Regulation

US drone bill will create ‘inconsistent’ regulations, insider says

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Drone regulation in the US is at a key turning point as a bill seeking to give states and cities control over laws surrounding low-flying drones could undermine the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA), an industry insider has said. Diana Cooper, president of the Drone Operators Federation and Small UAV Coalition as well as the SVP of policy and strategy at PrecisionHawk, expressed her concern surrounding the future of drone regulation in the US. In October, Senator Mike Lee introduced a bill that would see rules regarding low-flying drones being made by states, cities and municipalities instead of the FAA. Cooper
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Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma tests drones in power line inspections

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The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma (CNO) has completed transmission power line inspections using drones in collaboration with AiRXOS and the Public Service Company of Oklahoma (PSO). The inspections were carried out on the Pittsburg-Valliant 345-kilovolt transmission at a CNO-owned property in the southeast of the state as part of the FAA’s UAS Integration Pilot Program (IPP). These recent inspections have focused on safe, automated flights that make use of visual observers and data capture where future planned tests will incorporate Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS), without any visual observer in operation. Executive director of advance technology initiatives of Choctaw
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