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RAIM SAPT — Getting Started - FAA
Welcome to the web site for the Receiver Autonomous Integrity Monitoring (RAIM) Service Availability Prediction Tool (SAPT).

This website offers a Grid Display Tool and Summary Displays which can be used to graphically view RAIM outage predictions for specific equipment configurations.
FAA  RAIM  receiver  prediction  aviation  GPS 
october 2018 by pierredv
[pdf] FAA (Right of Way Rules) Mitigation by Technology Workshop, Mar 2018
Unmanned Aircraft Systems Traffic Management (UTM): Conflict Mitigation Approach
Dr. Marcus Johnson
91.113 (Right of Way Rules) Mitigation by Technology Workshop
March 2018
october 2018 by pierredv
FAA clears DJI and other drone companies to fly near airports - Engadget Oct 2018
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has given nine companies permission to fly in controlled airspace, such as airports, as part of its Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC) initiative. One of those nine companies is DJI, along with Aeronyde, Airbus, AiRXOS, Altitude Angel, Converge, KittyHawk, UASidekick and Unifly. It doesn't mean operators can fly those brands' drones over airports anytime they want, though -- it only means that professional drone pilots can now get authorization to enter controlled airspace in near-real time instead of waiting for months.

A pilot that's going to use a drone to conduct an inspection, capture photos and videos or herd birds away from airports, for instance, can now send their applications to fly in controlled airspace to LAANC
Engadget  drones  FAA  LAANC  DJI  UAV  UAS 
october 2018 by pierredv
Why The Use Of Drones Still Faces Big Regulatory Hurdles - Forbes Sep 2018
"While the debate over drone regulation is in its early stages, there’s little doubt there will be a Grand Canyon-size gap between what industry would like in certification standards and what the FAA and other regulators are willing to approve.
In the end, a new category of air operator may emerge — companies that are certified and approved to operate larger drones… And that transition — from an open-access system of ownership and operation to one with similar controls and barriers to entry as aviation and aerospace manufacturing — may be tumultuous as companies vie for what is currently an elusive standard of certification."
Forbes  drones  UAS  regulation  FAA 
september 2018 by pierredv
FAACO Announcement - RFI - B4UFLY (Mobile Application) Mission
Title: Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Safe Flight Awareness Request for Information (RFI) – Public Private Partnership to Continue the B4UFLY (Mobile Application) Mission
august 2018 by pierredv
[pdf] FAA Second_Edition_Integration_of_Civil_UAS_NAS_Roadmap_July 2018.pdf
Five-year roadmap for the introduction of civil UAS into the
august 2018 by pierredv
FAA Mulls Recommendations For Planned GPS Interference | Aviation Week Aug 2018
"The FAA says it is studying the recommendations a special committee issued earlier this year to better notify aircraft operators of planned GPS signal interference events caused by Defense Department testing."

"Loss of GPS in an aircraft equipped to report its position by automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) “Out,” a capability the FAA requires by 2020, causes that aircraft to be lost as a target for onboard ADS-B “In” systems, affects aircraft depending on satellite-based augmentation systems for precision approaches and presents a problem for the FAA’s strategy to decommission some secondary surveillance radars (SSR) as ADS-B becomes its primary means of surveillance. The FAA is considering decommissioning 80% of terminal radars as ADS-B equipage by aircraft operators increases, the TOC says."

"In May 2017, the FAA asked the TOC, a committee managed by standards organization RTCA, to provide recommendations on improving practices related to “intentional” GPS interference caused by military testing events. The committee did not consider other sources of GPS interference such as solar weather, illegal jamming or signal spoofing."
AviationWeek  FAA  DoD  GPS  aviation  air-traffic-control 
august 2018 by pierredv
Senate introduces bill to streamline commercial space regulations -, Jul 2018
"Three senators introduced legislation July 25 to reform commercial space regulations, including a provision that conflicts with language in a bill passed by the House. The Space Frontier Act, S. 3277, primarily focuses on reforms to regulation of commercial launches and remote sensing. It includes language calling for streamlining of processes for licensing launches and reentries as well as for licensing remote sensing spacecraft."

"Many of the bill’s provisions are in line both with Space Policy Directive (SPD) 2, signed by President Trump in May, and the American Space Commerce Free Enterprise Act, a bill that the House approved in April. "

"The Senate, though, differs with the House and the White House in one area, authorization of so-called “non-traditional” commercial space activities... The House bill gives that authority to the Commerce Department while SPD-2 endorsed more generally the creation of a “one-stop shop” for most commercial space regulations in that department. The Senate bill, though, would give that authority to the FAA, though the Department of Transportation."

"The Senate bill does have the support of the leadership of the House Transportation Committee."
SpaceNews  legislation  space  commerce  FAA  DoC 
july 2018 by pierredv
National Academies Report Rips FAA’s Risk-Averse Regulatory Culture 
What the National Academies report is really saying here is that there can be no reward without some risk. This is something I have spent a great deal of time writing about in my last book, a recent book chapter, and various other essays and journal articles over the past 25 years.
TechLiberationFront  Adam-Thierer  risk  NationalAcademies  FAA  drones 
july 2018 by pierredv
NextGen Reality Check: Problems Persist As FAA Installs Framework | Aviation Week, May 2018
"The infrastructure piece of the FAA’s NextGen air traffic control (ATC) modernization is “nearly complete,” Acting Assistant Administrator Pamela Whitley told an Air Traffic Control Association (ATCA) conference in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Other speakers described a U.S. national airspace system that has ongoing traffic-flow and congestion problems."

"Deployment of the nationwide ground infrastructure for automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) is complete. DataComm, a capability that enables controllers and pilots to communicate by text messages, is operational at 57 airport towers; it now is being deployed to en route centers. SWIM (system-wide information management)—a data-sharing backbone the FAA uses to make flight, traffic flow, weather and other information available to subscribers—continues to add services, Whitley notes."
AviationWeek  FAA  ATC  aviation  ADS-B 
may 2018 by pierredv
FAA reauthorization bill boosts commercial space office - Apr 2018
A reauthorization bill for the Federal Aviation Administration passed by the House April 27 includes several provisions intended to support its commercial spaceflight activities, including a major increase in authorized spending levels. ... Several amendments approved by the House during its debate, though, involve the FAA’s Office of Commercial Space Transportation, or AST, and its role in regulating commercial spaceflight.

A manager’s amendment introduced by Rep. Bill Shuster (R-Pa.), chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and passed on a voice vote April 26 included among its provisions a sizable increase in authorized funding levels for AST. The bill raises AST’s authorized budget from its 2018 level of just under $22.6 million to more than $33 million in 2019, with further increases to nearly $76 million by 2023. ... However, appropriators are not bound to fund the office, or other parts of the FAA, at levels stated in the bill.

establish an “Office of Spaceports” within AST
SpaceNews  FAA  space  legislation  AST 
april 2018 by pierredv
Pence Promises New Space Traffic Management Policy Soon – April 2018
"Vice President Mike Pence announced today that the National Space Council will soon present to the President a new policy on Space Traffic Management. The need to manage the growing congestion in Earth orbit has been discussed for years. Many expected the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) would be assigned the task, but Pence revealed that it will be the Department of Commerce instead."

"In their simplest definitions, knowing where a space object is and, if it is maneuverable, where it is going, is Space Situational Awareness (SSA) while having authority to direct an agency or company to move a satellite is Space Traffic Management (STM)."

"DOD has indicated for some time that it would like to shift SSA responsibility for civil government and commercial operators to another government agency so JSPoC can focus on its primary mission of supporting military requirements."

"No agency has responsibility for STM yet."

Pence "reiterated the Administration’s proposal to end direct support for the International Space Station (ISS) in 2025 and thereafter rely on the commercial sector to operate low Earth orbit (LEO) facilities that NASA can lease instead of own: “where the government will be a tenant and a customer, not a landlord.”"
space  STM  space-traffic-management  DoC  FAA  orbital-debris  JSPoC  DoD 
april 2018 by pierredv
House passes commercial space regulatory bill - - Apr 2018
"The House of Representatives approved legislation April 24 that would reform commercial remote sensing regulation and create a licensing regime for “non-traditional” commercial space activities."

"The House approved on a voice vote H.R. 2809, the American Space Commerce Free Enterprise Act"

"Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas), chairman of the House Science Committee,... he claimed, removed uncertainty regarding who would regulate emerging commercial space applications, ranging from satellite servicing to lunar landers, that don’t clearly fall into areas already overseen by the [FAA, FCC and NOAA], which today license launches, satellite communications and commercial remote sensing, respectively. "

"bill gives the Office of Space Commerce within the Department of Commerce the authority to issue “certifications” for space objects not otherwise licensed by the FAA or the FCC"

"reforms commercial remote sensing regulations, moving licensing of those spacecraft from NOAA’s Commercial Remote Sensing Regulatory Affairs office to the Office of Space Commerce"

"easily cleared the House, its future is less certain. The Senate has been working on its own commercial space bill, led by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), chairman of the Senate space subcommittee."
SpaceNews  legislation  space  DoC  NOAA  FAA  FCC 
april 2018 by pierredv
Commerce to take responsibility for space traffic management under new policy - Apr 2018
"A new space traffic management policy announced by Vice President Mike Pence April 16 would give the Commerce Department, and not the FAA, responsibility for providing space situational awareness data to satellite operators."
space  SpaceNews  regulation  DoC  FAA  orbital-debris 
april 2018 by pierredv
The FCC says a space startup launched four tiny satellites into orbit without permission - The Verge Mar 2018
Even though both the FCC and FAA can consider space debris during the licensing process, the two agencies do not have full authority over what companies do in space. “At the moment no US entity has oversight over on-orbit activities,” says Weeden. “It’s all done pre-launch licensing.” In fact, this is a good illustration of a strange regulatory gap that’s plagued the space industry: there’s no framework in place for how the government will oversee ambitious commercial missions in orbit.
FCC  FAA  space  Brian-Weeden  orbital-debris  space-debris  TheVerge 
march 2018 by pierredv
Head of FAA commercial space office to retire - Feb 2018
“In recent months, Nield has advocated for regulatory reform efforts to streamline the launch licensing process. Vice President Mike Pence, at the first National Space Council meeting in October, requested a 45-day review of the regulatory framework for commercial space. However, Nield said even before the Council meeting he was seeking ideas for reforms that could reduce the burden on AST [the FAA’s Office of Commercial Space Transportation] given growing commercial launch activity.”

He may have lost this argument with Commerce:

“Nield has also, in recent years, advocated that AST take on the role of overseeing “non-traditional” commercial space activities that are not currently under the jurisdiction of the FAA or other agencies, such as the Federal Communications Commission or, for remote sensing missions, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.”

AST: "oversees commercial launch activity in the United States and by American companies regardless of location, licensing launches and spaceports to protect the safety of the uninvolved public. AST also has a mandate to encourage, facilitate and promote the U.S. commercial launch industry."

"allowing a single launch license to be used for vehicles launching from multiple locations, were accepted by the Council at its most recent meeting Feb. 21 at the Kennedy Space Center"

"Nield has also, in recent years, advocated that AST take on the role of overseeing “non-traditional” commercial space activities that are not currently under the jurisdiction of the FAA or other agencies, ... needed to ensure the United States complies with provisions in Article 6 of the Outer Space Treaty that require “authorization and continuing supervision” of space activities. ... Nield said that AST was best suited to perform those roles, and that such oversight could be based on the payload review it already performs as part of the launch licensing process."
FAA  SpaceNews  regulations  reform  NSC  space 
february 2018 by pierredv
White House report endorses FAA oversight of commercial space missions - May 2016
"The White House has endorsed a proposal where the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration would provide oversight of “non-traditional” commercial space activities, eliminating a policy barrier for proposed missions beyond Earth orbit.

In a report submitted to Congress last month by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), the administration said a “mission authorization” regime, with a minimal degree of government oversight, would ensure the U.S. upholds its obligations under the Outer Space Treaty of 1967."

From Global Space Governance: An International Study, Ch. 5:

There is currently, as a generalized matter, tension being created in international space law due to the inability of the Legal Subcommittee of the UNCOPUOS, the Committee itself, and ultimately the United Nations, to successfully advance the basic principles of public international law as articulated in the space treaties in such way that is responsive to the demands and interests of space activities in the 21st century. As a result, we are seeing a proliferation of national laws that are endeavoring to implement nebulous and amorphous principles. As mentioned, this can often result in regulation that impedes and confuses space activity rather than facilitating it. National concern about international liability has often led to delay, uncertainty, and confusion. This can result in efforts to shop for States that provide the best provisions related to taxation, liability, and the licensing of launches that are not tied down by strict provisions related to orbital debris or environmental protections.

To rectify this problem, the United States has developed what it calls an "enhanced payload review," where the FAA, in conducting its normal payload review for a launch license, coordinates with other government agencies to vet pro- posed activities. The applicant, in turn, provides additional information and promises to update such information, thereby allowing authorization and continuous supervision. The FAA then issues a license if all of the concerned agencies deter- mine that it is appropriate under the circumstances. In 2016, this process was employed to issue a license to Moon Express for the launch of a commercial rover to the Moon.
SpaceNews  FAA  space  regulations 
february 2018 by pierredv
Accelerating Satellite Data Collection with Regulatory Reform
via Brandt Pasco

"we partnered with DigitalGlobe (DG) and NVIDIA to release labeled, very high resolution satellite imagery on Amazon Web Services as part of SpaceNetTM in order to accelerate this exploration. Other organizations such Planet, Draper, Dstl, IEEE and IARPA have all launched competitions focusing on the analysis of satellite imagery."

" it is worth taking a moment to examine an important factor influencing how startups and incumbents are able to collect and sell satellite data: regulation"

"Venture capital funding and new company starts are at an all-time high (see CB Insights report) and incumbent aerospace firms have made a series of new product announcements (e.g. DG’s Legion story). On the other hand, there has been a growing list of public and private sector stakeholders bemoaning the current state of the U.S.’s outdated remote sensing regulatory framework (e.g., U.S. Rep. Babin, U.S. Rep. Kilmer, Planet, and DG)."

"There are three major concerns with the current process: (1) timeliness of review; (2) predictability; and (3) transparency."

"... the 1992 Land Remote Sensing Policy Act was designed for companies developing a limited number of large satellites. The development timeline for these systems was usually long and required extensive financing. As one might expect, this licensing process has been unable to keep pace with the new, more rapid development and deployment schedules posed by space startups and incumbents with new product lines."

"... NOAA CRSRA is supposed to issue a licensing decision no later than 120 days after submission. Some have described this timeline as “almost an impossible feat” for a variety of reasons ranging from staffing issues to the “stop clock” requirement ..."

"Second, industry’s frustration with licensing delays has been further exacerbated by the lack of predictability of those timelines"

"Third and finally, industry stakeholders have repeatedly expressed their concern with the lack of transparency regarding licensing questions or changes to the existing license conditions. "

FCC: companies "have also expressed some frustration with the increasingly frequent delays. There are two primary causes for these delays: (1) spectrum interference claims and (2) orbital interference claims."

"Despite the legitimate concerns regarding access to spectrum and interference and momentary service disruptions, many interference claims lack detailed analyses quantifying the level of projected risk especially from a low earth orbit (LEO) constellation"

"Proposed policy solutions to the existing regulatory framework remain in their formative stages. Stakeholder opinion ranges from advocating for adjustments to the existing system to a “fundamental rethinking” of the licensing process."

= auto-approval determinations
= review transparency
= adherence to timeline
= government coordination
Medium  In-Q-Tel  satellite  EO  earth-observation  regulation  remote-sensing  risk-assessment  NOAA  FCC  FAA 
january 2018 by pierredv
U.S. GAO - Commercial Space Launch Insurance: FAA Needs to Fully Address Mandated Requirements, Jan 2018
"What GAO Found
The Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) report evaluating its maximum probable loss (MPL) methodology did not fully address the evaluation and consultation requirements specified by the U.S. Commercial Space Launch Competitiveness Act (CSLCA)."

"FAA said that it ensured this balance by improving its methodology, but it did not reevaluate its probability thresholds after revising its methodology. These thresholds are used to divide the risk of loss between launch companies and the government."
FAA  GAO  space  launch  insurance 
january 2018 by pierredv
Based On Group's Recommendations On How To Remotely ID And Track | Aviation Week Dec 2017
"The FAA will craft a proposed regulation from the recommendations of a broad-based advisory group that met this summer to consider ways to remotely identify and track drones. However, the group ultimately could not agree on a weight or capability threshold that would trigger the tracking requirement. The group identified several technologies that small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) could use to transmit their positions, either by direct broadcast for local reception or through a network.

The agency released the final report of its UAS Identification and Tracking aviation rulemaking committee (ARC) on Dec. 19. "

"The process generated eight proposals for technology alternatives, which fell into two broad categories as either direct-broadcast or “network-publishing” solutions for position reporting."
AviationWeek  drones  UAS  FAA  identification 
january 2018 by pierredv
FCC begins approval of Orbital ATK satellite-servicing mission for Intelsat-901 - Dec 2017
Per Jeff Foust summary: "The FCC last week gave approval for Orbital ATK's Mission Extension Vehicle (MEV) to perform "rendezvous, proximity operations, and docking" with the Intelsat-901 satellite in geostationary orbit. The company still needs approvals from the FCC to relocate Intelsat-901 and then undock from it. The FCC's approvals involved the use of frequencies for telemetry, tracking and command of the MEV"

From the piece:

"The U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Dec. 5 okayed the first part of a satellite-servicing mission Orbital ATK’s Space Logistic subsidiary has with Intelsat, saying the servicing vehicle can execute “rendezvous, proximity operations, and docking with the Intelsat-901” satellite while in a graveyard orbit."

"In a public notice issued Dec. 8, the FCC authorized Space Logistics to use four different frequency bands for telemetry, tracking, and command (TT&C) of MEV-1 as the servicer completes post-launch maneuvers, reaches the graveyard orbit for decommissioned geostationary satellites some 300 kilometers above the geosynchronous arc, and attaches to Intelsat-901."

"Satellite servicing is a relatively new area for regulators, consequently requiring a lot of trailblazing by Orbital ATK. Anderson said the company has been in a dialogue with the FCC, the U.S. State Department and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for several years, and those discussions concluded that the FCC would be the licensing body for launch, deployment, docking and TT&C."

"The NOAA license is required because the MEV has cameras for docking that could also image the Earth, thus necessitating a remote-sensing license."
OrbitalATK  satellite  FCC  SpaceNews  FAA  TT&C  licenses  space  Intelsat 
december 2017 by pierredv
Drones More Dangerous Than Birds, FAA Collision Study Says | Aviation Week Nov 2017
The stiff structures and concentrated masses of batteries and cameras on small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) will inflict more damage to aircraft structures than flexible birds, says the study by a consortium of universities under the Alliance for System Safety of UAS through Research Excellence (Assure).
AviationWeek  drones  FAA  UAS  collision 
november 2017 by pierredv
FAA Releases 2016 to 2036 Aerospace Forecast, March 2016
A key portion of the forecast focuses on projections for the growth in the use of unmanned aircraft, also known as drones. The FAA estimates small, hobbyist UAS purchases may grow from 1.9 million in 2016 to as many as 4.3 million by 2020.  Sales of UAS for commercial purposes are expected to grow from 600,000 in 2016 to 2.7 million by 2020.  Combined total hobbyist and commercial UAS sales are expected to rise from 2.5 million in 2016 to 7 million in 2020.
FAA  trends  forecast  drones  UAV 
november 2017 by pierredv
ANALYSIS: Administration's sloppy ATC rhetoric hurts chance for reform | Opinions content from ATWOnline, Sep 2017
"The ATC entity would be independent, like the US Postal Service (certainly no one’s idea of a private corporation), and be removed from the federal government’s annual appropriations process. That way, it could make large investments in modernization that may not necessarily pay off immediately, but would generate huge benefits down the line. And it could make course corrections along the way as technology evolved and changed without cumbersome legislative alternations. It is not turning ATC over to a private, for-profit corporation. And FAA would become the regulator of the ATC entity and no longer be in the odd position of regulating itself managing ATC. This is basically how ATC works in most of the industrialized world."

"There are two main groups opposed to spinning off ATC from FAA: 1) good-government liberals who are against “privatizing” what they see as key government functions and 2) the general aviation community, given voice by the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA)."
AviationWeek  opinion  FAA  ATC  aviation 
september 2017 by pierredv
[pdf] Over-flight Risk Considerations for the Launch of an ELV Rocket to an ISS Inclination
Presented by Steven Millard, AIAA Atmospheric and Space Environments Conference, 2 - 5 August 2010, Toronto, Ontario Canada

"Congress granted the FAA the authority to license commercial launch and reentry operations to ensure protection of public, property, the national security and foreign policy interests of the United States and to encourage, facilitate, and promote U.S. Commercial Space Transportation. To meet this responsibility, the FAA performs safety evaluations of license applications to conduct commercial launches from the United States or outside the United States by a U.S. citizen or an entity organized under the laws of the United States. This paper discusses an example FAA analysis of the risk to the public resulting from the launch of a space vehicle to the International Space Station from a launch site at the Eastern Range, headquartered at Cape Canaveral, Florida, and the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport, located in Wallops, Virginia. This work is presented to address some of the challenges launch operators competing for the Commercial Orbital Transportations Services (COTS) and the FAA face in their efforts to promote commercial space activities while ensuring the launch operator meets their regulatory obligations and responsibility for protecting the public. "
FAA  safety  launch  risk-assessment  space 
september 2017 by pierredv
Why We Need a Civil Space Traffic Management System (STM), Moriba Jah - Via Satellite, Aug 2017
"Do we have an equivalent Civil Space Traffic Management (CSTM) System? No. Do we need one? Absolutely. Why? The uncontrolled and unpredictable growth of the use of near-Earth space. But what form could a CSTM System take? And what role should America have in it?"

"The CSTM’s primary functions would be to:
= Observe and Monitor: Space domain and traffic observations, Space Situational Awareness (SSA)
= Track and Catalog: Identify, characterize, and catalog objects; relational statistics, catalog updates, traffic attribution, achieve track “custody”
= Analyze and Inform: Information dissemination, safety products, conjunction data messages"

"I’ll begin by saying that our space domain and environment is no longer the sparsely populated, state-actor-dominant sphere of activity it was decades ago."

"So, who is rigorously and comprehensively analyzing the growth of the Resident Space Object (RSO) population and how does this affect orbital safety of operations and the long-term sustainability of space activities? The view of most space actors and investors is that it is someone else’s problem!"

The US "has developed, maintains, and distributes to the rest of the world the largest free record of cataloged man-made objects in space, so called RSOs. This catalog is owned and operated by the U.S. Department of Defense ... However, for the growing needs and demands of the space community, these products have been shown many times to be inadequate."

"We need a CSTM system because orbital debris experts worldwide agree that, compared to what is being tracked in our USSTRATCOM catalog, the number of mission-damaging and debris-generating RSOs (1 centimeter in diameter and larger) is at least 100 times greater."

"For reasons of national security, USSTRATCOM cannot be fully transparent in providing knowledge of where all trackable RSOs are located in space. This is at odds with efforts at the United Nations Committee on Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UN-COPUOS) ... Other countries are developing their own Space Situational Awareness (SSA) program and their own catalog of RSOs, in part because the USSTRATCOM products do not meet their SSA and STM needs and requirements"

"In order to put this CTSM system in place, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) needs an adequately funded and resourced mandate to: 1) use their STM Pilot Program to work with the community and provide the first instance of a Civil STM system, and 2) begin collecting and exploiting space object (e.g. non-SSN tracking) data for orbital safety purposes, with an eye to do this via a Public-Private-Partnership (PPP)."

"NASA should expand its existing role ..."
SatelliteToday  satellite  space-debris  space-junk  FAA  NASA  opinion 
august 2017 by pierredv
D.C. Circuit Strikes Down FAA Registration Rule for Recreational Drones | Global Policy Watch
"On May 19, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit invalidated a Federal Aviation Administration regulation that required the owners of recreational drones—unmanned aircraft system (“UAS”)—to register with the agency.  The court held that the regulation violated the same law that the FAA had used, in part, to justify the requirement.  The court’s ruling had no effect on a separate registration requirements for drones used in commercial operations."
Covington  drones  UAS  law  FAA 
may 2017 by pierredv
Maybe Drone Privacy Shouldn't Be a Federal Case - IEEE Spectrum
"Yesterday, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration’s new drone rules went into effect. While many drone enthusiasts were pleased to see some long-awaited progress on this front, the folks at the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), a privacy advocacy organization in Washington, D.C., don’t count in that group. They’ve been wrangling in court with the FAA over the lack of privacy safeguards in the new regulations—an issue that has dogged drone regulation for years."
"Causby’s legal case went all the way to the Supreme Court in 1946, where the justices found that despite need for public airspace, landowners still commanded rights to “the immediate reaches of the enveloping atmosphere.” In Causby’s case, those immediate reaches went all the way up to 365 feet above ground level. We’re talking prime drone territory here."
IEEE-Spectrum  drones  privacy  FAA  law  opinion 
september 2016 by pierredv
FAA issues GPS interference flight advisory : GPS World June 2016
[[Editor’s note: After this story was posted, and after the Navigate! enewsletter containing it was sent out to 27,128 subscribers, GPS World received notice that in fact the U.S. Navy canceled plans to jam GPS signals in the vicinity of the China Lake, California, Naval Air Weapons Station. The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) had raised concerns about the impact on civilian air traffic and the size of the affected area. The Navy did not reveal the cause of the cancellation, other than to say the reason was “internal.”]]
GPS  NOTAM  aviation  FAA  interference 
september 2016 by pierredv
Fact Sheet – Small Unmanned Aircraft Regulations (Part 107)
The new rules for non-hobbyist small unmanned aircraft (UAS) operations – Part 107 of the Federal Aviation Regulations (PDF) – cover a broad spectrum of commercial uses for drones weighing less than 55 pounds. Here are the highlights of the new rule.
FAA  drones  UAS  rules  regulations 
august 2016 by pierredv
FAA Drone Rules Take Effect; Commercial Use of Drones Permitted with Certain Conditions | Global Policy Watch
"The Federal Aviation Administration’s (“FAA”) long-awaited rule on the commercial use of small unmanned aircraft systems (“UAS” or “drones”) took effect Monday, August 29, 2016, providing a comprehensive and generally applicable set of rules for anyone wishing to operate a small drone for commercial purposes."
FAA  drones  UAS  rules  regulations  Covington 
august 2016 by pierredv
FAA Announces Commercial Drone Rules - IEEE Spectrum
if you’re making money with your drone—by taking pictures or videos with it or whatever—and it weights less than 25 kg but more than 0.25 kg, these are the rules that with apply to you
IEEE-Spectrum  FAA  drones  rules  regulations  commerce 
july 2016 by pierredv
Advisory and Rulemaking Committees - FAA
For example:
Aviation Rulemaking Advisory Committee (ARAC) – A formal standing advisory committee that is subject to FACA and provides the FAA with information, advice, and recommendations, concerning rulemaking activity for topics such as aircraft owners and operators, airman and flight crewmembers, airports, maintenance providers, manufactures, public citizens and passenger groups, and training providers.

It consists of representatives from aviation associations, aviation industry, public interest groups, advocacy groups, foreign civil authorities, and FAA, that oversees the administration of all ARAC activity, including subcommittee and working group activities.Aviation Rulemaking Advisory Committee (ARAC) – A formal standing advisory committee that is subject to FACA and provides the FAA with information, advice, and recommendations, concerning rulemaking activity for topics such as aircraft owners and operators, airman and flight crewmembers, airports, maintenance providers, manufactures, public citizens and passenger groups, and training providers.

It consists of representatives from aviation associations, aviation industry, public interest groups, advocacy groups, foreign civil authorities, and FAA, that oversees the administration of all ARAC activity, including subcommittee and working group activities.
FAA  rulemaking  FACA 
june 2016 by pierredv
Airspace Utilization (FAQ)
"navigable airspace is a limited natural resource that Congress has charged the FAA to administer in the public interest"
FAA  resources  airspace 
may 2016 by pierredv
Anti-drone system for airports passes tests : GPS World Feb 2016
"Each month, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) receives more than 100 reports from pilots and others who spot what appears to be an unmanned aircraft (UAS) flying close to an airport or a manned airplane. It’s become a serious safety concern for the agency, and a potential security issue for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). In addition to the FAA’s ongoing outreach and education efforts, an additional step toward a solution is to detect and identify these “rogue drones” and their operators. Recently, the FAA partnered with DHS and CACI International to explore how the company’s prototype detection technology may help detect UAS in the vicinity of airports."
GPSWorld  drones  aviation  airports  FAA  DHS 
february 2016 by pierredv
FAA Reauthorization Bill Still Leaves Much To Be Desired For Commercial Drone Operators | TechCrunch Feb 2016
"The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration is due for reauthorization and the Transportation & Infrastructure Committee introduced the first draft of the FAA bill today. While the efforts to reform the air traffic control system will likely take center stage in the discussion around the bill, it also includes a number of items around the commercial use of drones." "For the most part, the new bill rehashes the FAA’s language around commercial drones. What’s new, though, is that the bill asks the FAA to take a risk-based approach to permitting. The idea here is to look at, among other things, location, the nature of the mission, known failure modes and both the technology’s and the operator’s safety record."
FAA  drones  risk  risk-assessment 
february 2016 by pierredv
FAA’s Proposed Drone Rules
"This past weekend the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) took the first steps to allow the routine use of certain small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) for commercial purposes in U.S. airspace. In taking this highly anticipated action, the FAA released a proposed rule, an overview of the proposed rule, a fact sheet and a press release. The White House also released its long-expected executive order on drone privacy."
FAA  drones  rulemaking  Covington 
may 2015 by pierredv
Drone Update: While FAA Continues to Swat at Drones, an Appeal of its Policy Takes Off : CommLawBlog May 2014
"FAA “looks into” commercial drone use while Texas group seeks D.C. Circuit review of FAA drone policies."
CommLawBlog  FAA  drones 
may 2014 by pierredv
Busting the FAA’s “Myth Busting” Document | Drone Law Journal
"On February 26, 2014, the FAA published on its website a document entitled, “Busting Myths about the FAA and Unmanned Aircraft.” It purports to dispel “common myths,” and provide “corresponding facts.” It does neither. In fact, it’s no more than a rehash of what the FAA has been falsely claiming all along. It again cites no relevant federal statutes, federal regulations or case law to support its claims. That’s because none exists." "Let’s tear this meaningless document apart, piece by piece."
drones  UAV  UAS  FAA 
february 2014 by pierredv
No Man’s Land | MAKE
Commercial drone operator standing up to the FAA, which is trying to enforce non-binding guidance
aviation  UAS  drones  FAA  law  regulation 
january 2014 by pierredv
Welcome to Spectrum Engineering Services AJW-1C == FAA
"The safe transport of all individual flights between airports is based on radio frequencies being available and interference free so that all of the aviation systems function properly. The FAA’s Spectrum Engineering Services Office provides these fundamental services by ensuring radio frequency assets are always clear and available, both now and in the future." "The Spectrum Engineering Services Office secures, manages, and protects all civil aviation radio frequency spectrum resources."
spectrum  FAA  management 
july 2013 by pierredv
DNL sound levels - FAA - 14 CFR 150.7 - Definitions. | Title 14 - Aeronautics and Space | Code of Federal Regulations | LII / Legal Information Institute
"Average sound level means the level, in decibels, of the mean-square, A-weighted sound pressure during a specified period, with reference to the square of the standard reference sound pressure of 20 micropascals." . . . . "Day-night average sound level (DNL) means the 24-hour average sound level, in decibels, for the period from midnight to midnight, obtained after the addition of ten decibels to sound levels for the periods between midnight and 7 a.m., and between 10 p.m., and midnight, local time. The symbol for DNL is Ldn."
aviation  DNL  FAA  statistics  noise 
april 2013 by pierredv
Unblinking eyes in the sky | The Economist Tech Qtrly March 2012
"Technology and society: Drone aircraft are no longer restricted to military use. They are being built and used by hobbyists, activists and estate agents, among others. What are the implications for safety and privacy?"
surveillance  drones  UAV  privacy  FAA  opinion 
march 2012 by pierredv

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