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June 20, 2016
The FAA's anticipated new rules on commercial drones reveal several changes to the originally proposed provisions, including ones concerning pilot age and max flight altitude, according to a drone lawyer who claims to have leaked the document. The official release of the new Part 107 of the Federal Aviation Regulations (FARs) is expected as soon as Tuesday. The agency initially proposed in February last...
June 9, 2016
EHang Inc. will begin flight testing, training and development of a passenger-carrying drone with the Nevada Institute for Autonomous Systems and the Governor's Office of Economic...
June 2, 2016
Sikorsky successfully completed phase one of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's Aircrew Labor In-Cockpit Automation...
May 9, 2016
The first two Kaman K-MAX helicopters arrived at U.S. Marine Corps Air Station in Yuma, Arizona, over the weekend. The K-MAX's primary mission is to provide cargo load operations with a max payload of 6,000 lb. It can also fly...
May 6, 2016
The FAA aims to set up a joint team with the industry this year to track and analyze the safety of commercial unmanned aircraft systems (UASs) and recommend measures for mitigating specific weaknesses, R&WI learned this week at the Assn. of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International annual gathering this week in New Orleans. The team would be modeled on the agency/industry Commercial Aviation Safety Team, whose...
May 4, 2016
The FAA is setting up a standing committee to advise it on how to integrate drones in civil airspace and is tapping a top Silicon Valley executive to lead it.   The drone advisory committee will gather about 30 leaders from throughout the aviation and unmanned systems industries to work with FAA officials in prioritizing policy and research integration issues that must be tackled and in building broad...
April 22, 2016
German engine manufacturer 3W International will introduce its complete propulsion systems for UAVs at the Xpontential 2016 trade show in New Orleans May 2 to 5. The company will also...
April 21, 2016
Nevada's Clark County Fire Department has received FAA permission to operate a small UAS. This is the first Certificate of Authorization (COA) approved in Nevada under the FAA's new "Public Safety...
April 18, 2016
Schiebel's Camcopter S-100 UAS has successfully performed capabilities of identifying vessels, animals and objects at sea in icy winter conditions last month at Fogo Island in Canada. The trials were...
April 4, 2016
An FAA-appointed group has submitted recommendations for operating micro UAS in national airspace, according to an Associated Press report.   The Micro UAS Aviation Rulemaking Committee has reportedly called for “creating four categories of small drones that commercial operators can fly over people, including crowds in some cases.”   The committee was tasked with recommending by April...
March 29, 2016
A powerful methane-detection sensor flight tested by NASA researchers might increase the viability of using small unmanned aircraft systems for pipeline patrol, the agency said March 28.   The Pasadena, California-based Jet Propulsion Laboratory has been testing its Open Path Laser Spectrometer sensor on various platforms since 2014. Similar to another sensor NASA developed for use on Mars, the device...
February 29, 2016
Look for Honeywell Aerospace [Booth 4945] to start probing the impact of unmanned aircraft systems on turbine-powered helicopter sales next year in its annual market survey.    "That's an area of research that I plan to put into the 2017 survey," Honeywell Aerospace's director of market analysis, Charles Park, told R&WI. As the company’s researchers go through their process...
February 19, 2016
Each month, the FAA receives more than 100 reports from pilots and others who spot what appears to be an unmanned aircraft system (UAS) flying close to an airport or a manned airplane. It’s become a serious safety concern for the agency, and a potential security issue for the Dept. of Homeland Security (DHS). In addition to the FAA’s ongoing outreach and education efforts, an additional step...
February 18, 2016
A unique unmanned tiltrotor has successfully completed a new testing stage after performing its first flight. The aircraft was created by VR-Technologies, an innovative design bureau part of Russian Helicopters. A number of oil and gas companies and various government agencies are...
February 9, 2016
Bristow Group Inc. has invested $4.2 million in Sky-Futures, the leading provider of drone inspection data services for the oil and gas industry. This investment gives Bristow immediate entry to the fast-growing UAV services business and bolsters Bristow's offerings to include drone inspection services.   The investment, which also includes an exclusive partnership agreement, gives Bristow access to...
February 2, 2016
Transport Canada’s future drone regulations will vary based on the risks of operating in a given location and will not distinguish between recreational and commercial operators, according to the agency’s proposal set to go into effect this year.   The agency, in its May 2015 Notice of Proposed Amendment (NPA), said that a rapid increase in applications for Special Flight Operation...
January 27, 2016
Lockheed Martin Corp., in a Tuesday report of its fourth-quarter and full-year 2015 earnings, shared more of its plans for its recently acquired rotorcraft subsidiary, Sikorsky. Executive presenters also responded to pointed questions about how Sikorsky might grow in its new home in ways that it might not have under its former parent company.   L-M on Tuesday equated Sikorsky to a roughly $5 billion...
January 21, 2016
The public is still waiting to hear from investigators whether the first non-military midair collision between a drone and helicopter occurred this past November in California. On Nov. 23, a Robinson Helicopter R22 operated by Los Angeles Helicopters made an emergency landing during a cross-country training flight after its windscreen was partially shattered. A lack of residual bird matter, along with...
January 13, 2016
Video courtesy of Tech. Sgt. Michael Davis / DVIDS   The asymmetric advantages that Army aviation offers to U.S. military operations around the world is the focus of a one-day event that the Assn. of the U.S. Army (AUSA) will convene in Washington, D.C.’s suburbs tomorrow.   The “Army Aviation Hot Topic”...
January 13, 2016
January 22 is the deadline for high school and college students to submit aircraft design proposals for the American Helicopter Society International’s fourth annual micro air vehicle design challenge.   Up to $10,000 will be awarded to winners at the 72nd Annual Forum and Technology Display May 17 to 19 in West Palm Beach, Florida. The competition is...
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