How Much Progress Has the UAS IPP Made? A Look Back at the First Year and the FAA Approvals Secured

Zacc Dukowitz

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It’s been a year since the UAS Integration Pilot Program (UAS IPP) winners were announced, and a lot has happened since then.

We wanted to pause and take a look at how far we've come in the first year—the result is this week's article, which summarizes each of the ten programs and the progress they’ve made since 2018, specifically when it comes to securing approvals for types of flying prohibited by the FAA’s Part 107 rules for small unmanned aircraft, like flying over people or Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS).

Are you pleased with the progress made in the first year? Do you think the UAS IPP is helping ease tensions between local and federal authorities? Take a look at the article, and chime in here to share your thoughts.

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Nice piece of reporting on a disappointing story. Since the UAS IPP program has been notoriously opaque since the White House dreamed it up, it's hard to say whether the failure is the result of the very rushed selection process or the very leisurely FAA waiver process. Either way it has only benefited a handful of people.

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