top drone manufacturers, Skydio data security, Skydio US Army, Dominion SkydioSenators Warner, Thune Introduce Legislation Supporting Integration of Drones into Airspace

by DRONELIFE Staff Writer Ian M. Crosby

U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) and John Thune (R-SD) introduced today the Increasing Competitiveness for American Drones Act of 2023, legislation that will simplify the approvals process for beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) drone flights and enable the use of drones for commercial transport of goods across the country.

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At present, each aircraft and BVLOS operation requires a waiver from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), yet the FAA lacks a consistent set of criteria for the granting of waivers. The bipartisan Increasing Competitiveness for American Drones Act will require the FAA to set forth a rule authorizing BVLOS operations under certain circumstances.

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