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July 10, 2015
The FAA’s streamlined process for approving unmanned aerial system (UAS) exemptions is clearly working, if Bloomberg News’ analysis is to be believed. Using a database it compiled from federal data, the news service said, it found the...
July 2, 2015
Swedish unmanned aerial system manufacturer CybAero has received approval to deliver its first APID One helicopter to China, the company says. The Linköping, Sweden-based company received an export license from the Swedish Agency for Non-Proliferation and Export Controls June 26, it said, and its...
June 30, 2015
After security officers at Georgia’s state capitol building recently had to ask visitors twice in one day to stop flying drones around the iconic Gold Dome, The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports, they...
June 26, 2015
Two unmanned aircraft flying near California firefighting aircraft in closed airspace June 24 “could’ve killed everybody in the air,” a U.S. Forest Service official told a press conference called to highlight the incident. Forest Aviation Officer Mike Eaton, a tactical air supervisor, said a red or orange fixed-wing drone...
June 17, 2015
Interest in the Unmanned K-MAX as a firefighting tool may have played into Kaman Corp's decision to restart production of the base, counter-rotating-rotor helicopter. Kaman's Aerosystems division and Lockheed Martin have been talking with the U.S. Interior Department since early 2014, when the department first...
June 11, 2015
Aiming to boost the interest of U.S. children in the sciences, Sikorsky Aircraft is challenging children to design an eco-friendly helicopter that addresses potential challenges of 2050. The fifth annual Sikorsky Helicopter 2050 Program and Challenge, which kicked off June 1 and will run...
June 8, 2015
The FAA is processing eight applications for full type certification of unmanned aerial systems (UASs), including some with helicopter designs. Larger certificated UASs flying today do so under type certificates issued in the Restricted category; the...
June 3, 2015
CybAero, developer and manufacturer of remotely piloted helicopter systems, has completed its acceptance testing of the first of three systems ordered by China Customs in January 2014. The systems will operate from on board three new ships, and will be...
May 29, 2015
Monday, June 1 is the deadline for this year’s nominations to the Army Aviation Hall of Fame, according to the Army Aviation Association of America (Quad A). Since 1977, the Quad A-run Hall has honored persons who have made an outstanding contribution over an extended period...
May 14, 2015
The FAA today announced a public outreach campaign for the National Capital Region around Washington, D.C. to reinforce the message that the District of Columbia and cities and towns within a 15-mile radius of Ronald-Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) are a No Drone Zone. “Federal rules prohibit any aircraft from operating in the Flight Restricted Zone around our nation’s capital without...
May 13, 2015
The FAA’s pursuit of joint research efforts on unmanned aerial systems use in populated areas and beyond line of sight highlights both the weaknesses and potency of UAS threats to helicopter markets. FAA Administrator Michael Huerta announced the cooperative research and development agreements (CRADAs) May 6 at the Unmanned Systems 2015 show in Atlanta, Ga. The agency’s CRADA with cable news...
May 11, 2015
After a rigorous competition, the FAA has selected a Mississippi State University team as a Center of Excellence for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (COE UAS). The COE will focus on research, education and training in areas critical to safe and successful integration of UAS into the nation’s airspace. The team brings together 15 of the nation’s leading UAS and aviation universities that have a proven...
May 7, 2015
The FAA has demonstrated a new smartphone application called “B4UFLY,” designed to help model aircraft and unmanned aircraft (UAS) users know if it is safe and legal to fly in their current or planned location. “We want to make sure hobbyists and modelers know where it is and isn’t okay to fly,” said FAA Administrator Michael Huerta. “While there are other apps that...
May 5, 2015
Textron Systems Support Solutions has introduced its new unmanned systems training course catalog. The company has developed curricula including both classroom and hands-on training elements, utilizing customized materials and training aids to provide a holistic experience. The company’s training experts then tailor the program to the customer’s language of choice, skill level (beginner to...
May 5, 2015
Following the devastation of Cyclone Pam, the Vanuatu Government and the World Bank contacted Australian operator Heliwest, who deployed Lockheed Martin’s Indago small unmanned aerial system (UAS) to conduct a rapid damage assessment. The Indago collected imagery of the damage over a two-week mission and provided the data to operators, without risking a life.   Photo courtesy of Heliwest...
May 1, 2015
At AUVSI Unmanned Systems 2015, Rockwell Collins (Booth 701) will showcase a range of avionics solutions - including certified flight controls, data links and navigation technologies - all aimed at addressing the integration challenges facing the UAS community.   Photo courtesy...
April 30, 2015
On March 26, Lockheed Martin, Kaman Aerospace and Neya Systems demonstrated the first ever collaborative unmanned air and ground casualty evacuation, using the UAS Control Segment (UCS) Architecture and K-MAX® cargo helicopter.   Photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin During the demonstration, ground operators responded to a distress call by sending an unmanned ground vehicle to assess the area and...
April 28, 2015
International insurance provider Global Aerospace has published a white paper discussing the necessity of managing safety and insuring against risk to promote the success of the fast-growing unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) market. The paper, entitled Unmanned Aviation Risk Management, offers a comprehensive view of crucial risk management topics related to unmanned aviation, including: The integration of...
April 24, 2015
In March 2015, the aerospace and defense firm Aero Kinetics applied for Type Certification of its latest generation multi-rotor vertical takeoff and land (VTOL) Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) with the FAA. Despite the exemptions and blanket Certificates of Authorization (COA), UAS still have restrictive operating limits for commercial users within the National Airspace System (NAS) due to the uncertainty...
April 24, 2015
Airware has unveiled its Aerial Information Platform (AIP), an operating system for commercial drones that combines hardware, software and cloud services to enable enterprises to safely operate drones at scale, comply with regulatory and insurance requirements, and rapidly develop industry-specific drone solutions. The Airware AIP will offer aircraft fleet management, user authentication, data management...
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