UAS Digest #43

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UAS Digest #43: Our Weekly Drone Publication

June 24, 2016

Hightlights
Op-Ed by Mark A. Dombroff
Part 107 recognizes city role
NYC says Part 107 should not apply
Collective Highlight: FAA issues Part 107 and reaction/advice
EASA‘s UAS regulations 2nd draft
Airbus into drones
China city top drone manufacturer
Canada puts emphasis in drone innovation

 

News

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→  Gov Herbert: Drone over wildfire is ‘unacceptable’ – It’s “completely unacceptable” that a drone flying near a southern Utah wildfire hampered firefighting efforts.

 

 

Business

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→  Airbus eyes growing UAV market – As the UAV industry continues its apparent exponential growth and new applications appear in the commercial sector, Airbus Defence & Space will look to explore how the company can harness opportunities in the market, according to officials.

→  Chinese City of Shenzhen Responsible for 70% of Global Drone Market – According to the Chinese National Business Daily, Shenzhen has more than 300 drone companies. Among them is category leading DJI.

→  Here’s Why the Drone Industry Just Had A Milestone Moment – FAA finally has rules in place for businesses wanting to use drones.

→  Business Standard-Rules on flying of drones likely by July – The prohibition on Indians flying drones is likely to be lifted soon as the rules for flying unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are slated to be finalised by next month with aviation regulator DGCA giving final touches to them.

→  Chinese company beats Amazon to deliver online goods by unmanned drone – Amazon is planning on introducing a similar scheme but not until 2017 or 2018.


 

City and State Economic Development and Government Use

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→  Lincoln drone junkies find hobby in virtual reality racing – Five mini drones whiz around in the sky, making a high-pitched whir as their neon orange and green propellers lift them off the ground and around a racing course marked.

→  Drones in Disasters ‘do tank’ at the Cape May Ferry Terminal – On June 23, the Field Innovation Team (FIT) will conduct a “Do Tank” – a design thinking workshop – at the Cape May-Lewes Ferry Terminal in North Cape May. 

→  Drone school to aid public agencies – The school started Monday and lasted for four days while teaching participants the necessary knowledge to pass the Federal Aviation Administration’s unmanned aerial vehicle test.

drone school

 

City and State REGULATORY Action

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 Town bans drones over public parks, beaches – Hempstead Town residents will no longer be able to fly drones or unmanned aircraft over town properties, beaches and parks after the town board on Tuesday unanimously passed a drone ban.

→  In Win for Cities, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Recognizes Local Authority in New Drone Regulations – In a win for local governments and local decision-making authority, new rules issued this week by the FAA on drones recognize that city leaders should play a role in regulating how, when and where drones operate in their communities.

 

Competition

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(stay tuned!)

 

Education

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→  Drones program earns MECC technology award – Mountain Empire Community College is the recipient of the 2016 Southwest Virginia Technology Council President’s Award for the college’s unmanned aerial systems (UAS) program.

→  Alberta company among first to offer drone safety course – St. Albert, Alberta based Elevated Robotic Services Saturday offered a one-day interactive workshop aimed at teaching noobs where, when and how to fly their drone safely.

 

Enforcement and Threats

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→  Few Utah Police Report Drone Use, Cite Tough FAA Regulations – Law enforcement agencies have touted drones as a powerful new tool for searches and investigations, but police in Utah report they’ve stopped using the devices after getting bogged down by federal regulations.

→  Councils using drones to check local law compliance, Queensland Council for Civil Liberties not impressed – Should your local council be able to fly a drone over your place to make sure you’re complying with local laws or is that an infringement of your civil liberties?

 

FAA Action

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→ Federal Register Notice: Operation and Certification of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems

→ PRESS RELEASE: DOT and FAA Finalize Rules for Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems

→ FAA Summary: SUMMARY OF SMALL UNMANNED AIRCRAFT RULE (PART 107)

→ White House FACT SHEET: Enabling a New Generation of Aviation Technology

 

FAA Reactions

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→  FAA Part 107 UAS Aeronautical Knowledge Test: everything you need to know (except the answers) – The Federal Aviation Administration announced today that drone operators will have to pass a UAS aeronautical knowledge test as one of the requirements for legally flying drones commercially. Here’s a rundown of the entire announcement of its long-awaited Part 107 ruling.

→  FAA Small UAS Rule with New Commercial and Civil Guidelines – We are also pleased that the final rule codifies parts of the Special Rule for Model Aircraft, therefore helping to maintain an exemption for model aircraft from burdensome regulation.

→  FAA’s Long-Delayed Drone Certification and Operations Rule Disappoints – In April 2015, CEI submitted comments on the proposed rule urging the FAA to reject excessively precautionary approaches that are likely to harm to nascent small unmanned aircraft system (UAS) industry, hobbyists, and students. Unfortunately, but as expected, the FAA largely kept its restrictive framework in place.

→  FAA releases small drone rules – The FAA on June 21 released its final rule for the operation of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) weighing less than 55 pounds along with new airman certification standards for small UAS operators.

→  The FAA’s drone rules are here: What does it mean for journalists? – In 60 days, drone journalism will be legally possible in any newsroom in the United States. That’s not to say it will be easy, but it will be legally possible in ways that it has never been before.

→  FAA Approves Commercial Drones Without Privacy Safeguards – Despite nearly 180 comments regarding the privacy risks of drones, the FAA failed to address the privacy risks of deploying commercial drones into the national airspace.

→  FAA Issues Commercial Drone Rules – The federal government on Tuesday made it much easier for companies to use drones for a variety of tasks, including aerial photography and emergency response.

→  Amazon and Google’s drone delivery plans hit snag with new US regulations – The Obama administration has green-lit commercial drones so long as they stay within sight of a pilot – which isn’t exactly what companies had in mind

→  Blumenthal Statement on FAA Rule for Commercial Drone Users – [WASHINGTON, D.C.] – U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) released the following statement today in response to the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) final rule governing operations for commercial drone use.

→  Shuster, LoBiondo Statement on FAA’s Small Drone Rule – “Although we are continuing to review in detail, we are pleased that the FAA appears to have taken an approach to the commercial use of small drones that closely mirrors the risk-based permitting provision approach we proposed in the House FAA reauthorization bill.  Like the AIRR Act’s provision, the FAA’s long-overdue final rule focuses on safely integrating unmanned drones into the national airspace while providing flexibility to permit more advanced types of operations as technology improves.  Completing this rule is an important step towards full integration and fostering innovation in the growing UAS industry.”

→  Business Leaders Unsurprisingly Tepid About FAA’s New 624-Page Drone Rulebook – The White House released a 624 page document with new rules and regulations Tuesday pertaining to “the Commercial and Scientific Use of Drones,” and business leaders are already responding.

→  We’ve Needed Commercial Drone Rules For Years. The FAA Just Released a First Step –  “Part 107” allows commercial drone use under 400 feet without a pilot’s license. Instead, operators will take a test and get certified to fly particular types of drones, which should streamline the process significantly.

→  Government Issues Rules on Commercial Drones – Some safety concerns, such as operations beyond a line of sight, go unresolved

→  New FAA rule means huge changes for drone industry – The FAA has eased restrictions on commercial drone use with its long-awaited Part 107 ruling

→  Few Utah Police Report Drone Use, Cite Tough FAA Regulations – Law enforcement agencies have touted drones as a powerful new tool for searches and investigations, but police in Utah report they’ve stopped using the devices after getting bogged down by federal regulations.

→   Long-awaited FAA rules may not help New York drone operators – Commercial drone operators hailed a landmark announcement, but not much has changed for operating drones in the city

→  Part 107 Final Rule Release Predictions – Some predictions about the 21st (or later, but soon for sure)

→  FAA’s New UAS Rule Draws Praise From GA Groups

→  The FAA Says It Will Make Less Strict Rules for the Tiniest Drones – The agency’s 624-page drone rulebook, published Tuesday, also left the door open for a separate, more lenient set of rules that would apply to the smallest drones out there.

→  Attorney: FAA’s small UAS rule gives operators more flexibility – “One of the takeaways is that there’s a ton more flexibility under these rules—both in the way they’re written and the opportunity for interpretation and waivers—than there was under the Section 333 exemptions.”

→  Center for the Study of the Drone – Significant Aspects of the FAA’s Drone Rules

→  It Just Got Easier for Fly Drones for Money

 

FAA Reauthorization and UAS

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 Blumenthal Statement on FAA Rule for Commercial Drone Users – [WASHINGTON, D.C.] – U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) released the following statement today in response to the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) final rule governing operations for commercial drone use.

→  Short-term FAA bill would likely extend into next year, GOP chairman says – If the House and Senate can’t reach a deal on a long-term authorization of the Federal Aviation Administration by the end of this week, a short-term patch that lasts until 2017 is likely, according to a Senate GOP chairman.

 

Foreign Regulatory Actions

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→  EASA’s ‘Non Paper’ Roadmap for EU Drone Operations – EASA has just produced a ‘Non Paper’ entitled: Roadmap for Drone Operations in the European Union – The roll-out of the EU operation centric approach. This document will be the basis of discussions at the RPAS Stakeholders Workshop that is taking place at EASA headquarters in Cologne, Germany on 20 June 2016.

→  Europe’s Push for Regionwide Drone Regulations Faces Headwinds – Regulators caught between limits on their power and industry demands for swift, lenient rules

→  Government of Canada Supports Innovation in the Unmanned Vehicle Sector – an investment of $300,000 to support the development of an Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) range for training and field testing in the Village of Foremost.

→  Canadian drone industry fears crackdown as airport incidents spike – when two pilots — one from WestJet Airlines Ltd., one from Air Canada — reported seeing a drone that was flying too close for comfort on their descent into the city’s airport.

Civil Aviation Authority discusses possible drone regulations – DRONES have posed danger to the lives of Government ministers said the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), yet the technology will play such a big role in TT’s future that children should be allowed to fly them.

→  Now, fly your own drone: Govt to liberalise flying rules soon – The prohibition on Indians flying drones is likely to be lifted soon as the rules for flying unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are slated to be finalised by next month with aviation regulator DGCA giving final touches to them.

→  Laws on drones outlined by Civil Aviation Department – Due to the current increased interest in unmanned aircraft (drones) flying activity, the Department said that owners and users of drones are required to comply with the provisions of the applicable legislation.

→  Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems: Aviation Authority takes strict stance on use of drones – The new guidelines are meant to serve as supplementary  to the Ghana Civil Aviation (Safety) Regulations, 2011, L.I. 2000.

 

Op-Ed

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mark dombroffIt’s About Time The FAA Got Tough!

By Mark A. Dombroff

The first time anyone found themselves in the sights of the FAA over drones was in the much publicized Pirker matter. Even when the FAA won it’s appeal in front of the full NTSB (which found that drones are airplanes, and subject to the Federal Aviation Regulations), the FAA, instead of prosecuting Mr. Pirker and sending a message, chose to settle with him for about ten percent of the proposed penalty. The FAA’s approach, at least at that time, was one of education over enforcement.

Just this week, the FAA announced the release of the small UAS rule, Part 107. While not effective until the end of August, one thing which has already apparently changed, at least hopefully is a shifting of the FAA’s focus on education to one of enforcement. With Part 107 about to become a reality, it is even more critical that the FAA send the message thru aggressive enforcement that the time for education is over and accountability has kicked in.
One person who the FAA asserts didn’t get the message yet is Mical Caterina who is facing a $55,000 penalty from the FAA. According to the FAA, Mr. Caterina:

  • flew his DJI Inspire below 400″
  • didn’t establish two way communications with ATC before the flight
  • flew in a careless and reckless manner
  • was not operating for hobby or recreational purposes
  • flew within 5 miles of an airport
  • failed to register his drone
  • flew with 100 feet of a helicopter

Not unexpectedly, Mr. Caterina is fighting his $55,000 penalty, just as Sky Pan continues to fight its $1.9 million penalty.

While not popular to say, hopefully these are the first of more penalties to be imposed by the FAA without compromising for pennies on the dollar.

With Part 107, the small UAS rule, becoming effective, at the end of August, it’s time for the FAA to send the message, no matter how unpopular, that the failure to abide by the rules while operating in the National Airspace has a price… Observe the rules or get out your checkbook!

 

Insurance

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 U.S. Issues Final Commercial Drone Regulations – The rule promises to generate more than $82 billion for the U.S. economy and create more than 100,000 new jobs over the next 10 years, according to the trade group Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI).

 

 

International Developments

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→  What Are Commercial Drones Being Used For? – Following final approval from the Civil Aviation Safety Authority, Ninox Robotics is one of the companies who will begin commercial operations this month, deploying unmanned aerial systems for customised services to government, NGOs and private sector clients.

→  Civil Aviation Department drone warning – Due to the current increased interest in unmanned aircraft (drones) flying activity, the Department notes that owners and users of drones are required to comply with the provisions of the applicable legislation, an announcement said on Friday.

 

Market Forecast / Investment

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→  Report: Counter UAV market to generate $2.4 million this year – A new report from business intelligence provider Visiongain offers market insight and analysis of the emerging counter UAV (C-UAV) market.

→  WorldwideDrone Transponders Market 2016 Worth USD $2.5 billion by 2022, Driven by need to achieve protected airways using ADS-B transponders – ResearchMoz.us has announced a new market research study Titled ‘Drone Transponders (ADS-B) Market Shares, Strategies, and Forecasts Worldwide, 2016 to 2022’ to its vast internet repository of market intelligence reports.

→  Global UAV Payload and Subsystems Market 2016 Industry Trends, Research, Analysis & Review Forecast – Market Research Report on UAV Payload and Subsystems market 2016 is a professional and in-depth study on the current state of the UAV Payload and Subsystems worldwide.

 

Legal Information

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→  Certificate of Compliance with Type-Volume Limitation, Typeface Reuqirements and Type Style Requirements – John A. Taylor v. Micheal P. Huerta

→  FAA’s New Part 107 Drone Regulation- What Drone Operators Need to Know – How to Read the Part 107 Final Rule.

 

Media Use

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(stay tuned!)

 

Operational Developments

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→  Drone use growing in surprising ways – Companies are increasingly finding new uses for drones, which could ultimately influence how lawmakers shape policy around the emerging technology.

→  Abortion by drone: Irish women launch high-tech protest against strict abortion law

→  The Future Is Now: Emergency Response Teams Use Drones To Save Lives – Emergency response teams all across Europe are testing unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) technology to provide assistance for their many, often life-saving operations.

→  Drone Delivery is About to Disrupt the Trucking Industry – As a yellow delivery truck slides to the curb in a quiet suburban neighborhood, a hatch opens and a black drone pokes its rotors above the roof, ready to seek its next target.

drone publication

 

 

Privacy

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→  Councils using drones to check local law compliance, Queensland Council for Civil Liberties not impressed – Should your local council be able to fly a drone over your place to make sure you’re complying with local laws or is that an infringement of your civil liberties?

 

Regulatory Policy

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→  Civil Aviation Authority issues new guidelines on drones – The drones which is technically known as ‘remotely piloted aircraft system’ is among other things meant to serve as a directive to supplement the provisions of the Ghana Civil Aviation (Safety) Regulations, 2011, L.I. 2000.

 

Research—Academic/Business—Teaching

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(stay tuned)

 

Restrictions from parties other than FAA

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(stay tuned)

 

Safety Research

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→  NASA studies air-traffic control for drones – NASA researchers are studying ways to safely manage flights of remote-controlled aircraft as the skies grow more crowded below 500 feet.

 

Security

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→  Homeland Security Today: MITRE Announces Counter Drone Challenge Finalists – In 2015, the Federal Aviation Administration recorded hundreds of close calls between drones and aircraft.

→  Cornell: Technology guarding jail from drones needs promotion – With drone threats now visible in real time, it’s imperative for the public and private sectors to combine forces.

 

Upcoming Events [UPDATED WEEKLY]

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June

→  Northwest Oklahoma Alliance Networking Meeting and Luncheon – June 28

 

July

→  Flymore Invitational Drone Race at Savona Mill – July 23, Charlotte, NC

 

August

Evolving drone law on conference agenda—August 3, Canberra

US National Drone Racing Championships—August 5-7, New York City

national drone racing championships

Midwest UAS conference—August 16-17, Dayton, OH

drone publication

UAS Summit and Expo—August 22-24, Grand Forks, ND

The 2016 event, focused on both small and large unmanned aircraft systems, will feature industry and military leaders, UAV manufacturers, payload providers, designers, and commercial operators with the most important insight of today’s UAS world.

The 2016 program will provide in-depth analysis and timely presentations from 75-plus speakers focused on the following for both small and large unmanned aircraft systems.

The Summit, taking place in what many have called the “Silicon Valley of Drones,” offers the most open airspace in the country, vast tracts of farmland, infrastructure to test on and the nation’s first unmanned aircraft degree program.

The Commercial UAV Show – Africa—August 23-24, Johannesburg, South Africa

China Commercial UAV—August 25, Shenzhen, China

 

September

The Commercial UAV Show Asia—September 1-2, Singapore

InterDrone: The International Drone Conference and Exposition—September 7-9, Las Vegas

→  Second Women in Drones Event Planned for InterDrone

Drone Experience—September 16-17, Nantes, France

UASympEx—September 18-19, Hamburg, Germany

ExpoDrónica—September 22-23, Zaragoza, Spain

Commercial UAVs—September 27-29, Royal on the Park, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

DronItaly—September 30-October 1, ModenaFiere, Modena

 

October

USI Conference San Francisco—October 3-5, CA

→  First Age of Drone Expo—October 7-8, Dortmund, Germany

INTERGEO Co-Hosts German UAS Event—October 11 to 13, Hamburg, Germany. The “interaerial SOLUTIONS Expo. Forum. Flight Zone for UAS”- A showcase for manufacturers, UAS users and operators, accessories, software and end-to-end solutions will be co-hosted at INTERGEO

The Commercial UAV Show—October 19-20, London

The GeoConnect ShowCo-located with The Commercial UAV Show (above)—October 19-20, London

Precision Entertainment, Conference for Hollywood film and television influencers—October 26-27, Hollywood, CA

Commercial UAV Expo—October 31–November 2, Las Vegas

 

November

Drones, Data X Conference—November 3-5, Ireland

Drone World Expo: The Defining Event for the Commercial Applications of UAS Technology—November 15-16, San Jose, CA

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USCEI Unmanned Systems Conference & Exhibition India—November 17-18, New Delhi, India

 

December

National Drone Show – December 7-8, Washington, DC

International Drone Expo & Business Conference – December 9-10, Los Angeles, CA

 

To Be Announced & After 2016

F3Expo is the world’s first drone technology and lifestyle event for all ages and skill levels.

→  Hartford UAV Challenge –  “We plan on having some UAV events in Westport within the next year and hopefully something at the 7th annual Westport Mini Maker Faire on Saturday, April 22, 2017,”

 

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