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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 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
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
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 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...
August 14, 2015
An air ambulance helicopter took evasive action Wednesday during a near mid-air collision with a drone operating outside published FAA guidelines. The SkyLife helicopter, a Bell 407 owned by American Ambulance and Rogers Helicopters, was carrying a patient to the...
August 13, 2015
Researchers in South Korea have demonstrated how to disrupt the flight of certain drones using sound-based attacks. In a 17-page paper entitled "Rocking Drones with Intentional Sound Noise on Gyroscopic Sensors," researchers at...
August 13, 2015
The FAA said in an Aug. 12 press release that pilot reports of drones have increased dramatically over the past year, prompting the agency to again stress that "operating drones around airplanes and helicopters is dangerous and illegal." There are already restrictions on UAS in place that...
August 10, 2015
Our Aug. 6 item, "Look for FAA Moves on UAS Staffing," reported on a reorganization of the U.S. aviation agency's Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Integration Office. We said that that AFS-80 office, which is now within the agency's Flight Standards Service, would be made into a full...
August 7, 2015
The FAA has granted more than 1,000 drone exemptions under Section 333 of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012, which...
August 6, 2015
The FAA should finalize its new organization overseeing unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in the next few weeks. The agency is making its UAS Integration Office, which...
August 5, 2015
To accommodate the increasing interest of tech companies in commercial drone operations, technology giant Amazon hopes to secure a designated section in airspace for its very own delivery capabilities. Last week at NASA's Unmanned Aerial Systems Traffic Management (UTM) Convention, the company...
August 4, 2015
Lockheed Martin on Aug. 3 deployed the first components of a UAS traffic management (UTM) system that the company hopes will increase situational awareness between manned and unmanned aircraft. UAS operators can now access the company's online Flight Service Pilot...
July 29, 2015
The FAA is joining the campaign to keep drones from jeopardizing aerial firefighting operations. A July 29 statement from the aviation agency reiterates the "If you fly, we don't" message spread by the U.S. Forest Service, the California Department of Forestry and Fire...
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...
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