FAA

  • Earlier this year we saw the first example of a 3D-printed jet engine, now GE has announced the first 3D-printed part certified by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for a commercial jet engine. and will be retrofitted to over 400 GE90-94B jet engines on Boeing 777 aircraft.
  • Last month, Amazon was given permission to test a delivery drone prototype in the US, but there was a hitch – the vehicle cleared for use had already become obsolete. Now the agency has granted Amazon a green light to put its current models to the test.
  • Amazon has taken its Prime Air operations north of the US border to develop its delivery drones with greater regulatory freedom. A report in The Guardian on Monday revealed that the company has been testing its drones for the last few months at a top secret site in British Columbia, Canada.
  • If you want to operate your drone for commercial reasons in the US today, there are considerable hoops you'll need to fly through first. But an announcement today from the FAA is set to make this process more efficient, throwing a blanket approval over operators that meet a certain criteria.
  • It's been more than a year in the making but it seems that the regulatory wheels are beginning to turn on Amazon's bold plans for drone delivery. The FAA has today granted the online retailer permission to start testing its unmanned aircraft as part of its Prime Air initiative.
  • In the latest move towards opening up skies in the US for commercial drones, NASA and aerospace company Exelis have teamed up to develop a prototype air traffic control system.
  • News media heavyweight CNN has reached an agreement with the FAA designed to usher in the use of drones in newsgathering. CNN plans on experimenting with the vehicles in producing video content, while the government agency says the initiative will help to inform its drone policy moving forward.
  • The FAA has granted permission to a further two drone operators to use the aircraft for business purposes. Along with agriculture, the development will see drones put to use in real estate photography, popular in other parts of the world but a (legal) first for unmanned aircraft in the US.
  • If you were gifted a drone this festive season, then the FAA has you in its sights. It may not be in the form of long-awaited laws around unmanned flight, but it has launched Know Before You Fly, a campaign directed at rookie pilots whose expertise my be outstripped by their unbridled enthusiasm.
  • Even before it received FAA type certification, Cessna's Citation X+ had claimed the title of the world's fastest civilian aircraft. After receiving certification in June, the aircraft has continued its record-setting ways with a number of US city-to-city speed records.
  • The US FAA has today granted exemptions to six Hollywood studios to use drones in film production. The move marks significant progress in a collective push from commercial entities to tap into the potential of UAVs, something that the FAA as so far determined a no-go zone.
  • The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has waived the usual restrictions on unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and is allowing the BP oil company to use a Puma AE for aerial surveys over land for the first time in the United States.