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Why the FAA’s Mandatory TRUST Drone Test Won’t Provide Any Safety

As reported recently here on Petapixel, the FAA has rolled out a new testing program for recreational UAV (a.k.a., drone) users, created to “provide education and testing for recreational flyers on important safety and regulatory information.” As with many government-mandated programs, it provides neither education nor safety.

FAA Publishes Final Drone Rules: Remote ID Now Required

The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has published final rules for Part 107 drone operations (drones used for commercial work). The rules specify the need for Remote ID and also loosen the rules around flying over people at night.

Man Fined $20,000 After His Runaway Drone Landed at a Major Airport

A California man is learning the hard way that you ignore the FAA's drone regulations at your own risk. He is facing nearly $20,000 in fines from the federal government after his runaway drone flew over the Las Vegas strip and landed next to an active runway at Las Vegas' main airport.

Photographer Stuck in Vietnam After Flying with Recalled MacBook Pro

Here's one last PSA for any photographer using a 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro made between September 2015 and February 2017: if you haven't checked your serial number to see if your battery has been recalled, do so ASAP. Not only are you putting yourself in danger, you might end up stranded in a foreign country, like British travel photographer Julian Elliott.

FAA Bans Some 15-Inch MacBook Pros from Flying Due to Battery Recall

If you own one of the 15-inch MacBook Pros that was part of Apple's recent battery recall, you'll want to get the battery replaced before you try and take it on a flight. The FAA has confirmed that all affected MacBook Pros are banned from flying until and unless the battery is replaced by Apple.

US Drone Pilots Can Now Get Near-Real Time FAA Airspace Authorization

If you're a recreational drone user in the United States, there's cause to celebrate. Yesterday, the FAA announced that they have expanded their LAANC system to include recreational drone pilots, allowing users to get "near-real time" approval to fly in controlled airspace, as long as you stay below 400ft.

DJI AirSense Adds Aircraft Detection to Consumer Drones

DJI has just announced that it will be building aircraft detection into all of its consumer drones weighing over 250 grams starting in 2020. Called AirSense, the technology will allow drone pilots to be made aware of airplanes and helicopters miles away.