According to the US Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Aerospace Forecast Fiscal Report 2018-2038, air travel is in a strong place and will continue to grow over the next two decades. The report examines all of American aviation, including the emerging area of unmanned aviation, trends around the Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) sector and is targeted at both hobbyists and commercial operators.
“Owning a drone does not a pilot make” (Morritt, 2017). Why does only answering a few questions give someone the ability to fly through the skies like piloted aircraft? The ability to obtain a Part 107 Remote Pilot License could be made more difficult and like manned aircraft have harsher penalties for violations from individuals who are not pilots.
In what has been a difficult time for autonomous vehicles, not helped by this recent incident involving a driver using the Tesoa Model X with the Autopilot feature. Unfortunately the driver later died in hospital, and the US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has not been impressed by the lack of information released by Tesla.
The Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) is set to fully launch the long-awaited system to expedite authorisations for operating drones. It released the first prototype of the Low Altitude Authorisation and Notification Capability (LAANC) system in October and will now release the beta version across the US.
The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has announced that the Office of Administrative Law approved regulations governing the driverless testing and public use of autonomous vehicles on California roads. Prior to these rules, autonomous vehicles could only be tested in California with an approved driver.
Footage emerged earlier this week of a plane being filmed from a drone hovering above. The incident took place near McCarran International Airport in Nevada. Unsurprisingly, many drone organisations have described the operator as reckless, and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) are investigating.
The SELF DRIVE (Safely Ensuring Lives Future Development and Research in Vehicle Evolution) bill has been passed by the US House of Representatives, with unusually bipartisan support. The bill lays out a basic federal framework for autonomous vehicle regulation, showing that self-driving cars have come into federal lawmakers’ attention.