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FAA checklist for drone piloting safety

http://www.faa.gov/news/updates/media/2015-FAA-383-UAS_Holiday_Pre-flight-checklist_1200x627_ae05.pdf



-- Edited by Leela25 on Tuesday 19th of January 2016 01:45:59 PM

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Thanks for posting this.

I sure hope that people who wish to fly drones read this very carefully and take it seriously. I mean that on a very personal level ever since I learned the truth as to why the waterbombers couldn't do much about the fire that would eventually reach my hometown and destroy my house: some idiot was flying a drone right over the disaster area just to get a good view of the fire.

Thanks for that, whoever you are. Thanks to you I lost a majority of my life's work, a decent home in a decent location, and hundreds of family pictures and documents, as well as rare collectibles and antiques. All of that now lost forever. All because you wanted to fly your little drone over the mountains to see the fire, thus obstructing the firecrews trying desperately to contain it. If that isn't enough, two people died in that fire! Innocent people actually lost their lives. Let that sink in real good.

All you other drone pilots out there, don't be like that a**hole. Be a safe and responsible pilot, or you may just put hundreds to thousands of people at risk.



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It looks like there was more than one being flown out there.

 

http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-34254328



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FAA released a detailed fact sheet for American laws regrding drone operations... http://www.faa.gov/uas/regulations_policies/media/UAS_Fact_Sheet_Final.pdf



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FAA to address drone registration at CES show

http://helihub.com/2016/01/06/faa-to-address-drone-registration-at-ces-show/

6 Jan, 16, Source: FAA

FAA Administrator Michael Huerta will discuss unmanned aircraft registration and provide updates on the agency’s work to safely integrate them into the National Airspace System (NAS). He will be joined by four key UAS Registration Task Force members.

In moving ahead with safely integrating UAS into the world’s busiest and most complex airspace, the FAA is constantly looking to identify new education outreach opportunities and leverage the energy and creativity of our safety partners.



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FAA launches B4U Fly app at CES show

http://helihub.com/2016/01/07/faa-launches-b4u-fly-app-at-ces-show/

7 Jan, 16, Source: FAA

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Michael Huerta today announced the public release of the B4UFLY mobile application following an initial beta testing period.

B4UFLY tells users about current or upcoming requirements and restrictions in areas of the National Airspace System (NAS) where they may want to operate their unmanned aircraft system (UAS). The app is now available for Apple devices and can be downloaded from the App Store.

The FAA also is releasing a beta version of B4UFLY for Android devices, which can be downloaded from Google.

“We expect B4UFLY will help raise public awareness about what it means to operate unmanned aircraft safely,” Huerta said at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, NV. “It is another important part of our education and awareness efforts to foster a culture of safety and accountability for the UAS community.”

The B4UFLY app includes a number of enhancements the FAA developed as a result of user feedback during the beta testing announced in May 2015 . Within two taps, users know if it is safe to fly at their current location. The app provides a status indicator that tells users: “Proceed with Caution,” “Warning – Action Required,” or “Flight Prohibited.” The app also features a planner mode that allows users to select a different time and location for an upcoming flight and determine if there are any restrictions at that place and time.

By law, hobbyists who want to fly within five miles of an airport must notify the airport operator and the air traffic control facility (if there is one) prior to flying. For now, B4UFLY will ask users who are supposed to notify the airport before flying for voluntary information about their planned flight. This will not meet the statutory requirement to notify the airport and air traffic control facility, but the data will help the agency make informed policy decisions related to notification. This information will not be publicly available.



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181,000 drones now registered

http://thehill.com/policy/transportation/264994-feds-cite-181000-drone-registrations

Federal Aviation Administration chief Michael Huerta said Wednesday that 181,000 drones have been recorded thus far under new rules that require users to pay a fee and register their devices with the federal government. 

The Department of Transportation (DOT) is requiring drone users to register their devices by Feb. 19 in a new Web-based tracking system that went online on Dec. 21, 2015. 

The agency is imposing a $5 fee for drone registrations, over the objections of drone advocates, but the FAA is waiving the charge for the first 30 days.

Huerta said Tuesday in a speech at the CES convention in Las Vegas that the pace so far looked promising.

"We’re encouraged by the registration numbers we’re seeing so far. As of today, about 181,000 aircraft have been registered," he said. 

"But this is just the beginning," Huerta continued. "Now that we have set up the registration system, our challenge is to make sure everyone is aware of the requirement and registers." 

Drone users have complained about the fees, labeling them a "drone tax." A drone hobbyist in Silver Spring, Md. has sued the FAA over the rules, arguing the mandate violates a federal law prohibiting the FAA from regulating recreational drones.



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Did you guys see that new drone in Japan that catches rogue drones with a big net? Local law enforcement sure could use a few of those during emergency situations like wildfires......catch all the lookyloo idiots getting in the way of their hard work. Sory about your home Stingray, cant imagine how terrible that can be.



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CaptainD-pad wrote:

Did you guys see that new drone in Japan that catches rogue drones with a big net? Local law enforcement sure could use a few of those during emergency situations like wildfires......catch all the lookyloo idiots getting in the way of their hard work. Sory about your home Stingray, cant imagine how terrible that can be.


 Lolz yeah.



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FAA Evaluates Drone Detection Systems Around Denver

http://helihub.com/2016/11/18/faa-evaluates-drone-detection-systems-around-denver/

18 Nov, 16, Source: FAA

Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) that enter the protected airspace around airports can pose serious threats to safety. The FAA is coordinating with our government and industry partners to evaluate technologies that can be used safely to detect drones near airports.

 This week, the the FAA and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) are conducting drone-detection research in the vicinity of Denver International Airport. This work is part of the FAA’s Pathfinder Program for UAS Detection at Airports and Critical Infrastructure.

 The work in Denver is one of six technical evaluations scheduled over an 18-month period.

 The State of Nevada and State of North Dakota UAS Test Sites conducted flight operations for the Denver evaluations. Industry partners involved in the Denver flights included CACI International, Liteye Systems and Sensofusion.

 The FAA plans to capture the data and findings from the evaluations and draft recommendations for standards. These standards will guide the selection of drone-detection systems for airports nationwide.

 Other evaluation sites include Atlantic City International Airport, JFK International Airport, Eglin Air Force Base, Helsinki Airport, and Dallas-Ft. Worth International Airport.

 In addition to DHS, the FAA’s federal research partners include the Department of Defense, FBI, Federal Communications Commission, Department of the Interior, Department of Energy, NASA, Department of Justice, Bureau of Prisons, US Secret Service and US Capitol Police.

 The House Report accompanying the Fiscal Year 2016 federal appropriations law and the FAA Extension, Safety, and Security Act of 2016 both directed the FAA to continue research into detecting unmanned aircraft in airport environments.



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