While the Government Accountability Office report did not make any recommendations to relevant U.S. agencies, it pointed out concerns among stakeholders about prescriptive standards versus a performance-based approach.
Additionaly, the cable news organization CNN will look at how drones can be used for newsgathering in urban areas within visual line-of-sight operations.
Federal aviation regulators said a new highly advanced computer system that will enable air traffic controllers to more safely and effectively manage high-altitude flights was recently completed.
The ACLU has called for rules that limit law enforcement agencies' use of drones when collecting evidence of wrongdoing, for emergencies or other uses where there's no reason to think it would invade privacy.
"The status quo of unstable, unpredictable funding for the National Airspace System has led to serious problems at the FAA," said National Air Traffic Controllers Association President Paul Rinaldi.
As the Federal Aviation Administration shifts to a more advanced and networked Internet-technology based air-traffic control system, it needs to develop a comprehensive threat model to better protect computer networks against cyber threats.
The Federal Aviation Administration hasn't done enough to protect its air traffic control system from cyber attacks, says a recently released Government Accountability Office report. "Significant security control weaknesses remain, threatening the agency's ability to ensure the safe and uninterrupted operation of the national airspace system," the GAO says in the report.
The Federal Aviation Administration has requested $15.83 billion under the president's fiscal 2016 budget proposal – including almost $1 billion for Next Generation Air Transportation System, or NextGen.
If federal regulators don't revamp rules designed to accelerate drone research and development for civilian use, U.S. companies will likely shift testing and operations – and jobs – abroad, several witnesses told a House subcommittee last week.
The Federal Aviation Administration could have a tough time meeting its deadline for the Next Generation Air Transportation program, or NextGen – a 20-year, $40 billion initiative designed to modernize a decades-old U.S. aviation system by using satellite-based, digital technologies to make air travel safe, reliable, convenient and more predictable – according to the Transportation Department's inspector general.