Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
News and issues relating to civil and military unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) of all kinds and sizes, including those used for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR), combat (unmanned combat air vehicles, or UCAVs), law enforcement, research and other applications. Of particular focus is the FAA's planned integration of UAS into the U.S. national airspace system.
The two agencies would meet under the auspices of standards organization RTCA to develop performance standards for small commercial drones.
Gibson and Lawrence replace the former manager of the FAA's Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Office, formed in 2012.
The Air Line Pilots Association supports legislation that would give the FAA more power to regulate recreational drones.
Operators flew the unmanned helicopter out to 150 nm from Point Mugu, California. It completed 11-hour flight with an hour of fuel in reserve.
Foreign OEMs are teaming with Indian companies who will bid for the work.
The six FAA test sites and UAS "Center of Excellence" will be holding public meetings over the next several weeks.
The FAA released a list of more than 750 drone sightings, including several from business aircraft operators.
One Swiss helicopter operator studied and dismissed drones as a complement to its fleet.
The FAA issued a stern warning about unauthorized drones use as the number of pilot sightings have already nearly tripled so far this year.
The FAA in recent months began expediting approval process.