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This is a media curation page for the PIRatE Lab's AARR Program.  We are developing practical, low cost programs to monitor resources in our coastal zone (the land near the ocean and the ocean near the land) with Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs aka "drones") overhead and subtidal Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs) .  Enjoy!!  
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Feds charge Hollywood man after drone strikes LAPD helicopter

Feds charge Hollywood man after drone strikes LAPD helicopter | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
A Hollywood man is arrested by the FBI after a drone crashed into a LAPD helicopter earlier this year, forcing its pilot to make an emergency landing.
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So many drones and aircraft swarmed the site of Kobe Bryant's helicopter crash that the FAA was forced to close the airspace

So many drones and aircraft swarmed the site of Kobe Bryant's helicopter crash that the FAA was forced to close the airspace | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
The restriction is in effect until the end of the month to prevent aircraft from entering the airspace, a rare occurrence for crashes.
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Contact Congress Now About Higher Flight

Contact Congress Now About Higher Flight | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
Take Action, Contact Congress Now About Higher Flight The Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) needs your help on an urgent matter regarding contacting
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Maria Fire-Drones Induce Pause in Helo Operations

As of 6am on November 1, the Maria Fire has grown to 8,300 acres with zero percent containment, having and entered some oil fields at night. Two drones wer
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Drone comments on the Maria Fire are at 1:45 in the video
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Recurrent Remote Pilot Certificate Part 107 numbers down 73%

Recurrent Remote Pilot Certificate Part 107 numbers down 73% | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
Everyone included in the 54,978 as of 9/1/17 (besides the Part 61 wildcard, aka data collection shortcoming) would have needed to take the recurrent knowledge test to be current. As of 9/9/19, only 14,219 RPC holders have taken the test, so 40,759 are not legally in a position to operate sUAS for commercial purposes. Down …
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DJI, Huawei, Spying and How They Bamboozled the FAA and American Public

DJI, Huawei, Spying and How They Bamboozled the FAA and American Public | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
DJI is in the press again about security concerns and has continually been allowed free range access over at the FAA when they were continually warned about security vulnerabilities. DJI has made public statement after public statement, but who should you believe? A foreign company or their US Public Policy person with zero security experience? …
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PA Drone Case Could Be Landmark Testing FAA Control

PA Drone Case Could Be Landmark Testing FAA Control | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
A court case involving local authorities, a drone enthusiast and his neighbor could set a precedent for how local law enforcement deals with drones.
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A drone user is being sued by by an ex police officer and current police dog trainer.  The allegations against the drone enthusiast are for taunting and causing kenneled dogs to cause harm to each other.
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FAA Makes Major Drone ID Marking Change

FAA Makes Major Drone ID Marking Change | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has posted a rule in the Federal Register requiring small drone owners to display the FAA-issued registration number on an outside surface of the aircraft. Owners and operators may no longer place or write registration numbers in an interior compartment. The rule is effective on February 23. The markings must be in place …
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State Farm Granted FAA Waiver For What?

State Farm Granted FAA Waiver For What? | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
State Farm Granted FAA Waiver for Damage Assessment Drone Flights, which includes flying over people and BVLOS.
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BlackFly – Anyone can Drive this personal VTOL without Pilot License

BlackFly – Anyone can Drive this personal VTOL without Pilot License | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
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While this thing will tank in short order, this idea is likely a persistent one: can anyone simply jump into one of these new generations of "air cars" and go wherever they want?  Regulation will surely come, but how quickly and to what extent?
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DJI Demands Withdrawal of 'Misleading' Drone Strike Video

DJI Demands Withdrawal of 'Misleading' Drone Strike Video | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
Last month, the University of Dayton Research Institute (UDRI) published an article and video showing what happens when a drone collides with an airplane
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PEER and HICoP file lawsuit to compel FAA to comply with National Air Tour Management Plan for National Parks (2000)

PEER and HICoP file lawsuit to compel FAA to comply with National Air Tour Management Plan for National Parks (2000) | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
PICTURES FROM A RECENT PUBLIC MEETING ON THE BIG ISLAND 'We have 40 years of complaints': Group files lawsuit against FAA National Parks Air Tour Management Act Federal Aviation Administration and National Park Service Plan due 2004- lawsuit to order Plan within 24 months I-Legal Background In 2000 the Congress enacted National Parks Air Tour Management Act (Public Law 106-181, 49 U.S. Code § 40128)(NPATMA). This legislation was passed in response to public outcries about noise from aircraft being operated over National Parks. NPATMA required the FAA to issue an Air Tour Management Plan (ATMP) when whenever a person applies for authority to conduct a commercial air tour operation over the park where such a plan is not in effect." NPATMA instructs the FAA to issue said plan, or voluntary agreement, WITHIN 24 MONTHS. Currently the FAA has only done the following: Voluntary Agreements Currently, voluntary agreements are being pursued at the following national park units: Badlands
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FAA Reauthorization Call To Action - before it's too late

FAA Reauthorization Call To Action - before it's too late | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
The RC hobbyist has been abandoned and ultimately disenfranchised by a system and Federal Aviation Administration that has proven itself to be ineffectual in safely integrating UAS into the National Airspace System. Airmap, AMA, AUVSI, Amazon, DJI, Google, PrecisionHawk, et al. are apparently more interested in moving product and denying reality than in safeguarding the …
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FAA Launches New Pilot Program to Reach Spanish-speaking Drone Users

FAA Launches New Pilot Program to Reach Spanish-speaking Drone Users | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
Credit: Wix Stock Library As we move forward together, we make more progress in removing the barriers set before us, allowing ourselves and people like ourselves to take full advantage of previously inaccessible opportunities. Accessibility is an essential aspect of being in a community, and it can be granted through l
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Los Angeles TV news helicopter struck by drone, lands safely

Los Angeles TV news helicopter struck by drone, lands safely | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
Drones are prohibited from flying in any way that interferes with an aircraft.
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The FAA Restricts Flight Over 60 New Sites: "National Security Sensitive Locations"

The FAA Restricts Flight Over 60 New Sites: "National Security Sensitive Locations" | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
In response to concerns about “malicious drone activity” the FAA has announced new airspace restrictions over 60 facilities – most of them federal prisons.  Reports of attempts to ma
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10 FAA Drone Rules that are still valid in 2019

10 FAA Drone Rules that are still valid in 2019 | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
This is a friendly infographic with 10 of the most important FAA drone rules that you need to follow to stay out of trouble.
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FAA expands LAANC capabilities to 100+ new airports: Digital Photography Review

FAA expands LAANC capabilities to 100+ new airports: Digital Photography Review | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
The FAA has expanded LAANC to increase access for commercial drone pilots in controlled airspace. 100+ airports have been added.
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FAA Highlights Changes for Recreational Drones

FAA Highlights Changes for Recreational Drones | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
The FAA highlights changes for recreational drones in a press release regarding the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018, mandated by Congress.
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FAA Warns UAV Drone Users Avoid Drone Registration Scheme Scams in US

FAA Warns UAV Drone Users Avoid Drone Registration Scheme Scams in US | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
FAA Reports that Drone users in USA are being charged up to $150 for a service that costs just $5.00! In a recent news update the FAA in the USA warns UAV drone users to avoid using drone registration schemes to register their drone. Apparently this announcement comes after a number of drone owners have apparently been scammed by websites offering to assist drone users with the official registration of their drone/s and charging large fees for their service.
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FAA Responds To Technology Moving At The Speed of Innovation

FAA Responds To Technology Moving At The Speed of Innovation | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
The FAA responds to technology moving at the speed of innovation and expands the activities permitted under part 107.
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"The Speed on Innovation" is a joke when it comes to the FAA.
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Gatwick Airport disruption: Time for UK to get anti-drone technology?

Gatwick Airport disruption: Time for UK to get anti-drone technology? | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
Strong sales of small consumer drones – especially in the run up to Christmas each year - have led to repeated warnings about a possible threat to scheduled flights.
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Episode 14: The FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 w/ Michael Huerta, Former Admin of the FAA by InterDrone

We invited the Former Administrator of the FAA, Michael P. Huerta, on the podcast to take a deep dive into the current FAA Reauthorization Act that just passed. The new legislation eliminates Section
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Analysis- FAA Reauthorization Act and Airports | JDA Journal

Analysis- FAA Reauthorization Act and Airports | JDA Journal | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
Everything that you need to know about the FAA Reauthorization Act and Airports
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Drones are mostly here seen as threats under this reauthorization.....Great.
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FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 Passes with New Provisions for Drones

FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 Passes with New Provisions for Drones | Remotely Piloted Systems | Scoop.it
Yesterday, the Senate passed the highly anticipated FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 with an overwhelming majority. A large portion of the bill covered small UAS flights within the National Airspace System (NAS) and some major changes were included. The Section 336 protection, which prevented the FAA from regulating model aircraft was repealed, closing the hobbyist loophole. The FAA has stated in the past that Section 336 presented a roadblock in its plans to have every drone adopt a universal remote ID system. Now with its removal, recreational users must register their drone and pass an Aeronautical Knowledge Test. This was seen as necessary as step towards building a Universal Traffic Management system where both drones and traditional aircraft can be tracked effectively. The FAA has been mandated to create another pilot program, this time for Counter-UAS technology and accurate incident reporting. Law enforcement will soon be enabled to report on illegal drone use by inputting
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