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FAA Directed to Devise Final Rule for BVLOS Flights Within 20 Months

FAA Reauthorization Bill Mandates Final Rule for Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) Drone Flights to Boost Industry Growth By DRONELIFE Features Editor Jim Magill (The following is the second in a series of articles on how the recent passage of the bill to reauthorize the FAA positively impacts the drone and eVTOL industries.) While […]

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U.S. House of Representatives Passes FAA Reauthorization Act of 2024

Industry Perspectives on the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2024 *Stay tuned for a DRONELIFE exclusive series, explaining FAA Reauthorization for the drone industry The U.S. House of Representatives approved the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Act of 2024 today with a strong bipartisan vote of 387 – 26. This decision follows a similarly overwhelming approval […]

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The FAR Part 5 Final Rule: A New Era for Drone Safety and Compliance

Exploring the FAR Part 5 Final Rule: Enhancing Drone Safety and Compliance by DRONELIFE Contributing Editor Paul Rossi Stay tuned for the upcoming Weekly Wings Podcast, a discussion of trends and technology from the pilot’s point of view.  Hosted by Paul Rossi on DRONELIFE.com!  As an aviation enthusiast and an active participant in the ever-evolving […]

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Senate Votes to Invoke Cloture, Passes FAA Reauthorization Bill

Update: Thursday May 9 the Senate passed the FAA Reauthorization Bill as outlined below. The U.S. Senate has voted 84-13 to invoke cloture on the FAA Reauthorization Cantwell-Cruz substitute amendment, as modified to H.R. 3935 – the House version of the FAA Reauthorization Bill.  Cloture is a motion to limit debate and move forward towards […]

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BREAKING: Senate Votes to Invoke Cloture on FAA Reauthorization Bill

The U.S. Senate has voted 84-13 to invoke cloture on the FAA Reauthorization Cantwell-Cruz substitute amendment, as modified to H.R. 3935 – the House version of the FAA Reauthorization Bill.  Cloture is a motion to limit debate and move forward towards a vote. The current extension to FAA Authorization expires tomorrow, May 10: some lawmakers […]

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Michigan Supreme Court Allows Drone Surveillance Evidence in Civil Case

Michigan high court punts on question of drone surveillance legality By DRONELIFE Features Editor Jim Magill In a case that could have broad implications on drone surveillance efforts conducted by local governments, the Michigan Supreme Court had ruled that drone footage of a couple’s private property should not be excluded as evidence in a civil […]

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Can the U.S. Senate Pass the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2024 Before Friday?

Amidst Challenges, the Act Receives Strong Support from the Commercial Drone Alliance The U.S. Senate is facing new uncertainties in passing the five-year FAA Reauthorization Act before the upcoming deadline next Friday, May 10. Despite the Senate not reconvening until Tuesday and only just starting formal negotiations concerning time agreements and amendments, Senate Majority Leader […]

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Senate to Begin Hammering Out a Deal on FAA Reauthorization

Understanding the Significance of the FAA Reauthorization Act for the Drone Industry The U.S. Senate has recently commenced the debate on the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2024, a pivotal legislation aimed at enhancing aviation safety and airport improvements. This legislative package, which seeks approval before the existing FAA funding expires on May 10, includes a […]

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Lawmakers Call for Increasing Tariffs on Import of Chinese Drones

Bipartisan Lawmakers Push for Tougher Tariffs on Chinese Drones Over Security Concerns by DRONELIFE Features Editor Jim Magill The latest move in the ongoing battle between parts of the U.S. government and drone manufacturers based in China involves an effort to make those products prohibitively expensive for American consumers. On Tuesday, March 19 a bipartisan […]

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SkySafe Study Reveals Some Drone Manufacturers Fail to Meet Published Remote ID Standards

The following article is based upon research by SkySafe.  This article is intended only as general information, as Remote ID technology is a critical building block of larger unmanned traffic management systems (UTM). Find more information on the FAA’s Remote ID policy here; and see the official list of Remote ID compliant aircraft here, where pilots […]

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