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September 1, 2015
A camera mounted on a DJI Phantom (superimposed here) took this nighttime photo from a height of 150 ft. Such small UAS capabilities concern privacy advocates. Photos by Mark Colborn When a vacationing 39-year-old California man flew a Parrot Bebop Drone 100 ft above Washington’s Lafayette Park May 14, the U.S. capital took notice. The park, a popular spot for protesters, is directly across...
September 1, 2015
Washington firefighters used a camera-equipped drone last week to identify targets for helicopters to drop water. State officials deployed the fixed-wing ScanEagle UAV to about 9,500 ft above the Paradise Fire in Olympic National Park...
August 31, 2015
EagleEye Systems, Inc. sold its "smart" UAV operating system to its first U.S. customer. Public service workers in New Jersey's Bergen County Office of Emergency Management will deploy OS-equipped drones for SAR and emergency situations. According to the...
August 28, 2015
Defensive measures against small UAS were a major focus at this year's Black Dart exercise organized by the U.S. Defense Department. Many results from this year's 20 or so engagements were kept secret, but one allegedly involved a U.S. Marine Corps sniper...
August 27, 2015
Turkish Aerospace Industries introduced its T129 ATAK advanced attack and tactical reconnaissance helicopter in Poland this week. The aircraft made its public debut Aug. 22 to 23 with two 20-minute demonstration flights...
August 27, 2015
The U.S. Navy and Northrop Grumman Corp. recently set a flight endurance record for the MQ-8C Fire Scout, an unmanned helicopter that the company's website says is "ready to deploy." In a planned 150-nm flight from Naval Base Ventura County, Point Mugu, Calif., the MQ-8C achieved 11 hr, ending with more than an hour of...
August 26, 2015
The U.S. Navy has awarded Bell Helicopter a $581 million contract modification to deliver H-1 helicopters to the U.S. Marine Corps and the government of Pakistan. A modification to a previously awarded acquisition contract, this award tasks Bell with manufacturing and delivering 16...
August 26, 2015
Intevac Photonics' night-vision technology may contribute to the U.S. Army's total degraded visual environments (DVE) solution for helicopter pilots. In a request for information made in July, the Army sought interest from contractors willing to develop a device giving helicopter pilots clear visibility in all degraded visual environments. Intevac told R&WI that a prime contractor responding...
August 25, 2015
  Photo by Anthony Pecchi, courtesy of Airbus Helicopters Airbus Helicopters has completed delivery of an initial four...
August 24, 2015
The Belgian Navy's NH90s have achieved initial operational capability and now are available for land-based and at-sea search-and-rescue missions, the service said Aug. 21. The Naval Component of the Belgian Armed Forces has three of the NHIndustries...
August 24, 2015
The FAA on Aug. 21 released a new list of pilot, air-traffic and citizen reports of possible encounters with unmanned aircraft spanning Nov. 13, 2014, through Aug. 20, 2015. Of the roughly 250 incidents listed since the beginning of July, about 10 involved helicopters, and four were...
August 21, 2015
Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter expressed during a Thursday news conference his regret over the tight logistics, and subsequent failure, of Operation Eagle Claw, a multi-branch military operation launched early in 1980 to rescue 52 American...
August 21, 2015
A California man was arrested Sunday for downing a company-operated drone that hovered over him during a beach trip. Augustine Lehecka said he used a T-shirt to snare...
August 20, 2015
An Apache helicopter pilot and military police officer are making history as the first women expected to graduate the U.S. Army's Ranger School. The service had not officially released the names of the two...
August 20, 2015
Aerospace and defense firm Aero Kinetics has partnered with a mobile technology provider to create what CEO W. Hulsey Smith described as “the Uber of unmanned systems.”  Through a...
August 19, 2015
The World Air Sports Federation (FAI) is paving the way for drones sports and recreational activities. A draft rule document published by the federation’s Aeromodelling Commission (CIAM) "will lay the groundwork for exciting events for this booming...
August 18, 2015
The U.S. Air Force invites aircraft manufacturers for a discussion about replacing its more than 40-year-old fleet of UH-1N Iroquois "Hueys." At an industry day scheduled for Aug. 26 and 27, the service will educate potential vendors about the capabilities it wants in a successor to the light-lift utility UH-1N, a military variant of the...
August 17, 2015
  A Bell 412 EP demo, courtesy of Bell Helicopter. Bell Helicopter's delivery of the last of eight 412EPs to the Philippine Department of National Defense was acknowledged today during a flag-raising ceremony at...
August 17, 2015
The agenda for Rotor & Wing International's Rotorcraft Certification Summit is now available online here, as is a list of confirmed and invited speakers. The Oct. 27 summit at the Sheraton DFW Airport in...
August 17, 2015
The Assn. for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International's president and CEO, Brian Wynne, responded on Aug. 13 to an FAA report that claimed drone sightings are increasing, calling for "stricter enforcement of careless and...
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