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Xcel Energy partners with FAA

Xcel Energy partners with FAA on drone usage for inspections

Xcel Energy partners with FAA on drone usage for inspections Xcel Energy announced this week a first-of-its-kind partnership with the Federal Aviation Administration to research the safe operation of drone technology to inspect critical infrastructure. The agreement involves using unmanned aircraft systems to inspect more than 20,000 miles of Xcel Energy transmission lines in 10 states. The data collected from…

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17,000 Drone Pilots with a 91% Pass Rate

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FAA Certifies 17,000 Drone Pilots with a 91% Pass Rate 750,000 new UAS operators will need to get a Remote Pilot Certificate this year. UAS operators will need to get started studying now and get their Part 107 Remote Pilot testing completed now before the rush on the limited testing FAA centers. SHAKOPEE, MN, February 1, 2017 – Gowdy Brothers…

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Drone Tests New Tech to Help FAA

Near Space Corp.'s High Altitude Shuttle System (HASS), a drone that carries new technologies to high altitudes for testing, was used to simulate the return of a spacecraft through controlled airspace. Credit: Near Space Corp.

Drone Tests New Tech to Help FAA Track Commercial Spacecraft A drone that drops into flight from a high-altitude balloon is helping the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to test new technologies for surveillance of commercial spacecraft in national airspace. Near Space Corporation (NSC), a private spaceflight company that operates at the Tillamook Naval Air Station in Oregon, sent its High…

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Drone-photography company fined

The Federal Aviation Administration announced Jan. 17, 2017, that it fined SkyPan International drone company $200,000 to settle complaints about remote-controlled flights over New York and Chicago. (Photo: Andrew Harnik, AP)

Drone-photography company fined $200,000 by FAA WASHINGTON – A drone-photography company has agreed to pay a $200,000 penalty to settle allegations without acknowledging violating federal regulations for flying remote-controlled aircraft for years over New York and Chicago, the Federal Aviation Administration announced Tuesday. SkyPan International agreed to pay an additional $150,000 if it violates the settlement during the next year, and another…

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Second Drone Advisory Committee Meeting

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Second Drone Advisory Committee Meeting on January 31 WASHINGTON – At its second meeting on January 31, 2017 in Reno, NV, the Drone Advisory Committee (DAC) will continue to help the Federal Aviation Administration prioritize its efforts to integrate unmanned aircraft systems – or drones – into the national airspace. FAA Administrator Michael Huerta announced the creation of the DAC as…

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FAA Fined Amazon Over Hazardous Materials

FAA proposes $91,000 fine for Amazon over hazardous materials

FAA proposes $91,000 fine for Amazon over hazardous materials The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is proposing fining Amazon $91,000 for potentially violating hazardous material regulations. Amazon allegedly attempted to ship undeclared hazardous materials on FedEx air transportation in May of last year, the FAA said in a Thursday release. The chemicals in question were more than two gallons of toxic…

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Drone Crash At Space Needle

DRONE CRASH AT SPACE NEEDLE UNDER INVESTIGATION

Drone Crash At Space Needle Under Investigation SEATTLE (KGO) — The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is investigating a video that surfaced online showing a drone crashing into the Space Needle in Seattle. RELATED: Video drone captures napa river rising Two workers were on the needle at the time of the crash, and were nearly hit. The drones owner went looking…

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FAA approves beyond line of sight for drones

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FAA approves beyond line of sight for drones at Grand Forks test site GRAND FORKS, N.D. — A group of researchers in Grand Forks can now fly unmanned aircraft to new lengths — beyond what their eyes can see. The Federal Aviation Administration has granted permission to the Northern Plains UAS Test Site to conduct beyond-visual-line-of-sight operations at Grand Sky…

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