Wednesday, October 7, 2015

EMMU LLC Granted FAA Section 333 Exemption to Operate UAS Commercially

The Federal Aviation Administration Grants Section 333 Exemption Status and a Certificate of Authorization to EMMU LLC, an aerial imaging solutions company.
Rockledge, FL October 07, 2015 EMMU LLC (EMMU), an aerial imaging solutions company, has been granted a Section 333 Exemption and a Certificate of Authorization (COA) for commercial Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) operations throughout the United States by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

FAA Fines Drone Company That Flew Near NY, Chicago Airports $1.9 Million

The Federal Aviation Administration announced its harshest civil penalty against a UAS operator for alleged illegal drone flights over some of the United States' major aviation hubs. The $1.9 million penalty is against SkyPan International Inc., a Chicago-based company the FAA says flew 65 illegal flights between March 21, 2012, and Dec. 15, 2014, over Chicago and New York, in addition to other locations.


Saturday, September 19, 2015

The Latest News on Unmanned Aerial Systems - Seeing beyond the long-range potential of UAS

Many UAS-related businesses with commercial exemptions are anxious to take advantage of the technology’s capabilities, but are being held back by FAA restrictions. Does one company’s experience show a path forward?

Exemptions for the commercial operation of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) issued by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) have come with an important caveat: the aircraft cannot operate beyond visual line of sight (LOS), greatly restricting their use for many applications.

UAS Magazine – The Latest News on Unmanned Aerial Systems - Seeing beyond the long-range potential of UAS

Friday, August 28, 2015

FAA B4UFLY Smartphone App released for Beta Testing

B4UFLY is an easy-to-use smartphone app that helps unmanned aircraft operators determine whether there are any restrictions or requirements in effect at the location where they want to fly.

On August 28, 2015, the FAA released B4UFLY to approximately 1,000 beta testers, including members of industry, government, and the public.  EMMU LLC was selected as one of the beta testers for the B4UFLY smartphone app.

This limited beta test is expected to run for several months, after which the FAA plans to make a final version of B4UFLY available for the general public. The beta version of the app is for iOS devices only, but the FAA intends to release a future version for both iOS and Android devices.

Key features of the B4UFLY app include:
  • A clear "status" indicator that immediately informs the operator about their current or planned location. For example, it shows flying in the Special Flight Rules Area around Washington, DC is prohibited
  • Information on the parameters that drive the status indicator
  • A "Planner Mode" for future flights in different locations
  • Informative, interactive maps with filtering options
  • Links to other FAA UAS resources and regulatory information

Monday, August 3, 2015

PSA That Explains The Hazards Of Flying A Drone Near A Wildfire

Responding to recent incidents in which unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), also known as "drones," interfered with manned aircraft involved in wildland firefighting operations, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is supporting the U.S. Department of the Interior and U.S. Forest Service in their simple message to drone operators: If you fly; we can’t.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Where in the world is that drone..
Google Earth may have some new competition... This is pretty awesome, just click a location and see it from a drones perspective! 
“Ever wish you could pick a place on the planet and instantly have a drone’s-eye view? Well, now you can.

Head over to TravelByDrone, a curated index of drone videos on YouTube sorted on a handy world map. Pick a place, click a pin and boom - you’ll be floating over oceans, cities and forests in no time.

As you’d expect, the U. S. and Europe have the highest concentration of pins. But there are plenty of drone videos from many other countries, including this stunning one from Sri Lanka. ”

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Drones Are Becoming the Oil Industry's Guardian Angels

As petroleum has become harder to find, it's become increasingly costly and dangerous to extract. Could aerial data-collection bots create a new boom in fossil fuels?

More; Drones Are Becoming the Oil Industry's Guardian Angels | HP