R.A. Smith National’s Jon Chapman and Bill Wandschneider of the firm’s Brookfield, Wisconsin office integrated unmanned aerial vehicles to conduct surveys for planimetric mapping. The firm has used UAS technology for projects and clients in the private and public sector. One of the many advantages of using this technology is the data collection the user can get from one picture, as well as the ability of better map areas that can be difficult or unsafe to traverse. R.A. Smith
On average more than 300 people every weekday in the U.S. have become licensed remote pilots, according to the latest data from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The total number of certified commercial drone operators now tops 23,000 -- we surpassing the initial FAA projections for 2016. Even more staggering is the number of drone registrations which exceeded 550,000 as of September as is sure to surge even further with the season's holiday shopping. That equates
Transport Canada, the official transportation department within the Government of Canada, is currently drafting new aviation regulations that will require all drone operators who fly unmanned aircraft systems weighing more that 250 grams to obtain an operating license, according to a report by Ashley Burke, CBC News in Ottawa. The more rigorous regulations -- expected to be introduced in 2017 -- will evaporate the distinction between commercial and hobbyist drone fliers in C
The Federal Aviation Administration is predicting that FAA Part 107 will lead to 600,000 commercial drones becoming active in the U.S within the coming six months. This dwarfs the number of just over 260,000 manned aircraft presently registered with the FAA.
So who will be flying all these aircraft? TechCrunch says about 290,000 (about half) of the commercial drone registrations will come from sole proprietors and small businesses. Many will start out as consumers, catc
While many commercial drone operators are either operating within the guidelines of existing Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Section 333 exemptions or seeking certification via the new FAA Part 107 certification process, many renegade commercial UAV operators continue to fly in national airspace without proper training or certification. This is creating a dangerous black market of drone operators that should be a priority for the FAA.
Jonathan Daniels, CEO and co-fou
The first meeting of the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) new Drone Advisory Committee (DAC) offered some enlightening insight into the current projections on the U.S. drone industry; they were low. Apparently very low.
More than 550,000 civilian small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) have been registered with the FAA in the nine months since the agency created the registration program, according to Earl Lawrence, director of the FAA's drone office. That means in les
Once considered the domain of the military and quasi-secret government entities, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) have now arrived on the main stage for consumers, organizations, and communities of all sizes to embrace.
Labeled Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the realm of commercial UAS use is now governed by FAA Part 107 -- the first series of "operational rules for routine commercial use of small unmanned aircraft systems