The comment period on MSHA’s proposed rulemaking on civil penalty assessments closes on Tuesday at midnight. MSHA has extended the comment period twice and may not extend it again. Comments are being accepted here. Continue reading
In another effort to implement unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) into the national airspace, FAA announced today that they are streamlining the process for obtaining Certificates of Waiver Authorizations (COA). Continue reading
ITV News (United Kingdom) reported that explosives were used to demolish an old traffic bridge because the method caused the least disruption of traffic.
OregonLive reported that a man lost his life in an incident involving exploding targets on Mt. Hood.
Making exploding targets is an explosive manufacturing activity and should be done with utmost care. Once mixed, exploding targets are an explosive and should be transported, handled and used as any other explosive.
The Shillong Times reports that a person was “blown into pieces” following a blast of explosives at his kitchen on Friday evening in India. The authorities reported finding safety fuse in the home.
UAS Magazine reports that FAA has taken enforcement action against two companies operating UAS for commercial purposes. In one case, WCSH6 reported on a photographer that advertised on their website that they offered UAS photography services. In the other case, Bay News 9 reported on a U-Tube entrepreneur that posted videos taken with their Phantom 2 Vision+. The website takes money from advertisers. Continue reading
After less than two years at the post, ATF Director B. Todd Jones has resigned, the agency announced on Friday. Jones was the first ATF Director approved by Congress after a lengthy period from 2006 to 2013 in which a series of nominees failed to meet Congress’ criteria and the agency was rudderless.
So once again, ATF has no permanent leader. This is not a good situation for the explosives industry. Initiatives that would be beneficial to industry may now be held up because of uncertainty at the top.
Explosives Risk Managers LLC (ERM) reached agreement with its first contract pilot today to operate UAS under ERM’s anticipated Section 333 exemption. ERM is in negotiations with other pilots to provide services in their region.
Please contact ERM if you are interested in piloting for, or using UAS services from ERM. ERM anticipates having authority from FAA to operate UAS commercially in 2-4 months.
Recently, ERM assisted a client with a safety issue regarding the use of electric detonators. The client’s safety policy called for ensuring that electric detonator circuits showed “continuity” before attempting to fire the shot.
Although that is a good practice, we advised the client that a better practice would be to require measurement of the circuit resistance and comparison of that number to the expected resistance. Continue reading
Unmanned aircraft system (UAS) and photogrammetry software have matured together at just about the right time. This makes for possibilities that were unthinkable only a few years ago.
ERM used demo software downloaded from the Internet and images taken by a hobbyist with a Phantom 2 Vision+ UAS to create this photogrammetry video in only a few hours, learning curve included. Yeah, those are school buses. Imagine the possibilities.