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Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

DroneSeed Receives the First FAA Approval for Using Drone Swarming to Deliver Agricultural Payloads

Clean-tech startup DroneSeed is the first company approved by the Federal Aviation Administration to deliver agricultural payloads with multiple drones. DroneSeed provides precision forestry services to timber companies and non-profits and is paid to spray to protect trees, plant tree seeds, and monitor their growth. The regulatory achievement is the culmination of passing several milestones.

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016

Cities and Drones Report Clarifies New Rules

The National League of Cities (NLC) released Cities and Drones, a new report that provides cities with insight on the recently released Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) rules relating to drone operation. The report also provides suggestions for how local governments can craft their own drone ordinances to encourage innovation while protecting their cities. In addition

Friday, August 19th, 2016

Get Ready for the New Small Drone Rule!

A new world of opportunities for drone operators opens next week on August 29 when the new small drone rule for non-hobbyists becomes effective. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) wants to make sure you have the information you’ll need to take advantage of those opportunities.   Aeronautical Knowledge Test One very important step you have

Tuesday, August 16th, 2016

The FAA Announces A New Center of Excellence

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Michael Huerta today announced that the agency has selected the University of Oklahoma and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University teams to lead the new Air Transportation Center of Excellence for Technical Training and Human Performance (COE TTHP). The COE will conduct research and development on technical training for air traffic controllers, aviation

Tuesday, August 16th, 2016

MRG GEO Receive s FAA Section 333 Exemption

Flagler Beach, FL – MRG GEO, the premier professional geospatial services firm of Flagler Beach, Florida, announced today that the FAA had approved its Section 333 Exemption for the operation of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs). The 333 Exemption allows MRG GEO to operate UAVs safely in the National Airspace System. “We are excited to be

Monday, July 18th, 2016

FAA’s Randy Willis Receives MAPPS Public Service Award

MAPPS, the association of geospatial firms, today announced that Randy Willis, Manager for Strategic Operations – Unmanned Aircraft at the Federal Aviation Administration, has been presented the MAPPS Public Service Award. Mr. Willis was recognized today at the MAPPS Summer Conference in Traverse City, Michigan. The MAPPS Public Service Award is a recognition of individuals

Friday, July 1st, 2016

FAA to Answer UAS Rule Questions at MAPPS Summer Conference

On the heels of Tuesday’s announcement by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) releasing its final Part 107 regulations governing small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS), MAPPS, the association of private sector surveying mapping and geospatial firms, today confirmed that  Randy Willis, Manager of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Emerging Technologies Team with oversight of Unmanned Aircraft will be

Thursday, May 19th, 2016

FAA Releases Drone Registration Location Data

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today posted a large database showing the city, state and zip code of each registered drone owner. Release of the database responds to a number of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests submitted since the new unmanned aircraft registration system began operating on December 21, 2015.   The FAA is

Tuesday, May 10th, 2016

FAA Expands Drone Detection Pathfinder Initiative

May 9– The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is expanding the part of its Pathfinder Program that focuses on detecting and identifying unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) flying too close to airports.   Today the FAA signed Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRDAs) with Gryphon Sensors, Liteye Systems Inc. and Sensofusion. The FAA will evaluate procedures and

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

FAA Administrator Makes Two Major Drone Announcements

Speaking today at the AUVSI annual conference in New Orleans, FAA Administrator Michael Huerta announced the agency is establishing a broad-based advisory committee that will provide advice on key unmanned aircraft integration issues. He also announced plans to make it easier for students to fly unmanned aircraft as part of their coursework.   Huerta said the

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