February 5, 2018
Small UAV Coalition Condemns Illegal and Irresponsible Drone Flight Near Aircraft
Supports FAA Investigation and Underscores Need for Remote Identification and Tracking Requirements
WASHINGTON, DC – February 5, 2018 – The Small UAV Coalition condemns the recent illegal and irresponsible operation of a drone near an aircraft arriving in Las Vegas. This reckless behavior, and that of anyone who endangers an aircraft by any means, should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law and the Coalition supports the FAA’s ongoing investigation to identify the individual responsible.
January 5, 2018
Small UAV Coalition Congratulates Acting Administrator Elwell
Looks Forward to Continuing Strong Working Relationship with FAA
WASHINGTON, DC – January 5, 2018 – On Sunday, Federal Aviation Administration Deputy Administrator Dan Elwell will become the FAA’s Acting Administrator when Administrator Michael Huerta’s term expires. The Small UAV Coalition thanks Administrator Huerta for his service during a transformative time in American aviation and congratulates Acting Administrator Elwell on his new role.
December 19, 2017
Small UAV Coalition Comments on Remote ID ARC Report
Joins Members of Congress in Urging FAA to Move Ahead with Rulemaking
WASHINGTON, DC – December 19, 2017 – Today, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released a report by the UAS Identification and Tracking Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC). The Small UAV Coalition is pleased to see the report published and urges the FAA to immediately move forward with a rulemaking that proposes to require all UAS operators who are required to register with the FAA to abide by remote identification and tracking requirements, critical tools to ensure both safety and accountability in the national airspace.
December 14, 2017
Small UAV Coalition Comments on NTSB Findings
Incident Underscores Need for UAS Education and Training
WASHINGTON, DC – December 14, 2017 – Today, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) determined that a recent collision between a small unmanned aircraft system (UAS) and a helicopter in New York was in part caused by the UAS operator’s inadequate knowledge of regulations and safe operating practices, including active temporary flight restrictions.
December 12, 2017
Small UAV Coalition Welcomes Reinstated UAS Registration Requirement
Identification Key to Facilitating Safe, Widespread UAS Integration
WASHINGTON, DC – December 12, 2017 – Today, the President will sign the Fiscal Year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act into law, reinstating the registration requirement for recreational unmanned aerial systems (UAS) operators. The Small UAV Coalition again thanks Congress for restoring Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) authority to maintain a national UAS registry for both commercial and recreational operators, a critical mechanism for safety and accountability.
November 28, 2017
Small UAV Coalition Marks UAS Integration Pilot Program Milestone
Lead Applicants to Register Notices of Intent to Participate by Today’s Deadline
WASHINGTON, DC – November 28, 2017 – The Small UAV Coalition is pleased to mark the first milestone of the UAS Integration Pilot Program since it was announced in the Federal Register, with potential Lead Applicants – state, local, and tribal entities – submitting Notices of Intent to participate in the program by 2:00 pm ET today. Today’s deadline is another step towards implementing a data-driven pilot program that will enable expanded operations, including those beyond the visual line of sight, over people, and carrying property, as well as inform future UAS rulemakings.
November 10, 2017
Small UAV Coalition Welcomes Legislation to Reinstate UAS Registration Requirement
Thanks Congress for Restoring Critical Accountability Mechanism
WASHINGTON, DC – November 10, 2017 – Yesterday, House and Senate negotiators unveiled a compromise National Defense Authorization Act that includes a provision to reinstate the registration requirement for recreational unmanned aerial systems (UAS) operators. The Small UAV Coalition applauds Congress for restoring Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) authority to maintain a national UAS registry.
November 7, 2017
Small UAV Coalition Applauds Administration Plan for UAS Integration Pilot Program Implementation
Will Enable Expanded Drone Operations Beyond Current Scope of FAA Regulations
WASHINGTON, DC – November 7, 2017 – With the Department of Transportation expected to publish a Federal Register notice this week that will officially open the UAS Integration Pilot Program, the Small UAV Coalition applauds the Administration for its forward-leaning vision to accelerate UAS integration and demonstrate the capabilities of UAS beyond the current scope of FAA regulations. Importantly, the data-driven pilot program will also inform new regulations that will accelerate the safe, secure integration of UAS into the airspace.
October 25, 2017
Small UAV Coalition Comments on Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Pilot Program
Announcement Highlights Importance of Regulatory Framework for UAS
WASHINGTON, DC – October 25, 2017 – Today, President Trump directed the Department of Transportation to establish an Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Integration Pilot Program to coordinate federal, state, and local support for the successful integration of UAS into the national airspace. The Small UAV Coalition welcomes this announcement and looks forward to reviewing additional details of the program released by the Department in the coming days.
September 1, 2017
Statement by Small UAV Coalition on Hurricane Harvey
WASHINGTON, DC – September 1, 2017 – Amidst the devastating impact of Hurricane Harvey, many commercial unmanned aerial systems (UAS) operators, including Small UAV Coalition member companies, have taken steps to help the region begin to recover. In the aftermath of the storm, many commercial operators have also expressed interest in providing UAS services to support relief efforts.
June 22, 2017
Small UAV Coalition Welcomes House and Senate FAA Reauthorization Bills
Long-Term Reauthorization Critical to Safety and Economic Growth
WASHINGTON, DC – June 22, 2017 – The Small UAV Coalition welcomes introduction of H.R. 2997, the 21st Century Aviation Innovation, Reform and Reauthorization (AIRR) Act, and S. 1405, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Act of 2017, as key steps towards reauthorizing the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) before current authorities expire on September 30, 2017. Both bills include provisions intended to facilitate the integration of UAS operations into the national airspace.
June 22, 2017
Small UAV Coalition Lauds Safe DRONE Act of 2017
Safe DRONE Act Will Enable Commercial UAS Industry Growth
WASHINGTON, DC – June 22, 2017 – The Small UAV Coalition applauds Senators Mark Warner (D-VA), John Hoeven (R-ND), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), and Dean Heller (R-NV) for introducing the Safe Development, Research, and Opportunities Needed for Entrepreneurship Act of 2017 (Safe DRONE Act of 2017), which would enable the safe and expeditious integration of small unmanned aerial systems (UAS) into the National Airspace System for commercial purposes.
May 25, 2017
Small UAV Coalition Comments on Security Proposals
Looks Forward to Promoting Innovation During Development of a Reasonable UAS Security Policy
WASHINGTON, DC – May 25, 2017 – The Small UAV Coalition has long supported initiatives to expedite the safe integration of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) into the national airspace. Such advances include operations that are autonomous, over people, and beyond visual line of sight, as well as an unmanned traffic management system (UTM) and a streamlined waiver process.
May 19, 2017
DC Appeals Court Rules UAS Registration Unlawful
Small UAV Coalition Calls for Reasonable FAA Authority to Ensure Safe UAS
WASHINGTON, DC – May 19, 2017– Today, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit vacated the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) registration rule for recreational unmanned aerial system (UAS) operators on the grounds that it violates a provision of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 that prohibits the FAA from promulgating “any rules or regulation regarding a model aircraft.”
March 27, 2017
Coalition Welcomes Remote Identification Aviation Rulemaking Committee
Important Effort to Ensure Safety and Security Should Parallel Development of Forward-Leaning Framework for Expanded Commercial Operations
WASHINGTON, DC – March 27, 2016 – The Small UAV Coalition welcomes Administrator Michael Huerta’s announcement today that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will establish a Remote Identification Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) to develop standards for remotely identifying and tracking unmanned aerial systems (UAS). The Coalition and its members regularly participate in public-private partnerships with the FAA and other federal agencies and look forward to continuing to engage with all parties to expedite implementation of a forward-leaning regulatory framework that will embrace the vast economic and consumer benefits of this burgeoning technology in a safe and efficient manner.
February 1, 2017
Small UAV Coalition Congratulates Secretary Chao
Looks Forward to Working with Administration to Ensure That Efforts to Streamline Regulatory Process Do Not Impede Growth and Innovation
WASHINGTON, DC – February 1, 2017 – The Small UAV Coalition congratulates Elaine Chao on being confirmed as the 18th Secretary of Transportation. Secretary Chao takes office at a pivotal time for the commercial unmanned aerial systems (UAS) industry – as she said during her confirmation hearing, “drones are poised to become a major commercial force.” The Coalition looks forward to working with her to ensure that the United States continues its leadership in this rapidly developing technology.
December 12, 2016
Small UAV Coalition Counsel to Chair International UAS Regulatory Advisory Committee
Will Advise Representatives from 50 Countries in Developing Forward-Looking Regulatory Frameworks that Support Growth of Commercial UAS Industry
WASHINGTON, DC – December 12, 2016 – The Small UAV Coalition is pleased to announce that Gregory Walden, counsel to the Coalition and former FAA Chief Counsel, has been elected to chair the Joint Authorities for Rulemaking on Unmanned Systems (JARUS) Stakeholder Consultation Body (SCB).
August 11, 2016
Coalition Announces Launch of Commercial Drone Operator Directory
Thrilled for Industry Growth in Anticipation of Final Small UAS Rule Implementation
WASHINGTON, DC – August 11, 2016 – Today, the Coalition is pleased to announce the launch of commercialdrones.proven.cc, a directory of authorized commercial drone operators in the United States. The directory was established by Proven, a data-driven platform developed to provide verified information and reviews of consumer products and services.
July 7, 2016
FAA Extension a Lost Opportunity to Create Forward-Thinking Regulatory Climate for UAS Industry
Omits Provisions Critical to Safety and Industry Growth – Congressional Action Needed in Near-Term to Promote Innovation
WASHINGTON, DC – July 7, 2016 – With current Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) authorities set to expire on July 15, Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation and House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee leaders today unveiled legislation to extend FAA authorities through September 30, 2017. As the Small UAV Coalition wrote to congressional leadership in May, the unmanned aerial systems (UAS) industry cannot fully and safely develop and thrive under continued short-term extensions of current authorities.
June 21, 2016
Coalition Applauds Final Small UAS Rule
Welcomes Initial Regulatory Framework for Commercial UAS
WASHINGTON, DC – June 21, 2016 – Today, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released the first operational rules for routine commercial use of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), commonly referred to as Part 107. The Small UAV Coalition commends the FAA for finalizing the rulemaking, which will expand opportunities for businesses to realize the immense potential of UAS to create efficiencies and maximize the full potential of drone systems.
June 17, 2016
Coalition Welcomes Imminent Publication of FAA Final Small UAS Rule
Will Establish Initial Regulatory Framework for Commercial UAS
WASHINGTON, DC – June 17, 2016 – As early as Monday, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is expected to release its Final Rule for Operation and Certification of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS). The Small UAV Coalition congratulates the FAA on finalizing this rulemaking, which will broaden opportunities for businesses of all sizes within the commercial UAS industry to safely operate in a streamlined regulatory environment conducive to growth and revenue generation.
May 18, 2016
Coalition Commends NTIA on Industry-led Multistakeholder Process
Applauds Collaborative Development of Voluntary Best Practices for UAS Privacy, Transparency, and Accountability
WASHINGTON, DC – May 18, 2016 – Today, a diverse group of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) industry stakeholders reached consensus on a set of voluntary best practices concerning privacy, transparency, and accountability issues with regard to commercial and private use of UAS. The document, which has garnered widespread support since initial circulation, was developed through a National Telecommunications & Information Administration (NTIA)-convened multistakeholder process as directed by Presidential Memorandum. By adopting this approach, the Administration sought to provide a forum for discussion and consensus building among industry stakeholders. The Small UAV Coalition participated in the process to support the Administration’s goal of having industry set the appropriate guidelines on self-regulation with respect to privacy and UAS operations.
April 19, 2016
Coalition Applauds Senate Passage of FAA Reauthorization Legislation
Includes Critical Provisions to Advance the Development of a Comprehensive UAS Regulatory Framework
WASHINGTON, DC – APRIL 19, 2016 – Today, the Senate voted to pass legislation to reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration that includes a forward-leaning unmanned aerials systems (UAS) title that will increase safety and accountability as the United States moves towards a regulatory framework that will expedite the integration of small UAS into the National Airspace System.
April 6, 2016
Coalition Comments on Micro UAS ARC Report
Looks Forward to Addressing Full Range of UAS Integration Issues in the Near Future
WASHINGTON, DC – APRIL 6, 2016 – On April 1, the Micro UAS Advisory and Rulemaking Committee (ARC) submitted to the FAA Administrator a final report proposing recommendations focused primarily on performance standards for the operation of small unmanned aerial systems (sUAS) over people (OOP). (Although the ARC was named the Micro UAS ARC, its recommendations cover operations over people by UAS of varying weights.) The Small UAV Coalition applauds the Micro UAS ARC for proposing performance standards, manufacturer compliance requirements, and operational provisions, that are risk-based, that would allow certain UAS to be operated over people not directly involved in the operation of the aircraft. The ability to safely operate UAS over populated areas is critical to realizing the full potential of commercial and recreational UAS applications, and enabling the United States to fully and safely embrace the vast economic and consumer benefits of UAS as a whole. The forward-thinking approach of the ARC is consistent with the more comprehensive approach contained in the FAA reauthorization bill pending in the Senate, which the Coalition supports.
March 16, 2016
Coalition Endorses Senate FAA Reauthorization Bill as Amended by Committee
UAS Subtitle Strengthened with Amendments Critical to Development of Comprehensive Regulatory Framework
WASHINGTON, DC – MARCH 16, 2016 – Today, the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee voted to send S. 2658, the Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization Act of 2016, to the Senate floor for consideration, as amended. During markup, the Committee adopted several amendments to improve the bill’s unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) subtitle and the Small UAV Coalition is proud to endorse the legislation.
March 9, 2016
Coalition Comments on Senate FAA Reauthorization Bill
Welcomes Next Steps in Moving Towards a UAS Regulatory Framework
WASHINGTON, DC – MARCH 9, 2016 – Today, Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee Chairman John Thune (R-SD) and Ranking Member Bill Nelson (D-FL) introduced the Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization Act of 2016, which includes an unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) subtitle.
Feb. 25, 2016
Coalition Comments on Creation of Micro UAS ARC
Welcomes Industry Collaboration and Call for Flexible and Performance-Based Regulatory Framework
WASHINGTON, DC – February 25, 2016 – The Department of Transportation (DOT) and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced today the creation of a Micro Unmanned Aerial Systems (micro UAS) Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) to develop recommendations for a regulatory framework that would allow certain UAS to be operated over people not directly involved in the operation of the aircraft, including performance-based standards for the classification of these UAS, compliance requirements, and operational provisions.
Feb. 10, 2016
Coalition Comments on Pending Hawaii UAS Legislation
Objects to Provisions that Conflict with Federal Law
WASHINGTON, DC – FEBRUARY 10, 2016 – Today, the Small UAV Coalition sent a letter to members of the Hawaii Senate Committee on Commerce, Consumer Protection, and Health, Committee on Judiciary and Labor, and Committee on Public Safety, Intergovernmental, and Military Affairs ahead of a pair of joint hearings scheduled for February 11 and 12 to consider two bills pertaining to unmanned aerial systems (UAS), SB2172 and SB2347. The Coalition welcomes all lawmakers’ interest in UAS issues, but conveyed serious concerns with both bills, as well as several other pending measures.
Feb. 3, 2016
Coalition Comments on House FAA Reauthorization Bill
Welcomes Progress in Moving Forward with UAS Regulatory Framework
WASHINGTON, DC – FEBRUARY 3, 2016 – Today, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) introduced H.R. 4441, the Aviation Innovation, Reform, and Reauthorization (AIRR) Act, which includes an unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) subtitle.
Feb. 2, 2016
Coalition Welcomes Blumenauer UAS Legislation
The Commercial UAS Modernization Act Will Help Realize the Economic Benefits of the Small UAS Industry
WASHINGTON, DC – FEBRUARY 2, 2016 – The Small UAV Coalition applauds Representative Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) for introducing the Commercial UAS Modernization Act, which would pave the way for safe, efficient, and timely integration of small unmanned aerial systems (UAS) into the National Airspace System for commercial purposes.
Dec. 17, 2015
Coalition Applauds FAA Fact Sheet on State and Local Regulation of Unmanned Aircraft Systems
Commends Administration for Affirming Exclusive Jurisdiction over UAS Registration
WASHINGTON, DC – DECEMBER 17, 2015 – The Small UAV Coalition applauds the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for releasing a fact sheet providing guidance for state and local regulation of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), including examples of laws impacting UAS for which the FAA recommends state and local governments consult with the Administration. The Coalition agrees with the FAA’s assertion that a “patchwork quilt” of state and local UAS regulations could lead to a “fractionalized airspace.”
Dec. 14, 2015
Coalition Comments on UAS Registry Announcement
WASHINGTON, DC – DECEMBER 14, 2015 – The Small UAV Coalition applauds the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for working with industry to promote safety and accountability and creating a simple, web-based registration system for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). However, the Small UAV Coalition is concerned that certain aspects of the system will hinder widespread compliance and therefore detract from the safety and accountability mission.
Nov. 23, 2015
Coalition Comments on FAA UAS Registration Task Force Recommendations
Applauds Report and Recommends Additional Considerations
WASHINGTON, DC – NOVEMBER 23, 2015 – The Small UAV Coalition applauds the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Task Force’s completion of its Final Report, which was released today. The Coalition supports a simple, web-based, digital registration system for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and systems (UAS) that does not subject small UAVs to the current FAA Aircraft Registry process. The Coalition also appreciates the hard work done by the Task Force members, many of whom represent Coalition companies, to complete the panel’s mission on time and with consensus on a comprehensive set of recommendations, most of which are supported in comments the Coalition filed last week with the Task Force.
Oct. 29, 2015
Coalition Members to Participate in Unmanned Aircraft Systems Registration Task Force
Nine Members to Represent Small UAV Industry Views
WASHINGTON, DC – OCTOBER 29, 2015 – Nine Small UAV Coalition members will serve on the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Registration Task Force, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Michael Huerta announced today, representing 3D Robotics, Airmap, Amazon Prime Air (and Amazon Retail), DJI, GoPro, Parrot, and PrecisionHawk. Dave Vos of Google[X], another Coalition member, will co-chair the Task Force with FAA UAS Integration Office Director Earl Lawrence.
Oct. 13, 2015
Executive Director to Speak at European Conference
Small UAV Coalition Executive Director to Join Industry Leaders in
Ireland November 6-8, 2015
WASHINGTON, DC – OCTOBER 13, 2015 – Small UAV Coalition Executive Director Michael Drobac will speak at the second Drones Data X Conference, which will bring together unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) industry leaders and decision makers from November 6-8 in Westport, Ireland. The first conference, which Drobac also attended, was held in May 2015 in Santa Cruz, California.
Sept 10, 2015
Coalition Applauds Governor Jerry Brown for Veto of SB 142
Bill Would Have Dramatically Inhibited UAV Industry Growth without Delivering Meaningful Consumer Privacy Protections
WASHINGTON, DC – SEPTEMBER 10, 2015 – Last night, Governor Jerry Brown vetoed SB 142, a proposed law that would have dramatically inhibited the growth of California’s small unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) industry without delivering effective consumer privacy protections.
Sept 9, 2015
Skyward launches the first information management solution for commercial drone operators
INTERDRONE, LAS VEGAS, September 9, 2015 — Skyward introduced its information management solution, the first designed for commercial drone operators. By providing this critical business infrastructure, Skyward is powering a global aerial robotics network. The cloudbased solution integrates a drone airspace map with flight planning tools and a digital system of record, supported by a team of regulatory and operational experts.
Aug 12, 2015
AEROBO Conducts New York City’s First Legal Commercial Drone Flight
Winner of the NYC Drone Film Festival Will Provide New Views of Construction in Brooklyn
New York, New York – August 12, 2015 – Brooklyn-based AEROBO Aerial Robotics (formerly Aerocine) will conduct the first legal drone flight in New York City on Thursday August 13, as part of Rain Media’s production to profile the innovative companies residing in Industry City. The event will occur at 5:00 pm EDT at 220 36th St, Industry City, Brooklyn. Members of the press and public are welcome to attend, and can access viewing stations to see what the drones are capturing in real-time.
Aug 5, 2015
Coalition Urges: Ground Your Drone Near Fires
Small UAVs can be a helpful tool to combat fires – but only if used in coordination with the proper authorities
WASHINGTON, DC – AUGUST 5, 2015 – Small UAVs, or drones, can be a helpful tool to assist with firefighting and rescue missions. Local fire departments in states like Connecticut, Maryland, and Ohio and even California are exploring how the real-time information drones provide can reduce risks to firefighters and first responders more broadly. For example, drones can point crews to the exact location of fires, provide details about structural damage to buildings, and help map the trajectory of fires. In urban areas, drones can be used to find persons trapped in the upper floors of tall buildings. In many cases, drones are safer and less expensive to operate than manned aircraft like helicopters.
May 20, 2015
BOTLINK LAUNCHES DRONE CONTROL, SAFETY APP
Fargo, ND – On the heels of multiple near-misses between drones and manned aircraft, as well as close calls near the White House, Botlink has announced the beta release of their UAV control software. The application, free for users, allows drone operators to control their multirotor or fixed wing UAVs through an easy to use interface with real-time FAA data overlays showing locations of manned aircraft along with controlled airspace around airports. Botlink will keep users safe and in compliance with FAA regulations while operating their drones.
May 12, 2015
BOOKER AND HOEVEN BOOKER LEGISLATION WILL ALLOW SMALL UAS INDUSTRY TO SOAR
The Commercial UAS Modernization Act will expedite commercial operations in the United States while preserving safety.
WASHINGTON, DC – May 12, 2015 – Today the Small UAV Coalition commends Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ) and John Hoeven (R-ND) for introducing the Commercial UAS Modernization Act, which would create a safe and efficient way for small unmanned aerial systems (UAS) to be operated in the United States for commercial purposes.
May 6, 2015
SMALL UAV INDUSTRY EAGER TO COLLABORATE WITH FAA; WELCOMES NEW PATHFINDER PROGRAM
The Coalition commends the FAA for enlisting industry experts, and encourages it to maintain its momentum
WASHINGTON, DC – May 6, 2015 – On behalf of the industry, today the Small UAV Coalition commends the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for announcing partnerships with three companies to explore areas it had previously excluded from its proposed sUAS rule. In particular, the Pathfinder Program will review operation of small UAVs in urban environments, beyond the visual line of sight (BVLOS) in rural areas, and BVLOS in isolated areas with companies CNN, BNSF, and coalition member PrecisionHawk. PrecisionHawk will also test Low Altitude Tracking & Avoidance System (LATAS), its small UAV traffic management system.
May 5, 2015
HAZON RECEIVES SECOND 333 EXEMPTION – CRISIS RESPONSE
Virginia Beach, VA, May 5, 2015– The FAA notified HAZON Solutions LLC (HAZON) of their approval to conduct Crisis Response services utilizing both fixed wing and rotor-wing UAV’s. HAZON is currently the leading US provider of small Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (sUAV) services for large organizations conducting commercial aerial infrastructure inspections.
April 22, 2015
SMALL UAV COALITION APPLAUDS FAA FOR PROGRESS ON SMALL UAS RULES; SUGGESTS OVER 20 REVISIONS
The Coalition believes the FAA can take additional steps to authorize commercial operations without adversely impacting safety
WASHINGTON, DC – April 22, 2014 – The Small UAV Coalition released its comments today in response to the Federal Aviation Administration’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for Small Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS). The Coalition supports the framework of the proposed rule and applauds the FAA for taking a data-driven, risk-based approach. The Coalition particularly supports the FAA’s creation of a separate regulatory scheme for micro UAS operations; its replacement of pilot certification with operator certification based on passing of an aeronautical knowledge test; and for obviating airworthiness certification of small UAS within the operational limitations proposed.
March 31, 2015
SMALL UAV COALITION APPLAUDS THE FAA FOR IMPROVING ITS COMMERCIAL DRONE APPROVAL PROCESS
The Coalition welcomes both the FAA’s reforms to the section 333 process, but urges it to undertake additional improvements
WASHINGTON, DC – March 31, 2014 – The Small UAV Coalition applauds the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for taking important steps to improve the section 333 process, and especially for implementing some measures the Coalition recommended in a letter to the FAA earlier this month. Until the FAA issues its final rule for small unmanned aircraft systems, expected in 2016 or 2017, the section 333 process is the only way by which small UAVs may be legally authorized to operate commercially.
March 5, 2015
THE SMALL UAV COALITION IS READY TO START WORKING WITH NTIA ON PRIVACY ISSUES
The Small UAV Coalition will be a key participant in the upcoming NTIA multistakeholder process.
WASHINGTON, DC – MARCH 4, 2015 – Today the NTIA announced that it is seeking comment on its multistakeholder process to develop privacy best practices for commercial and government use of UAS. The Small UAV Coalition applauds NTIA Administrator Larry Strickling for his leadership of these issues, and for his emphasis on balancing privacy concerns with the need to protect US innovation and economic competitiveness.
February 17, 2015
SMALL UAV INDUSTRY WELCOMES EXECUTIVE ORDER ON PRIVACY
The Small UAV Coalition will be a key participant in the upcoming NTIA multistakeholder process.
WASHINGTON, DC – FEBRUARY 17, 2015 – The Small UAV Coalition welcomes the Executive Order released by the Obama Administration over the weekend, which creates guidelines for the government use of drones and sets up a multistakeholder process led by the National Telecommunications and Information Association (NTIA) to establish best practices for commercial and private operators.
February 15, 2015
SMALL UAV COALITION APPLAUDS THE FAA’S RELEASE OF THE PROPOSED SUAS RULE AS A GOOD FIRST STEP FOR INDUSTRY
The Coalition looks forward to working with the Administration to develop a final rule that will preserve safety and ensure success of the industry.
WASHINGTON, DC – FEBRUARY 15, 2014 – The Small UAV Coalition is very pleased the FAA has at long last published its proposed small unmanned aerial systems (sUAS) rule. At this time the proposed rule has not been made available to the public, but based on a summary provided today and a Regulatory Evaluation released yesterday, we applaud the FAA for creating a flexible framework that appears to be risk-based, as we have advocated, and focused on the technological capabilities of UAVs, rather than simply adapting a set of rules from those currently governing manned aircraft.
February 15, 2015 | The White House
MEMORANDUM FOR THE HEADS OF EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENTS AND AGENCIES
Promoting Economic Competitiveness While Safeguarding Privacy, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties in Domestic Use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems
Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) technology continues to improve rapidly, and increasingly UAS are able to perform a variety of missions with greater operational flexibility and at a lower cost than comparable manned aircraft. A wide spectrum of domestic users — including industry, private citizens, and Federal, State, local, tribal, and territorial governments — are using or expect to use these systems, which may play a transformative role in fields as diverse as urban infrastructure management, farming, public safety, coastal security, military training, search and rescue, and disaster response.
February 15, 2015 | FAA
DOT and FAA Propose New Rules for Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems
Regulations will facilitate integration of small UAS into U.S. aviation system
WASHINGTON – The Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration today proposed a framework of regulations that would allow routine use of certain small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in today’s aviation system, while maintaining flexibility to accommodate future technological innovations.
January 20-21, 2015
Small UAV Coalition’s Annual Meeting Takes Washington By Storm
January 20-21 2015 – The Small UAV Coalition hosted its members in Washington, DC, marking its first annual meeting since the organization’s founding in August 2014. The busy itinerary included meetings on Capitol Hill with Members of Congress, a meeting with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), a technology fair at the National Press Club, and a concert at the 9:30 Club with Grammy® Award Winning Artists OK GO, which raised over $30,000 for the Know Before You Fly Campaign.
January 16, 2015
Small UAV Coalition Welcomes New Members
Washington, DC – Today, the Small UAV Coalition announced the addition of two new members, Hazon Solutions and Drone Deploy, to its growing alliance of technology companies advocating for the safe integration of small UAVs in the National Air Space (NAS).
January 7, 2015
Sky-Futures Receives UK Civil Aviation Authority National Qualified Entity Status
Sky-Futures, the global leaders in Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Inspections in Oil and Gas, has been granted UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) National Qualified Entity (NQE) status. This certification awarded by the UK CAA, in addition to our ‘Permission’ to operate UAS held for over 4 years, further acknowledges Sky-Futures as a global leader in UAS safety, training and operations excellence.
January 5, 2015 | Know Before You Fly
CEA, LEADING UAS ORGANIZATIONS AND THE FAA TO HOST PRESS CONFERENCE ON “DRONE” SAFETY CAMPAIGN
LAS VEGAS—On Wednesday, Jan. 7, the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)® will join leading unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) organizations and the FAA at a 2015 International CES® press conference on a new safety campaign, Know Before You Fly. The education campaign seeks to provide all prospective users of UAS with the information and guidance they need to fly safely and responsibly.
December 22, 2014
AUVSI, AMA, SMALL UAV Coalition and FAA Launch “Know Before You Fly” Campaign
Leading UAS organizations seek to promote safe and responsible flying in partnership with the FAA
WASHINGTON – Leading unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) industry and hobbyist groups, along with the federal government, today launched a new educational campaign today titled, “Know Before You Fly,” which provides prospective operators with the information and guidance they need to fly safely and responsibly. The effort is being spearheaded by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) and the Small UAV Coalition in partnership with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
November 27, 2014
SMALL UAV COALITION CALLS ON THE FAA TO TURN ITS FOCUS TO THE COMMERCIAL UAV RULE
Only by enacting rules for the integration of small commercial unmanned aerial vehicles in U.S. airspace will the FAA ensure safe operations and American competitiveness
WASHINGTON, DC – NOVEMBER 27, 2014 – The Small UAV Coalition released the following statement from executive director Michael Drobac:
“The Small UAV Coalition once again calls on the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to focus on its congressionally mandated task of setting rules for the commercial UAV industry that will promote safety, consumer benefits and trust. The FAA already is behind schedule on the September 2015 deadline set by Congress for a final rule for commercial UAVs. A pathway for responsible commercial UAV use is needed and it appears the FAA is, instead, spending time and resources on a small number of inappropriate recreational UAV uses.
November 19, 2014
SMALL UAV COALITION URGES THE FAA TO FOCUS RESOURCES ON REGULATIONS THAT WILL ENABLE DOMESTIC UAV INNOVATION
Recent court cases distract from timely and safe integration of small UAVs
WASHINGTON, DC – NOVEMBER 19, 2014 – The Small UAV Coalition released the following statement from executive director Michael Drobac:
“The Small UAV Coalition is neither surprised nor disappointed by the recent National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) ruling, which provides that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has the authority to take enforcement action against operators of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). However, the Coalition urges the FAA to focus its attention and resources on achievements that will allow for the timely and safe operation of small UAVs.
November 12, 2014
SMALL UAV COALITION ASKS FAA TO FORM SMALL UAV ADVISORY COMMITTEE
The committee would focus on autonomous and beyond line of sight operations
WASHINGTON, DC – NOVEMBER 12, 2014 – The Small UAV Coalition submitted a letter to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) last week to request the creation of an Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) specifically related to small UAVs, in order to tackle issues that the FAA is not likely to address in the upcoming small UAV rule. Specifically, the Small UAV Coalition wants the committee to focus on issues related to autonomous and beyond line of sight (BLOS) operations. The FAA has devoted time and attention to these operations, although they are technologically feasible and increasingly common throughout the world. The Small UAV Coalition believes a small UAV ARC would provide the opportunity for an engaging and productive dialogue between manufacturers, operators, and agency officials.
October 28, 2014
SMALL UAV COALITION URGES SWIFT APPROVAL OF SENSEFLY’S PETITION FOR EXEMPTION
Approval of the petition would pave efficient way for manufacturers to certify operators in the United States
WASHINGTON, DC – OCTOBER 28, 2014 – The Small UAV Coalition filed comments yesterday in support of senseFly’s recent petition to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), in which senseFly requested permission for it and its operators to operate its eBee in the United States for precision agriculture purposes. Although the Coalition has filed comments in support of 31 other petitions, this petition is notable in that its approval would create a path for other companies to operate the senseFly eBee for similar purposes without requiring these companies to obtain their own exemption. The FAA’s position to date is to entertain petitions only from individual operators – meaning that each operator of the eBee separately would have to undergo the 4-month petition process even after the FAA approved 1.5 lb eBee for operation by senseFly.
October 17, 2014
SMALL UAV COALITION CHALLENGES SAFETY COMMENTS BY FAA OFFICIAL
Coalition Says Companies Can Demonstrate Safety of the Technology; Cites FAA Bureaucracy for Delays
WASHINGTON, DC – OCTOBER 17, 2014 – The following statement has been issued by Michael Drobac, executive director of the Small UAV Coalition:
“The Small UAV Coalition is extremely disappointed with the comments of the FAA Deputy Associate Administrator for Aviation Safety related to unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV). At a time when the FAA is currently behind schedule in developing a rule for commercial use of small UAVs, any conclusory and indiscriminate statement about the safety of UAVs when only a handful of commercial operations are allowed is simply not credible.
October 3, 2014
SMALL UAV COALITION HEADS TO LONDON FOR COMMERCIAL UAV SHOW
Michael Drobac and Jennifer Richter will present opportunities and challenges for small UAVs
The Small UAV Coalition is excited to participate in the Commercial UAV Show in London, UK on October 21-22. In addition to sponsoring the event, the Coalition’s executive director Michael Drobac and Akin Gump partner Jennifer Richter will deliver a presentation on October 22 titled “One Small Coalition, One Big Goal: Timely Use of Small UAVs.” The duo will discuss current and future capabilities of small UAVs, regulatory developments in the US, and issues related to communication capabilities for small UAVs.
October 1, 2014
SMALL UAV COALITION LAUNCHED TO ADVANCE THE COMMERCIAL USE OF UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLES
Remarkable technologies benefit consumers and promote U.S. competitiveness
WASHINGTON, DC – OCTOBER 1, 2014 – Leading technology companies today formally announced the formation of the Small UAV Coalition to help pave the way for commercial, philanthropic, and civil use of small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) in the United States and abroad. Chief among the organization’s goals is to advance a regulatory environment that will support safe, reliable, and timely operation of small UAVs.
September 9, 2014
2014 SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY FAIR ON CAPITOL HILL SHOWCASES U.S. INNOVATION AND GLOBAL COMPETITIVENESS
WASHINGTON, DC – SEPTEMBER 9, 2014 – Following is a statement by Michael Drobac, executive
director, of the Small UAV Coalition:
“We are pleased to participate in the Congressional UAS Caucus’s 2nd Annual Technology Fair today,
where the increased emphasis on small commercial UAS demonstrates its growing importance to the
industry as a whole.