“I think we can get to a solution but we are going to have to have all three in a way that we can agree on,” he added. “I'm certainly willing to fund personnel and technology… got to have some money for barrier as well.” … [Read more...] about Hoeven: Barrier, Personnel, Tech Have to Be Part of Border Funding Compromise
Finally, one other streamlining tool the FAA adopted in the first part of 2015 is the concept of a “blanket COA”. In the past, once the FAA granted a Section 333 Exemption, the exemption holder would also have to file for a separate COA to fly the UAS in a particular block of airspace. The COA approval process can take 60-days. To cut down on that time, the FAA announced in March that companies with current Section 333 approvals and all future such approvals would be covered by a “blanket” COA as long as operations were at or below 200 feet. … [Read more...] about Senators Booker and Hoeven Introduce the Commercial UAS Modernization Act to Streamline Drone Integration
“Certainly this is a fight we need to win. We want China to trade fair and quit stealing our technology, but it has had a huge impact on our farmers because the Chinese have targeted our farmers. And if the Chinese continue to delay, I have made it very clear to the administration that we have to do more," he said during an interview on “Cavuto: Coast-to-Coast.” … [Read more...] about China trade fight is a fight we need to win: Senator Hoeven
President Obama is also allowed to withdraw his nominee at anytime before the actual confirmation vote. This has led to speculation that President Barack Obama may withdraw Judge Garland’s nomination if a Democrat wins the White House in November. However, President Obama has stated he will not withdraw the nomination, even if a Democrat wins the White House in November. In that case, some believe Senate Republicans will follow Sen. Flake’s advice and hurry to rush through Judge Garland’s nomination in the lame duck session. … [Read more...] about What The Heck is Happening With Merrick Garland’s Nomination to Supreme Court?
Xcel Energy – which operates in ten states through its subsidiaries Northern States Power Company – Minnesota, Northern States Power Company – Wisconsin, Public Service Company of Colorado, Southwestern Public Service Company, and Xcel Energy Services – joins San Diego Gas & Electric Company, Commonwealth Edison Company, Consumers Energy Company, and Southern Company as the latest electric utility to obtain FAA approval for sUAS operations. Several other electric utilities have similar exemption petitions pending. … [Read more...] about Approved Drone Use Grows Among Electric Utilities