Category Archives: Press

We Owe a Great Debt to the Academy of Model Aeronautics

Our partner site, Drone Racing life published an article USDRA Chairman Dave Shevett wrote regarding the AMA. Folks should check it out, it’s good stuff…

Eventually, the drone pilots and the AMA started talking to each other, and realized everyone was on the same side. All it took was an understanding that enthusiasts and builders want to have fun and be safe. It soon came clear is there was a common cause for both the AMA and the new drone community. The public, the press, and the government were all forming their own ideas about what our hobby was about, and the ‘risks’ they saw with it, and in our eyes… it didn’t match with what we all knew.

Full article on DroneRacingLife.com…

FAA Posts Final UAS Rules

The FAA has released the final draft on the “part 107” rule set for drones and unattended aircraft.

The important part for most drone racers / enthusiasts is this:

Part 107 will not apply to model aircraft. Model aircraft operators must continue to satisfy all the criteria specified in Section 336 of Public Law 112-95 (PDF) (which will now be codified in Part 101), including the stipulation they be operated only for hobby or recreational purposes.

The included Section part 336 there is important, as that is what the AMA and other model aircraft enthusiasts settled in as ‘established law’ regarding remote control aircraft. This ruling, at least by our reading, seems to set things back where they were before the discussions started up again, which is good news.

The full FCC Press release is on the FAA.gov website.

Connex ProSight Digital HD FPV System Announced

A big announcement today from ProSight. Resellers will be accepting orders for the ConnexHD digital FPV transmitter on June 1st. This may be the holy grail for many FPV racers frustrated with the current analog 5.8 environment.

CONNEX™ ProSight is the missing link needed to usher in a new era in FPV racing. Plagued by analog systems’ poor image quality, and connectivity issues in multi-pilot scenarios, the sport needs a breakthrough to take it to the next level.
CONNEX ProSight is just that, transforming FPV drones into a completely new kind of immersive experience for beginners and experts alike.
The Connex ProSight HD Vision Pack is a true game changer. It delivers unparalleled vision performance with delay-free wireless transmission. Its superior image quality combined with ease of installation, smooth configuration and improved multi-pilot flying experience that provide unmatched usability.
Price for the Bundle Package: US$499

This is higher than existing analog systems (by a factor of 5), but the possibility of getting high quality digital video, without the channel mayhem, with 27 simultaneous channels, and the ability to use digital HUD / goggles – this is something we’re going to be very excited to get our hands on!

See the full announcement at ConnexHD.com.

Drone Demo Day, Williamsburg, VA

Demo day in Williamsburg
Demo day in Williamsburg

WILLIAMSBURG, VA — By special arrangement with the Virginia Department of Aviation (DOAV) and the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Flight Standards District Office in Richmond, a first-ever Drone Demonstration will take place at Williamsburg-Jamestown Airport on May 7, 2016 as part of “International Drone Day” activities being held to promote responsible use of drone technology for positive applications, such as package delivery and precision farming.

The Drone Day event is open to the public and press, and marks one of the first times aircraft and drones are being operated simultaneously at a public airport. Airport owner Larry Waltrip, who conceived of the event, said “Drones are an important evolution in aviation, and we are proud to help take a leading role in making this happen. Special approvals had to be obtained for the demo, because drones are not ordinarily permitted to be flown at or near airports, but that’s changing.”

The demo will be performed by Tidewater Drone Club and feature home-built and commercially-available drones operated by skilled practitioners of this exciting new hobby. Tidewater Drone Club President John Sutton said “Our flight demo will include aerial photography as well as FPV (First Person Video) races at a specially-designated part of the airfield. In addition to the flying, we will have static displays of some of our members’ drones, and DOAV is bringing their trailer filled with information about aviation technologies and careers that should interest young people.”

There is no charge to attend, and parking is free. In case of inclement weather, the demonstration will be held the following day, Sunday May 8th. No outside drones will be allowed at the airport.

Tickets for Drone Day Boston 2016 Now Available

The USDRA will be at the Drone Day Boston event on May 7th. Tickets are now available!

Drone Day Boston
Drone Day B

The purpose of International Drone Day is to show the world that drones are good, and can be used for many good purposes. Movie making, search and rescue, police work, architecture, inspections, emergency response, and for just having fun.

So join us on Saturday May 7th 2016, from 11am – 6pm for fun and excitement!

FAA Implements Drone Registration

2015-09-273.jpgAs the USDRA predicted a few weeks ago, the FAA has announced the final details and launch date for online Drone Registration. The details are about as expected; using an online registration system a pilot will receive an identification number that must be visible on the craft. The registration number can be used on any number of hobbyist-built/owned craft owned by a single pilot. These rules are required for anything over 250 grams, which covers most racing quads.

According to the press release

The 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 site isn’t active yet – it will go live on December 21st. For the first 30 days, registration will be free. After that, it will be $5. Registrations are valid for 3 years.

FAA To Roll Out Drone Registration

The FAA and US Transportation Association announced this week that in the next 30 days they will be making a recommendation on how to implement drone registration :

WASHINGTON – U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and FAA Administrator Michael Huerta today announced the creation of a task force to develop recommendations for a registration process for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS).

The USDRA is supportive of this process, and believes the FAA is acting in the best interest of the public. We have reached out to the FAA requesting that we have input into the decision process, so that the racing community will not be adversely affected by any new rules that are forthcoming.