Jan. 4, 2016 – Growing a “brain in a dish”, the prospect of creating designer babies, and the possibility of detecting the first signs of extra-terrestrial intelligence–these are just some of the most important scientific news stories of 2015, according to some of the world’s leading scholars celebrating the year’s achievements. The question posed to the […]

FAA Announces Small UAS Registration Rule

December 14, 2015 WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today announced a streamlined and user-friendly web-based aircraft registration process for owners of small unmanned aircraft (UAS) weighing more than 0.55 pounds (250 grams) and less than 55 pounds (approx. 25 kilograms) including payloads such as on-board cameras. The Registration Task […]

FAA Releases Drone Registration – Rulemaking Process has Begun

November 23, 2015, Elizabeth A Tennyson, AOPA Communications – The FAA has accepted the final recommendations of its drone registration task force and begun the rulemaking process, moving the agency one step closer to establishing registration procedures ahead of anticipated record holiday sales of drones. The task force, which included AOPA, focused on producing recommendations that […]

NAGC Announces Partnership with AG IDG

The National Agricultural Genotyping Center and Ag Innovation Development Group signed a Memorandum of Understanding stating the parties will work together to accelerate the commercialization of agricultural technology.  The technologies created will increase farm production, improve sustainability and increase income. “Partnerships like this are important to the economic future of American farmers,” said Richard Vierling, […]

Busting Myths About the FAA and Unmanned Aircraft

In response to inquiries, we are providing additional information on UAS operations and the regulations that apply to those operations. Here are some common myths and the clarifying facts. Myth #1: Unmanned aircraft are not aircraft. Fact – Unmanned aircraft, regardless of whether the operation is for recreational, hobby, business, or commercial purposes, are aircraft […]