Brad Boyd: Drone users — May I see your license, please?
Pressures are mounting for everyone involved in the unmanned aircraft systems industry, as increasingly severe penalties and new registration requirements force recreational and commercial users of UAS to adapt to evolving laws and regulations. With a recent $1.9 million penalty levied for improper drone use, together with the FAA’s anticipated registration requirements, those who fly […]
Amazon reveals drone details but no timetable
Amazon is giving new details on its Prime Air drone delivery program. But the timeline is still unclear. The retailer says Prime Air will one day deliver packages up to 5 pounds in 30 minutes or less using small drones. The drones will fly under 400 feet and weigh less than 55 pounds, according to […]
Law firm offers primer on insurance issues surrounding drones
While the Federal Aviation Administration is grappling with how to regulate the use of drones, recreational and commercial users of unmanned aircraft might be searching for answers to another question: how to minimize their potential liability as owners or operators of the devices. Although many law firms and aviation attorneys have already begun to delve […]
2 arrested in plot to fly contraband into Cumberland prison with drone
Police arrested two men with a drone near a Maryland state prison as the men prepared to fly drugs, tobacco and pornography into the maximum-security institution, state police and prison officials said Monday. The arrests on Saturday near Cumberland highlight a growing problem for prison operators nationwide as they struggle to get ahead of the […]
Drone trade secrets lawsuit settles
ROCKVILLE — A Riverdale drone distributor has settled a lawsuit against a former employee it alleged started his own, rival company while still an employee. IntelligentUAS LLC fired Daniel Tran the same day last June that it filed a lawsuit against Tran and his Gaithersburg-based company, HY Innovations Inc., according to the Riverdale company’s lawyer. […]
Drones rule: Proposed rules for commercial unmanned aircraft
Drone on, the government says. Just not through the night sky. Or close to an airport. Or out of the operator's sight. And probably not winging its way with a pizza or package, any time soon.
Drone rules slow to take flight
(AP) The Obama administration is on the verge of proposing long-awaited rules for commercial drone operations in U.S. skies, but key decisions on how much access to grant drones are likely to come from Congress next year. Federal Aviation Administration officials have said they want to release proposed rules before the end of this month, […]
Md. drone maker joins increasingly crowded skies
Mulling future commercial uses, a Maryland drone producer is testing out one of its models in Virginia airspace after winning regulatory approval for the exercises.
FAA OKs drone’s flight from University of Maryland site
The Federal Aviation Administration has authorized the University of Maryland Unmanned Aircraft Systems Test Site, located in California in St. Mary’s County, to fly the Talon 240, designed and manufactured by UAV Solutions Inc., of Jessup. The Talon 240 has a 20-foot wingspan and can fly for 3½ hours. The drone was designed for military […]
Dallas suburb removes books from its banned list
Lifting a book ban heads legal-news roundup that includes comparison of Eric Holder and RFK, drone use by police and a tale of strip searches in two cities.
Army: No video planned on Md. surveillance blimps
The Army says it won't install high-powered video cameras on two blimp-like surveillance aircraft that will start hovering above suburban Baltimore in December.
Suits challenge FAA rules on drones, model aircraft
Model aircraft hobbyists, research universities and commercial drone interests filed lawsuits Friday challenging a government directive that they say imposes tough new limits on the use of model aircraft and broadens the agency’s ban on commercial drone flights.