May/June 2017 Issue of FAA Safety Briefing

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The May/June 2017 issue of FAA Safety Briefing focuses on the exciting and ever-expanding world of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS). Feature articles answer the Who, What, Where, When, Why, and How of UAS operations, including the regulatory and technical challenges they present.


Feature articles include:


  • The Dawn of Drones – Why We All Need to Care About UAS (p. 7)
  • When Do I Need a Certificate? A Look at Hobbyist vs. Commercial Requirements for UAS (p. 9)
  • Who’s Behind UAS? – A Look at Drone Support, Programs, and Initiatives in the FAA (p. 12)
  • How Do We All Get Along? – A Look at the FAA’s Strategy for UAS Integration into the NAS (p.16)
  • Where Do I Find the Drone Zone? – Navigating Cyberspace for Official UAS Resources (p. 20)
  • What’s It Like to Fly a Global Hawk? – A First Person Account of Large UAS Operations (p.24)
  • Drone Dragnet – UAS Guide for Law Enforcement Officials (p. 27)


In the May/June Jumpseat department (p. 1), Flight Standards Service Director John Duncan discusses the FAA’s overarching strategy for supporting and integrating UAS operations into the NAS, while the Checklist department (p. 23) reviews the steps required to become a remote pilot. In Nuts, Bolts, and Electrons (p.31), we explore the role of drone maintenance and the future job potential in this area.


In Aeromedical Advisory (p. 5), Federal Air Surgeon Dr. Michael Berry discusses some medical fitness tips for remote pilots, while Angle of Attack (p. 33), breaks down some of the key features of the FAA’s free B4UFLY app.


Our UAS-themed issue of FAA Safety Briefing wraps up with a profile of Part 107 Policy and Implementation Lead Everette Rochon, who discusses some of the challenges going forward with integrating UAS into the National Airspace System..


The link to the online edition is: Please see our new mobile-friendly links to each feature article. Be sure to follow us on Twitter - @FAASafetyBrief


FAA Safety Briefing is the safety policy voice for the non-commercial general aviation community.  The magazine's objective is to improve safety by:

  • making the community aware of FAA resources
  • helping readers understand safety and regulatory issues, and
  • encouraging continued training
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