Regulations will create new opportunities for business and government to use drones

3,000 FAA Section 333 Exemption Grants for Drone Operators

WASHINGTON – Today, the Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration has finalized the first operational rules (PDF) for routine commercial use of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or “drones”), opening pathways towards fully integrating UAS into the nation’s airspace. These new regulations work to harness new innovations safely, to spur job growth, advance critical scientific research and save lives. [Read more…]

Esri, McKim & Creed and 3DR Present Results of UAS Proof of Concept for Coastal Survey

Raleigh, NC—On June 26 at the Esri Imaging and Mapping Forum in San Diego, Esri and McKim & Creed, Inc. will present the results of a proof of concept conducted last month along the North Carolina coast in which several local, state and federal agencies tested the feasibility of using unmanned aerial systems (UAS) for beach monitoring surveys. [Read more…]

5 Point Before you Fly Drone Checklist

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In December 2015 The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)  announced a streamlined and user-friendly web-based aircraft registration process for owners of small unmanned aircraft (UAS) weighing more than 0.55 pounds (250 grams) and less than 55 pounds (approx. 25 kilograms) including payloads such as on-board cameras. [Read more…]