There are more than 100 sightings or close calls between aircraft and drones every month. Pilots of both planes and drones are lucky that, to date, there hasn’t been a midair collision. AMU faculty member Anthony Galante, who is also a trained airline pilot and the director of training for the Unmanned Safety Institute, discusses why drones make him nervous every time he flies. Read more about the government's effort to regulate recreational drones and some of the specifics that still must be answered to keep the nation's airspace safe.
On April 25, a massive 7.8-magnitude earthquake ripped through the heart of central Nepal. The resulting devastation crippled the region, razing entire villages and cities. As with any natural disaster, the main challenge for search and rescue teams is safely locating and rescuing people who have been injured, trapped in debris, or cut off from urbanized areas. However, a series of aftershocks coupled with Nepal's mountainous landscape and poor infrastructure made it extremely difficult for rescue teams to reach impacted areas. Read more about how unmanned aerial systems (UAS), commonly known as drones, can be extremely beneficial to rescue operations and why U.S. public safety agencies should be pushing for federal regulations to allow them to use drones for disaster response.
This January, a personal unmanned aerial system (UAS) crashed on to the White House lawn. While the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) intended to bring forward new regulations for the public and commercial use of UAS in 2015, this incident seems to have accelerated the timetable. On February 15, the FAA released proposed rule changes. What are the key components of the new proposed regulations and how could it impact law enforcement agencies across the country?