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University of Maryland Teams Honored for First Organ Transplant by Drone

University of Maryland Teams Honored for First Organ Transplant by Drone

10-Mar-2021Source: HAI

Helicopter Association International (HAI) is pleased to announce the University of Maryland UAS Test Site Team, led by director Matt Scassero, and University of Maryland Medical Center’s Dr. Joseph Scalea are the 2021 recipients of the association’s Golden Hour Award. The award recognizes the efforts of an individual, group, or organization that, through a particular... Read more

Leonardo makes first demo of electric-powered heavy goods drone

Leonardo makes first demo of electric-powered heavy goods drone

18-Feb-2021Source: Leonardo

Leonardo continues to experiment in the field of advanced air mobility as it aims to accelerate the introduction of drones into civilian skies and develop innovative drone-based services for Italy and beyond. In a recent collaboration with the Municipality of Turin and D-Flight (an ENAV group company, part owned by Leonardo and Telespazio), Leonardo conducted... Read more

Wingcopter secures $22M to expand delivery drone business

Wingcopter secures $22M to expand delivery drone business

27-Jan-2021Source: Wingcopter

Wingcopter, the German developer, manufacturer and operator of unmanned delivery drones for commercial and humanitarian applications, has secured $22 million in Series A funding. Wingcopter will use the funds to strengthen its leadership in drone-based logistics, with a special focus on healthcare-related applications, including the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines. At the same time, Wingcopter is... Read more

CHC launches partnership for wildfire detection

CHC launches partnership for wildfire detection

26-Jan-2021Source: CHC

CHC has partnered with Avy and the North Holland North Safety Region (VRNHN) to jointly investigate how long-range drones can support the early detection of and the improved situational awareness during wildfires. Signing the Memorandum of Understanding on behalf of CHC, Den Helder base manager, Quinten Hergaarden said, “We are delighted to be part of... Read more

Volatus Aerospace Expands Offering in Drone Services and Training Capabilities

Volatus Aerospace Expands Offering in Drone Services and Training Capabilities

2-Nov-2020Source: TRAXXALL

Volatus Aerospace, a fast-growing integrated provider of unmanned aircraft and drone services, has reached an agreement to to increase its stakes to 100% ownership in three established drone training and services providers, namely M3 Drone Training Zone Inc. and M3 Drone Services Ltd. of Winnipeg, MB and Skygate Videography Inc. of Summerside, PEI. Originally founded... Read more

Emesent is pioneering autonomous drone flight

Emesent is pioneering autonomous drone flight

29-Oct-2020Source: Emesent

Australian data analytics and drone autonomy start-up Emesent is writing its way into the record books with a series of remotely operated autonomous drone flights which promise to drive revolutionary change in the heavy industry space. The most recent of these missions took place on August 28 at an Ultra-Deep Canadian Hard-Rock Mine. Emesent’s Hovermap... Read more

Droniq and Yuneec create standard solution for integrated, European drone tracking

Droniq and Yuneec create standard solution for integrated, European drone tracking

4-Sep-2020Source: Droniq

Frankfurt-based company Droniq has entered into an exclusive cooperation with the drone manufacturer Yuneec. Yuneec’s H520 drones can be retrofitted with Droniq’s “HOD4track” from October 2020. This module enables tracking of the aircraft via LTE and its display in Droniq’s UAS Traffic Management System (UTM). The device, which has been specially manufactured for all H520... Read more

FAA to test airport drone detection and mitigation

FAA to test airport drone detection and mitigation

24-Aug-2020Source: FAA

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announce that it plans to evaluate technologies and systems that could detect and mitigate potential safety risks posed by unmanned aircraft. The effort will be part of the agency’s Airport Unmanned Aircraft Systems Detection and Mitigation Research Program. The FAA plans to test and evaluate at least 10 technologies or... Read more

EBAA supports calls for cooperation on safe integration of drones

EBAA supports calls for cooperation on safe integration of drones

21-May-2020Source: EBAA

The European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) along with Europe’s leading aviation associations call on the European Commission to develop an inclusive and cooperative approach to ensure the safe integration of drones in the European airspace. The joint signatories of the ‘We are all ONE in the sky’ initiative (see note to editors) sent an open... Read more

COVID-19 –  Drones used to enforce self-isolation rules throughout Israel

COVID-19 – Drones used to enforce self-isolation rules throughout Israel

4-May-2020Source: Drone DJ

Drones in Israel are being used to monitor people in their homes to ensure they aren’t breaking coronavirus self-isolation rules put in place. While it’s great to see the Israeli police utilizing drones, they are raising privacy concerns among the citizens of Israel. See Full Story.... Read more

Wingcopter secures further investment

Wingcopter secures further investment

6-Mar-2020Source: Wingcopter

Only three months after its initial funding, Corecam Capital Partners has increased its investment in Wingcopter in a second closing. In December, the multi-family office from Singapore participated in a seed round with several million euros in the German start-up, which develops and sells transport drones for humanitarian and civil applications. The reason for the... Read more

Police Scotland use helicopter less and drones more

Police Scotland use helicopter less and drones more

7-Jan-2020Source: Herald Scotland

Drones have been used to cut the number of Police Scotland helicopter call-outs, it has emerged after concerns were raised. See Full Story. ... Read more

World’s First ISO Approved Drone Safety Standards announced

World’s First ISO Approved Drone Safety Standards announced

9-Dec-2019Source: The International Organisation for Standardisation

The world’s first ISO approved drone standards have been announced by the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO)[1] following a 12-month period of consultation with drone professionals, academics, businesses and the general public. The final publication of these new international safety and quality Standards for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) are set to have a massive impact... Read more

John Deere and Volocopter collaborate on agricultural drone

John Deere and Volocopter collaborate on agricultural drone

22-Nov-2019Source: Volocopter

John Deere and Volocopter are presenting the first large drone adapted for agricultural use at AGRITECHNICA. A demonstrator model of the VoloDrone equipped with a John Deere crop protection sprayer, which is ready for its first field flight, can be seen in the Future Technology Zone in Hall 13. Featuring a potential payload of 200kg,... Read more

DJI Creates High-Security Solution For Government Drone Programs

DJI Creates High-Security Solution For Government Drone Programs

2-Jul-2019Source: DJI

DJI, the world’s leader in civilian drones and aerial imaging technology, is introducing DJI Government Edition, a new comprehensive drone solution created specifically for use in high-security situations by government agencies around the world. While DJI customers have always had full control over how the data they generate with drones is collected, stored and transmitted,... Read more

EU wide rules on drones published

EU wide rules on drones published

14-Jun-2019Source: EASA

On 11 June 2019 common European rules on drones, Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2019/945 & Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/947, have been published to ensure drone operations across Europe are safe and secure. The rules will amongst others help to protect the safety and the privacy of EU citizens while enabling the free circulation of... Read more

DJI adds helicopter detector to new drones

DJI adds helicopter detector to new drones

29-May-2019Source: Airbus Helicopters

DJI, the world’s leader in civilian drones and aerial imaging technology, today strengthened its role as the drone industry’s safety leader at a Washington, D.C. event by committing to install airplane and helicopter detectors in new consumer drones, part of a 10-point plan to ensure that the world’s skies remain safe in the drone era.... Read more

UMMC Baltimore makes first delivery of a transplant organ by drone

UMMC Baltimore makes first delivery of a transplant organ by drone

30-Apr-2019Source: UMMS

In a first-ever advancement in human medicine and aviation technology, a University of Maryland unmanned aircraft has delivered a donor kidney to surgeons at the University of Maryland Medical Center for successful transplantation into a patient with kidney failure. This successful demonstration illustrates the potential of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) for providing organ deliveries that,... Read more

Drone Delivery Canada Unveils Its Cargo Delivery Drone

Drone Delivery Canada Unveils Its Cargo Delivery Drone

13-Mar-2019Source: Drone Delivery Canada

Drone Delivery Canada ‘DDC or the Company’ (TSX.V:FLT,OTC: TAKOF), unveiled its largest cargo and farthest range delivery drone, ‘The Condor’. ‘The Condor’ was displayed at public and investor launch events at the TMX Broadcast Centre Gallery in Toronto. Tony Di Benedetto, CEO of Drone Delivery Canada opens the cargo bay door of his company’s newest,... Read more

FAA Establishes Restrictions on Drone Operations over DOJ and DOD Facilities

FAA Establishes Restrictions on Drone Operations over DOJ and DOD Facilities

20-Feb-2019Source: FAA

At the request of its federal security partners, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is using its existing authority under Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) § 99.7 – “Special Security Instructions” – to address concerns about drone operations over national security sensitive facilities by establishing temporary unmanned aircraft system (UAS) specific flight restrictions. Information on... Read more

Global UAV flies first drone-based geothermal energy survey

Global UAV flies first drone-based geothermal energy survey

28-Jan-2019Source: Global UAV Technologies

Global UAV Technologies Ltd. (CSE: UAV, OTC: YRLLF, FSE: YAB2) (the “Company” or “Global UAV”), a diversified and vertically integrated drone technology company, recently completed a drone-based geothermal energy exploration survey for Borealis GeoPower Inc. (“Borealis”). The survey is the first of its kind for Global UAV utilizing both geophysical and thermal imaging sensors over... Read more

EASA conference explores new drone regulations

EASA conference explores new drone regulations

27-Nov-2018Source: EASA

Drone experts from all over the world are gathering in Amsterdam on 27-28 November 2018 for this year’s EASA High Level Conference on Drones. During the 2-day conference, policy makers, drone specialists and industry leaders will discuss the new European drone regulation and explore the future drone market. The event is organised by EASA and hosted... Read more

FAA warns against drone flights near wildfires

FAA warns against drone flights near wildfires

22-Aug-2018Source: FAA

If you fly your drone anywhere near a wildfire, you could get someone killed. That’s the stern warning the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and U.S. wildland fire agencies have for pilots of unmanned aircraft (“UAS,” or more popularly “drones”) who interfere with fighting wildfires. When firefighting aircraft have to be grounded due to an unauthorized drone flight, there are... Read more

Cargo drone with 400 pound payload being developed in Canada

Cargo drone with 400 pound payload being developed in Canada

28-Mar-2018Source: Drone Delivery Canada

Drone Delivery Canada ‘DDC or the Company’ (TSX.V:FLT  OTC:TAKOF), is pleased to announce that it has commenced development of its newest cargo delivery drone, ‘The Condor’ with a lifting capability estimated at 400 pounds of payload. “Our engineering team is focused on building out our fleet to provide drones capable of addressing a wide range of... Read more

Unmanned Safety Institute’s Small UAS Safety Curriculum

Unmanned Safety Institute’s Small UAS Safety Curriculum

27-Feb-2018Source: Unmanned Safety Institute

The Unmanned Safety Institute (USI), the world-leader in remote pilot training and certification, today announced that The Coastal Drone Academy of Oregon has recently implemented USI’s Small UAS Safety Curriculum. The Coastal Drone Academy, a program at Career Tech High School in Lincoln City Oregon, is a STEM extension program which teaches students to use... Read more

EASA publishes the first Opinion on safe drone operations

EASA publishes the first Opinion on safe drone operations

23-Feb-2018Source: EASA

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) published the first formal Opinion on safe operations for small drones in Europe. This formal Opinion is an important stepping-stone to keep drone operations safe and secure and build a wider regulatory framework. The Opinion will serve as a basis for the European Commission to adopt concrete regulatory proposals... Read more

Vodafone plans safer skies with drone tracking technology

Vodafone plans safer skies with drone tracking technology

21-Feb-2018Source: Vodafone

Vodafone today announced the commencement of trials of the world’s first air traffic control drone tracking and safety technology. Vodafone’s pioneering approach uses innovative 4G Internet of Things (IoT) technology to protect aircraft from catastrophic accidents as well as prevent inadvertent or criminal drone incursions at sensitive locations such as airports, prisons and hospitals. Commercial... Read more

Lower helicopter requirement as Fox News train 90 drone pilots

Lower helicopter requirement as Fox News train 90 drone pilots

19-Feb-2018Source: HeliHub.com

Fox Television Stations has almost finished training 90 drone pilots. These drones will take over helicopters when it comes to aerial footage. Fox commented that they now employ drones at 13 of their 16 news stations. The drones are more cost effective, can provide a wider scope of coverage and has been said to change... Read more

Blue Hawaiian Helicopters Drone Collision

Blue Hawaiian Helicopters Drone Collision

19-Feb-2018Source: HeliHub.com

A Kauai tour helicopter of Blue Hawaiian Helicopters was hit by a drone this past Friday. The FAA and the state Department of Land and Natural Resources are investigating into the situation. No injuries occurred to those on-board, with only minor scratches on the belly of the helicopter, reports Drone DJ.... Read more

Drone Delivery Canada Commences Testing on Raven X1400

Drone Delivery Canada Commences Testing on Raven X1400

22-Jan-2018Source: Drone Delivery Canada

 Drone Delivery Canada ‘DDC or the Company’ (TSX.V:FLT  OTC:TAKOF), is pleased to announce that it will start testing its Raven X1400 cargo delivery drone in Q1 of 2018. The Raven X1400 delivery drone is engineered to provide pay load capacities of up to 25lbs and designed to fly approximately 60km. The Raven X1400 boasts a larger... Read more

Police Scotland to support EC135 with two drones

Police Scotland to support EC135 with two drones

23-Nov-2017Source: HeliHUb.com

Police Scotland is looking to purchase two drones to support their EC135. The drones, which will cost around £125,000, will have cameras, a tracking device and have a protective casing against the Scottish climate. They hope to use the drones for crowd monitoring, missing persons searches and for terrains or inclement weather where their helicopter... Read more

NYPD Aviation Unit Increases Coverage on Illegally Flown Drones

NYPD Aviation Unit Increases Coverage on Illegally Flown Drones

20-Nov-2017Source: HeliHub.com

The NYPD’s Aviation Unit has had to increase its monitoring systems for illegally flown drones. The recreational drones pose a threat as they are operated in air space for helicopters and commercial aircraft. The NYPD is now tracking rogue drones through technology in their helicopter and following the drones until they land. Penalties include fines... Read more

ALEA Public Safety Drone Expo Opens in New Orleans

ALEA Public Safety Drone Expo Opens in New Orleans

20-Oct-2017Source: ALEA

The inaugural Public Safety Drone Expo opened on Monday with three courses: Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Operations; Safety Management Systems and Human Factors for UAS Operations; and Remote Pilot-InCommand. This inaugural event, produced by the Airborne Law Enforcement Association, is being held at the New Orleans DoubleTree Hotel and runs through Thursday, October 19th. Public... Read more

Loudoun Sheriff uses drone to track residents at risk

Loudoun Sheriff uses drone to track residents at risk

29-Sep-2017Source: Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) recently acquired a small Unmanned Aircraft System (sUAS), commonly referred to as a drone. It is the first in Virginia and the sixth in the United States to be equipped with a Project Lifesaver antennae. The Project Lifesaver program is an electronic based locating system for people with medical... Read more

Military drones to replace Police helicopters by 2025?

Military drones to replace Police helicopters by 2025?

11-Sep-2017Source: HeliHub.com

General Atomics is working to build large military-style drones, similar to their Reaper anti-terrorism drone. They hope that by 2025 the FAA will have regulations in place that will allow for unmanned aircrafts to fly 2,000 feet about US cities. Currently, the FAA is working with the private sector to update these regulations. The need... Read more

Taiwan Coast Guard requests budget for 30 drones

Taiwan Coast Guard requests budget for 30 drones

21-Aug-2017Source: HeliHub.com

The Taiwan Coast Guard has asked the Ministry of the Interior for approval of a budget of NT$1.6 billion. With this money, they plan to buy 30 aerial drones that can be ship-borne. The drones will be bought over a period of five years and will be used for maritime law enforcement missions, giving the... Read more

Norfolk Police launch drone trial

Norfolk Police launch drone trial

10-Aug-2017Source: Norfolk Police

Police in Norfolk will be using drones to help search for missing people, obtain crime scene photography and investigate rural crime, as a three-month trial of the technology begins. The unmanned aerial systems (UAS), more commonly known as drones, will be used as part of operational policing in line with the commitment from Norfolk’s Police... Read more

Two UK police forces join to form operational drone unit

Two UK police forces join to form operational drone unit

19-Jul-2017Source: Devon & Cornwall Police

Devon & Cornwall and Dorset Police have become the first police forces in the UK to launch a fully operational drone unit. The latest in drone technology has been trialled in the respective forces since November 2015 and such has been their benefit, an operational drone unit has been created; the first of its kind in... Read more

Wirth Research announces hydrogen-powered tiltrotor mapping drone

Wirth Research announces hydrogen-powered tiltrotor mapping drone

13-Jun-2017Source: Wirth Research

The all-new Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) will be VTOL capable for its long-endurance missions, carrying its primary mission payload of a sophisticated suite of terrain-mapping sensors and on-board data processing capabilities.   To allow the longest possible endurance with zero in-flight emissions, and reduced vibrations, this unique UAS will be powered by an advanced hybrid... Read more

Lockheed Martin achieves BVLOS drone inspections

Lockheed Martin achieves BVLOS drone inspections

9-Jun-2017Source: Lockheed Martin

Lockheed Martin, in partnership with Canadian UAVs, completed the first beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) pipeline and well assets inspection using the Lockheed Martin Indago 2. The Indago 2 quadrotor unmanned aerial system completed the inspection at the Foremost Testing Range Indago is one of few unmanned systems deemed Transport Canada Compliant, which means... Read more

HAI Statement on US Court of Appeals Ruling Regarding Drone Registration

HAI Statement on US Court of Appeals Ruling Regarding Drone Registration

26-May-2017Source: HAI

Helicopter Association International (HAI) strongly disagrees with the decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals to halt the registration of drones deemed to be “model aircraft.” Helicopters routinely operate at the same low altitudes as drones, and we in the helicopter industry are deeply concerned about our ability to fly safely in air space where... Read more

Oregon Dept Fish and Wildlife replaces helicopters with drones

Oregon Dept Fish and Wildlife replaces helicopters with drones

25-May-2017Source: Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife

From their vantage point high atop the Oregon Coast Range, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife biologist Herman Biederbeck and two researchers from Oregon State University can see almost forever as the first rays of sunlight peek over the top of Saddle Mountain in the distance to the east. Below is the Young’s River basin... Read more

Airbus creates new commercial drone services start-up

Airbus creates new commercial drone services start-up

11-May-2017Source: Airbus Helicopters

Airbus (stock exchange symbol: AIR) today launched its U.S. base and operations of a new commercial drone start-up, named Airbus Aerial, at the AUVSI Xponential tradeshow and conference in Dallas. With bases both in the U.S. and in Europe, Airbus Aerial’s initial business will focus on developing new imagery services. These services will leverage the... Read more

AT&T using drones to map cellphone network

AT&T using drones to map cellphone network

11-May-2017Source: AT&T

Ten years ago, the smartphone burst onto the scene. Nothing – including our network – has been the same. “The popularity of the smartphone caught everybody off guard. We had to scale our network capabilities to support that overnight.  We are taking an early position for drones and taking action,” said Matt Walsh, director of... Read more

FAA Restricts Drone Operations Over Certain Military Bases

FAA Restricts Drone Operations Over Certain Military Bases

12-Apr-2017Source: FAA

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is using its existing authority under Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) § 99.7 – “Special Security Instructions” – to address national security concerns about unauthorized drone operations over 133 military facilities. This is the first time the agency has instituted airspace restrictions that specifically apply... Read more

US Army Part of Development for Medical Evacuation UAS

US Army Part of Development for Medical Evacuation UAS

4-Apr-2017Source: HeliHub.com

Dragonfly Pictures Inc. has developed a dual-rotor UAS, called the DP14 Hawk, that the US Army hopes will one day be used for wounded soldier evacuation. The drone can carry up to 430 pounds for 24 hours in its cargo space of 6-feet by 20-inches. Cruising speeds reach up to 82 miles per hour. It... Read more

Canada Introduces Recreational Drone Rules

Canada Introduces Recreational Drone Rules

21-Mar-2017Source: Transport Canada

Canadians expect to feel safe on the ground and in the sky. The number of incidents involving recreational drones has more than tripled since 2014, prompting the Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport to introduce a measure to prevent the reckless use of drones that is putting the safety of Canadians at risk. Today at... Read more

The First Uruguayan Helicopter Will Fly in 2017

The First Uruguayan Helicopter Will Fly in 2017

2-Jan-2017Source: HeliHub.com

Cloud Stat aims to build the first ultra-light Uruguayan helicopter. Max Patissier, one of the co-founders of Cloud Stat states that the idea was formed due to the high demand of passenger transport and drones that are able to transport loads of up to 200kg. Their plan is to have two models, the first being... Read more

Successful Test Flight of Leonardo-Finmeccanica Unmanned Aircraft

Successful Test Flight of Leonardo-Finmeccanica Unmanned Aircraft

2-Jan-2017Source: HeliHub.com

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

US Marines Want Armed Drone ASAP to Escort V-22 Osprey

US Marines Want Armed Drone ASAP to Escort V-22 Osprey

15-Dec-2016Source: HeliHub.com

The US Marines hope that when their V-22 Ospreys are airborne in 10 years, they will be escorted by a high-speed armed drone. The drone project, MUX (MAGTF Unmanned eXpeditionary) will be used as a temporary solution, until the FVL (Future Vertical Lift) project can take flight, replacing present helicopters with faster, manned VTOL aircraft.... Read more

Unmanned Safety Institute Training Programs Educate Law Enforcement on Drone Activity

Unmanned Safety Institute Training Programs Educate Law Enforcement on Drone Activity

7-Dec-2016Source: Unmanned Safety Institute

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

Spain Questions Israel about Drone

Spain Questions Israel about Drone

5-Dec-2016Source: HeliHub.com

Israel is currently under questioning as to why they gave a Spanish-made helicopter drone to the Russian Prime Minister. The drone, which is used for agricultural use, costs $53, 000 and is seen as sensitive technology, which Spain prohibits the exportation of to certain countries. As reported by BBC News, the drone was fitted with... Read more

EASA’s perspective on Drones

EASA’s perspective on Drones

2-Dec-2016Source: EASA

Yves Morier is the principal Advisor to the Certification Director for New technologies at EASA, he has a vast experinece in the rulemaking field and is momentarly contributing to the development of the RPAS rules and policies as well as the General Aviation roadmap. Drones, RPAS, UAVs… what is the correct term? And what is it... Read more

DCNS and Airbus Join forces to design French Navy Aerial Drone

DCNS and Airbus Join forces to design French Navy Aerial Drone

26-Oct-2016Source: Airbus Helicopters

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

Activist Drone Shot Down at North Dakota Pipeline Site

Activist Drone Shot Down at North Dakota Pipeline Site

25-Oct-2016Source: HeliHub.com

During a protest this Sunday at a North Dakota pipeline construction site, an unmanned drone was shot down after it “came after” a law-enforcement helicopter. The drone, which was operated by one of the protesting activists, put helicopter passengers in fear for their lives reports Washington Times. Due to it’s proximity to a manned aircraft,... Read more

Unmanned Aircraft Safety Team holds first meeting

Unmanned Aircraft Safety Team holds first meeting

25-Oct-2016Source: UAST

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

Unmanned Traffic Management Convention 2016 To Be Held In Syracuse

Unmanned Traffic Management Convention 2016 To Be Held In Syracuse

7-Oct-2016Source: HeliHub.com

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

UPS begins testing drones

UPS begins testing drones

3-Oct-2016Source: CyPhy

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

Zuccaro named to FAA Drone Advisory Committee

Zuccaro named to FAA Drone Advisory Committee

8-Sep-2016Source: HAI

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

7-Eleven starts FAA-approved drone deliveries

7-Eleven starts FAA-approved drone deliveries

18-Aug-2016Source: Flirtey

“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

Amazon partners with UK Government on Drones

Amazon partners with UK Government on Drones

9-Aug-2016Source: Amazon

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

Era launches collaboration with drone operator

Era launches collaboration with drone operator

9-Aug-2016Source: Era Group

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

CybAero joins Commercial Drone Alliance

CybAero joins Commercial Drone Alliance

3-Aug-2016Source: CybAero

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

South Wales Police introduces Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

South Wales Police introduces Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

21-Jul-2016

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

FAA evaluates British Anti-UAV Defence System

FAA evaluates British Anti-UAV Defence System

28-Jun-2016Source: Blighter

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

US Dept of Transportation and FAA Finalize drone rules

US Dept of Transportation and FAA Finalize drone rules

21-Jun-2016Source: FAA

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

Yamaha launches unmanned spraying ops in Napa Valley vineyards

Yamaha launches unmanned spraying ops in Napa Valley vineyards

20-May-2016Source: Yamaha

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

British pilot union welcomes promise of new drone laws

British pilot union welcomes promise of new drone laws

19-May-2016Source: BALPA

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

FAA Releases Drone Registration Location Data

FAA Releases Drone Registration Location Data

19-May-2016Source: FAA

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

FBI Drone Detection System being tested at New York JFK Airport

FBI Drone Detection System being tested at New York JFK Airport

17-May-2016Source: FAA

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

HAI President uses Florida UAS session to build bridges

HAI President uses Florida UAS session to build bridges

16-May-2016Source: HAI

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

FAA Expands Drone Detection Pathfinder Initiative

FAA Expands Drone Detection Pathfinder Initiative

10-May-2016Source: FAA

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

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

5-May-2016Source: EASA

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

FAA makes Two Major Drone Announcements

FAA makes Two Major Drone Announcements

5-May-2016Source: FAA

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

Historic FAA decision approves night drone ops

Historic FAA decision approves night drone ops

28-Apr-2016Source: On The Radar

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

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