Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Impending UAV Regulations: Are You Ready to Comment?
From police units to homeland security, surveillance and border patrol, to local July 4 celebrations across the United States – see story from Editor-at-Large Ernie Stephens online at www.rotorandwing.com – UAVs are popping up all over the place, in addition to the increasing role that drones play with military forces.
They come in all shapes and sizes, for both military and commercial applications. Sikorsky recently uncovered an optionally piloted Black Hawk, adding to its Matrix Technology platform for the commercial side. Late last year AeroVironment reached an agreement with Airbus Helicopters (formerly Eurocopter) to develop unmanned systems, a few months after the first flight of the optionally manned EC145 in April 2013.
|Optionally manned Airbus EC145|
Also at Farnborough, Terry Fogarty, general manager of Kaman Aerospace’s UAS product group, explained that the U.S. Army plans to test the K-Max unmanned coaxial helicopter during the second half of 2014. According to International Bureau Chief Andrew Drwiega (see the full story here), the first autonomous technologies trial was scheduled for July at Fort Benning with the U.S. Army’s Aviation Applied Technology Directorate (AATD). The second trail is set for mid-August with Lockheed Martin’s squad mission support system (SMSS).
On the civilian side, many operators continue to be in a “wait and see” mode pending the release of FAA’s long-delayed small UAS Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM). The NPRM is now expected sometime during late 2014, followed by a public comment period, meaning now is the time to identify what missions and functions would be easier – and less expensive – using commercial UAVs. So the question is: What does your operation want and what does it need from these new tools?
|Northrop Grumman/Yamaha unmanned R-Bat|
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