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Walmart Operates Drone Delivery in 7 States

Walmart Operates Drone Delivery in 7 States

9-Jan-2023Source: Walmart

Walmart’s drone delivery program is soaring into the new year, having successfully completed its intended expansion plans for 2022. The company now operates, with its vendors, 36 drone delivery hubs across seven states, including Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, North Carolina, Texas, Utah and Virginia. “I’m incredibly proud of our team for creating the largest drone delivery footprint of... Read more

Virginia Tech invited to join international drone research alliance

Virginia Tech invited to join international drone research alliance

21-Dec-2022Source: Virgina Tech

Virginia Tech has been invited to join an elite consortium of universities to lead research that will help guide the safe integration of uncrewed aerial systems (UAS), or drones, into the national and international transportation infrastructure. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)’s Alliance for System Safety of UAS through Research Excellence, or ASSURE, is a research... Read more

Drone Delivery Canada updates on Condor Development

Drone Delivery Canada updates on Condor Development

16-Dec-2022Source: Drone Delivery Canada

Drone Delivery Canada Corp. (TSXV: FLT) (OTC: TAKOF) (Frankfurt: A2AMG) (Frankfurt: ABB.F) (the “Company” or “DDC”) is pleased to provide an update on the successful flight testing of its Condor drone, the largest drone in the Company’s fleet. The Condor is a two-stroke gasoline-powered helicopter drone with a maximum payload of 180 kg, a range of... Read more

UK military spends £129M on drones

UK military spends £129M on drones

16-Dec-2022Source: UK Military

Replacing existing Mini Uncrewed Aerial Systems (MUAS) such as Desert Hawk 3, the 159 rotary-wing Indago 4 devices and 105 fixed-wing Stalker VXE30 drones, which are both capable of locating and identifying targets far from the operator, are due to be operational by the end of 2024. Weighing a little over 20 kilograms and with... Read more

AUVSI Launches Multi-State “Drone Prepared” Advocacy Campaign

AUVSI Launches Multi-State “Drone Prepared” Advocacy Campaign

8-Dec-2022Source: AUVSI

The Association for Uncrewed Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) announced the launch of “Drone Prepared,” a multi-state initiative to help lawmakers ensure that their state or locality is ready for the benefits the future of uncrewed and autonomous flight will bring to their communities. Commercial drone operations are already providing essential services to the American public and... Read more

GAMA Welcomes Launch of European Commission’s Drone Strategy 2.0

GAMA Welcomes Launch of European Commission’s Drone Strategy 2.0

6-Dec-2022Source: GAMA

The European Commission published their “Drone Strategy 2.0 for a Smart and Sustainable Unmanned Aircraft Eco-System in Europe”. This new strategy sets out the framework and key actions in the European Union to support the development of Unmanned Aircraft and their integration into the European airspace, as well as the deployment of piloted electric Urban... Read more

UK announces £12M in grants for 24 drone delivery projects

UK announces £12M in grants for 24 drone delivery projects

5-Dec-2022Source: UK Government

Science Minister George Freeman has today (30 November) awarded up to £12 million to UK regulators to help drive forward innovation, remove red tape and establish the UK as world leader in technologies of the future – from AI to help treat rare diseases, to drones monitoring safety on construction sites. The Regulators’ Pioneer Fund is funding... Read more

European Commission releases Drone Strategy 2.0

European Commission releases Drone Strategy 2.0

5-Dec-2022Source: European Comission

The European Drone Strategy 2.0, adopted today by the Commission, sets out a vision for the further development of the European drone market. It builds on the EU’s safety framework for operating and setting the technical requirements of drones, which is the world’s most advanced. The new Strategy lays out how Europe can pursue large-scale commercial drone operations while... Read more

ÖBB collaborates with FREQUENTIS on hanger-based drone operations

ÖBB collaborates with FREQUENTIS on hanger-based drone operations

28-Nov-2022

A dense rail network with almost 10,000 kilometres of track and over 1,000 stations and stops is the basis for the comprehensive and environmentally friendly provision of transport services in Austria. Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB) is not only one of the most punctual, but also one of the safest railways in Europe. A recently signed... Read more

Australia opens drone delivery guidelines consultation

Australia opens drone delivery guidelines consultation

11-Nov-2022Source: Australian Government

You can now have your say on draft guidelines that will help operators and planning authorities integrate drone delivery safely into the community. With advances in technology, drone delivery is expected grow in Australia and it is important that this is managed in a safe and nationally consistent manner. The drone delivery guidelines step through... Read more

Unidentified drones over Norwegian rigs fuel fears of Russian threat

Unidentified drones over Norwegian rigs fuel fears of Russian threat

26-Oct-2022Source: PBS News Hour

Norwegian oil and gas workers normally don’t see anything more threatening than North Sea waves crashing against the steel legs of their offshore platforms. But lately they have noticed a more troubling sight: unidentified drones buzzing in the skies overhead. See Full Story.... Read more

FAA updates flying guidance of recreational drones

FAA updates flying guidance of recreational drones

26-Oct-2022Source: FAA

  The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued guidance on how to become an FAA-recognized community-based organization for recreational drone flying. Under federal law, recreational drone flyers must follow the safety guidelines of a FAA-recognized community-based organization. The organization is required to develop its safety guidelines in coordination with the FAA and an... Read more

EASA publishes guidelines on noise level measurements for 600kg drones

EASA publishes guidelines on noise level measurements for 600kg drones

19-Oct-2022Source: EASA

  The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) published guidelines to establish the noise levels of drones below 600 kg, the first proposal world-wide for this, applicable to a wide variety of drone designs including multicopters, fixed-wing aircraft, helicopters and powered-lift aircraft. These guidelines aim at providing harmonised procedures to measure the noise of drones used... Read more

Wingcopter tests on-demand transport in rural Germany

Wingcopter tests on-demand transport in rural Germany

10-Oct-2022Source: Wingcopter

In a joint project, the Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences (Frankfurt UAS) and the delivery drone manufacturer and operator Wingcopter are testing the potential of on-demand transport of consumer goods to improve local supply in rural communities. For the project called “Drohnen-Lastenrad-Express-Belieferung” (“Drone Cargo Bike Express Delivery”), which is funded with almost 500,000 euros by... Read more

FAA Seeks Additional Administrators for Recreational Drone Test

FAA Seeks Additional Administrators for Recreational Drone Test

10-Oct-2022Source: FAA

  The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today opened the second application period for entities interested in serving as administrators for The Recreational UAS Safety Test (TRUST). Potential test administrators must submit their applications by Nov. 11, 2022. As drones become more popular and accessible, the FAA is committed to ensuring that... Read more

Mike Lee Introduces Bill to Protect Communities from Drone Threats

Mike Lee Introduces Bill to Protect Communities from Drone Threats

9-Sep-2022Source: Senator Mike Lee

  Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) introduced the Stopping Harmful Incidents to Enforce Lawful Drone Use (SHIELD-U) Act to equip state and local law enforcement with the authority needed to protect their citizens and communities from drone threats. The need to respond to drone threats is increasing as commercial and personal use becomes more widespread. Sen.... Read more

FAA awards $2.7M to research drone usage in disaster response

FAA awards $2.7M to research drone usage in disaster response

22-Aug-2022

  The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) awarded $2.7 million to support research on how drones can assist in disaster preparedness and in emergencies. “Every second counts in an emergency, and this funding will allow drones to safely and more quickly deploy in moments when minutes matter,” said Acting FAA Administrator Billy Nolen.... Read more

US explores eVTOL and drone adoption as AAM Summit

US explores eVTOL and drone adoption as AAM Summit

19-Aug-2022Source: Reed Smith

  On August 3, 2022, the White House held a summit on advanced air mobility, including drones and electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft. The summit was hosted by the White House Office of Science and Technology and included presentations from Senator Bill Nelson, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Administrator, Billy Nolen,... Read more

Minneapolis Police petition city for drone use authorisation

Minneapolis Police petition city for drone use authorisation

12-Aug-2022Source: CBS Minnesota News

The Minneapolis Police Department is planning to utilize unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) as part of its law enforcement and training activities. Minnesota statutes allow for state, county and municipal agencies to fly drones, but the process for approval requires a public hearing. See Full Story.... Read more

University of Cincinnati gets NASA grant to improve drone navigation

University of Cincinnati gets NASA grant to improve drone navigation

9-Aug-2022Source: University of Cincinnati

  NASA awarded a small business grant to the University of Cincinnati and a Pennsylvania company to develop better autonomous navigation for drones. UC is among 41 public institutions and 257 small businesses across the United States that will share $50 million in Small Business Innovation Research grants. “NASA is working on ambitious, groundbreaking missions... Read more

Boots completes first drone delivery in UK

Boots completes first drone delivery in UK

8-Aug-2022Source: Boots

Boots has become the first community pharmacy in the UK to transport prescription-only medicines by uncrewed aerial vehicles (UAVs) – commonly known as drones.  The leading health and beauty retailer has already completed a test flight transporting prescription-only medicines by drone from Portsmouth to the Isle of Wight earlier this month.   The flight departed from the British Army’s Baker Barracks on Thorney Island near Portsmouth and arrived at St. Mary’s Hospital on the Isle of Wight. The... Read more

ANA and Seven-Eleven Firm Up Drone Delivery Plan

ANA and Seven-Eleven Firm Up Drone Delivery Plan

2-Aug-2022Source: Akihabara News

All Nippon Airways (ANA) and Seven-Eleven Japan have formed a new agreement to materialize their plan for a nationwide drone delivery service. Under the agreement, ANA’s main responsibilities will be to establishing the drone operation system, including the selection of the drone aircraft which will be used, and to improve communication stability related to drone... Read more

New FAA Grant To Help Embry-Riddle Researchers Improve Drone Safety

New FAA Grant To Help Embry-Riddle Researchers Improve Drone Safety

30-Jun-2022Source: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

  Researchers at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University recently received a $371,000 grant from the Federal Aviation Administration to study the detection systems of uncrewed aerial systems (UAS), or drones, to improve the safety of their operation. “The research will inform the development of standards and requirements for the accuracy of detect-and-avoid (DAA) systems, which will improve... Read more

Amazon Prime Air prepares for drone deliveries

Amazon Prime Air prepares for drone deliveries

16-Jun-2022Source: Amazon

Amazon customers in Lockeford, California, will be among the first to receive Prime Air drone deliveries in the U.S. The promise of drone delivery has often felt like science fiction. We’ve been working for almost a decade to make it a reality. The challenge: How do you get items to customers quickly, cost-effectively, and—most importantly—safely,... Read more

Drones that deliver medical supplies coming to Brazil

Drones that deliver medical supplies coming to Brazil

31-May-2022Source: Air Methods

Spright, the new drone division of Air Methods, and Synerjet Corp, a specialist in business aviation in Latin America, have signed an agreement under which the two companies will partner to operate drones to serve the healthcare market in Brazil. Under a memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed by both companies, Synerjet will identify potential healthcare... Read more

Walmart to add drone delivery in six US states

Walmart to add drone delivery in six US states

26-May-2022Source: Walmart

We continue to expand our delivery operations to help customers get the items they need when they need them, and it’s been an exciting journey. From Express delivery, where customers can have items delivered to their doorsteps in as little as two hours, to InHome, where they can get those orders placed right into their... Read more

12,000 Wingcopter delivery drones for world’s largest commercial drone deployment

12,000 Wingcopter delivery drones for world’s largest commercial drone deployment

25-May-2022Source: Wingcopter

  German drone delivery pioneer Wingcopter and Continental Drones Ltd., a subsidiary of Ghana- and Dubai-based Atlantic Trust Holding, have signed a partnership agreement to help establish drone-based delivery networks with thousands of Wingcopter drones across the African continent. These networks will dramatically improve the reliability and efficiency of existing supply chains but also help create completely new ones.... Read more

Ascent Charity to launch a fleet of humanitarian drones into Ukraine

Ascent Charity to launch a fleet of humanitarian drones into Ukraine

18-May-2022Source: Ascent

  As more civilians continue to suffer from the escalating conflict in Ukraine, the need for immediate humanitarian assistance has never been more imperative. However, the challenge now is getting the critical aid into the affected areas with supply routes cut, and without sending on-ground personnel. French non-profit organization, Ascent Charity is driving an innovative... Read more

FAA Awards $4.4 Million in Drone Research Grants to Seven Universities

FAA Awards $4.4 Million in Drone Research Grants to Seven Universities

4-May-2022Source: FAA

  The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced $4.4 million in drone research, education and training grants to seven universities. Research will focus on three areas: electromagnetic compatibility, detect and avoid classifications, and cybersecurity oversight. The universities receiving grants are University of North Dakota, University of Kansas, Drexel University, The Ohio State... Read more

Urban-Air Port and Leeds Bradford Airport commit to drone future

Urban-Air Port and Leeds Bradford Airport commit to drone future

12-Apr-2022Source: Urban-Air Port

Radical new transport and logistics infrastructure start-up, Urban-Air Port (UAP), have joined to collaborate with Leeds Bradford Airport (LBA) on developing a new unmanned and manned aerial vehicle hub. UAP will be working with LBA to develop an off-grid, hydrogen-powered infrastructure hub at the airport. The main role of the site at LBA will be to... Read more

Wingcopter and German Airways agree to cooperate on offshore drone deliveries

Wingcopter and German Airways agree to cooperate on offshore drone deliveries

31-Mar-2022Source: Wingcopter

German logistics and aviation holding Zeitfracht Group and its subsidiary German Airways will be among the first companies worldwide to commercially deploy drones in logistics. In a joint letter of intent with the German manufacturer Wingcopter, the companies have agreed to purchase 17 Wingcopter 198 delivery drones and acquire options to order an additional 115... Read more

Spright and Interpath Laboratory Launch Medical Drone

Spright and Interpath Laboratory Launch Medical Drone

2-Mar-2022Source: Spright

Spright, the drone division of Air Methods, announced today that it has partnered with Interpath Laboratory to launch a first-of-its-kind drone delivery network that can transfer lab specimens. The first proof-of-concept test flight was last week with the Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center to Interpath’s main medical laboratory location in Pendleton, OR. The proof-of-concept initiative is... Read more

Air Methods’ Drone Division, Spright enters agreement  KVS Technologies

Air Methods’ Drone Division, Spright enters agreement KVS Technologies

7-Dec-2021Source: Air Methods

We are pleased to announce that Spright has entered a strategic agreement with the leading provider of end-to-end drone inspection services for utility companies, KVS Technologies. Under the agreement, KVS Technologies will launch its services in North America with Spright, Air Methods’ drone division, exclusively operating all flights for linear infrastructure inspection. This partnership brings... Read more

Unither Bioelectronics delivers donor lungs via drone

Unither Bioelectronics delivers donor lungs via drone

15-Oct-2021Source: Unither Bioelectronics

Welcome to the future of organ transplant delivery Unither Bioelectronics has set its sights on transforming the way we think of transplantable organ transportation, either donor organs or manufactured organs. In September 2021, in a proof-of-concept flight, the company transferred donor lungs for transplant between two hospitals using its proprietary aerial drone organ transportation technologies.... Read more

Australia considers drone noise regulations

Australia considers drone noise regulations

22-Sep-2021Source: Australian Government

RPA, commonly referred to as drones, are an emerging and innovative technology being used around the world. Drones have a diversity of applications including in the agricultural sector, emergency services, infrastructure inspections and surveys, surf lifesaving, delivery of medical supplies, aerial photography and commercial delivery just to name a few. There are currently no internationally-mandated... Read more

More Airspace for Drone Operations

More Airspace for Drone Operations

8-Sep-2021Source: FAA

Drone pilots will have even more options than before when they seek permission to fly in controlled airspace this fall. The Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability, or LAANC, is getting a big enhancement that will enable drone pilots to operate in even more low-level airspace than before — and to know that they’re doing... Read more

EASA approves Volocopter for defined drone ops

EASA approves Volocopter for defined drone ops

28-Jun-2021Source: EASA

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency has issued the first certificate in a new scheme under which drone manufacturers or operators can request the Agency’s design verification for a drone to be used for a particular purpose. The first such certificate was awarded to Volocopter for its VC200-2. A design verification report approves a drone... Read more

Wingcopter announces world’s first triple-drop delivery drone

Wingcopter announces world’s first triple-drop delivery drone

29-Apr-2021Source: Wingcopter

Wingcopter, the German developer, manufacturer and service-provider of Unmanned Aircraft Systems for commercial and humanitarian applications, introduced its new drone generation today, the Wingcopter 198. The Wingcopter 198 is an all-electric, vertical-take-off-and-landing (eVTOL), fixed-wing drone that has been designed from the ground up to meet aviation safety and reliability requirements. The new delivery system leverages Wingcopter’s broad experience... Read more

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

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