advisory panel agreed on a framework for allowing law enforcement to routinely track the small devices. The committee’s report to the Federal Aviation Administration, …

U.S. Adds 7 Nuclear Sites to ‘No-Drone Zone’ List of Military Bases, Landmarks

The Federal Aviation Administration said Monday it will bar drone flights over seven major U.S. nuclear sites, including Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico. The move is the latest in a series of growing restrictions on unmanned aerial vehicles …

Civilian Drone Safety Incidents Keep Rising

The number of reported safety incidents involving civilian drones is on track to rise dramatically again this year, with almost as many in the first nine months of 2017 as for all of last year. Through September, the Federal Aviation …

Researchers Find Drones Can Cause Significant Damage to Aircraft

The millions of small civilian drones plying the nation’s skies can cause significant damage to airliners and business jets in a midair collision, new research commissioned by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration concluded. While most drones weigh only a few …

U.S. to Expand Testing of Drones

President Donald Trump launched a program on Wednesday to expand testing of drones to include flights over people, nighttime operations and flights out of sight of the operator, the White House said. The pilot program aims to speed up the …

FAA Can’t Keep Up with Requests for Drone Flights in Restricted Areas

Reports of safety incidents involving civilian drones have surged to an average of 250 a month, leading to a federal “emergency” action to approve drone flights in restricted areas, according to a government notice seeking new procedures for the craft. …