Commercial Drones


Could You Pass the Drone License Test?

The new exam is required nationwide for commercial use of drones.

September 14, 2016 - Quartz

A New Era for Drone Aviation

New rules for commercial drone aviation went into effect on August 29, clearing the way for rapid adoption of the technology.

September 6, 2016 - Associated Press via The Dallas Morning News


New Report Guides Local Regulation of Drones

The National League of Cities is preparing for a future where cities will need to regulate the use of airspace by commercial drones.

August 16, 2016 - National League Of Cities


Unmanned Aircraft Systems—Coming to Your Planning Department Soon

Transformative technologies like unmanned aircraft systems (drones) are identifying and creating new applications in planning every day, for both research and practical applications.

March 10, 2016 - Jennifer Evans-Cowley

Delivery Drone

How Drones Can Improve Planning and Design

In February, the Federal Aviation Administration released rules for the commercial operation of drones that were (to many observers) surprisingly business friendly. A landscape architect imagines the potential of drones for planning and design.

March 14, 2015 - ASLA The Dirt

Mapping Drone No-Fly Zones

While the FAA sorts out regulations for commercial drone flights in the United States, cities, states, and other groups have already restricted the flight of drones. Mapbox is working to compile a comprehensive map of prohibited air space.

July 28, 2014 - MapBox

First Commercial Drones Take to the Skies after FAA Approval

The first FAA-approved commercial drone flights took place this week. The flights will inform the FAA's policy expected by 2015 regarding non-military drone flights, per a mandate from Congress.

June 13, 2014 - The Hill

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