November 19, 2017

FAA: Drones Hurricane Response ‘Landmark’

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The chief of the Federal Aviation Administration said, despite some problems during Hurricane Harvey in Houston, drone usage in responses to both Harvey and Irma would prove an evolutionary landmark for unmanned aviation.

Hoyer, Others Oppose Airport Perimeter Changes

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Congressman Steny H. Hoyer is among a group of regional lawmakers who are making their voices heard as work begins on 2017 Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization legislation, making possible changes to the region’s airport perimeters.

Airport Seeks Community Input

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The St. Mary’s County Regional Airport is preparing for a multi-year program of expansion and is actively soliciting community input for the development of its proposed Disadvantaged Business Enterprise program. A teleconference will be held at 10 am Dec. 13.

Budget Caps Good for Spending Discipline

Not all bad, experts say: statutory budget caps keep the brake on defense spending.

Transportation & FAA want All Drones Registered

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All drones, even those operated by hobbyists, could be required to register with the Dept. of Transportation and/or Federal Aviation Authority, perhaps as soon as November.

US to End Reliance on Russian Rocket Engines

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Congress is growing more insistent that DoD end its reliance on Russian rocket engines by 2019.

FAA Proposed Rules for Small UAS

The FAA has released its Notice of Proposed Rule Making, comments accepted through mid-April.

Drones Rules More Liberal Than Expected

FAA drones rules proposal showing more flexibility on commercial use than had been anticipated.

Army Lofts Aerostat ‘Radar’ Blimp

From Aberdeen Proving Ground, the Army’s radar blimp will detect cruise missiles and drones within airspace from Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania up to New York and New Jersey.

Who Will Take Hagel’s Job?

First Jack Reed, now Michèle Flournoy say they don’t wish to be considered for Secretary of Defense, leaving Deputy Defense Minister Bob Work and his predecessor, Ash Carter still in the running.