The FAA has officially started rolling out the system that allows instantaneous airspace authorizations. LAANC is the FAA’s new system for permitting commercial drone pilots to fly legally in controlled airspace near airports instantaneously, rather than the previous months-long manual process. This program is a huge boon for surveyors and engineers who work near airports, however there are a few things to know about LAANC before going out and flying next to a runway.
Who controls the airspace above your home? This question is beginning to generate a lot of attention lately. Under the current law, there is no clearly defined line to understand the answer. The courts have been kicking this concept around for decades and until recently have had relatively little need for clarity. Considering the increasing use of drones from both commercial and recreational users flying in this space, there is growing pressure to resolve this lack of clarity. The “grey area” has yet to be defined.
On the heels of the implementation of the FAA's new commercial drone laws, called Part 107, the team at California Surveyor Magazine once again asked Aerotas to weigh in on what surveyors need to know.
Today, the FAA's landmark commercial drone rules went into effect. That also means that today was the first day to take the new knowledge test required to become an FAA licensed operator. I passed the test today, and am happy to report on what I learned about the test.
When Part 107 goes into effect in August, it will open huge opportunities for businesses across industries to use drones in daily operations. Given the contents of Part 107 and the state of UAV technology, land surveying stand to benefit more than most industries. In this post we highlight some of the key provisions of Part 107 that will impact land surveyors.
The FAA recently released its new drone regulations, known as Part 107. Included is a provision that allows the FAA to grant waivers from most of the new restrictions. This waiver process opens up the possibility of dozens of new applications by potentially allowing flying over people, flying long distances, and many other capabilities. Though the potential is significant, there remain too many uncertainties about the waiver process for businesses to rely on it in the near future.
This morning the FAA published the first official set of rules governing commercial drone use: Part 107. When these new rules go into effect in August, businesses and public agencies will be able to use drones in most industrial applications fairly easily. While operators will be required to follow a number of rules, the key requirements decision-makers need to understand are around pilot certification, where to fly, and flying over people.
On June 14, Aerotas cofounders Daniel Katz and Logan Campbell participated in the Drone Information Day at the State Capitol. The goal of the day was to highlight to lawmakers the ways that drones are positively impacting California and their constituents, offering a counter-narrative to the negativity that tends to dominate headlines. The day presented a unique mix of private meetings and public interaction, via a public display and demo area on the lawn of the Capitol building. The meetings offered a unique view into how the drone industry is considering its relationship to regulation.
While the FAA has missed a number of deadlines for rolling out rules governing commercial UAV use in the United States, it does appear to be on track to finally launch them next month. Multiple high-ranking members of the FAA have stuck to the launch date of “late Spring” for several months now, and June 20th is the last day of Spring. This begs the pressing question: what should we expect of these new rules, called Part 107