A Drone for Every Small Business

Last June, the Federal Aviation Administration grounded Amazon Prime Air’s plans for a drone delivery system. But two weeks before the Amazon decision, the FAA granted energy corporation BP permission to fly a drone over Alaska’s North Slope to better survey roads and pipelines. That marked the first condoned use of a commercial unmanned aircraft…

Judge Rules Against FAA in ‘Landmark’ UAV Challenge

NTSB judge strikes down $10,000 fine against man for unlicensed “commercial use.” In 2011, Raphael Pirker used a RiteWing Zephyr II remote-controlled flying wing to record aerial video of a hospital campus for use in a television advertisement. That act resulted in the Federal Aviation Administration issuing a fine to Pirker of $10,000 for that commercial…

San Diego’s Second Chance at Drone Domination

San Diego missed out last year on a shot to become a national drone testing hub. Now, leaders have another chance to be at the forefront of drone research, and they’re taking pains to ensure they don’t repeat the mistakes they believe doomed their first bid. A handful of San Diego and state-level officials attended…

FAA Lacks Authority to Ground Small UAVs Used for Commercial Purposes

A victory for a small commercial unmanned aerial vehicle operator demonstrates the Federal Aviation Administration’s struggle to keep pace with new technologies. On March 6, 2014, an Administrative Law Judges (ALJ) of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) vacated a civil penalty issued by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) against a commercial user of a…

US boycotts UN human rights conference with drone resolution looming

Pakistani leaders hope to convince the United Nations Human Rights Council to pass a resolution that would force US drone strikes to adhere to international law – a request that inspired the US to boycott the talks altogether. The resolution urges that all “states” using drones should ensure that they are complying “with their obligations…

Insurance Coverage for Commercial Drones: Sky’s the Limit

Though the use of small, unmanned aircraft systems (UAS)—more familiarly known as “drones”—is in its infancy, commercial growth is predicted to significantly increase in the next 10 years as businesses such as Amazon and UPS explore using them for deliveries and enthusiasts adopt them for commercial and recreational purposes. Drones will require insurance coverage, which can…

DRONE TESTING OVER SAN DIEGO AND EAST COUNTY SHOT DOWN

December 30, 2013 (San Diego’s East County) – The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced its choice of six sites to test unmanned drone aircraft. San Diego is not on the list, despite being home to drone manufacturers and having support from Supervisors and Congressional representatives. Today’s news drew cheers from citizens’ groups opposed to drone…