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HAI sets up new Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Committee

HAI sets up new Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Committee

HAI has been monitoring the growth and expanded utilization of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS). It is apparent that UAS use within low-level airspace that helicopters currently operate in will continue to grow, as will UAS use for missions normally performed by helicopters. With these thoughts in mind, and because of HAI’s desire to ensure the safe and efficient… Read more »

Source: HAI, 02-Apr-15

CybAero receives first call-off order from Chinese AVIC

CybAero receives first call-off order from Chinese AVIC

First North-listed CybAero, which develops and manufactures remotely piloted helicopters with associated sensor systems, received its first call-off order for five systems from Chinese AVIC today. In July 2014, CybAero announced that it received an order with a guaranteed minimum value of SEK 700–800 million under an 8-year framework agreement with a company within the… Read more »

Source: CybAero, 01-Apr-15

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CybAero extends factory testing for delivery to China Customs

CybAero extends factory testing for delivery to China Customs

First North-listed CybAero, which develops and manufactures remotely piloted helicopters with associated sensor systems, commenced factory testing with the client just over a week ago.The parties have agreed to extend the testing period to early May because the system integration has taken more time than planned, and this affects the testing process. “We commenced factory… Read more »

Source: CybAero, 01-Apr-15

First unit fields Apache-Shadow combo

First unit fields Apache-Shadow combo

Manned-unmanned operations using helicopters linked with unmanned aircraft systems, or UAS, have been used by the Army for a number of years. However, no single unit has ever actually been assigned to both assets until now, said Lt. Col. Tory Burgess, product manager for Shadow Tactical UAS. Burgess and others spoke during a media roundtable… Read more »

Source: US Army, 25-Mar-15

FAA Streamlines UAS COAs for Section 333

FAA Streamlines UAS COAs for Section 333

The Federal Aviation Administration has established an interim policy to speed up airspace authorizations for certain commercial unmanned aircraft (UAS) operators who obtain Section 333 exemptions. The new policy helps bridge the gap between the past process, which evaluated every UAS operation individually, and future operations after we publish a final version of the proposed… Read more »

Source: FAA, 24-Mar-15

Bell awarded $8.4M contract on 407s for Fire Scout program

Bell awarded $8.4M contract on 407s for Fire Scout program

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Hurst, Texas, is being awarded an $8,431,030 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-14-C-0022) to exercise an option for delivery of one Bell 407 Analog Helicopter, and preservation and storage of seven aircraft in support of the endurance upgrade of the MQ-8C Fire Scout. Work will be performed in Ozark,… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 12-Mar-15

Kaman Nears Reopening of K-Max Production Line; 2nd Unmanned Fire Fighting Demo Planned

Kaman Nears Reopening of K-Max Production Line; 2nd Unmanned Fire Fighting Demo Planned

By Andrew Drwiega, Heli-Expo, Florida, USA Kaman Aerospace is nearing the threshold that would allow the company to reopen its K-Max K-1200 production line, says Terry Fogarty, general manager of Kaman’s UAS Group. “With deposits now over 75% of what we require we are now anticipating that this will go ahead.” Speaking at Heli-Expo to… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 09-Mar-15

Northrop Grumman awarded $25M MQ-8 support contract

Northrop Grumman awarded $25M MQ-8 support contract

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., San Diego, California, is being awarded a $25,848,612 cost-plus-fixed-fee, firm-fixed-price contract for engineering sustainment and integrated logistics services in support of MQ-8 operational, vendor, maintenance-related and laboratory support software. Services to be provided include analysis of engineering change proposals, development of plans of action and milestones, laboratory facility studies and analysis,… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 24-Feb-15

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Saab has US patent approved for unmanned helicopter rotorhead

Saab has US patent approved for unmanned helicopter rotorhead

From the full official documentation of US Patent 8944764 The invention claimed is:1. A main rotor arrangement for an UAV-helicopter, the main rotor arrangement comprising: a rotor mast defining a vertical axis of rotation, a hub for attachment of rotor blades, wherein the hub is mounted to the rotor mast in a tiltable way so… Read more »

Source: US PTO, 16-Feb-15

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FAA Grants North Dakota UAS Test Site Broader Air Access

FAA Grants North Dakota UAS Test Site Broader Air Access

The Northern Plains (UAS) Unmanned Aircraft Systems Test Site in collaboration with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announces the approval to expand operations throughout the state of North Dakota. This authorization, granted under the FAA’s Certification of Authorization (COA) process, allows the industry more efficient access to airspace for collaborative research. The FAA was able… Read more »

Source: ND Government, 12-Feb-15

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Deadline approaches for 3rd Annual Micro Air Vehicle (MAV) Student Challenge

Deadline approaches for 3rd Annual Micro Air Vehicle (MAV) Student Challenge

MAV Student Teams! This is a reminder to submit your Team Information Form for the 3rd Annual AHS MAV Student Challenge by Friday, January 23. Finalists will be selected in the next three months to participate in the final fly off at the 71st Annual Forum in Virginia Beach, Virginia. A total of $10,000 in prizes will be awarded to the winning teams…. Read more »

Source: AHS, 22-Jan-15

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CNN cleared to test drones for reporting

CNN cleared to test drones for reporting

CNN will explore the use of drones for reporting, after receiving special permission from the U.S. government. See Full Story

Source: CNN, 15-Jan-15

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Grand Forks County Commission approves UAV donation

Grand Forks County Commission approves UAV donation

The local Sheriff’s Department received approval from the Grand Forks County Commission to accept a donation of two unmanned aerial vehicles. See Full Story

Source: Grandforks Herald, 08-Jan-15

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MQ-8C Fire Scout Takes First Flight on US Navy destroyer

MQ-8C Fire Scout Takes First Flight on US Navy destroyer

The U.S. Navy and Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) successfully flew the MQ-8C Fire Scout system for the first time off the guided-missile destroyer, USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109), Dec. 16, 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,… Read more »

Source: Northrop Grumman, 05-Jan-15

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AAI rebrands to Textron Systems

AAI rebrands to Textron Systems

AAI Logistics & Technical Services, AAI Test & Training and AAI Unmanned Systems have been part of the Textron Systems enterprise for years now. We’ve now rebranded to be one Textron Systems. You’ve known us for years – our expertise, products and services remain as trusted and capable as ever. Now, get to know us… Read more »

Source: Textron, 16-Dec-14

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FAA Grants Five More Commercial UAS Exemptions

FAA Grants Five More Commercial UAS Exemptions

The Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today granted five regulatory exemptions for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) operations to four companies representing several industries that promise to benefit from UAS technology. The four companies that received exemptions want to fly UAS to perform operations for aerial surveying, construction site monitoring and oil rig flare… Read more »

Source: FAA, 11-Dec-14

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Swedish Armed Forces to test CybAero RPAS from Visby corvette

Swedish Armed Forces to test CybAero RPAS from Visby corvette

First North-listed CybAero has been selected by the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) to conduct test and demonstration flights from Sweden’s world-leading Visby class corvette in Q3, 2015. Sweden-based CybAero was chosen ahead of other international competitors. It is estimated that the flights, which will employ CybAero’s APID helicopter systems, are to be conducted by… Read more »

Source: CybAero, 03-Dec-14

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VCs Start To Swarm On Drone Deals

VCs Start To Swarm On Drone Deals

It’s not big money yet, but drone technology has investors looking to the sky for pennies from heaven. See Full Story

Source: Techcrunch, 28-Nov-14

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A closer look at Drone Technology and ITS uses

A closer look at Drone Technology and ITS uses

The world of photography has never be the same since drones got into the hands of civilians. See Full Story

Source: Sandiego6, 28-Nov-14

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Commercial Farming, Other Industries React to Forthcoming FAA Drone Rules

Commercial Farming, Other Industries React to Forthcoming FAA Drone Rules

News about forthcoming rules from the Federal Aviation Administration for the operation of drones was met with mixed reaction by those experimenting with unmanned aerial vehicles. At least one person expressed concern that the rules may inhibit adoption by farmers, while others saw any potential movement by the FAA as a good sign that the… Read more »

Source: Suas News, 28-Nov-14

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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 8, 2015 to shareholders of record on December 16, 2014. About Kaman Corporation Kaman Corporation, founded in 1945 by aviation pioneer Charles H. Kaman, and headquartered in Bloomfield, Connecticut conducts… Read more »

Source: Kaman, 19-Nov-14

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Kaman Reports 2014 Third Quarter Results

Kaman Reports 2014 Third Quarter Results

Extracts from the full financial statements as follows Overview Neal J. Keating, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, stated, “While we faced several challenges during the third quarter we are pleased that Aerospace continued to deliver improved margin performance and Distribution achieved its fourth consecutive quarter of organic sales growth. In addition, we generated very… Read more »

Source: Kaman, 04-Nov-14

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Embry-Riddle Worldwide to host Small UAS Challenge

Embry-Riddle Worldwide to host Small UAS Challenge

Enthusiasts of small unmanned aerial systems (sUAS) will have a chance to demonstrate their aircraft and skills during a Small UAS Challenge in Houston Nov. 1 and 2. Sponsored by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Worldwide, the competition is free and open to private, academic and commercial participants. This indoor challenge will feature an obstacle course (emphasizing… Read more »

Source: Embry-Riddle, 08-Oct-14

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FAA grants Exemptions for Commercial UAS Movie and TV Production

FAA grants Exemptions for Commercial UAS Movie and TV Production

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx today announced that the Federal Aviation Administration has granted regulatory exemptions to six aerial photo and video production companies, the first step to allowing the film and television industry the use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in the National Airspace System. Secretary Foxx made the announcement on a conference call… Read more »

Source: FAA, 26-Sep-14

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Helitech publishes Q&A with seminar speaker on RPAS developments in Europe

Helitech publishes Q&A with seminar speaker on RPAS developments in Europe

Helitech have published a Q&A with speaker Jos Stevens, Senior Scientist, National Aerospace Laboratory ahead of the Business and Strategy Conference at Amsterdam on Tuesday 14th October 1. The agenda tells us that your presentation will address whether UAVs are a threat to the rotorcraft sector or an opportunity. As you only have a short… Read more »

Source: Helitech, 24-Sep-14

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Draganfly Innovations Unmanned Helicopter joins Smithsonian Museum

Draganfly Innovations Unmanned Helicopter joins Smithsonian Museum

On May 9th, 2013 at 00:20 hours the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) investigated a single roll-over accident in a rural area of Saskatchewan, Canada. Ground units and a manned helicopter searched for the seriously injured driver for two hours until the RCMP called in the Draganflyer X4-ES sUAS system equipped with a FLIR thermal… Read more »

Source: Draganfly, 13-Aug-14

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Medical Helicopter Crews Concerned About Drones

Medical Helicopter Crews Concerned About Drones

The crew of Carilion Clinic Life-Guard says there is concern in the air medical service community regarding the use of unmanned aircraft, commonly called drones, over accident scenes. “See Full Story“

Source: WSET, 08-Aug-14

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Kaman announces Release Date for FY 2014 Q2 Earnings

Kaman announces Release Date for FY 2014 Q2 Earnings

Kaman Corp. (NYSE:KAMN) announced today that it will report its second quarter 2014 results after the stock market closes on Monday, August 4, 2014, and host a live webcast and conference call at 8:30am ET on Tuesday, August 5, 2014. The call will be accessible by telephone within the U.S. at (877) 703-6103 and from… Read more »

Source: Kaman, 17-Jul-14

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AgustaWestland demonstrates Unmanned/Optionally-Piloted helicopter

AgustaWestland demonstrates Unmanned/Optionally-Piloted helicopter

AgustaWestland is pleased to announce the completion of a demonstration of its Rotorcraft Unmanned Aerial System / Optionally Piloted Helicopter (RUAS/OPH) to the Italian Ministry of Defence. The trials were conducted to evaluate modern remote controlled rotorcraft technology and its potential to provide enhanced capabilities for the Italian armed forces in the future. Under the… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 15-Jul-14

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FAA Seeks Public Comment on Movie/TV UAS Exemptions

FAA Seeks Public Comment on Movie/TV UAS Exemptions

Recently, seven aerial photo and video production companies asked the FAA for regulatory exemptions that would allow the film and television industry to use unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) with FAA approval for the first time. Because these requests may set a precedent for future commercial UAS exemptions, the agency is asking the public to weigh… Read more »

Source: FAA, 11-Jul-14

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2 Arrested After Drone Flies Close to NYPD helicopter

2 Arrested After Drone Flies Close to NYPD helicopter

Two men were arrested after a small drone flying near the George Washington Bridge came within 800 feet of a police helicopter, officials said on Tuesday.  See full story File photo

Source: NY Times, 10-Jul-14

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Swedish CybAero lands order for unmanned helicopters worth SEK 700-800 million to China

Swedish CybAero lands order for unmanned helicopters worth SEK 700-800 million to China

First North-listed CybAero, which develops and sells unmanned helicopters, has received an order guarantee worth SEK 700-800 million through an eight-year framework agreement. The order has been placed by a company in the Chinese AVIC group, one of the world’s largest companies which develops and manufactures aircraft and various types of flying vehicles and has… Read more »

Source: CybAero, 03-Jul-14

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FAA will miss deadline to integrate drones in US skies

FAA will miss deadline to integrate drones in US skies

The FAA will miss Congress’ September 2015 deadline to allow drones to fly throughout US skies because of technical and regulatory obstacles that are unlikely to be resolved anytime soon, according to a government audit released Monday.  See full story

Source: Washington Post, 02-Jul-14

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Northrop Grumman awarded $8.4M extension to MQ-8B contract

Northrop Grumman awarded $8.4M extension to MQ-8B contract

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Integrated Systems Sector, San Diego, California, is being awarded an $8,465,734 modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (N00019-12-C-0126) for the extension of engineering and software sustainment services in support of the Vertical Take-off and Landing Tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Fire Scout MQ-8B. Work will be performed in San Diego, California,… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 30-Jun-14

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Georgia Tech and CNN to Explore Media Use of UAVs in US Airspace

Georgia Tech and CNN to Explore Media Use of UAVs in US Airspace

Beginning this summer, the Georgia Institute of Technology and CNN will embark on a joint research initiative to better understand the opportunities unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) present for media organizations, and to explore the access and safety issues that need to be addressed as part of any new regulatory framework. The project team will be… Read more »

Source: Georgia Tech, 26-Jun-14

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Rockwell Collins and NASA test integration of UAS into the national airspace

Rockwell Collins and NASA test integration of UAS into the national airspace

Rockwell Collins and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) have scheduled risk reduction tests that will eventually enable unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) to safely operate in the national airspace. “Routine integration of sizeable numbers of UAS into the national airspace system is a challenging task,” said Troy Brunk, vice president and general manager of… Read more »

Source: Rockwell Collins, 26-Jun-14

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Unmanned helicopter to use Ethernet router from Curtiss-Wright

Unmanned helicopter to use Ethernet router from Curtiss-Wright

Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions won a contract to supply its COTS-based rugged Ethernet Router technology for use on an unmanned helicopter. Under the agreement, Curtiss-Wright will deploy its Parvus DuraMAR 5915 router product, which will enable IP data routing onboard the rotorcraft. The estimated lifetime value of the contract is about $9 million. Shipments began in… Read more »

Source: Curtiss-Wright, 25-Jun-14

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Unmanned Aircraft to be banned in America’s National Parks

Unmanned Aircraft to be banned in America’s National Parks

National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis today signed a policy memorandum that directs superintendents nationwide to prohibit launching, landing, or operating unmanned aircraft on lands and waters administered by the National Park Service. “We embrace many activities in national parks because they enhance visitor experiences with the iconic natural, historic and cultural landscapes in… Read more »

Source: National Park Service, 23-Jun-14

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FAA Announces Texas UAS Test Site Now Operational

FAA Announces Texas UAS Test Site Now Operational

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration today announced that the Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) test site is ready to conduct research vital to integrating UAS into the nation’s airspace. The site is the fourth of six to become operational. The FAA granted the Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi team a… Read more »

Source: FAA, 23-Jun-14

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MQ-8B Fire Scout successfully tested aboard ship with MH-60R

MQ-8B Fire Scout successfully tested aboard ship with MH-60R

Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) and the U.S. Navy successfully flew the unmanned MQ-8B Fire Scout simultaneously with the MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopter for the first time. The capability demonstrates how a mix of aircraft can increase a ship commander’s intelligence-gathering capabilities aboard the Littoral Combat Ship. A video is available on YouTube here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TOZDG7Uk_PY…. Read more »

Source: Northrop Grumman, 12-Jun-14

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FAA Announces Nevada UAS Test Site Now Operational

FAA Announces Nevada UAS Test Site Now Operational

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration today announced that the State of Nevada’s unmanned aircraft systems test site is ready to conduct research vital to integrating UAS into the nation’s airspace. Nevada is the third of six congressionally mandated test sites to become operational. “Nevada has been on the leading edge of aerospace… Read more »

Source: FAA, 10-Jun-14

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Ventura County Sheriff’s Department testing drones

Ventura County Sheriff’s Department testing drones

Ventura County Sheriff’s Department are testing a Qube drone from Aerovironment See full story

Source: NBC4, 08-Jun-14

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LAPD adds drones and says they’ll be used sparingly

LAPD adds drones and says they’ll be used sparingly

On Friday, the department announced that it had acquired two “unmanned aerial vehicles” as gifts from the Seattle Police Department.  See full story

Source: LA Times, 08-Jun-14

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Carnegie Mellon and Sikorsky cooperate on Unmanned Ground Vehicle for autonomous Black Hawk

Carnegie Mellon and Sikorsky cooperate on Unmanned Ground Vehicle for autonomous Black Hawk

Carnegie Mellon University has provided more information to the similar story Sikorsky released on 15th May – see Sikorsky and Carnegie Mellon partner to demo US Army autonomous UGV delivery Robot Team Will Autonomously Survey Sites for Radiation, Biological or Chemical Contamination Carnegie Mellon University’s National Robotics Engineering Center (NREC) and Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. are working… Read more »

Source: Carnegie Mellon, 06-Jun-14

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Schiebel demos Camcopter S-100 maritime capabilities to Brazilian military

Schiebel demos Camcopter S-100 maritime capabilities to Brazilian military

Schiebel´s dedication to the maritime domain and its ability to respond to the evolving unmanned systems requirements lead to a series of trials for the Brazilian Navy from 2nd to 5th June near San Pedro, Brazil, from the Brazilian Amazonas Class Ship APA. Schiebel’s unmanned helicopter CAMCOPTER® S-100 convinced representatives of the Brazilian Navy and… Read more »

Source: Schiebel, 06-Jun-14

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Seven Companies Petition to fly UAVs before Rulemaking is Complete

Seven Companies Petition to fly UAVs before Rulemaking is Complete

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration today announced that seven aerial photo and video production companies have asked for regulatory exemptions that would allow the film and television industry to use unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) with FAA approval for the first time. If the exemption requests are granted, there could be tangible economic… Read more »

Source: FAA, 03-Jun-14

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FAA to Establish UAS Center of Excellence

FAA to Establish UAS Center of Excellence

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today released a draft solicitation for a new FAA Center of Excellence for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (COE) that is expected to become an integral part of the agency’s UAS research program on this emerging technology.  The solicitation will be open for comment through June 29.  The FAA expects the final… Read more »

Source: FAA, 03-Jun-14

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KaarbonTech wins UK CAA approval for first unmanned aerial survey in London airspace

KaarbonTech wins UK CAA approval for first unmanned aerial survey in London airspace

KaarbonTech has become the first company to receive a special permission from the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) to fly a fixed-wing unmanned aerial vehicle within London airspace. The first flight, commissioned by The GeoInformation Group, took place over Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, the home of the London 2012 Games. Flight plans, prepared by qualified… Read more »

Source: KaarbonTech, 30-May-14

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NYPD considering using drones

NYPD considering using drones

Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said the unmanned machines equipped with cameras and tiny microphones could help spy on crime hotspots  See full story

Source: NY Daily News, 29-May-14

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Sikorsky and Carnegie Mellon partner to demo US Army autonomous UGV delivery

Sikorsky and Carnegie Mellon partner to demo US Army autonomous UGV delivery

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. today announced it has won a significant demonstration project with the National Robotics Engineering Center (NREC) of Carnegie Mellon University to demonstrate an autonomous delivery of an Unmanned Ground Vehicle (UGV) by an Optionally Piloted Black Hawk helicopter enabled with Matrix™ Technology. The UGV will subsequently execute a mission to investigate a… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 15-May-14

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Sikorsky to Develop Autonomous Black Hawk For Cargo Missions

Sikorsky to Develop Autonomous Black Hawk For Cargo Missions

Sikorsky Aircraft announced today from the AUVSI Unmanned Systems conference that it will develop its first product to feature Matrix™ Technology, by converting a retired UH-60A BLACK HAWK helicopter into an optionally piloted variant capable of a wide spectrum of missions. Sikorsky Aircraft is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX). With the autonomous… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 14-May-14

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Reference Technologies announces Hummingbird® Line of Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Reference Technologies announces Hummingbird® Line of Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Today Reference Technologies announced the release of three models of its Hummingbird® line of vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS). “After two and a half years of development and testing, the Hummingbird aircraft will begin customer deliveries in Q3 of this year,” said Allen Bishop, founder and president. The Hummingbird incorporates a… Read more »

Source: Reference Technologies, 12-May-14

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Northrop Grumman and Yamaha to collaborate on Unmanned Helicopter System

Northrop Grumman and Yamaha to collaborate on Unmanned Helicopter System

Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) and Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A., have agreed to work together to develop and market an innovative small, unmanned autonomous helicopter system. Called the Rotary Bat (R-Bat), the new system merges a proven airframe produced by Yamaha, with the latest autonomous control and intelligence-gathering technologies for use in urban environments for… Read more »

Source: Northrop Grumman, 09-May-14

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MQ-8C Fire Scout to undergo Electromagnetic Interference Tests

MQ-8C Fire Scout to undergo Electromagnetic Interference Tests

In preparation for ship-board flights this spring, the Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC)-built MQ-8C Fire Scout will be tested for its ability to operate safely in the intense electromagnetic environment aboard U.S. Navy ships. The MQ-8C Fire Scout uses specially-designed cages, known as Faraday cages, to protect sensitive equipment on the aircraft from signal interference…. Read more »

Source: Northrop Grumman, 07-May-14

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Lockheed Martin Marks Significant Milestone in R&D for Unmanned Technologies

Lockheed Martin Marks Significant Milestone in R&D for Unmanned Technologies

Three systems acquired by Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] have progressed from their research and development phase to operational readiness. The Indago vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) quad-rotor, accompanied by its handheld ground control station (GCS) will offer a robust, mobile surveillance application. Additionally, a new Commercial Avionics Suite delivers the same performance and reliability that… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 05-May-14

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Tensions raised between FAA and drone journalists

Tensions raised between FAA and drone journalists

Moves by the FAA to limit or punish the use of drones by journalists could fun afoul of the First Amendment, which precludes the government from infringing on the freedom of the press.  See full story   File photo

Source: Mashable, 01-May-14

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Camcopter S-100 demonstrates maritime capability in Netherlands

Camcopter S-100 demonstrates maritime capability in Netherlands

The CAMCOPTER® S-100 Unmanned Air System (UAS) successfully demonstrated its capability across several different maritime scenarios to Dutch Authorities in Den Helder, The Netherlands, on 29 April 2014. Consolidating its unmatched maritime position, the S-100 demonstrated its ability to support maritime commanders and decision makers in the North Sea, west of Den Helder. The North… Read more »

Source: Schiebel, 30-Apr-14

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Science Channel to Feature K-MAX

Science Channel to Feature K-MAX

The K-MAX unmanned aircraft system has made a name for itself in Afghanistan, with more than 1,800 unmanned resupply missions flown and delivering over 4 million pounds of supplies to troops throughout the region since being deployed in 2011. This week, the K-MAX cargo-hauling copter will achieve a different type of milestone. K-MAX will make… Read more »

Source: Kaman, 30-Apr-14

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HAI President’s Message: “Pilots? We Don’t Need No Stinking Pilots”

HAI President’s Message: “Pilots? We Don’t Need No Stinking Pilots”

Haven’t you heard? Welcome to the world of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Pilots are no longer required, at least not on board the aircraft. No pilots? Is nothing sacred anymore? I remember my first flights as pilot in command in both a helicopter and an airplane. It was me and the aircraft against the laws… Read more »

Source: HAI, 29-Apr-14

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Global Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Market Report

Global Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Market Report

Research and Markets  has announced the addition of the “Global Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Market Report” report to their offering. The analysts forecast the Global Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) market to grow at a CAGR of 3.17 percent over the period 2012-2016. One of the key factors contributing to this market growth is the increase in UAV launch…. Read more »

Source: Research and Markets, 23-Apr-14

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FAA Announces First UAS Test Site Operational

FAA Announces First UAS Test Site Operational

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today announced that the first of six test sites chosen to perform unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) research is operational more than two-and-a -half months ahead of the deadline specified for the program by Congress. The FAA today granted the North Dakota Department of Commerce team a… Read more »

Source: FAA, 21-Apr-14

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Spain – AESA reiterates ban on Unmanned Aircraft

Spain – AESA reiterates ban on Unmanned Aircraft

Spanish safety agency AESA (Agencia Estatal de Seguridad Aerea) has issued a notice in local language which clearly states that unmanned aircraft for civilian use are banned in Spanish airspace.  Military UAVs are exempt, but only in nominated segregated airspace. In particular, AESA notes “It is not permitted, and never has been, to use remotely-piloted commercial… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 10-Apr-14

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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