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04 Jul

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Latest FAA News and Updates, Press Releases, Fact Sheets, Speeches, and Testimony
  • The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is evaluating a prototype system that the agency expects will ultimately provide near real-time processing of airspace authorization requests for unmanned aircraft (UAS) operators nationwide. The system is designed to automatically approve most requests to operate in specific areas of airspace below designated altitudes.The FAA has deployed the Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability(LAANC) for drone operators at several air traffic facilities in an evaluation to see how well the prototype system functions and to address any issues that arise during testing. Two agency-approved companies, AirMap and Skyward, are currently providing LAANC services. During the...

  • The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) quickly approved the first unmanned aircraft operation of its kind to help restore cellular service in Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria.The Flying COW (Cell on Wings) drone, developed by AT&T, functions like a cell tower in the sky, restoring voice, data and internet service. It flies up to 200 feet above the ground, covering an area of 40 square miles, and is particularly useful in remote areas.The Pulse Vapor 55 drone, which resembles a miniature helicopter, is fitted with LTE radios and antennas and is tethered to ground-based electronics and power systems....

  • For the first time, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is seeking public comments on proposed airworthiness criteria for an unmanned aircraft system, more popularly known as a drone.The Federal Register notice asks for comments on proposed design standards needed for the FlightScan Corporation Camcopter S-100 to fly safely in U.S. airspace. The ultimate goal of this and other projects is to grant FAA airworthiness certification to fully functional, ready-to-operate unmanned aircraft. The S-100 is the first unmanned aircraft to have its certification basis published.The Camcopter S-100 is a vertical take-off drone that looks much like a traditional helicopter. It is...

04 Jul
A native Californian, David Wallace graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and was commissioned a Navy Ensign in 1984 as a Surface Warfare Officer; he retired twenty years later. 
He is currently a Navy civilian employee of the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command as a test and evaluation specialist within the Navy's Acquisition Workforce.  Son of a Navy pilot, he realized his dream of becoming a pilot in the days following his Navy retirement. 
Unaware of Plus One, he earned his Private pilot certificate at a Gillespie-based flying club.  Seeking to serve the community, he joined Civil Air Patrol in 2007 and is a Mission Pilot and mission Incident Commander.  He has participated in multiple missing aircraft search missions and located/secured numerous emergency locator transmitters.  
He has been a Plus One member since 2011 and has earned his instrument rating and Commercial pilot certificate as a club member.  He hosts the annual Desert Drop, a spot landing and sand-bomb contest.
His flying goals include a tailwheel endorsement, glider and multi-engine ratings, and landing at every public use airport in California.
Term Expiration: 30 June 2019