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IAI completes helicopter UAV proof of concept

IAI completes helicopter UAV proof of concept

Israel Aerospace Industries’ (IAI) Unmanned systems have successfully completed a proof of concept to high officials of the defense industry and the IDF. Recently developed by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) the Air Hopper took a part in a demonstration that covered two scenarios, one simulating carrying a seriously-wounded soldier to a extraction point for life-saving… Read more »

Source: IAI, 16-Oct-17

Dubai unmanned taxi progresses with first flight in-country

Dubai unmanned taxi progresses with first flight in-country

Dubai’s Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum launched the maiden concept flight of their Autonomous Air Taxi (AAT). The AAT will be the world’s first self-flying taxi. They hope to introduce the AAT in 2022. The test flight from Jumeirah Beach Park was a success, using the German Volocpter, reports Arabian Aerospace.  

Source: HeliHub.com, 28-Sep-17

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Drone Industry Forecasts to Grow at 12.7% CAGR till 2022

Drone Industry Forecasts to Grow at 12.7% CAGR till 2022

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), commonly referred as drones, are aircraft without a human pilot aboard. The flight is controlled either autonomously, or by an onboard computer, or by remote control from the ground or another vehicle. The large-sized remotely pilot aircraft (RPA) are powered by internal combustion engines, while relatively small UAVs are driven by… Read more »

Source: Orbis Research, 01-Jun-17

Russian Helicopters showcases unmanned tiltrotor at HeliRussia-2017

Russian Helicopters showcases unmanned tiltrotor at HeliRussia-2017

Russian Helicopters, part of State Corporation Rostec, is featuring a prototype of an unmanned tiltrotor created by VR-Technologies design bureau, at the 10th International Helicopter Industry Exhibition HeliRussia-2017. The prototype of the UAV was first shown at the Army-2016 International Military Technical Forum in September 2016, after subsequently the tiltrotor was retrofitted with a control… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 30-May-17

Argus Unmanned Creates Safety Partnership Program

Argus Unmanned Creates Safety Partnership Program

As a global leader in aviation safety and vetting tools for consumers of aviation services ARGUS is pleased to announce the ARGUS Unmanned Safety Partnership Program for commercial UAS operators. The ARGUS Unmanned Safety Partnership Program has several package options. Each package contains valuable operational and safety tools as well as the globally respected ARGUS… Read more »

Source: ARGUS International, 24-May-17

Belarusian Drone Showcased at MILEX 2017

Belarusian Drone Showcased at MILEX 2017

The Belarusian Company, KB Indela, has recently showcased their new combat and reconnaissance unmanned helicopter at the defence technology expo MILEX, 2017. The drone is capable of delivering air strikes, performing reconnaissance and convey video footage. It has a single rotor with non-retractable landing gear, with an auxiliary wing. Its engine runs off high-octane gasoline,… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 23-May-17

Rotorcraft Asia – Inaugural event proves successful

Rotorcraft Asia – Inaugural event proves successful

The inaugural Rotorcraft Asia, the region’s first-ever dedicated event for civil helicopter industry is focused on offering an effective strategic platform for industry leaders, potential partners and experts to forge partnerships, engage in dialogues and showcase new innovative technologies, to unlock the region’s growing industry. Top executives, regulators, industry experts, academics and leading industry players… Read more »

Source: Rotorcraft Asia, 02-May-17

Inaugural Rotorcraft Asia established as key regional industry event

Inaugural Rotorcraft Asia established as key regional industry event

The inaugural editions of Rotorcraft Asia and Unmanned Systems Asia, held from 18 to 20 April 2017, received very strong reception and participation from the breadth of leading industry companies and experts, regulators, top executives and academics, establishing them as key touchstone events for the industry. The inaugural editions hosted over 3,000 trade attendees from… Read more »

Source: Rotorcraft Asia, 27-Apr-17

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FAA Will Release Maps to Speed up Drone Authorization Applications

FAA Will Release Maps to Speed up Drone Authorization Applications

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) plans to release the first set of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) facility maps on April 27. The maps will depict areas and altitudes near airports where UAS may operate safely. They will help drone operators improve the quality of their Part 107 airspace authorization requests, which will help the FAA… Read more »

Source: FAA, 11-Apr-17

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Airbus to Test Unmanned Taxi Prototype

Airbus to Test Unmanned Taxi Prototype

Last year, Airbus disclosed that they hope to create a “self-flying taxi.” They have worked towards this goal and hope to test flight their first prototype of a single-person craft by the end of 2017. These independent taxis will be called CityAirbus, and will be accessible through an app on any smartphone, similar to Uber…. Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 18-Jan-17

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SW-4 ‘Solo’ remotely piloted helicopter begins test campaign

SW-4 ‘Solo’ remotely piloted helicopter begins test campaign

With the first flight of the innovative remotely piloted helicopter SW-4 ‘Solo’ yesterday at the Taranto-Grottaglie Airport, Leonardo-Finmeccanica begins the test campaign in order to verify the aircraft’s operational characteristics and validate flight procedures, in both normal and emergency conditions. Mauro Moretti, CEO and General Manager Leonardo said: “The SW-4 ‘Solo’ is testimony of Leonardo’s… Read more »

Source: Leonardo-Finmeccanica, 05-Jan-17

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Successful Test Flight of Leonardo-Finmeccanica Unmanned Aircraft

Successful Test Flight of Leonardo-Finmeccanica Unmanned Aircraft

Leonardo-Finmeccanica had their first successful test flight this week of their new remotely piloted SW-4 helicopter, dubbed the Solo. The successful test flight means they can now launch their test campaign. CEO and General Manager, Mauro Moretti, has said that the Solo is testament to the company’s innovation and commitment to the field of unmanned… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 02-Jan-17

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Unmanned Safety Institute Training Programs Educate Law Enforcement on Drone Activity

Unmanned Safety Institute Training Programs Educate Law Enforcement on Drone Activity

The Unmanned Safety Institute, a professional organization dedicated to the safe and responsible integration of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) into the U.S. National Airspace System, provided a one-day workshop training on October 28, 2016, at the Town of Warrenton Police Department Headquarters located in Warrenton, Virginia. The purpose of this educational workshop was to train… Read more »

Source: Unmanned Safety Institute, 07-Dec-16

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New prototype on the ramp at Guimbal

New prototype on the ramp at Guimbal

​​HeliHub.com has become aware of a new prototype test flying with French manufacturer Hélicoptères Guimbal. The new aircraft is all white, and carries the French test registration F-WBGD in blue on the tail boom. On the tail fin, in the normal Guimbal style, is the serial number 2001 – “A Space Odyssey” to some, but… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 02-Dec-16

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Leonardo takes SW-4 UAV to Unmanned Warrior 2016

Leonardo takes SW-4 UAV to  Unmanned Warrior 2016

Leonardo-Finmeccanica attended Royal Navy’s Unmanned Warrior 2016 from 9th to 21st October, the largest demonstration of maritime autonomous systems ever held. Leonardo demonstrated the capabilities of its advanced SW-4 ‘Solo’ Rotary Unmanned Air System as well as its airborne sensors such as the SAGE electronic warfare and Osprey E-Scan radar systems integrated using its skyISTAR… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 23-Nov-16

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Aurora to Develop Unmanned UH-1H

Aurora to Develop Unmanned UH-1H

Aurora’s TALOS system has been demonstrated previously on a Boeing H-6U Unmanned Little Bird flown autonomously, and three different human-piloted Bell 206 aircraft. “The arrival of a Huey as our third test platform frames a key point for future customers – the TALOS system is platform agnostic; you’re not buying a new fleet of helicopters,… Read more »

Source: Aurora Flight Sciences, 14-Nov-16

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Unmanned Aircraft Safety Team holds first meeting

Unmanned Aircraft Safety Team holds first meeting

People are captivated by the limitless possibilities the drone industry offers, but with them comes a host of safety challenges, as hundreds of thousands of drones take to the sky. At the Federal Aviation Administration, we realize we can’t solve these challenges alone. We need the expertise and collaboration of key industry and government stakeholders…. Read more »

Source: UAST, 25-Oct-16

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DCNS and Airbus join forces for French Naval drone requirement

DCNS and Airbus join forces for French Naval drone requirement

DCNS, a world leader in naval defence, and Airbus Helicopters, the world’s leading helicopter manufacturer, are joining forces to design the future tactical component of France’s Naval Aerial Drone (Système de Drones Aériens de la Marine – SDAM) programme. By pooling naval and aerospace skills and expertise, the teaming of DCNS and Airbus Helicopters will… Read more »

Source: DCNS, 22-Oct-16

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U.S. Navy selects Leonardo for MQ-8C Fire Scout

U.S. Navy selects Leonardo for MQ-8C Fire Scout

Leonardo-Finmeccanica’s Osprey AESA radar has been picked to serve as look-out on-board the US Navy’s newly-upgraded unmanned helicopter, the MQ-8C Fire Scout. The helicopter will be launched from the decks of US naval combat vessels to keep watch for distant threats. The contract will see Leonardo delivering an initial batch of 5 radars to the… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 21-Oct-16

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Bell given $3.3M to test MQ-8C Fire Scout tail boom cracks

Bell given $3.3M to test MQ-8C Fire Scout tail boom cracks

A $3.3 million contract has been awarded to Bell Helicopter to further investigations on the Northrop Grumman MQ-8C Fire Scout UAS. The US Naval Air Systems (NAVAIR) has awarded this money in the hopes to research more into the potential of future flight strain, tail boom cracking and fatigue on the craft. HIS Janes has… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 12-Oct-16

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History made as MH-60S uses MQ-8B as laser designator platform

History made as MH-60S uses MQ-8B as laser designator platform

The “Wildcards” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 23 made history Sept. 14 when they used a MQ-8B unmanned air system as a laser designator platform for a MH-60S Seahawk helicopter to fire a AGM-114N Hellfire missile. For the mission, the MH-60S launched from Naval Air Station (NAS) North Island, while the Northrup Grumman MQ-8B… Read more »

Source: US Navy, 07-Oct-16

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Unmanned Traffic Management Convention 2016 To Be Held In Syracuse

Unmanned Traffic Management Convention 2016 To Be Held In Syracuse

The Unmanned Traffic Management Convention 2016 will be held at the Oncenter, Syracuse, on November 8th, 9th and 10th, hosting over 500 air traffic professionals. The convention will showcase the latest advances in unmanned aircrafts such as drones and how they will be integrated into the nation’s airspace. The convention will showcase discussions on unmanned… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 07-Oct-16

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UPS begins testing drones

UPS begins testing drones

UPS® (NYSE:UPS) announced today that it has begun testing the use of drones to make commercial deliveries of packages to remote or difficult-to-access locations, working together with drone-maker CyPhy Works. Testing began on Thursday when the companies staged a mock delivery of urgently needed medicine from Beverly, Mass. to Children’s Island, which is about three… Read more »

Source: CyPhy, 03-Oct-16

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Integrating UAVs into the rotorcraft sector

Integrating UAVs into the rotorcraft sector

From advanced oil rig inspection to aerial search and rescue missions, the rise of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) use is allowing businesses to utilise new technology across a range of industries on a scale not previously possible. With the UAV market estimated to be worth $5.5bn by 2020[1] there are many opportunities available to rotorcraft… Read more »

Source: Helitech International, 03-Oct-16

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Safran signs MoU with Urban Aeronautics

Safran signs MoU with Urban Aeronautics

Safran Helicopter Engines has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Urban Aeronautics to study new market opportunities and address power system solutions to support the development of an entirely new platform family of internal rotor aircraft. The Cormorant (formerly AirMule) UAV demonstrator is already flying powered by an Arriel 1D driving two ducted-fans. Under the… Read more »

Source: Safran Helicopter Engines, 02-Oct-16

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Schiebel and Diehl Defence strengthen teaming agreement

Schiebel and Diehl Defence strengthen teaming agreement

The cooperation between Schiebel, manufacturer of the world’s most capable VTOL UAS, the CAMCOPTER® S-100, and the German company Diehl Defence has been strengthened recently. “Celebrating a milestone like the 10th anniversary of the CAMCOPTER® S-100 with more than 300 units sold is a good moment to reflect on where we are today and where… Read more »

Source: Schiebel, 30-Sep-16

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Uber researches helicopter transportation, including unmanned

Uber researches helicopter transportation, including unmanned

Uber has recently shared that they are looking into a new form of transportation; flight. Jeff Holden – head of Uber, reports CNBC, has looked into VTOL (Vertical Take-off and Landing). Many companies such as Boeing, Sikorsky and Airbus are also currently doing research and development of such a craft. VTOL would allow an aircraft… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 30-Sep-16

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Boeing and Korean Air Work on Unmanned MD500

Boeing and Korean Air Work on Unmanned MD500

A Memorandum of Agree has been signed between Boeing and Korean Air. They have agreed to work in partner to develop an unmanned attack platform from MD Helicopters MD500. Boeing has reported that they will provide technical support and together they will market it to the export market. The project is based off of Korean… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 26-Sep-16

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Bell introduces armed unmanned V-247 tiltrotor

Bell introduces armed unmanned V-247 tiltrotor

The Bell V-247 tiltrotor is an unmanned aerial system (UAS) that will combine the vertical lift capability of a helicopter with the speed and range of a conventional fixed-wing aircraft.  The revolutionary UAS is designed to provide unmatched long-endurance persistent expeditionary and surveillance capability and lethal reach, as well as runway independence to operate successfully… Read more »

Source: Bell, 23-Sep-16

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New Training Programs to Educate Law Enforcement

New Training Programs to Educate Law Enforcement

The Unmanned Safety Institute, a professional organization dedicated to the safe and responsible integration of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) into the U.S. National Airspace System, today announced a joint partnership with the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) to provide innovative training on the safety and security of UAS to the law enforcement community throughout the… Read more »

Source: USI, 20-Sep-16

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Zuccaro named to FAA Drone Advisory Committee

Zuccaro named to FAA Drone Advisory Committee

HAI President and CEO Matthew S. Zuccaro today called the launch of the FAA’s Drone Advisory Committee (DAC) “a major step forward in bringing together the appropriate stakeholders to assist the Department of Transportation and FAA in developing and implementing this exciting new aviation technology.” Named as a DAC member in an Aug. 31 announcement,… Read more »

Source: HAI, 08-Sep-16

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Xinbei District is Home for New Chinese Unmanned Helicopter Project

Xinbei District is Home for New Chinese Unmanned Helicopter Project

Jiangsu Tianyu Aviation Technology Co., Ltd. and the 60th Research Institute of the General Staff Department of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (60th Research Institute) held a signing ceremony for cooperation on an unmanned helicopter project recently. A 200,000 square meter facility in Changzhou National Hi-Tech District (Xinbei District) has been selected as the location… Read more »

Source: Changzhou Xinbei District, 08-Sep-16

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CybAero delivers three helicopter systems to China

CybAero delivers three helicopter systems to China

1 Sep, 16 Source: CybAero The three systems of unmanned helicopters meant for the Chinese Customs, and ordered by Jolly have been delivered from Linköping today. It has been further agreed that CybAero will send a flight team to China to train the end-customer’s staff and to be on-site for the implementation of the final… Read more »

Source: CybAero, 02-Sep-16

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7-Eleven starts FAA-approved drone deliveries

7-Eleven starts FAA-approved drone deliveries

“This delivery required special flight planning, risk analysis, and detailed flight procedures ensuring residential safety and privacy were equally integrated,” said Chris Walach, Director of Operations for NIAS. At a Reno, Nevada 7-Eleven® store, two deliveries were successfully completed. 7-Eleven merchandise – including hot and cold food items – were loaded into a unique Flirtey… Read more »

Source: Flirtey, 18-Aug-16

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Amazon partners with UK Government on Drones

Amazon partners with UK Government on Drones

Amazon has today announced a partnership with the UK Government to explore the steps needed to make the delivery of parcels by small drones a reality, allowing Amazon to trial new methods of testing its delivery systems. A cross-Government team supported by the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has provided Amazon with permissions to explore… Read more »

Source: Amazon, 09-Aug-16

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Era launches collaboration with drone operator

Era launches collaboration with drone operator

Era Group Inc. (NYSE: ERA) (“Era”), a leading helicopter transport operator, announced today the launch of its Unmanned Aerial Solutions (UAS) service offering and an exclusive agreement with Total Safety. Era’s UAS offering utilizes unmanned aerial and related sensory technologies for multiple applications such as inspections, surveys, mapping, imagery, and construction and engineering to service… Read more »

Source: Era Group, 09-Aug-16

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CybAero joins Commercial Drone Alliance

CybAero joins Commercial Drone Alliance

Swedish drone manufacturer CybAero is proud to announce that it has joined the Commercial Drone Alliance — an American non-profit dedicated to helping commercial enterprises adopt drone technologies while also addressing the perception and policy issues around drones. “We are thrilled to be joining an organization that is opening one of the world’s biggest markets… Read more »

Source: CybAero, 03-Aug-16

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South Wales Police introduces Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

South Wales Police introduces Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

The force has acquired one drone which will be used to carry out a wide range of tasks including assisting with searches for missing people, policing large scale events, tackling anti-social behaviour and keeping officers safe. Drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are used by many organisations across the world. Regulated in the UK by… Read more »

21-Jul-16

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Kaman announces release date for 2016 Q2 earnings

Kaman announces release date for 2016 Q2 earnings

Kaman Corp. (NYSE:KAMN) announced today that it will report its second quarter 2016 results after the stock market closes on Thursday, July 28, 2016, and host a live webcast and conference call at 8:30am ET on Friday, July 29, 2016. The call will be accessible by telephone within the U.S. at (866) 291-5954 and from… Read more »

Source: Kaman, 07-Jul-16

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FAA evaluates British Anti-UAV Defence System

FAA evaluates British Anti-UAV Defence System

The world’s first fully integrated detect-track-disrupt-defeat Anti-UAV Defence System (AUDS) – developed by a trio of British companies including Blighter Surveillance Systems, Chess Dynamics and Enterprise Control Systems, and integrated/supported in North America by Liteye Systems Inc. – has been selected by the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for evaluation at US airports as… Read more »

Source: Blighter, 28-Jun-16

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US Dept of Transportation and FAA Finalize drone rules

US Dept of Transportation and FAA Finalize drone rules

Today, the Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration has finalized the first operational rules for routine commercial use of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or “drones”), opening pathways towards fully integrating UAS into the nation’s airspace. These new regulations work to harness new innovations safely, to spur job growth, advance critical scientific research and save… Read more »

Source: FAA, 21-Jun-16

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CybAero appoints new North America Sales Director

CybAero appoints new North America Sales Director

CybAero has selected Mr. Brian Lawrence to be the new Sales Director, North America. He assumed the position on June 7th, 2016. “With his broad expertise and experience within the aerospace industry, especially within the industry of selling unmanned systems, we are confident that Mr. Lawrence will contribute to future sales and marketing of the… Read more »

Source: CybAero, 17-Jun-16

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CybAero appoints new CFO

CybAero appoints new CFO

CybAero has hired Mikael Smith as the new CFO, and will take up the position on September 1st, 2016. “We are delighted that Mikael has accepted the position as CFO. With his broad expertise, we are confident that he will contribute to the development of the company, “says CybAero’s CEO Rolf Schytt. Mikael Smith is… Read more »

Source: CybAero, 01-Jun-16

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Sikorsky demonstrates 30 mile autonomous flight for DARPA

Sikorsky demonstrates 30 mile autonomous flight for DARPA

Sikorsky has successfully demonstrated a 30-mile autonomous flight using a Sikorsky S-76® commercial helicopter to complete Phase 1 of an $8 millionaward from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)’s Aircrew Labor In-Cockpit Automation System (ALIAS) program. Sikorsky’s ALIAS system directed the rotorcraft flight demonstration from Sikorsky’s Stratford, Connecticut, facility to Robertson Airport in Plainville,… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 01-Jun-16

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Aurora tests new Autonomous system for US Marine Corps

Aurora tests new Autonomous system for US Marine Corps

Aurora Flight Sciences tested new capabilities of the Autonomous Aerial Cargo/Utility System in Bealeton, Virginia, May 25, 2016.  The AACUS is an autonomy applique kit that enables operations of full-scale rotary-wing aircraft in and out of austere landing zones, tactically, with little human assistance. “We know how to make things fly, we’ve been doing it… Read more »

Source: USMC, 31-May-16

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Yamaha launches unmanned spraying ops in Napa Valley vineyards

Yamaha launches unmanned spraying ops in Napa Valley vineyards

Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A., is pleased to announce the inaugural commercial operation of its RMAX remotely piloted helicopter for agriculture spraying service in the U.S. The RMAX flight was completed this week in California for Napa-based Silverado Farming Company, a leading vineyard management company. During its debut the RMAX applied a fungicide for preventative control… Read more »

Source: Yamaha, 20-May-16

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British pilot union welcomes promise of new drone laws

British pilot union welcomes promise of new drone laws

The British Airline Pilots’ Association (BALPA) has welcomed the announcement in the Queen’s Speech that the Government will introduce new regulations on drones in a forthcoming Modern Transport Bill.  Jim McAuslan, BALPA General Secretary, said: “We are pleased that the Government is planning to bring forward drone legislation in a new bill. The number of… Read more »

Source: BALPA, 19-May-16

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FAA Releases Drone Registration Location Data

FAA Releases Drone Registration Location Data

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today posted a large database showing the city, state and zip code of each registered drone owner. Release of the database responds to a number of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests submitted since the new unmanned aircraft registration system began operating on December 21, 2015. The FAA is not… Read more »

Source: FAA, 19-May-16

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FBI Drone Detection System being tested at New York JFK Airport

FBI Drone Detection System being tested at New York JFK Airport

The FAA and its government partners are expanding research on ways to detect “rogue” drones around airports. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and its government, industry and academia partners have joined forces to evaluate drone detection technology at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) in New York. Over the last two years, the FAA has… Read more »

Source: FAA, 17-May-16

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Presagis Introduces New UAV and Helicopter Reference Platforms at ITEC 2016

Presagis Introduces New UAV and Helicopter Reference Platforms at ITEC 2016

Presagis™ is demonstrating its latest modeling and simulation (M&S) software portfolio, M&S Suite 15, at the International Training and Education Conference (ITEC), Europe’s largest show for military training and simulation, taking place May 17 to 19 at the ExCel Centre. At the conference, Presagis (Booth D-132) will introduce new commercial offerings based on reference platforms… Read more »

Source: Presagis, 17-May-16

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HAI President uses Florida UAS session to build bridges

HAI President uses Florida UAS session to build bridges

Coming on the heels of HAI’s expansion to include UAS (unmanned aircraft systems) operators and owners, HAI President and CEO Matt Zuccaro told ROTOR Daily that he was able to use his participation in a recent meeting on UAS issues to explain the helicopter industry’s concerns and positions to the UAS community. Zuccaro was one… Read more »

Source: HAI, 16-May-16

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Argus Completes Acquisition of Unmanned Safety Institute

Argus Completes Acquisition of Unmanned Safety Institute

Argus International, Inc. (Argus) is pleased to announce the acquisition of the Unmanned Safety Institute (USI) of Orlando, Florida, a privately held business that has carved out a recognized and respected position in the safety training, certification and management of unmanned aerial vehicles. The acquisition augments Argus’ global aviation safety presence in the airline, business… Read more »

Source: Argus, 10-May-16

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FAA Expands Drone Detection Pathfinder Initiative

FAA Expands Drone Detection Pathfinder Initiative

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is expanding the part of its Pathfinder Program that focuses on detecting and identifying unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) flying too close to airports. Today the FAA signed Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRDAs) with Gryphon Sensors, Liteye Systems Inc. and Sensofusion. The FAA will evaluate procedures and technologies designed to… Read more »

Source: FAA, 10-May-16

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EASA creates task force to assess the risk of aircraft colliding with drones

EASA creates task force to assess the risk of aircraft colliding with drones

The European Aviation Safety Agency announces today the creation of a task force to assess the risk of collision between drones and aircraft. The task force will: Review all relevant occurrences including the occurrences collected by the European Member States, Analyse the existing studies on the subject of impact between drones and aircraft, Study the… Read more »

Source: EASA, 05-May-16

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FAA makes Two Major Drone Announcements

FAA makes Two Major Drone Announcements

Speaking today at the AUVSI annual conference in New Orleans, FAA Administrator Michael Huerta announced the agency is establishing a broad-based advisory committee that will provide advice on key unmanned aircraft integration issues. He also announced plans to make it easier for students to fly unmanned aircraft as part of their coursework. Huerta said the drone… Read more »

Source: FAA, 05-May-16

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CybAero performs test campaign from Swedish Navy corvette

CybAero performs test campaign from Swedish Navy corvette

During the last week of April CybAero ended an extensive test campaign with their ship based system APID One. The clients of the campaign were FMV (the Swedish Defence Procurement Agency) in collaboration with the Swedish Navy. The campaign has been going on for over a year and ended with numerous flights during week 17,… Read more »

Source: CybAero, 03-May-16

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Raytheon awarded $21M more for MQ-8 software upgrades

Raytheon awarded $21M more for MQ-8 software upgrades

Raytheon Co., Dulles, Virginia, is being awarded a $21,592,886 cost-plus-fixed-fee, cost-plus-incentive-fee contract to continue the software upgrade transition in support of the MQ-8 fire scout unmanned aircraft system tactical control system 2016 Linux cyber baseline.  Work will be performed in Dulles, Virginia, and is expected to be completed in October 2018.  Fiscal 2015 and 2016… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 29-Apr-16

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Historic FAA decision approves night drone ops

Historic FAA decision approves night drone ops

In the past week the FAA quietly issued a historic decision, approving commercial drone flights at night. See full story

Source: On The Radar, 28-Apr-16

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Drone Racing to be held at HeliRussia 2016

Drone Racing to be held at HeliRussia 2016

On May 21 the IX International Helicopter Industry Exhibition HeliRussia 2016 in will host a unique event – Drone Racing. This is a new and exciting sport for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) pilots, who compete in precision and speed. A special drone racing track will be opened at the “Crocus Expo” IEC where the expo… Read more »

Source: HeliRussia, 26-Apr-16

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Aurora Successfully Flies Subscale VTOL X-Plane Aircraft

Aurora Successfully Flies Subscale VTOL X-Plane Aircraft

Aurora Flight Sciences announced today that a subscale vehicle demonstrator (SVD) of its LightningStrike, Vertical Take-off and Landing Experimental Plane (VTOL x-plane) for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) was successfully flown at a U.S. military facility. The flight of the subscale aircraft met an important DARPA risk reduction requirement, focusing on validation of… Read more »

Source: Aurora, 26-Apr-16

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FAA Urges Non-hobby UAS Registration Via New System

FAA Urges Non-hobby UAS Registration Via New System

What’s not to like about an automated government system that’s faster, simpler and more user-friendly than the paper-based system it supplements? In a Federal Register notice (PDF), the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) officially notified owners of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) used for commercial, public and other non-model aircraft operations they may now use the FAA’s… Read more »

Source: FAA, 22-Apr-16

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Airspace alert after UK airliner hit by drone on approach to Heathrow

Airspace alert after UK airliner hit by drone on approach to Heathrow

Police in London were last night investigating after an object – reported to be a drone – struck the nose of a British Airways jet over Heathrow in what is believed to be the first case of its kind.  The pilot of flight BA727 from Geneva, carrying 132 passengers and five crew members, reported the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 18-Apr-16

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FT Sistemas picks Rockwell Collins Micro Inertial Navigation Sensors for UAV

FT Sistemas picks Rockwell Collins Micro Inertial Navigation Sensors for UAV

FT Sistemas has selected Rockwell Collins to provide its Micro Inertial Navigation Sensor (INS) for the new FT-200FH unmanned Category 2 helicopter. The agreement between the companies was announced at the FIDAE 2016 air show in the Brazil pavilion, coordinated by ABIMDE in partnership with Apex-Brasil. “Rockwell Collins has been a valued partner throughout the… Read more »

Source: Rockwell Collins, 13-Apr-16

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UK – Surrey and Sussex Police increase drone fleet from one to five

UK – Surrey and Sussex Police increase drone fleet from one to five

Surrey and Sussex Police have acquired four new state-of-the-art drones.  The Aeryon SkyRangers will add to the existing one which has been used to support policing operations at Gatwick since March 2014. The drones – also known as Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) – are designed to be used to safeguard people and to assist with… Read more »

Source: Surrey Police, 11-Apr-16

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FAA Expands Online Small Unmanned Aircraft Registration

FAA Expands Online Small Unmanned Aircraft Registration

Thursday, March 31 – Starting today, owners of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) used for commercial, public and other non-model aircraft operations will be able to use the FAA’s new, streamlined, web-based registration process to register their aircraft. The web-based process will significantly speed up registration for a variety of commercial, public use and other… Read more »

Source: FAA, 01-Apr-16

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FAA Doubles “Blanket” Altitude for Many UAS Flights

FAA Doubles “Blanket” Altitude for Many UAS Flights

After a comprehensive risk analysis, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has raised the unmanned aircraft (UAS) “blanket” altitude authorization for Section 333 exemption holders and government aircraft operators to 400 feet. Previously, the agency had put in place a nationwide Certificate of Waiver or Authorization (COA) for such flights up to 200 feet. The new… Read more »

Source: FAA, 30-Mar-16

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FAA Releases Updated UAS Sighting Reports

FAA Releases Updated UAS Sighting Reports

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today released an updated list of pilot, air traffic controller and citizen reports of possible encounters with unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). The latest report covers August 22, 2015 through January 31, 2016. Reports of unmanned aircraft have increased dramatically since 2014. Safely integrating unmanned aircraft into the national airspace system is one… Read more »

Source: FAA, 28-Mar-16

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AVX working with Northrop Grumman on Phase 3 of DARPA Tern program

AVX working with Northrop Grumman on Phase 3 of DARPA Tern program

AVX Aircraft Company announced today that it is part of a team with Northrop Grumman Corporation that the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has selected to complete Phase 3 of Tern, a joint program between DARPA and the U.S. Navy’s Office of Naval Research (ONR). AVX will be responsible for the final design, fabrication… Read more »

Source: AVX Aircraft, 22-Mar-16

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US Federal Government Expands Unmanned Systems Partnerships

US Federal Government Expands Unmanned Systems Partnerships

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and key government agencies involved in unmanned aircraft operations are expanding participation in the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Executive Committee (EXCOM). The committee provides federal agencies with a forum to share information and reduce redundancies on UAS research and development, and resolve policy and procedural issues on safe UAS integration… Read more »

Source: FAA, 17-Mar-16

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UAV test-flight to be arranged for HeliRussia 2016 visitors

UAV test-flight to be arranged for HeliRussia 2016 visitors

Industry of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) is actively integrating into the developed aerospace field. An example of this is an increase in presence of the UAS companies at the IX International Helicopter Industry Exhibition HeliRussia 2016 which to be held in May this year. HeliRussia 2016 visitors can get acquainted with the latest developments in… Read more »

Source: HeliRussia, 16-Mar-16

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FAA Administrator Talks Drones at SXSW

FAA Administrator Talks Drones at SXSW

FAA Administrator Michael Huerta and Sally French, “The Drone Girl,” today led a lively panel discussion about the future of small unmanned aircraft at South by Southwest (SXSW) in Austin on Monday. The panel included a diverse group of innovative thinkers from industry and government. In his opening remarks, Administrator Huerta outlined recent progress on… Read more »

Source: FAA, 15-Mar-16

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FAA Administrator Huerta to lead drone discussion at SXSW

FAA Administrator Huerta to lead drone discussion at SXSW

FAA Administrator Michael Huerta will make opening remarks and moderate a panel discussion with several industry and government partners about the future of small unmanned aircraft – at the SXSW “South By South West” event. Discussion topics are expected to include UAS registration, the MicroUAS aviation rulemaking committee, steps to speed integration, new uses for… Read more »

Source: FAA, 13-Mar-16

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Northrop Grumman awarded $7.2M for MQ-8B test and development work

Northrop Grumman awarded $7.2M for MQ-8B test and development work

Northrop Grumman Corp., Aerospace Systems, San Diego, California, is being awarded $7,280,560 for cost-plus-fixed-fee task order 1269 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-15-G-0026) in support of the MQ-8 Fire Scout unmanned aircraft systems.  This test support effort for the MQ-8C includes software verification; software regression; cybersecurity; dynamic interface; and other requirements in preparation… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 10-Mar-16

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L-3 Communications awarded $28M orders for MH-60R and Fire Scout datalink systems

L-3 Communications awarded $28M orders for MH-60R and Fire Scout datalink systems

L-3 Communications, Communication Systems–West, Salt Lake City, Utah, is being awarded $11,402,168 for modification PO0023 to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-12-C-2024) to exercise an option to procure eight AN/SRQ-4 Common Data Link Hawklink systems in support of the MH-60R and Fire Scout programs. Work will be performed in Salt Lake City, Utah (60 percent);… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 10-Mar-16

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NBAA Calls FAA UAS Detection Work Good First Step

NBAA Calls FAA UAS Detection Work Good First Step

The FAA-led effort to develop and test a detection system that identifies unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) operating on and near airports is a good first step, said Sarah Wolf, NBAA’s senior manager of security and facilitation. As this technology matures, it will contribute to the safety of NBAA members that operate both manned and unmanned… Read more »

Source: NBAA, 09-Mar-16

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