WATCH: Skyfront performs first BVLOS flight under Part 107 permission

Skyfront has successfully performed the first civilian BVLOS flight without visual observers, under the FAA’s Part 107 rules. The drone used was its Perimeter 4 long-range hybrid gas-electric multirotor. The team, led by the University of Alaska Fairbanks, said the flight is a step toward gaining more routine FAA approvals of commercial BVLOS unmanned flights. It said such approval could allow organizations to use unmanned aircraft to monitor pipelines and other infrastructure in Alaska and the rest of the United States. Watch the footage here: Operators flew 3.87 miles along the pipeline corridor, starting at a location near the
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New FAA administrator sworn in by transportation secretary

Stephen M. Dickson has been sworn in by U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao as the 18th administrator of the FAA. An aviation industry professional with nearly 40 years of experience, Dickson assumes the role of administrator of the agency during a critical moment for aviation safety. Recognising acting administrator Elwell’s service, Secretary Chao said: “I’m grateful for acting administrator Dan Elwell’s steady and principled leadership during an especially challenging time in the FAA’s history.” As administrator, Dickson will lead an agency responsible for the safety and efficiency of the largest aerospace system in the world, which operates more than
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US Senate appoints former Delta exec as new FAA administrator

The US Senate has appointed Stephen Dickson as FAA administrator. The former Air Force pilot and Delta Air Lines executive was confirmed in a 52-40 vote yesterday which broke along party lines. Dickson will take over from Daniel Elwell who has been standing in as acting administrator since January 2018. According to a report from ABC News, Dickson spent 27 years at Delta, first as a pilot and later overseeing pilots as the senior vice president of flight operations until he retired last autumn. The ABC report goes on to detail how President Donald Trump nominated him in March after
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