UAS Digest #31 — (4/8/2016)

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UAS Digest #31

April 8, 2015

Drone threat measured by insurance
Little bad news = good news
ity and State—lots happening
Pentagon threatened by civil drones
FAA Micro Drones makes Maximum news
333 operators get added altitude
Foreign governments active
Legal information isn’t brief
Person in Drone Nation co-led Micro ARC
Regulator Policy explores new dimensions
Events Calendar (click to jump)—send us your date and subject
Redacted FAA-CACI contract—WHY no details? SECURITY


Bad News

→  A drone at City Airport caused a plane to abort its landing



→  DJI, 3DR, Parrot and GoPro form new drone advocacy group

→  Amazon has filed a patent to develop drone propellers that could tell people to ‘watch out’

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City and State Action

→  Keep eyes on flying machines: Can Georgia land drone industry?

→  Virginia Looking to Tighten Up Drone Operation Rules

→  Praxis Aerospace, Griffiss Airport Partner to Support NASA’s UAV Integration Research Program

→  NASA, UNR drone and virtual reality lab takes off at Stead

→  Embry-Riddle Worldwide Collaborates with Nevada Stakeholders for UAS Education

→  FAA, states mull ways to prevent mid-air drone collisions

→  Mississippi State UAS Map Wildfire Damage  

→  Nevada Company Teams With the NY UAS Test Site to Conduct Potential NASA Research at World’s First Droneport

→  U.S. Air Force, UAS Park Sign Joint-Use Agreement for Runway

→  Drones entering Oklahoma airspace, workplace

→  Drone debate circling Minnesota Capitol

→  Ohio sheriff won’t stop playing with newly-acquired UAV



→  Drone Racing Champ Chad Nowak Challenges All Comers To 30-Country Fall Showdown In Hawaii



→  NATS unveils new course for commercial drone users

→  Embry-Riddle Worldwide Collaborates with Nevada Stakeholders for UAS Education

→  Learning with drones: flying new frontiers in education


Enforcement and Threats

→  They’re 400K Strong And the Pentagon Sees Them as an Emerging Threat

→  Adams County Sheriff’s Office certified to use drones for law enforcement | Mississippi’s Best Community Newspaper


FAA actions, appeal, and reactions

→  APNewsBreak: Move to OK commercial drone flights over people—this is the article which disclosed the LEAK.

→  FAA Reviewing Micro UAS Report

→  Micro Drones ARC offers risk-based rules, but are they technically/legally justified?

→  FAA Rule-making Committee Recommendations Leaked

→  Panel urges FAA to allow commercial drone flights over people – The Boston Globe

→  FAA Creating Drone Rules: How Close Will They Be Able To Fly To People On The Ground?

→  AMA statement on recommendation from micro UAS ARC | Vertical Magazine

→  DOT Hit With Lawsuit Over Lack of Records from Drone Registration Meetings :: Unmanned Aerial Online

→  This Is the FAA’s Highly Redacted Contract for Airport Drone Detectors

→  What’s So Secret About the FAA Contract with CACI?…

→  Portman Statement on FAA Approval of Licking County Drone

→  FAA, states mull ways to prevent mid-air drone collisions

→  Drone-makers launch advocacy group

→  Drone coalition splits into commercial and consumer groups

→  New research from Virginia Tech leads FAA to change rules regarding drones

→  AUVSI releases statement on expanded online registration for UAS | Vertical Magazine

→  FAA Registration System Now Open For Commercial UAS Users | Successful Farming


FAA Reauthorization and UAS


Foreign Regulatory actions

→  Registered drone users left able to see list in data breach –Ireland

→  NATS unveils new course for commercial drone users—UK ATC corporation

→  Drones Ain’t Drones Any More Down Under – They’re RPAs—Australia

→  New Regulations for ‘Drone Friendly’ Cyprus – UAS VISION

→  Commercial drones cut through red tape

→  Flying A Commercial Drone In Australia Just Got Easier


Good news

→  International Drone Day – May 07, 2016

→  Stunning drone footage of Merseyside coastline

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→  Invasion of the Drones: Do You Need Drone Insurance?

→  Pilots: Don’t Underestimate Safety Threat Posed by Drones


International Developments

→  European first responders will use DJI drones in rescue operations

→  Shaanxi site chosen as national center for UAV industry – Business –

→  Dundee Chinese takeaway says drone delivery plan is no flight of fancy—UK

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→  Drone Deployment Helps Filipinos Monitor Rice Growth, Spot Illegal Fishponds, And Detect Typhoons



→  Drone startups fly high, but regulatory concerns are a drag

→  Drone Startup Airware Raises $30 Million, Adds Cisco’s John Chambers To Board

→  Technavio Announces Top Five Vendors in the Global Multirotor UAV Market Until 2019 | Virtual-Strategy Magazine


Legal Information

→  FAA makes it easier to fly UAS between 200′ and 400′, but also imposes extensive new reporting requirements for accidents, incidents, and mishaps

→  How Drone Disabling Patents Change Everything – | Patents & Patent Law

→  Navigating the legalities of flying a drone

→  Drones: Hindrance or Help? Getting the legal balance right

→  RC Flying and the Law in 2016 –

→  Trespassing Drones — What are Your Options?


Market Forecast

→  FAA Forecasts Continued Growth for Business Use of UAS Fleet | Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) | NBAA – National Business Aviation Association

→  Report analyzes UAV payloads and subsystems market


Operational Developments

→  Mississippi State UAS Map Wildfire Damage

→  Google Awarded Patent for UAV Delivery of Medical Equipment

→  Using UASs for Transmission R&D

→  Pix4D and Parrot Present New UAV Solution

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→  Kongsberg Geospatial Successfully Tests Rescue Drone Technology | Unmanned Systems Technology

→  This drone can paint your house better than you can

→  Using ‘Big Data’ Can Prevent Big Problems on the Farm


Person/Company in Drone Nation

uas digestEarl Lawrence

Director, Office of Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration

The Performance Standards and Requirements for Micro Unmanned Aerial Systems ARC was co-chaired by Earl Lawrence, Director, Office of Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration and Nancy Egan, General Counsel at 3D Robotics

FAA’s UAS Regulator & Oracle are named; great choices, great challenges

faa uas integration officeDirector UAS Integration Office, Federal Aviation Administration
September 2015 – Present (8 months) Washington D.C. Metro Area

Director of the Office of Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration. The UAS Integration office is responsible for the facilitation of all regulations, policies, and procedures required to support FAA’s UAS integration efforts. The Office serves as a central point of contact for the international aviation community on UAS issues.

faa uas integration officeManager, Small Airplane Directorate, Federal Aviation Administration
November 2010 – September 2015 (4 years 11 months)

Manager of the FAA’s Small Airplane Directorate is responsible for 17 aircraft certification and manufacturing district offices in 21 states from Alaska to Florida. The primary functions of the Small Airplane Directorate, located in Kansas City, are to:

  • Provide administrative support and resource management for the Directorate field offices;
  • Develop type certification policies and regulations for small airplanes, airships, and balloons and ensure standardized application of the policies and regulations;
  • Administrate type certification of small airplanes, airships, and balloons in field offices outside the Directorate; and
    Monitor continued airworthiness information and process airworthiness actions for small airplanes, airships, and balloons.
  • Manage budget, personnel and training for the Directorate

eaa regulatory affairsVP Industry & Regulatory Affairs, EAA
March 1994 – November 2010 (16 years 9 months)

In this position, he managed EAA’s government affairs offices at both EAA headquarters and in Washington, D.C. He is responsible for reviewing and analyzing government policy on the federal, state, and local levels that affect recreational aviation. This work included advocacy for EAA members and private individuals who build and fly aircraft. In addition EAA aircraft operations and AirVenture Air show operations reported to him.

Comercial Pilot, Multienge Airplane, Instrument
FAA Airframe and Powerplane Mechanic
FAA Inspection Authorization

Northrop University

1983 – 1990



→  Cincinnati company making ‘do not view’ list for drones


Regulatory Policy

→  Drones: Hindrance or Help? Getting the legal balance right

→  The Dangers of Drones Were Regulated Before the FAA Noticed Them

→  ANALYSIS: Regulators stepping up in UAV airspace integration

→  UAS Takeaways From Texas



→  How drones can improve scientific research in the field – EconoTimes


Restrictions from parties other than FAA

→  Rutgers bans drones on campus


Safety Research

→  Drone notification made easy

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→  New program seeks to cut confusion on drone flight



→  What’s So Secret About the FAA Contract with CACI?…—if the parameters of the contract would be disclosed, do you think that the bad guys would use that info?

→  Hacker reveals $40 attack that steals police drones from 2km away

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Technology Development and Research

→  UAV Air collaborates with Surrey Search and Rescue


Upcoming Events [ADDITIONS]


→  NAASIC Set to Hold First UAS Search and Rescue Symposium – Inside Unmanned Systems—April 6-8Reno, Nevada

→  Drone Dealer Expo—April 11-13

→  Spar 3d Expo & Conference—April 11-14

→  Humanitarian UAV Event APRIL 14 – Singularity University

→  Commercial UAV Expo Announces Call for Speakers with Deadline of April 15

→  NAB Show – Aerial Robotics and Drone Pavilion—April 16-27

→  FAA UAS Symposium | Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University—April 19-20, 2016 in Daytona Beach, FL

→  WVU to host collegiate UAV competition | West Virginia University—April 23

→  Small Unmanned Systems Business Exposition 2016—The Silicon Valley Drone Show, April 27th, 28th, and 29th 2016



→  May 2–5, 2016   |   Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, New Orleans REGISTER

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→  International Drone Day – May 07, 2016

→  GEO Business 2016 Launches Popular FREE to attend Workshop Programme |—May 24-25 London, England

→  Canada has a good calendar and one event is DRONE MUSIC DAY SATURDAY MAY 28, 2016



→  Nordic UAS Event 2016 June 1-3, Denmark

→  Drones, Data X Conference June 3-5, San Francisco, CA

→  Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Seminar & Industry Certificate – Daytona Beach – June 7-9 – Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

→  International Conference on Unmanned Aircraft Systems (ICUAS) June 7-10, Arlington, VA

→  USI Conference Washington June 13-15, Washington, DC



→  ICUAS ’16 The 2016 International Conference on Unmanned Aircraft Systems June 7 – 10, 2016 Key Bridge Marriott Arlington, VA, USA



→ Midwest UAS conference August 16-17, 2016 Dayton Convention Center Register

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→  UAS conference in Dayton returns with an industrial focus

→ The 2016 UAS Summit and Expo will be held August 22-24 at the Alerus Center in 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.



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



→  USI Conference San Francisco October 3-5, CA

→  INTERGEO Co-Hosts German UAS Event—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 from October 11 to 13, 2016.

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

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



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



→  National Drone Show December 2-3, Washington, DC

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


To Be Announced

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

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