Know the law before you take to the skies

Drone in flight: There has been a string of near misses between drones and other aircraft. ABC News: Norman Hermant

Did you get a drone for Christmas? Know the law before you take to the skies Whether a beginner, a serious aviation enthusiast, or just a fan of gadgets, many of you will have received drones as Christmas gifts. Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) have surged in popularity and affordability in recent years, and there’s no doubt that recreational drone use…

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New Drone Laws Go Into Effect Today

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FAA’s New Drone Laws Go Into Effect Monday, allowing US companies to innovate Source: CNBC Clearer skies are ahead for American businesses betting on drones. New rules by the U.S. Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) go into effect Monday, clarifying what is acceptable commercial usage of small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), also known as drones. Commercial drones must weigh less than…

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Strike the right balance on drone policy

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Strike the right balance on drone policy Article Source: Tim Day via Tech Crunch Photo Credit: Getty Images/ CYRIL NDEGEYA Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) — more commonly referred to as drones — are on the cusp of a major commercial trial that has the power to save thousands of lives. This pilot program isn’t taking place in the Bay Area or Boise or Boston. Instead,…

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Father and son fight FAA over weaponized drone

One of Austin Haughwout's drones in a YouTube video was equipped with a loaded pistol on

Father and son fight FAA over weaponized drone Article Source: Lawrence Crook, via CNN A Connecticut judge heard arguments on Wednesday over whether the constitutional rights of two men who equipped a drone with weapons and posted videos to YouTube will be violated if a federal agency were to investigate them. Austin Haughwout, 19, of Clinton, and his father, Bret…

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4 things to know about the FAA drone rules

Four things to know about the FAA’s rules about commercial drone usage

4 things to know about the FAA drone rules about commercial drone usage Article Source: Lucia Maffei via Tech Crunch The rules for commercial drone usage released last week by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) left some unanswered questions on the table. We discussed some of these with Thomas Gemmell, a former U.S. Air Force fighter pilot and the co-leader of the drone…

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New drone rules ‘common sense’

New drone rules ‘common sense’ Article Source: Gary Gibula via Naperville Sun Wether photographing real estate with drones or flying remote-controlled planes for fun, local operators know the airspace is public and acknowledge the need for rules like those just released by the Federal Aviation Administration for smaller unmanned aerial systems. “It’s pretty much common sense,” said Scott Gerami, a realtor with…

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Bill Requires You to Take a Drone Pilot Test

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Senate’s New FAA Bill Requires You to Take a Drone Pilot Test Before Flying A drone regulation bill is moving through Congress. Article Source: William Hoffman via Inverse Photo Credit: Phil Walter/Getty Images, Sean Gallup/Getty Images Right now, drone flight is like the wild west — take to the skies and see what laws and objects will stop you. But this week, Congress came…

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Senate debates contentious provision

A drone developed by Japan's Autonomous Control Systems Laboratory (ACSL) flies beside a condomimium for a field test in Chiba, suburb of Tokyo, on April 11, 2016.

Senate debates contentious provision against state drone laws Article Source: Bart Jansen, via USA Today WASHINGTON – The Senate is debating contentious legislation aimed at preventing states and cities from adopting drone laws amid an ongoing battle pitting the federal government and drone industry against local lawmakers. The bill provoked a fight because dozens of states adopted laws on subjects such as banning weapons on…

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FAA bill won’t preempt local drone laws

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Lawmakers seek to ensure FAA bill won’t preempt local drone laws Article Source: Melanie Zanona via The Hill Photo Credit: Getty Images/  Alex Wong A handful of lawmakers are pushing to tweak language in the reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration that state and city officials fear would curtail their ability to establish and enforce local laws dealing with drones. But the…

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DOT Hit With Lawsuit

DOT Hit With Lawsuit Over Lack of Records from Drone Registration Meetings The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), claiming the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) did not provide requested records of last November’s drone registration task force meetings, has filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the agency. Filed yesterday, the lawsuit alleges that on Nov. 6, 2015,…

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