A task force composed of public and private stakeholders recommend federal regulators stand up an unmanned aerial vehicle registration process that is simple to use, free and only required of drones over a certain weight.
The agency says at least one company is already offering to help operators register drones for a fee.
The Federal Aviation Administration shoudl issue regulations that ensure the safety of crews on commercial space flights, but needs more time to consult with industry, according to a recently released Government Accountability Office report.
In the past year, only a couple of hundred users have downloaded a prototype of a free mobile device app that's designed to help private aircraft pilots record digital flight data with the aim of improving safety. But the app's developer said it gives federal regulators a start to better address general aviation safety issues.
Model aircraft hobbyists and other drone users can tap into a new government smartphone application that will give them information on whether it's safe and legal to fly their vehicles at a particular location.
The government solutions company is leading the integration effort that will help the agency take advantage of cloud computing services.
Federal aviation regulators by September expect to develop a foundation for a detailed plan to integrate drones into U.S. airspace, and then enact it in December, congressional investigators said in a new report.
The upgrade to the En Route Automation Modernization system in the Leesburg, Va., facility triggered 492 delays and 476 cancelations. The system was returned to an earlier version of the software that apparently has fixed the problem.
The Secret Service, Capitol Police and other federal agencies made several mistakes that allowed Florida resident Douglas Hughes to breach restricted airspace with a gyrocopter in April and land on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol, according to a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee investigation.
This summer, firefighters in California were about to drop fire retardant from low-flying aircraft on a fire burning thousands of acres of wildlands in the San Bernardino Mountains when they saw a small drone flying between two of the planes. Because of this, officials had to ground their aircrafts.