Category Rules/Safety


FAA Drone Safety Video for Christmas

With Christmas under two weeks away, the FAA continues to find ways to enforce drone safety, especially before new pilots get their Christmas presents in the air. The administration released the above video as a reminder for new drone owners to fly responsibly and keep up on drone rules. The video reminds pilots to register their …


DJI Reports Drones Improve Search and Rescue

While not surprising, DJI, Ireland’s Donegal Mountain Search and Rescue, and the European Emergency Number Association (EENA) have found that drones assist in finding lost persons quicker than previous tactics. They found that five-person rescue teams need an average of two hours to find their target in one square kilometer (about 247 acres). Meanwhile drones could find …


Firefighting Drone Joins New York City Firefighters

New York City firefighters are the first to have a drone join the team. The New York Times reports that the firefighting drone is undergoing testing before being released onto the field. It’s expected to be ready in the next few weeks. The fire-fighter red drone will assist the NYC Fire Department with gathering information …


Eagles Take Flight in Dutch Anti-Drone Program

Dutch police have been training eagles for the past couple of years to attack unwanted drones in restricted air space. AFP reports that Monday the police announced their trials have been successful. They’ll be the first country in the world to use the birds as an answer to getting potentially dangerous drones out of the …


New Commercial Drone Rules in Effect Today

Today’s the day! After a lengthy wait for drone regulation for commercial use, today the new commercial drone rules finally go into effect and allow for commercial pilots to get licensed without going through a 333 Exemption. Here’s a recap of the rules and how you can get your drone in the sky for commercial …


Do Not Fly Drones Over Wildfires

We cannot stress enough how important it is that drone enthusiasts keep their devices away from emergency scenes and wildfires. It is extremely dangerous as emergency respondents must land their own aircraft if a drone is in the area. This can delay firefighting and cause more damage to property and harm to others if aircraft …


Obtaining the FAA's New Commercial Drone Certification

FAA Ruling 107 As previously posted on our blog, the FAA’s new operational rule, Part 107, on using drones commercially comes into effect on August 29th. With the summer months rolling by that’s coming up quick. Here’s everything you need to know about the ruling and certification process so you’ll be prepared. Commercial Certificate The good news …


Small Unmanned Aircraft Regulations (Part 107) Released

On June 21, the FAA released that they are making a new regulation regarding licensing and drone operations. This new operational rule, referred to as Part 107, will be in affect in August, 2016. According to these regulations, drones weighing under 55lbs may be used commercially, as long as the drone operator takes an aeronautical knowledge test …


CA Drone Bill Passed by State Assembly

  The California State Assembly has passed Assembly Bill 2320 in efforts to have drone regulations in affect as the hobby grows. Fear not though drone enthusiasts, the bill shouldn’t affect most drone users. CBS Sacramento reports the Bill would prohibit: Using a drone to bring contraband into a prison Using a drone to stalk, harass, …


Law Enforcement and Drones: Are Birds of Prey a Solution?

You've heard the news by now. Dutch police have begun training birds of prey to view drones as targets. Tech Insider reports that police in the Netherlands have trained hawks and eagles to fly unwanted drones out of the air. The Los Angeles Times shared the below video from Dutch company, Guard from Above. It demonstrates how ...

Drone Registration is Here: What to Know

The Federal Aviation Administration announced today that drone registration will be mandatory beginning December 21st, 2015.  The FAA is launching what they describe as a “user-friendly” website to begin the registrations next Monday. Registration will be free for the first 30 days in an effort to gain traction for the registration process. After January 20th …


Drone Laws Explained

So, some of you may know about the recent FAA guidelines for flying drones. If you haven’t read these rules, you can check them out here. This exploding multi-rotor technology has legislation struggling to keep up.


FAA Announces New NPRM On UAS

Recently, the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) announced new rules about piloting UAS (unmanned aircraft systems).

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