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New technology could autonomize rotary-wing landings

New technology could autonomize rotary-wing landings

Going beyond remote-controlled technology that currently exists for aircraft, the Office of Naval Research is spearheading the development of a new rotary-wing aircraft software and sensor system that would bring autonomous approaches and landings via manned or unmanned helicopters. According to ONR, the Autonomous Aerial Cargo/Utility System (AACUS) is designed to provide, “autonomous approaches and… Read more »

Source: USMC, 09-Apr-14

FRCSE keeps Fire Scouts ready for crucial mission

FRCSE keeps Fire Scouts ready for crucial mission

Artisans at Fleet Readiness Center Southeast (FRCSE) Detachment (DET) Mayport are diligently overhauling several MQ-8B Fire Scout Vertical Take-Off and Landing Tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (VTUAV) to meet the deployment needs of the fleet. The U.S. Navy currently has an inventory of 23 Fire Scouts based at Webster Field Annex, Naval Air Station Patuxent River,… Read more »

Source: US Navy, 06-Apr-14

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MQ-8C Fire Scout reaches 100 flight hours

MQ-8C Fire Scout reaches 100 flight hours

US Navy has released a photo of an MQ-8C Fire Scout on runway after a test flight at Point Mugu, Calif., March 10. The unmanned helicopter surpassed 100 flight hours during this event and will continue to undergo testing at Point Mugu this year.  In July, the Navy will conduct dynamic interface testing with the MQ-8C aboard USS Jason Dunham (DDG… Read more »

Source: US Navy, 14-Mar-14

New Zealand CAA investigate drone operator after video posted on YouTube

New Zealand CAA investigate drone operator after video posted on YouTube

Adam Crouchley, of Dori Media, is under Civil Aviation Authority investigation after Hamilton police received complaints that his 3 minutes and 20 second long video on YouTube broke the law, aparently due to night flying shots.  See full news story  See edited version of YouTube video.  See Adam Crouchley’s blog

Source: Waikoto TImes, 10-Mar-14

FAA appeals after NTSB Administrative Law Judge drone decision

FAA appeals after NTSB Administrative Law Judge drone decision

The Federal Aviation Administration issued a notice on Friday appealing a decision by an NTSB Administrative Law Judge in the civil penalty case, Huerta v. Pirker.  They announced that “The FAA is appealing the decision of an NTSB Administrative Law Judge to the full National Transportation Safety Board, which has the effect of staying the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 10-Mar-14

McKenna Long & Aldridge launches UAS practice group

McKenna Long & Aldridge launches UAS practice group

Recognizing that the future of flight is changing, and in order better to service its growing Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) client base, McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP (MLA) announces the launch of its UAS Practice Group, an offering that is a natural extension of its long-standing representation of the aerospace industry.  For more than 55… Read more »

Source: McKenna Long & Aldridge, 10-Mar-14

Green Hills Software chosen by Urban Aeronautics for AirMule UAV

Green Hills Software chosen by Urban Aeronautics for AirMule UAV

Green Hills Software, the largest independent vendor of embedded software solutions, has announced that the company’s INTEGRITY® real-time operating system (RTOS) and MULTI® integrated development environment (IDE) have been selected by Urban Aeronautics, Ltd. for the flight management system of the AirMule Unmanned Aerial System (UAS). Green Hills products are widely deployed in avionics systems and other equipment that… Read more »

Source: Green Hills Software, 04-Mar-14

AeroVironment becomes shareholder in CybAero

AeroVironment becomes shareholder in CybAero

CybAero, which develops and markets unmanned helicopters, has a new partner. It is the American partner AeroVironment, AV, who has converted one of its two loans.  AeroVironment will thus acquire in CybAero of 8.5 percent, making them the largest shareholder in the company. The loan of 10 million, now converted into 1,062,699 shares were issued by… Read more »

Source: CybAero, 04-Mar-14

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Schiebel Camcopter deployed during Winter Olympics and Paralympics

Schiebel Camcopter deployed during Winter Olympics and Paralympics

During the entire Olympics Games – the XXII Winter Games and Paralympics – the CAMCOPTER® S-100 UAS Unmanned Aircraft System (in cooperation with JSC Gorizont Russia: Gorizont Air S-100) is operating in Sochi. The CAMCOPTER® S-100 UAS is surveilling the area within approx. 50 kilometres from the seaside around the Olympic village. Here again, the… Read more »

Source: Schiebel, 03-Mar-14

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Sikorsky’s Matrix™ Technology Program Launches Phase 2 of Flight Test Activities

Sikorsky’s Matrix™ Technology Program Launches Phase 2 of Flight Test Activities

Sikorsky Aircraft’s Matrix™ Technology autonomy research program has progressed to the second phase of flight test activities with the installation of advanced sensors that will allow the Sikorsky Autonomy Research Aircraft (SARA) to conduct real-time perception work. Sikorsky Aircraft is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX). SARA – an S-76® commercial helicopter outfitted with… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 26-Feb-14

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Kaman Board of Directors Declares Dividend

Kaman Board of Directors Declares Dividend

The Kaman Corporation (NYSE:KAMN) board of directors today declared a regular quarterly dividend of 16 cents per common share. The dividend will be paid on April 3, 2014 to shareholders of record on March 18, 2014. About Kaman Corporation Kaman Corporation, founded in 1945 by aviation pioneer Charles H. Kaman, and headquartered in Bloomfield, Connecticut conducts business… Read more »

Source: Kaman, 21-Feb-14

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Lockheed Martin Receives Contract For SMSS-K-MAX Cooperative Teaming Demo

Lockheed Martin Receives Contract For SMSS-K-MAX Cooperative Teaming Demo

Lockheed Martin LMT -0.03% received a contract from the U.S. Army Robotics Technology Consortium to conduct a fully autonomous reconnaissance, surveillance and target acquisition experiment using both its Squad Mission Support System (SMSS) unmanned ground vehicle and its K-MAX unmanned air vehicle. Contract terms are not being disclosed. In collaboration with the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center, Lockheed… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 20-Feb-14

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Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Market worth $114.7B by 2023

Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Market worth $114.7B by 2023

Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Market (2013 – 2018) and The Global UAV Market 2013-2023 research reports are now available with ReportsnReports.com and provide detailed analysis of the global UAV market over the next ten years, alongside potential market opportunities to enter the industry, using detailed market size forecasts. The report titled “Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)… Read more »

Source: ReportsnReports, 14-Feb-14

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Second MQ-8C Fire Scout takes flight

Second MQ-8C Fire Scout takes flight

The second MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned helicopter conducts its first test flight Feb. 12 from Naval Base Ventura County at Point Mugu, Calif.  The first aircraft completed its initial flight in October 2013 and has flown 66 hours to date. The MQ-8C air vehicle upgrade will provide longer endurance, range and greater payload capability than the MQ-8B,… Read more »

Source: US Navy, 13-Feb-14

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Italian Navy contracts for Schiebel Camcopter S-100

Italian Navy contracts for Schiebel Camcopter S-100

The Italian Navy has selected the CAMCOPTER® S-100 UAS (Unmanned Air System) to provide support for its fleet, making it the first European Navy that has S-100 in operational use. The CAMCOPTER® S-100 has already proven efficient to the Italian Navy as it was the first UAS ever to fly from an Italian ship, the… Read more »

Source: Schiebel, 11-Feb-14

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Kaman announces release date for Q4 and Full Year 2013 Earnings

Kaman announces release date for Q4 and Full Year 2013 Earnings

Kaman Corp. (NYSE:KAMN) announced today that it will report its fourth quarter and full year 2013 results after the stock market closes on Thursday, February 27, 2014, and host a live webcast and conference call at 8:00am ET on Friday, February 28, 2014. The call will be accessible by telephone within the U.S. at (877)… Read more »

Source: Kaman, 09-Feb-14

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Selex ES Sage ESM system makes first flight on Schiebel Camcopter

Selex ES Sage ESM system makes first flight on Schiebel Camcopter

Schiebel and Selex ES, a Finmeccanica company, have successfully integrated and flown the SAGE electronic warfare system on an unmanned air system for the first time. On 12th December 2013 the system flew on-board a Schiebel CAMCOPTER® S-100 UAS. SAGE is a digital Electronic Support Measure (ESM) and Electronic Intelligence (ELINT) system for Radio Frequency (RF) Intelligence, Surveillance and… Read more »

Source: Schiebel, 31-Jan-14

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CV International awarded $15M contract for helicopter maintenance platforms

CV International awarded $15M contract for helicopter maintenance platforms

CV International, Inc.*, Bend, Ore., was awarded a $15,916,531 firm-fixed-price contract for a modernized maintenance platform for CH-47, UH-60, AH-64, and OH-58 helicopters and for Unmanned Aerial System aircraft.  Funding and work location will be determined with each order.  Estimated completion date is Jan. 27, 2019.  Bids were solicited via the Internet with four received…. Read more »

Source: US DoD, 28-Jan-14

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Unmanned flying drones to help identify oil reserves

Unmanned flying drones to help identify oil reserves

Unmanned flying drones are being used to recover more of the oil reserves from the North Sea and beyond by studying geology from the sky. Academics at the University of Aberdeen, in collaboration with a group at the University of Bergen in Norway, are using remotely operated flying machines to scan rock formations in remote… Read more »

Source: University of Aberdeen, 15-Jan-14

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New Draganflyer Shadow and Guardian UAV Helicopters

New Draganflyer Shadow and Guardian UAV Helicopters

Today Draganfly Innovations releases two new multirotor helicopters, the Shadow and the Guardian. These quadrotor aircraft are built to carry high megapixel cameras and transmit the live video feed back to the operator. Both aircraft share the same frame, with the Guardian sporting more powerful motors and a larger battery, giving it a higher payload capacity. The Shadow… Read more »

Source: Draganfly, 15-Jan-14

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Piasecki and Dragonfly Pictures build tandem-rotor UAS

Piasecki and Dragonfly Pictures build tandem-rotor UAS

“The technology is out of Pandora’s box,” said Michael Piasecki, president and founder of Essington-based Dragonfly Pictures Inc. Working for the military, the Delaware County company has developed several UAVs.  See full story

Source: Philly.com, 01-Jan-14

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FAA names six Unmanned Aircraft Systems research and test sites

FAA names six Unmanned Aircraft Systems research and test sites

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today announced the selection of the six public entities that will develop unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) research and test sites around the country. These congressionally-mandated test sites will conduct critical research into the certification and operational requirements necessary to safely integrate UAS into the national airspace over the next several… Read more »

Source: FAA, 01-Jan-14

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Northrop Grumman awarded $13.8M for support of MQ-8B and MQ-8C programs

Northrop Grumman awarded $13.8M for support of MQ-8B and MQ-8C programs

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Aerospace Systems, San Diego, Calif., is being awarded a $13,857,607 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for logistics services in support of the MQ-8B/C Fire Scout unmanned air vehicle.  This work will be performed in Patuxent River, Md. (70 percent), and Pt. Mugu, Calif. (30 percent), and is expected to be completed in November 2014…. Read more »

Source: US DoD, 28-Nov-13

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Northrop Grumman delivers second MQ-8C Fire Scout to US Navy

Northrop Grumman delivers second MQ-8C Fire Scout to US Navy

 Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) has delivered the second MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned helicopter to the U.S. Navy after completing final assembly at the company’s unmanned systems center in Moss Point, Miss. The aircraft is joining the first one delivered to Naval Base Ventura County, Point Mugu, Calif., to conduct flight testing before using the system… Read more »

Source: Northrop Grumman, 26-Nov-13

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China’s U8E unmanned helicopter makes debut at Dubai

China’s U8E unmanned helicopter makes debut at Dubai

China’s U8E-type unmanned helicopter wasshowcased on November 17, 2013 at the 13th Dubai Air Show – see full story

Source: People's Daily, 21-Nov-13

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Saab Skeldar UAS operationally deployed by the Spanish Navy

Saab Skeldar UAS operationally deployed by the Spanish Navy

Defence and security company Saab’s Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) Skeldar is now operationally deployed on-board the offshore patrol vessel BAM Meteoro. Skedlar is supporting the Spanish Navy with surveillance capabilities while taking part in the EU Atalanta operation in the Gulf of Aden. Earlier this year Saab announced a contract to deploy the Skeldar Unmanned… Read more »

Source: Saab, 19-Nov-13

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Bell awarded $8.2M contract for three 407s for MQ-8C unmanned program

Bell awarded $8.2M contract for three 407s for MQ-8C unmanned program

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Hurst, Texas, is being awarded an $8,266,644 firm-fixed-price contract for the manufacturing and delivery of three Bell 407 analog helicopters in support of the endurance upgrade of the vertical take-off and landing tactical unmanned aerial vehicle MQ-8C Fire Scout. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas (52 percent); Mirabel, Canada… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 15-Nov-13

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Kaman Board of Directors Declares Dividend

Kaman Board of Directors Declares Dividend

The Kaman Corporation board of directors today declared a regular quarterly dividend of 16 cents per common share. The dividend will be paid on January 7, 2014 to shareholders of record on December 24, 2013. The payment, when made, will mark forty-four consecutive years of dividend payments by Kaman. About Kaman Corporation Kaman Corporation, founded… Read more »

Source: Kaman, 14-Nov-13

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UK – Police Service of Northern Ireland start using unmanned drones

UK – Police Service of Northern Ireland start using unmanned drones

A drone aircraft has been used in a security operation for the first time in Northern Ireland policing since the G8 summit. The PSNI confirmed that the technology was used to help public safety as a “small, viable device” was defused in the Ardoyne area of north Belfast. see full story

Source: Belfast Telegraph, 08-Nov-13

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FAA releases roadmap to UAS airspace integration

FAA releases roadmap to UAS airspace integration

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today released its first annual Roadmap outlining efforts needed to safely integrate unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) into the nation’s airspace.  The Roadmap addresses current and future policies, regulations, technologies and procedures that will be required as demand moves the country from today’s limited accommodation of UAS… Read more »

Source: FAA, 07-Nov-13

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Kaman appoints new Vice President and Treasurer

Kaman appoints new Vice President and Treasurer

-Kaman Corporation (NYSE:KAMN) today announced that Jairaj ‘JC’ Chetnani has been appointed to the position of Vice President and Treasurer, reporting to Robert Starr, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Chetnani succeeds Starr in the Treasurer position and joins Kaman from Quanex Building Products, a $1 billion building products manufacturer with multiple independently-run operating… Read more »

Source: Kaman, 07-Nov-13

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Northrop Grumman and US Navy Complete First Flight of MQ-8C Fire Scout

Northrop Grumman and US Navy Complete First Flight of MQ-8C Fire Scout

Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) and the U.S. Navy successfully completed the first flight of the next-generation MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned helicopter at Naval Base Ventura County, Point Mugu, Calif. At 12:05 p.m. the MQ-8C Fire Scout took off and flew for seven minutes in restricted airspace to validate the autonomous control systems. A second flight that took… Read more »

Source: Northrop Grumman, 01-Nov-13

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BBC starts to film using unmanned rotorcraft

BBC starts to film using unmanned rotorcraft

BBC believes their new kit will “transform the way TV news looks in the future.”.  See full story

Source: BBC, 30-Oct-13

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Kaman reports 2013 Q3 results

Kaman reports 2013 Q3 results

The Aerospace division report was as follows:- Sales were $150.7 million, a decrease of $0.6 million from sales of $151.3 million in the third quarter of 2012. Sales increased $26.3 million related to higher shipments of our JPF to foreign customers and the recognition of revenue under the SH-2G(I) contract with New Zealand. These increases… Read more »

29-Oct-13

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AHS announces 2nd Annual Micro Air Vehicle Student Challenge

AHS announces 2nd Annual Micro Air Vehicle Student Challenge

The AHS International is proud to announce that the guidelines for the 2nd Annual Micro Air Vehicle (MAV) Student Challenge have been officially released. Both university and secondary school students are invited to compete in building MAVs capable of manual or autonomous target search and acquisition. The final fly-off competition will be held in conjunction… Read more »

Source: AHS, 27-Oct-13

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Carnegie Mellon University awarded $7M for robotic rotorcraft research

Carnegie Mellon University awarded $7M for robotic rotorcraft research

Robotic rotorcraft for inspecting bridges and other infrastructure, tools for minimally invasive surgery that guide surgeons by creating 3D maps of internal organs and assistive robots for blind travelers are among seven new Carnegie Mellon University research projects sponsored through the National Robotics Initiative. The National Science Foundation announced it has awarded a total of more than… Read more »

Source: CMU, 24-Oct-13

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Eurocopter looks at unmanned options with AeroVironment

Eurocopter looks at unmanned options with AeroVironment

AeroVironment, Inc., (NASDAQ: AVAV) the world’s highest volume manufacturer of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), and Eurocopter, the leading global helicopter manufacturer, today announced at the Association of the United States Army annual meeting that they have signed a cooperative agreement to explore opportunities for expanding their respective military and commercial product portfolios. “The combination of… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 24-Oct-13

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Kaman announces date for 2013 Q3 earnings

Kaman announces date for 2013 Q3 earnings

Kaman Corp. (NYSE:KAMN) announced today that it will report its third quarter 2013 results after the stock market closes on Monday, October 28, 2013, and host a live webcast and conference call at 8:30am ET on Tuesday, October 29, 2013. The call will be accessible by telephone at (877) 546-5018 and from outside the U.S…. Read more »

Source: Kaman, 09-Oct-13

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FAA Opens the Arctic to Commercial Small Unmanned Aircraft

FAA Opens the Arctic to Commercial Small Unmanned Aircraft

A research vessel plying the icy waters of the Chukchi Sea above the Arctic Circle seems an odd place for a Federal Aviation Administration employee. But that’s exactly where Alaskan Region inspector Jay Skaggs was on September 12. His presence aboard the Westward Wind helped ensure the first FAA-approved commercial flights by an unmanned aircraft went off… Read more »

Source: FAA, 01-Oct-13

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Northrop Grumman Readies MQ-8C Fire Scout for Flight

Northrop Grumman Readies MQ-8C Fire Scout for Flight

 Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) turned on the power to the U.S. Navy’s first MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned helicopter and rotated the aircraft’s four blades for the first time during initial ground testing and engine runs at Naval Base Ventura County Point Mugu, Calif., Sept. 20. Conducting initial engine runs of the aircraft allows engineers to… Read more »

Source: Northrop Grumman, 23-Sep-13

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Schiebel integrates Camcopter with FLIR Systems Corona 350 sensor

Schiebel integrates Camcopter with FLIR Systems Corona 350 sensor

Schiebel and FLIR Systems Polytec AB are proud to announce the successful integration of the Schiebel CAMCOPTER® S-100 Unmanned Air System (UAS) with the CORONA 350 Airborne Sensor. This successful integration marked the first time that this airborne sensor was flown on board a UAV. The Schiebel CAMCOPTER® S-100 has carried out a series of… Read more »

Source: Schiebel, 11-Sep-13

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Simlat selected by ING Robotic Aviation for new UAV Operator’s Program with Canadore College

Simlat selected by ING Robotic Aviation for new UAV Operator’s Program with Canadore College

Simlat was recently selected to provide its Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) Training systems, including the C-STAR and SPOT systems, to support Canadore College’s new UAV operator’s course in North Bay, Ontario Canada. Ontario, Canada, 02 September, 2013 – Simlat UAS & ISR Training & Simulation systems will be part of the first UAV operator’s training… Read more »

Source: Simlat, 04-Sep-13

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UAE firm plans to turn Berkut into attack drone

UAE firm plans to turn Berkut into attack drone

Russia’s Berkut Aero design bureau and the UAE’s Adcom Systems are considering the Berkut VL helicopter as a model for a drone to be stationed aboard an aircraft carrier – see full story

Source: RIA Novosti, 03-Sep-13

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PZL-Świdnik exhibits SW-4 Solo RUAS/OPH at MSPO 2013

PZL-Świdnik exhibits SW-4 Solo RUAS/OPH at MSPO 2013

PZL-Świdnik SA, an AgustaWestland company, is showcasing the SW-4 Solo Rotorcraft Unmanned Air System/Optionally Piloted Helicopter (RUAS/OPH) at MSPO 2013 in Kielce, Poland, demonstrating the Company’s potential in the European aviation sector, where the remotely piloted and unmanned aircraft are becoming synonymous with state-of-the-art technology.Nicola Bianco, Managing Director, PZL-Świdnik SA said, “We are pleased to… Read more »

Source: PZL Swidnik, 03-Sep-13

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Australia – Franchisees required for unmanned helicopters

Australia – Franchisees required for unmanned helicopters

Yamaha Sky Division Australia’s introduction of the Yamaha RMAX unmanned helicopter will enable franchisees and contractors to maintain land and crops remotely, from the air, and without the hassles that come with more traditional farming methods. see full story

Source: Farm Weekly, 28-Aug-13

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Fly-by-Wire Technology Driving Advancements in Rotary Wing Flight

Fly-by-Wire Technology Driving Advancements in Rotary Wing Flight

UTC Aerospace Systems is working with Sikorsky Aircraft to drive advancements in rotorcraft technology as part of Sikorsky’s self-funded Matrix Technology autonomy research and development program. With Matrix Technology, Sikorsky aims to significantly improve the capability, safety and reliability of vertical take-off and landing aircraft. UTC Aerospace Systems and Sikorsky are units of United Technologies… Read more »

Source: UTC Aerospace, 20-Aug-13

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Sikorsky unveils Matrix™ Technology to Advance VTOL Autonomy

Sikorsky unveils Matrix™ Technology to Advance VTOL Autonomy

Sikorsky Aircraft, a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX), has unveiled a major research program — designated MATRIX™ Technology — to develop, test and field systems and software that will improve significantly the capability, reliability and safety of flight for autonomous, optionally piloted, and piloted vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft. In collaboration with… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 19-Aug-13

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MQ-8B Fire Scout passes 5,000 flight hours in Afghanistan

MQ-8B Fire Scout passes 5,000 flight hours in Afghanistan

The Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC)-built MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned helicopter surpassed 5,000 flight hours while providing critical surveillance capabilities to field commanders in Afghanistan. Since deploying to Afghanistan in 2011, the MQ-8 Fire Scout system has provided real-time airborne surveillance and targeting supporting counter improvised explosive devices (IEDs), provided targeting support and delivered real-time video to… Read more »

Source: Northrop Grumman, 19-Aug-13

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Fire Scout surpasses flight hour record aboard USS Samuel B. Roberts

Fire Scout surpasses flight hour record aboard USS Samuel B. Roberts

Helicopter Strike Maritime Squadron (HSM) 46, Det. 9 recently surpassed the MQ-8B Fire Scout’s previous monthly flight hour record while performing operations at sea aboard USS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG 58). In June, four Fire Scouts that embarked on the frigate flew 333 flight hours, exceeding the unmanned helicopter’s previously monthly operational flight time record… Read more »

Source: US Navy, 14-Aug-13

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Sikorsky unveils new Matrix autonomy technology

Sikorsky unveils new Matrix autonomy technology

The company plans to formally introduce the technology at the AUVSI conference Aug. 12 in Washington, D.C. – see full story HeliHub.com editor note – The S76B in photo in the Defense News article is registered N760PV.  Seven Six Zero Papa Victor.  Sikorsky hopes we all read this as Seven Six Oscar Papa Victor, but… Read more »

Source: Defense News, 09-Aug-13

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Scion UAS completes first flight of SA-400 optionally piloted helicopter

Scion UAS completes first flight of SA-400 optionally piloted helicopter

Scion UAS completed the first test flights of the production SA-400 Jackal. The first flight comes after extensive flight tests of the prototype helicopter and shortly after receiving a special airworthiness certificate for experimental research and development for the optionally piloted SA-400 helicopter. The SA-400 Jackal is a turbine powered vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL)… Read more »

Source: Scion UAS, 07-Aug-13

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First upgraded MQ-8C Fire Scout delivered to US Navy

First upgraded MQ-8C Fire Scout delivered to US Navy

The U.S. Navy got its first look at the upgraded MQ-8 Fire Scout unmanned system when Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) delivered its first MQ-8C system this month. Northrop Grumman is the Navy’s prime contractor for the MQ-8 Fire Scout program of record. The company delivered the first MQ-8C aircraft to the Navy in early July… Read more »

Source: Northrop Grumman, 31-Jul-13

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Kaman reports 2013 Q2 results

Kaman reports 2013 Q2 results

HeliHub.com editor note – these are extracts from the full release, which includes the financial statements Neal J. Keating, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, stated, “We achieved strong overall results for the second quarter led by the performance at Aerospace and the sequential improvement in operating profit at Distribution. Aerospace delivered an operating profit… Read more »

Source: Kaman, 31-Jul-13

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Kaman announces date for 2013 Q2 earnings

Kaman announces date for 2013 Q2 earnings

Kaman Corp. (NYSE:KAMN) announced today that it will report its second quarter 2013 results after the stock market closes on Monday, July 29, 2013, and host a live webcast and conference call at 8:30am ET on Tuesday, July 30, 2013. The call will be accessible by telephone at (877) 415-3177 and from outside the U.S…. Read more »

Source: Kaman, 28-Jul-13

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Denver Police says no police UAVs in near future

Denver Police says no police UAVs in near future

Denver Police Chief Robert White says he appreciates technological advances but told a City Council committee on Tuesday he won’t put police drones into Denver air space any time soon. see full story

Source: Denver Post, 12-Jul-13

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Rotorcraft project earns research achievement honor

Rotorcraft project earns research achievement honor

Since its commission, the project has developed a comprehensive small- and full-scale autonomous helicopter research capability using unique in-house skills in helicopter guidance and flight control, robotics planning and scheduling, and emerging unmanned aircraft sensor technology. see full story

Source: Redstone Rocket, 08-Jul-13

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South Australian Police to buy four UAVs

South Australian Police to buy four UAVs

Police Minister Michael O’Brien said UAVs have become a recognised policing tool throughout the world.  see full story

Source: The Australian, 04-Jul-13

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LockMart demos management of varied UAVs from single control system

LockMart demos management of varied UAVs from single control system

During a recent demonstration at NAVAIR,Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] monitored and controlled multiple types of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) from one integrated command and control (C2) system. Controlling both the unmanned air vehicles and their on-board mission system sensors, Lockheed Martin’s system fully integrated with other Navy C2 and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) planning… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 03-Jul-13

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Camcopter completes flight tests with “Deckfinder” non-GPS approach

Camcopter completes flight tests with “Deckfinder” non-GPS approach

Schiebel has successfully concluded a series of flight trials with EADS Astrium’s Pseudolite-based Local Positioning System “DeckFinder”, expanding its automated launch and recovery capability for operation where access to GPS has been denied. Schiebel integrated the DeckFinder Receiver Segment into a CAMCOPTER® S-100 and deployed the DeckFinder Ground Segment at the Schiebel Testing Grounds close… Read more »

Source: Schiebel, 03-Jul-13

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Qingdao to produce unmanned helicopters

Qingdao to produce unmanned helicopters

The Qingdao Hongbaichuan Metal Precision Products Co and Tianjin Shuguang Jingye Science Co signed a contract for partnership on manufacturing unmanned helicopters on June 30 – see full story

Source: China Daily, 03-Jul-13

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Denver councilman urges city to consider ‘drones’ over helicopter

Denver councilman urges city to consider ‘drones’ over helicopter

Denver Councilman Chris Nevitt suggested this week that the city look at adding unmanned aerial vehicles, also known as drones, to replace the police helicopter.  See full story Image – Draganfly X-6, a typical UAV used by law enforcement agencies

Source: Denver Post, 01-Jul-13

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AutoCopter™ – The Precision Ag Solution

AutoCopter™ – The Precision Ag Solution

The AutoCopter™ is a UAV helicopter providing remote sensing of crops using three full-sized cameras (multi-spectral, DSLR and HD Video) while flying a GPS plan for over two hours without the need to refill fuel.  After landing the data is moved to the ground control station and processed and created into GeoTiff images to import directly into… Read more »

Source: AutoCopter, 26-Jun-13

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Camcopter S-100 increases experience on French Navy patrol vessel

Camcopter S-100 increases experience on French Navy patrol vessel

Since the OPV (Offshore Patrol Vessel) L´Adroit was officially made available to the French Navy in October 2011, the CAMCOPTER® S-100 Unmanned Air System (UAS) was able to prove its highly efficient maritime capability repeatedly. The Gowind Class L’Adroit, build by DCNS, has been designed to operate, amongst other capabilities, a UAS, and by installing… Read more »

Source: Schiebel, 17-Jun-13

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ERDF and Cassidian working on unmanned powerline inspections

ERDF and Cassidian working on unmanned powerline inspections

A cooperative experiment that has been on-going for about a year between French electricity distribution network operator ERDF (Electricité Réseau Distribution France) in the “Sillon Rhodanien” region and Survey Copter, a subsidiary of Cassidian, aims to define and develop UAV usage for the inspection of medium-high-voltage aerial power lines. The use of specially dedicated UAVs will… Read more »

Source: Cassidian, 17-Jun-13

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Remote-controlled helicopter tested for use in vineyard applications

Remote-controlled helicopter tested for use in vineyard applications

Under the watchful eye of news media and area winegrape growers, a remote-controlled helicopter, fitted with a spray applicator system, was field tested today over a vineyard in the heart of the famed Napa Valley by engineers at the University of California, Davis, and Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA. For 20 years, the small motorcyle-sized helicopter,… Read more »

Source: UC Davis, 17-Jun-13

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Paris Air Show – Cassidian presents its Tanan 300 compact VTOL Tactical UAS

Paris Air Show – Cassidian presents its Tanan 300 compact VTOL Tactical UAS

TANANTM 300 Cassidian presents its TANANTM 300 new-generation compact VTOL Tactical UAS (Vertical Take-Off and Landing Tactical Unmanned Aerial System) for maritime and land missions. Designed in close collaboration with potential customers in order to match their specific requirements, TANANTM 300 is a real ‘eye in the sky’ thanks to a full HD imagery chain and to its… Read more »

Source: Cassidian, 16-Jun-13

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New Draganflyer X4-ES Ultra Portable UAV released

New Draganflyer X4-ES Ultra Portable UAV released

UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) able to carry high quality cameras have, until today, required prohibitively large transport cases. This has been changed by the release of Draganfly Innovations’ new Draganflyer X4-ES Ultra Portable Quadrotor UAV. Featuring new quick release patent pending tool-less removable rotors, new folding landing gear, and a new sleek molded carbon fiber,… Read more »

Source: Draganflyer, 05-Jun-13

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ING Robotic Aviation announced as Canada’s Reseller for Huginn X1 UAV

ING Robotic Aviation announced as Canada’s Reseller for Huginn X1 UAV

ING Robotic Aviation is proud to announce that it has just entered into a partnership with Anthea Technologies to become the sole Canadian reseller of the Huginn X1 ‘quad rotor’ vertical takeoff and landing unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).  The X1 is an outstanding platform in terms of reliability, cost and flexibility, and is the best… Read more »

Source: ING Robotic Aviation, 04-Jun-13

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AHS Micro Air Vehicle Student Challenge Winners Announced

AHS Micro Air Vehicle Student Challenge Winners Announced

The Micro Air Vehicle Student Challenge was held at the AHS Forum 69 at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Arizona on Tuesday May 21. The Challenge was held at 5:30 p.m. in the exhibit hall during the Industry/Exhibitor Reception. The MAV Student Challenge pitted five student-researcher teams in a competition for up to $3,000 in prizes sponsored… Read more »

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TAI shows R300 unmanned helicopter

TAI shows R300 unmanned helicopter

Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) has unveiled the R300 unmanned helicopter, which it is aiming at meeting the requirements of the nation’s land forces and navy. (See Full Story)

Source: Flight Global, 16-May-13

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Schiebel denies knowledge of Camcopter on Chinese warship

Schiebel denies knowledge of Camcopter on Chinese warship

Austrian unmanned air vehicle manufacturer Schiebel says it has no knowledge of whether its Camcopter system has performed flights from a Chinese warship, despite apparent Japanese evidence of its use.          (See Full Story)

Source: Flight Global, 16-May-13

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Boston police want drones for 2014 marathon security

Boston police want drones for 2014 marathon security

Boston’s top cop wants drones hovering over next year’s marathon, but getting his hands on one may be easier said than done. More than 30 states, including Massachusetts, are rushing to restrict the use of drones by law enforcement, with some seeking to ban it in all but the most extreme circumstances. (See Full Story)

Source: The Washington Times, 29-Apr-13

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Eurocopter reveals optionally-piloted EC145

Eurocopter reveals optionally-piloted EC145

Eurocopter’s ability to integrate unmanned flight capabilities into its helicopter family has been validated by an optionally piloted vehicle (OPV) demonstration program, which used an EC145 to fly routes that included deployment of an external sling load and a representative observation mission. Conducted at the French Air Force base in Istres, France, this program was… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 26-Apr-13

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RCMP fly Draganflyer UAV for accident/crime investigation work

RCMP fly Draganflyer UAV for accident/crime investigation work

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police is a leading North American national police force, covering three Canadian territories, eight provinces, more than 190 municipalities, 184 Aboriginal communities, and three international airports. The “F” division is responsible for the Saskatchewan region and like other divisions, is always looking for new technology to improve their level of service… Read more »

Source: RCMP, 25-Mar-13

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Will TV news helicopters be replaced by drones?

Will TV news helicopters be replaced by drones?

TV’s eyes in the sky have been around for decades and are often indispensible for covering news scenes. On the horizon (figuratively, if not literally) are drones that do the same thing (see full story)

Source: CBS News, 22-Mar-13

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