Drone Alphabet Soup: Decoding Drones

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Jon W. Adams, Director of Architectural and Heritage Services ::::
FAA. NAS. UAS. PIC. VO. 14 CFR Part 107. Confused? You may be… unless you’ve been dabbling in drone flight, and the associated regulations which govern the use of drones.
Below, I will briefly cover a few of these items, which I hope will help in learning more about drones and how they operate in the airspace above the United States.
FAA – Federal Aviation Administration
This is the national authority which regulates all aspects of civil aviation, including air traffic control, certification of personnel and aircraft, and others.
NAS – National Airspace System
The airspace above the Unites States, which is broken down into specific classes: A, B, C, D, E, and G. Legal drone flight is only permitted in class G airspace, unless special permission is granted by the FAA. Continue reading “Drone Alphabet Soup: Decoding Drones”

My Sky, Not Yours: Ruling in Kentucky Drone Case May Alter Traditional Notions as To Who Owns the Air Space

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A decision is expected in the coming weeks from a U.S. District Court in Kentucky that may set new precedents for U.S. law on air space. Earlier this year, the plaintiff, John David Boggs, filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky seeking a declaratory judgment to clearly define the rights of aircraft operators and property owners. The issue came to a head on July 26, 2015, when the plaintiff’s drone was shot down by defendant, William H. Merideth as, according to Merideth, the Boggs’ drone was found hovering over his property and purportedly taking video or pictures of Merideth’s daughter as she was sunbathing. Merideth, who has since adopted the nickname “The Drone Slayer,” said he was justified in shooting the drone to protect his family’s privacy and to prevent further trespassing. Merideth was charged with felony wanton endangerment and criminal mischief. On October 26, 2015, a Bullitt County District Court Judge dismissed the criminal charges against Merideth saying that the defendant “had a right to shoot” at the aircraft. Continue reading “My Sky, Not Yours: Ruling in Kentucky Drone Case May Alter Traditional Notions as To Who Owns the Air Space”

Industry Update: FAA on the Verge of Major Changes in the UAS Regulations

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In April 2016, the FAA held a UAS Symposium, where among other topics, it discussed the current state of the proposed Small UAS Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM). “The small UAS rule, slated to be finalized in late spring, will allow for routine commercial drone operations and eliminate the need for most Section 333 exemptions.” The expectation is that the current 333 requirement for a pilot’s license will be changed, instead shifting to UAV pilot license, which should be much easier to attain.
With commercial entry into this area being easier to achieve, DJS expects to see an increase in drone usage throughout many industries, leading to more demand for this technology on projects of all sorts. DJS technicians see this as a great opportunity to increase our drone use in forensic, architectural, and historic preservation projects.
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