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March 2, 2015
DJI S-900 with DJI A2 Flight Controller. Photo by Mark Colborn Small unmanned aerial systems (sUAS) stole the show at the Consumer Electronics Show Jan. 6-9 in Las Vegas, Nev. Who would guess that small consumer drones would create such a buzz? But apparently it was the event to attend. Left: Author’s hobby drone: a DJI F550 hexacopter with 2-axis gyro-stabilized GoPro Hero 3 camera. Center: DJI NAZA...
February 16, 2015
In a surprise announcement on Sunday morning, transportation authorities released a provisional ruling on the operation of small unmanned aerial vehicles (sUAS) in the National Airspace System (NAS). U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and FAA Administrator Michael Huerta held a teleconference on February 15, announcing the release of the anticipated Notice of Proposed Rule Making...
February 12, 2015
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has authorized unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) to fly in a wide area of North Dakota, which will give the industry more opportunities for research that could help integrate UAS into the National Airspace System. Two Certificates of Waiver or Authorization (COAs) awarded to the Northern Plains UAS Test Site greatly expand the airspace available for...
February 11, 2015
Plenty of chatter this past year was devoted to the clear uprising of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) technology. This tech is now within the purchasable grasp of the general public. It has spread, almost virally, and as a result has outpaced much of the development of rules for use in the National Airspace System. The FAA is scrambling to implement some sort of legal control over the use of...
February 6, 2015
PrecisionHawk, UAV manufacturer and Aerial Data Processing and Analysis Company, recently released its Low Altitude Tracking and Avoidance System (LATAS) to aid...
February 3, 2015
Over the past few months, the FAA has granted several exemptions to UAV operators in the commercial market. To date, the FAA has given 14 exemptions to 13 companies in various industries. Most recently, the administration granted the first exemption for the use of UAVs for photography in the real estate...
January 9, 2015
Photo courtesy VDOS Global The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recently awarded five regulatory exemptions for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) operations to four companies in various industries. Trimble Navigation Limited, VDOS Global, and Clayco all received one exemption, and Woolpert received two. These companies will use UAS to aid in aerial...
January 6, 2015
Photo courtesy ING Robotic Aviation The Alaska Center for Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration (ACUASI) has selected ING Robotic Aviation’s Responder rotary-wing unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) system to aid with research into systems integration and specific UAV applications. ING Robotic...
January 5, 2015
The University of Maryland (UMD) Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Test Site, located in California, Md., has received a Certificate of Waiver or Authorization (COA) from the FAA to fly the Talon 240, designed...
December 31, 2014
On Dec. 16, the U.S. Navy and Northrop Grumman successfully flew an MQ-8C Fire Scout for the first time from the guided-missile destroyer, USS Jason Dunham, off the Virginia coast. After more than a year of land-based testing at Point Mugu, California, the MQ-8C Fire Scout grew its sea legs, making 22 takeoffs and 22 precision landings while operated from the ship's ground control station.  ...
December 17, 2014
The U.S. Coast Guard, in conjunction with Northrop Grumman Corporation and the U.S. Navy, flew the MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned helicopter off the national security cutter (NSC), USCGC Bertholf (WMSL-750), Dec. 5 off the coast of Naval Base Ventura County (NBVC) in Point Mugu, Calif. The MQ-8B Fire Scout was operated...
December 5, 2014
Northrop Grumman has delivered the first operational MQ-8C Fire Scout to the U.S. Navy for use by ship-based commanders in intelligence-gathering operations. Photo courtesy Northrop Grumman The...
November 26, 2014
The Swedish Defense Material Administration (FMV) has selected CybAero to conduct Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAs) test and demonstration flights. According to Cybero...
November 19, 2014
The Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) has appointed Brian Wynne as its new president and CEO, to replace the retiring Michael Toscano. Wynne is...
November 10, 2014
A team of aviation hobbyists from Canberra, Australia, has won this year’s UAV Outback Challenge, successfully delivering water to a pretend lost hiker in the Australian outback. The competition, which was launched in 2007, is designed to demonstrate potential civil applications for unmanned aerial vehicles. The competition is run by Queensland’s University of Technology and Australia’s...
November 7, 2014
Integrating Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) into the National Airspace System (NAS) is arguably the most difficult task the FAA has ever been assigned. Aviation regulations were promulgated for manned aircraft, so new regulations and stringent guidance from the FAA is required. UAS pilots and crews will need to be certificated. Control stations, data links and UAS’s must comply with stringent...
October 29, 2014
Airbus Defense and Space and DCNS have signed a cooperation agreement to develop a ship-based helicopter UAS capability. This technological partnership will help to speed up the market release of the TANAN vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) tactical helicopter UAS, as it takes into account the naval sector’s requirements and the aircraft’s efficient integration onto all types of armed...
September 24, 2014
Australia’s CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization) has been conducting flight trials of two unmanned helicopters in local rainforests to detect noxious weeds which are a threat to native plants and animals. The small, unmanned helicopters – which can fit into the back of a van – were developed by robotics researchers at CSIRO as part of Project ResQu, which...
September 4, 2014
Nibbio aircraft by Politecnico di Milano The winners of the American Helicopter Society (AHS) International 31st Student Design Competition were St. Louis University (SLU) in the undergraduate category and Georgia Institute of Technology in the graduate category. The challenge set by AHS for the 2014 Student Design Competition was to design an experimental Vertical Take-off and Landing (VTOL) aircraft...
September 1, 2014
This X4 UAV is equipped with position lights for added safety. Photo courtesy of Draganfly Innovations Pilots and operators of manned aircraft are under a significant threat as inexpensive microdrones proliferate, while the FAA drags its heels in crafting a regulatory framework that will reduce risks, and permit drones and manned aircraft to peacefully and safely to coexist. The core of the problem is that...
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