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Australian SAR operator merges with drone search company

Australian SAR operator merges with drone search company

14-May-2021Source: Ripper Corp

Surf Life Saving Queensland today announced it is joining forces with hi-tech drone search and rescue company The Ripper Group in a move it believes will revolutionise the way lives are saved in marine environments around the world. SLSQ’s investment in the rebranded Ripper Corporation will contribute significantly to the organisation’s vision of zero preventable drowning deaths... Read more

French military orders 8 H225Ms and first VSR700 UAV

French military orders 8 H225Ms and first VSR700 UAV

16-Apr-2021Source: French Military

[Electronic translation] Intended to equip the French Army, the 8 helicopters will be delivered in 2024 and 2025 and will initiate the replacement of the SA330 Puma maneuver helicopters, whose average age is 43 years. They will thus contribute to forming a homogeneous fleet, the Army already having ten Caracal helicopters in service. This order,... Read more

VSR700 achieves a first step in flight envelope opening

VSR700 achieves a first step in flight envelope opening

16-Apr-2021Source: Airbus Helicopters

A few weeks ago, the VSR700 demonstrator achieved a test flight that pushed its speed limit to 60kts (more than 110km/h), entirely opening its flight envelope at low speed. At the end of the test, the demonstrator had accumulated more than 10 flight hours. Thanks to this milestone, the VSR700 programme is getting closer to... Read more

Significant questions raised over Chinese manufacturer EHang

Significant questions raised over Chinese manufacturer EHang

18-Feb-2021Source: Wolfpack Research

US-based research and publishing firm Wolfpack Research has published a paper of their research into the Chinese passenger-carrying drone manufacturer EHang. The report starts as follows EHang (NASDAQ: EH) is an elaborate stock promotion, built on largely fabricated revenues based on sham sales contracts with a customer who appears to us to be more interested... Read more

World First – Logistics supply to offshore rig by UAV

World First – Logistics supply to offshore rig by UAV

28-Aug-2020Source: Schiebel

Schiebel, together with partner Nordic Unmanned, successfully demonstrated to Norwegian energy company Equinor the cargo delivery capability of its Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) CAMCOPTER® S-100 to offshore platform Troll A. This is a world’s first in terms of full-scale offshore UAV delivery from shore to an active oil and gas installation. The exercise simulated the... Read more

Report recommends US Coast Guard use of UAS

Report recommends US Coast Guard use of UAS

16-Jun-2020Source: Rand

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) uses a fleet of fixed-wing (FW) and rotary-wing (RW) aircraft to conduct a variety of missions. That fleet’s composition is now aging, with the RW aircraft nearing their ends of life. As the air fleet ages and needs to be replaced, the USCG can reassess its airpower needs for its... Read more

Norway approves trials of Ehang 216 autonomous aerial vehicle

Norway approves trials of Ehang 216 autonomous aerial vehicle

13-Mar-2020Source: Ehang

EHang Holdings Limited (Nasdaq: EH) (“EHang” or the “Company”), the world’s leading autonomous aerial vehicle (AAV) technology platform company, today announced that the company obtained operational flight permit for its two-seater passenger-grade AAV, the EHang 216, from the Civil Aviation Authority of Norway (CAA Norway). This is the first operational flight permit for long term... Read more

Japan Airlines completes successful UAV cargo trial

Japan Airlines completes successful UAV cargo trial

28-Feb-2020Source: Japan Airlines

Under the mutual cooperation with the government of Nagasaki Prefecture, Japan Airlines (JAL) conducted a trial transporting freight for approximately 46km within the local islands in Nagasaki with an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) helicopter. On February 19, in conjunction with JAL Cargo`s transport service, fresh fish from the city of Shinkamigoto in Nagasaki was successfully transported on... Read more

Bristow to trial Unmanned systems to help with SAR

Bristow to trial Unmanned systems to help with SAR

26-Feb-2020Source: HeliHub.com

At the Helicopter Investor conference in London yesterday, Russ Torbet – the Director of UK SAR at Bristow Helicopters – gave an interesting presentation on how their long-term UK SAR contract was working in practice, and provided an insight of what lies ahead. The contract was launched in a ceremony on 26th February 2015, and... Read more

CNATTU Norfolk Emphasizes Hands-on Training with New MQ-8C Fire Scout Trainers

CNATTU Norfolk Emphasizes Hands-on Training with New MQ-8C Fire Scout Trainers

9-Sep-2019Source: CNATTU Norfolk

Instructors at the Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training Unit (CNATTU), Norfolk completed their first MQ-8C Fire Scout pilot course using one of two new custom-built maintenance trainers Aug. 29. The addition of these brand-new facilities enables the Navy to provide much-needed training on the latest evolution of the Fire Scout. Over the summer, CNATTU... Read more

Airbus VSR700 demonstrator flies unmanned

Airbus VSR700 demonstrator flies unmanned

3-Jan-2019Source: Airbus Helicopters

The Airbus Helicopters VSR700 demonstrator took off for a fully unmanned autonomous flight at the military airbase in Istres in the south of France. The purpose of the flight was to establish compliance with the demanding regulatory and safety systems necessary for future unmanned flight in France.  During the exercise the demonstrator performed a 30... Read more

Telephonics AN/ZPY-4 will be used on the MQ-8B Fire Scout

Telephonics AN/ZPY-4 will be used on the MQ-8B Fire Scout

19-Nov-2018Source: Telephonics Corporation

Telephonics Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Griffon Corporation (NYSE:GFF), announced today that it has been awarded an Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract from Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) valued at $23.5M to supply their AN/ZPY-4 maritime and overland surveillance radar system for use on the U.S. Navy’s MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned aerial vehicle... Read more

Northrop began flight tests for MQ-8C Fire Scout

Northrop began flight tests for MQ-8C Fire Scout

18-Sep-2018Source: Northrop Grumman

Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) recently began flight tests for MQ-8C Fire Scout aircraft  produced in Moss Point at the Trent Lott International Airport, a major milestone for the company and the region’s aerospace economy. Northrop Grumman’s Moss Point facility is key to producing and testing the MQ-8C Fire Scout, the U.S. Navy’s newest autonomous... Read more

Boeing completes autonomous synchronised flight tests

Boeing completes autonomous synchronised flight tests

21-Aug-2018Source: Boeing

Boeing [NYSE: BA] has successfully completed the first suite of synchronised unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) flight tests using new on-board autonomous command and control technology developed by Boeing in Australia. Conducted at a regional Queensland airfield, the test flights saw five UAV test beds equipped with Boeing’s new on-board system safely complete in-air programmed missions... Read more

HAL Successfully Demonstrates 10Kg Helicopter UAV

HAL Successfully Demonstrates 10Kg Helicopter UAV

8-Aug-2018Source: HAL

The Hindustan Aeronautics Limited successfully demonstrated flight of a 10Kg Rotary Wing (Helicopter) Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (RUAV) here in the presence of its Board of Directors, recently.  The RUAV is of a 2-stroke petrol engine, twin blade main rotor and tail rotor, payload capability of 2.5Kg including live stream video camera and range of the... Read more

MQ-8C Fire Scout completes operational test and evaluation

MQ-8C Fire Scout completes operational test and evaluation

11-Jul-2018Source: USS Coronado

USS Coronado (LCS 4) and Air Test and Evaluation Squadron 1 (VX-1) completed the first comprehensive Initial Operational Test and Evaluation (IOT&E) for the MQ-8C Fire Scout, June 29.Results from this IOT&E will inform decision-makers on how best to integrate the Navy’s newest unmanned helicopter with littoral combat ships (LCS) and other platforms.During the IOT&E,... Read more

Airbus and Schiebel successfully demonstrate Manned-Unmanned Teaming capabilities

Airbus and Schiebel successfully demonstrate Manned-Unmanned Teaming capabilities

2-May-2018Source: Airbus Helicopters

 Airbus Helicopters and Schiebel have tested Manned Unmanned Teaming (MUM-T) capabilities between an H145 platform and a CAMCOPTER® S-100 Unmanned Air System (UAS), thus becoming the first European helicopter manufacturers to demonstrate this technology with the highest level of interoperability (LOI°5). The companies carried out test flights with the support of the Austrian Armaments and Defence... Read more

Naval Group to perform UMEX Demonstration

Naval Group to perform UMEX Demonstration

26-Feb-2018Source: HeliHub.com

Naval Group will be showcasing their newest designs at the UMEX (Unmanned Systems Exhibition and Conference) in Abu Dhabi, February 25th to 27th this year. Their exhibit will show their VSR 700, a rotary wing air-raid drone that they co-developed with Airbus as well as a demonstration of their I4Drones, reports Defence Forces.... Read more

IAI completes helicopter UAV proof of concept

IAI completes helicopter UAV proof of concept

16-Oct-2017Source: IAI

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

Dubai unmanned taxi progresses with first flight in-country

Dubai unmanned taxi progresses with first flight in-country

28-Sep-2017Source: HeliHub.com

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

Drone Industry Forecasts to Grow at 12.7% CAGR till 2022

Drone Industry Forecasts to Grow at 12.7% CAGR till 2022

1-Jun-2017Source: Orbis Research

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

Russian Helicopters showcases unmanned tiltrotor at HeliRussia-2017

Russian Helicopters showcases unmanned tiltrotor at HeliRussia-2017

30-May-2017Source: Russian Helicopters

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

Argus Unmanned Creates Safety Partnership Program

Argus Unmanned Creates Safety Partnership Program

24-May-2017Source: ARGUS International

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

Belarusian Drone Showcased at MILEX 2017

Belarusian Drone Showcased at MILEX 2017

23-May-2017Source: HeliHub.com

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

Rotorcraft Asia – Inaugural event proves successful

Rotorcraft Asia – Inaugural event proves successful

2-May-2017Source: Rotorcraft Asia

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

Inaugural Rotorcraft Asia established as key regional industry event

Inaugural Rotorcraft Asia established as key regional industry event

27-Apr-2017Source: Rotorcraft Asia

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

MQ-8C Fire Scout completes first test period aboard LCS

MQ-8C Fire Scout completes first test period aboard LCS

12-Apr-2017Source: US Navy

The Navy’s MQ-8C Fire Scout returned from USS Montgomery (LCS-8) April 11 after completing initial testing aboard a littoral combat ship. The Fire Scout test team along with Navy Sailors (aboard the USS Montgomery) conducted dynamic interface testing to verify the MQ-8C launch and recovery procedures and test interoperability between the unmanned helicopter and the ship.... Read more

FAA Will Release Maps to Speed up Drone Authorization Applications

FAA Will Release Maps to Speed up Drone Authorization Applications

11-Apr-2017Source: FAA

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

Airbus to Test Unmanned Taxi Prototype

Airbus to Test Unmanned Taxi Prototype

18-Jan-2017Source: HeliHub.com

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

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

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

5-Jan-2017Source: Leonardo-Finmeccanica

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

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

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

New prototype on the ramp at Guimbal

New prototype on the ramp at Guimbal

2-Dec-2016Source: HeliHub.com

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

Leonardo takes SW-4 UAV to  Unmanned Warrior 2016

Leonardo takes SW-4 UAV to Unmanned Warrior 2016

23-Nov-2016Source: Leonardo

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

Aurora to Develop Unmanned UH-1H

Aurora to Develop Unmanned UH-1H

14-Nov-2016Source: Aurora Flight Sciences

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

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

DCNS and Airbus join forces for French Naval drone requirement

DCNS and Airbus join forces for French Naval drone requirement

22-Oct-2016Source: DCNS

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

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

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

21-Oct-2016Source: Leonardo

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

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

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

12-Oct-2016Source: HeliHub.com

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

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

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

7-Oct-2016Source: US Navy

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

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

Integrating UAVs into the rotorcraft sector

Integrating UAVs into the rotorcraft sector

3-Oct-2016Source: Helitech International

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

Safran signs MoU with Urban Aeronautics

Safran signs MoU with Urban Aeronautics

2-Oct-2016Source: Safran Helicopter Engines

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

Schiebel and Diehl Defence strengthen teaming agreement

Schiebel and Diehl Defence strengthen teaming agreement

30-Sep-2016Source: Schiebel

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

Uber researches helicopter transportation, including unmanned

Uber researches helicopter transportation, including unmanned

30-Sep-2016Source: HeliHub.com

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

Boeing and Korean Air Work on Unmanned MD500

Boeing and Korean Air Work on Unmanned MD500

26-Sep-2016Source: HeliHub.com

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

Bell introduces armed unmanned V-247 tiltrotor

Bell introduces armed unmanned V-247 tiltrotor

23-Sep-2016Source: Bell

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

New Training Programs to Educate Law Enforcement

New Training Programs to Educate Law Enforcement

20-Sep-2016Source: USI

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

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

Xinbei District is Home for New Chinese Unmanned Helicopter Project

Xinbei District is Home for New Chinese Unmanned Helicopter Project

8-Sep-2016Source: Changzhou Xinbei District

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

CybAero delivers three helicopter systems to China

CybAero delivers three helicopter systems to China

2-Sep-2016Source: CybAero

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

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

Kaman announces release date for 2016 Q2 earnings

Kaman announces release date for 2016 Q2 earnings

7-Jul-2016Source: Kaman

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

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

CybAero appoints new North America Sales Director

CybAero appoints new North America Sales Director

17-Jun-2016Source: CybAero

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

CybAero appoints new CFO

CybAero appoints new CFO

1-Jun-2016Source: CybAero

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

Sikorsky demonstrates 30 mile autonomous flight for DARPA

Sikorsky demonstrates 30 mile autonomous flight for DARPA

1-Jun-2016Source: Sikorsky

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

Aurora tests new Autonomous system for US Marine Corps

Aurora tests new Autonomous system for US Marine Corps

31-May-2016Source: USMC

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

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

Presagis Introduces New UAV and Helicopter Reference Platforms at ITEC 2016

Presagis Introduces New UAV and Helicopter Reference Platforms at ITEC 2016

17-May-2016Source: Presagis

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

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

Argus Completes Acquisition of Unmanned Safety Institute

Argus Completes Acquisition of Unmanned Safety Institute

10-May-2016Source: Argus

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

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

CybAero performs test campaign from Swedish Navy corvette

CybAero performs test campaign from Swedish Navy corvette

3-May-2016Source: CybAero

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

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