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  • The Old Pueblo Gets a New Tower

    A new air traffic control tower has arrived at Tucson International Airport - owned and operated by the FAA. Commissioned on Sept. 23, 2016, the new state-of-the-art, 252 foot tower replaces a 58-year-old landmark. The $40 million project includes a 1,600-panel solar farm built to offset much of the facility's electricity use.

    Sep 23, 2016

  • Waiver Guidance for Small UAS Operators

    Concerned that your drone operations don’t meet the requirements of the FAA’s new small unmanned aircraft systems rule? Maybe you want to fly at night, higher than 400 feet or beyond visual line-of-sight. That’s where waivers come in. The FAA's new small drone rule effective August 29 – formally known as Part 107 -- allows for some expanded operations based on technology mitigations if you can make the safety case for a waiver of some provisions. Learn more:

    Aug 26, 2016

  • Operating Options Guidance for Small UAS Operators

    The FAA's new small drone rule -- formally known as Part 107 – is effective August 29. Wondering what happens to your Section 333 exemption grant or petition? It’s your choice whether you fly under your exemption or under the new small UAS rule. Compare the conditions and limitations in your exemption and COA to the operating requirements in the new rule to determine which one best addresses your needs.

    Aug 26, 2016

  • Knowledge Test Guidance for Small UAS Operators

    Take advantage of a new world of opportunities for drone operators now that the new small drone rule for non-hobbyists is in effect. We've posted extensive materials, including a test guide and sample questions, to help you prepare for the knowledge test. Review the materials by clicking on the “Part 107 Knowledge Test Prep” button at

    Aug 18, 2016

  • Philadelphia is a No Drone Zone during the Democratic National Convention

    If you're attending the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, leave your drone at home. Philadelphia is a No Drone Zone during the DNC.

    Jul 21, 2016