Skip to comments.FAA Releases New Drone List—Is Your Town on the Map?
Posted on 02/09/2013 7:20:15 PM PST by ThomasThomas
I found this link from Micheal Yon on Facebook. I haven't heard of Electronic Frontier Foundation before but I found there map very interesting. The have a Google map of all FAA approved drone operations. If you follow there link to larger you can see details on what they say they are doing with the drone.
Governmental Body/Entity: Air Force - 2011-WSA-47-COA
Type of Drone: Raven
General Location of Drone Activity: San Bernadino, CA
Stated objective/purpose of COA: The objective of this COA is to designate a UAS operational area to ensure Special Operations Forces (SOF) may maintain proficiency and conduct operator qualification training. Operational flights of the Raven system will be conducted by trained and medically qualified US Special Operations Command personnel. These operations take place approximately three times a week, eight one-hour sorties and during daylight hours.
Effective Dates: 7/20/2011-7/19/2012
Link to Records: https://www.eff.org/document/air-force-2011
Yup but it was expected since I have one of the Hutaree militia members living less than a mile away.
Drone operations under 400’ AGL, not used for commercial purposes, airframe under a certain weight, etc., do not specifically have to be FAA approved (they actually are by the fact they they stay within the operational parameters). Any one can get into the game for $2500 or so.
Governmental Body/Entity: University of Michigan
Type of Drone: Funtana X100 UAS
General Location of Drone Activity: Jackson, Michigan Academy of Model Aeronautics Field, MI
Stated objective/purpose of COA: The Funtana X100 UAS is a fixed wing aerobatic airframe available as a commercial-off-the-shelf model. We augment the airframe with an avionics package providing autonomous control capability backed by an R/C pilot with full override authority. Flights will be conducted during daytime VFR conditions below 400 feet AGL in the bounds of the airspace region used by the existing Jackson, Michigan Academy of Model Aeronautics R/C field as specified in this CoA application.
Effective Dates: March 18, 2010 - March 17, 2011
Comments: Testing of new drone models
I notice some of the places are Air Force Bases.
Wichita has lots of aircraft maint sites.
Most on the list are government agencies or a whole bunch of universities. I don’t know what to make of that.
Keesler, not far from me.
The place they flew them out of here in Jackson Mi is a model airplane club. Sounds like they tested autonomous flight.
Universities do plenty of research for both military and private industry.
1) The muiltary uses UAVs. The military might like to train without having to leave the country, don’t you think?
2) Universities do research and aerospace students learn by building and doing.
People need to get off this frantic hyperemotional MSM-media fueled panic about UAVs.
I haven’t seen any drones at March when I pass on the freeway. I have heard they fly from March.
What do you think? Duckshot?
Have you heard of Electronic Frontier Foundation before? I was looking at some of there other stories and found they defended DU in Righthaven v. Democratic Underground. Is this just a free speech issue or a political leaning?
Wonder why there are none in Chicago.
I notice that only 5 out of 38 US Perimeter bases of the death-for-hire Obamadrones are located on or near the US Mexico Border.
What are the Obamadrones poised to kill in the rest of the USA?
Certainly NOT the Mexican Illegal Aliens who get FREE Emergency Room treatments for any and all of their huge families that annually visit the US for free medical treatments!
Right next door. I can’t go to grandma’s house without passing through.
Governmental Body/Entity: U.S. Dept of Energy
Type of Drone: Raven RQ11A/B Wasp
General Location of Drone Activity: Butte, ID
Stated objective/purpose of COA: The Idaho National Laboratory (INL)—a multi-purpose US Dept. of Energy Laboratory—carries out a variety of research and development using small, under 65 lb unmanned aircraft flying in class G airspace over its controlled access boundary, and based at a dedicated UAS paved runway. The INL has maintained FAA approved UAS operations via the COA process since 2004, and has accumulated hundreds of flight hours. This COA application covers flight of Aervironemt Raven RQ11A/B type unmanned fixed wing airplanes, using an electric power plants of approximately 0.6kW HP. Typically Raven RQ11A/B flights occur five days each month in clement weather, and only occasionally during winter. A typical flight day will have two to six flights of about 50 minutes duration each. Flights are day VFR.
Effective Dates: 11/2/2010-11/1/2011 (DOE has various COAs from 2007-2011 and notes that it has had COAs since 2004)
They would all get shot down.