What States and Localities Can Do About Drones

PRIVACY PROTECTION: BAN ON THE USE OF DRONES BY FEDERAL AND STATE AGENCIES Charlottesville, Va., passed a resolution that urged the state of Virginia to adopt a two-year moratorium on drones (which it did), urged both Virginia and the U.S. Congress to prohibit information obtained from the domestic use of drones from being introduced into…

Insects Robocop’s: Government Insects Drones

When New York college students attended an antiwar rally in Lafayette Square they were convinced they saw small flying machines that were “definitely not insects” hovering above. Bernard Crane, a Washington Lawyer, saw them too and said he had never seen anything like them in his life. These sightings are among a group of sightings…

Unmanned Aircraft Systems Test Site Selection (UASTSS)

On February 14, 2012, the President signed the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 (FMRA) into law.  The FMRA includes requirements for integrating unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) into the national airspace system (NAS), including direction for the FAA to “establish a program to integrate unmanned aircraft systems into the national airspace system at six…

Aussie Authorities Slam Bushfire Drone Pilots

The Civil Aviation Safety Authority is warning anyone caught flying unapproved drones over fire affected areas in New South Wales could be fined. It says there have been two incidents in the last month of people operating drones over fires in Lithgow and the Blue Mountains. CASA says the drone flights are putting firefighting responses…