Unmanned News

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

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

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

29-Apr-2016Source: US DoD

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

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

Drone Racing to be held at HeliRussia 2016

Drone Racing to be held at HeliRussia 2016

26-Apr-2016Source: HeliRussia

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

Aurora Successfully Flies Subscale VTOL X-Plane Aircraft

Aurora Successfully Flies Subscale VTOL X-Plane Aircraft

26-Apr-2016Source: Aurora

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

FAA Urges Non-hobby UAS Registration Via New System

FAA Urges Non-hobby UAS Registration Via New System

22-Apr-2016Source: FAA

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

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

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

18-Apr-2016Source: HeliHub.com

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

FT Sistemas picks Rockwell Collins Micro Inertial Navigation Sensors for UAV

FT Sistemas picks Rockwell Collins Micro Inertial Navigation Sensors for UAV

13-Apr-2016Source: Rockwell Collins

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

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

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

11-Apr-2016Source: Surrey Police

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

FAA Expands Online Small Unmanned Aircraft Registration

FAA Expands Online Small Unmanned Aircraft Registration

1-Apr-2016Source: FAA

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

FAA Doubles “Blanket” Altitude for Many UAS Flights

FAA Doubles “Blanket” Altitude for Many UAS Flights

30-Mar-2016Source: FAA

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

FAA Releases Updated UAS Sighting Reports

FAA Releases Updated UAS Sighting Reports

28-Mar-2016Source: FAA

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

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

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

22-Mar-2016Source: AVX Aircraft

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

US Federal Government Expands Unmanned Systems Partnerships

US Federal Government Expands Unmanned Systems Partnerships

17-Mar-2016Source: FAA

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

UAV test-flight to be arranged for HeliRussia 2016 visitors

UAV test-flight to be arranged for HeliRussia 2016 visitors

16-Mar-2016Source: HeliRussia

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

FAA Administrator Talks Drones at SXSW

FAA Administrator Talks Drones at SXSW

15-Mar-2016Source: FAA

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

FAA Administrator Huerta to lead drone discussion at SXSW

FAA Administrator Huerta to lead drone discussion at SXSW

13-Mar-2016Source: FAA

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

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

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

10-Mar-2016Source: US DoD

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

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

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

10-Mar-2016Source: US DoD

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

NBAA Calls FAA UAS Detection Work Good First Step

NBAA Calls FAA UAS Detection Work Good First Step

9-Mar-2016Source: NBAA

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

ARGUS Announces Intent to Acquire Unmanned Safety Institute

ARGUS Announces Intent to Acquire Unmanned Safety Institute

1-Mar-2016Source: Argus

ARGUS International, Inc. (ARGUS) is pleased to announce their intent to acquire 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 couples nicely with ARGUS’ global presence in the aviation safety... Read more

FAA Unveils Effort to Expand the Safe Integration of Unmanned Aircraft

FAA Unveils Effort to Expand the Safe Integration of Unmanned Aircraft

29-Feb-2016Source: FAA

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is establishing an aviation rulemaking committee  (PDF)with industry stakeholders to develop recommendations for a regulatory framework that would allow certain UAS to be operated over people who are not directly involved in the operation of the aircraft. The FAA is taking this action to provide a more flexible,... Read more

FAA launches new project to integrate UAVs into US airspace

FAA launches new project to integrate UAVs into US airspace

25-Feb-2016Source: FAA

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is establishing an aviation rule making committee (PDF)with industry stakeholders to develop recommendations for a regulatory framework that would allow certain UAS to be operated over people who are not directly involved in the operation of the aircraft. The FAA is taking this action to provide... Read more

Kaman Board of Directors Declares Dividend

Kaman Board of Directors Declares Dividend

24-Feb-2016Source: Kaman

The Kaman Corporation (NYSE:KAMN) board of directors today declared a regular quarterly dividend of 18 cents per common share. The dividend will be paid on April 7, 2016 to shareholders of record on March 15, 2016. About Kaman Corporation Kaman Corporation, founded in 1945 by aviation pioneer Charles H. Kaman, and headquartered in Bloomfield, Connecticut conducts... Read more

Workshops train police on responding to illegal drone activity

Workshops train police on responding to illegal drone activity

23-Feb-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 American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) to provide educational workshops to the law enforcement community throughout the United States.  The purpose of the... Read more

FAA, DHS, CACI, UMD Perform UAS Detection Work

FAA, DHS, CACI, UMD Perform UAS Detection Work

19-Feb-2016Source: FAA

Each month, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) receives more than 100 reports from pilots and others who spot what appears to be an unmanned aircraft (UAS) flying close to an airport or a manned airplane. It’s become a serious safety concern for the agency, and a potential security issue for the Department of Homeland Security... Read more

Airbus Helicopters signs MoU to fly drone Proof-of-Concept Trials in Singapore

Airbus Helicopters signs MoU to fly drone Proof-of-Concept Trials in Singapore

18-Feb-2016Source: Airbus

Airbus Helicopters (Airbus) and the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to conduct Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Proof-of-Concept Trials, named the Skyways Project, in Singapore. The MOU was signed between Jean-Brice Dumont, Executive Vice-President, Engineering, Airbus Helicopters and Kevin Shum, Director-General of CAAS at the side lines of... Read more

Russian Helicopters flies unmanned tilt-rotor

Russian Helicopters flies unmanned tilt-rotor

17-Feb-2016Source: Russian Helicopters

A unique unmanned tiltrotor has successfully completed a new testing stage by performing its first flight.  The aircraft was created by VR-Technologies, an innovative design bureau, part of Russian Helicopters. A number of oil and gas companies and various government agencies are already showing interest in the unique project. “The development of the unique aircraft started... Read more

EDA launches new project to integrate UAVs into European airspace

EDA launches new project to integrate UAVs into European airspace

17-Feb-2016Source: EDA

A contract for the Enhanced RPAS Automation (ERA) project was signed between the EDA and a multinational industrial consortium in mid-December 2015. The project will support the widespread use of both civil and military RPAS in non-segregated airspace in Europe in general and their integration in airport operations in particular, addressing several capability gaps identified... Read more

Bristow invests in specialist oil and gas UAV company

Bristow invests in specialist oil and gas UAV company

10-Feb-2016Source: Bristow

Bristow Group Inc. (NYSE: BRS) and Sky-Futures today announced that Bristow has invested $4.2 million in Sky-Futures, the leading provider of drone inspection data services for the oil and gas industry. This investment gives Bristow immediate entry to the fast-growing UAV services business and bolsters Bristow’s offerings to include drone inspection services. The investment, which... Read more

Disney aims to patent UAV based movie projection system

Disney aims to patent UAV based movie projection system

10-Feb-2016Source: Greek wire

In a move that Disney says could advance entertainment as well as advertising, the media powerhouse has filed a patent application for a “projection assembly for use with an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV),” according to a copy of the filing. See Full Story... Read more

Carilion Life-Guard launches ‘Land The Drone’ safety campaign

Carilion Life-Guard launches ‘Land The Drone’ safety campaign

10-Feb-2016Source: WDBJ7

On Friday, Carilion Clinic Life-Guard pilots and drone operators met at the hangar on McClanahan Street in Roanoke to talk about safe ways to share the airspace. See Full Story... Read more

Schiebel Camcopter demonstrates Detect and Avoid system

Schiebel Camcopter demonstrates Detect and Avoid system

9-Feb-2016Source: Schiebel

Schiebel and the Netherlands Aerospace Centre (NLR), the Netherlands Coastguard and the Royal Netherlands Air Force conducted a series of successful flights with a newly developed airborne Detect and Avoid System at the airport of Den Helder in December 2015. The AIRICA (ATM Innovative RPAS Integration for Coastguard Applications) project marks a major step forward... Read more

Unmanned Black Hawk picks up and delivers Unmanned ground vehicle

Unmanned Black Hawk picks up and delivers Unmanned ground vehicle

27-Jan-2016Source: Carnegie Mellon University

Carnegie Mellon University and Sikorsky Aircraft researchers have used an autonomous helicopter and an autonomous ground vehicle to demonstrate for the U.S. Army that ground and air robots can perform complex, cooperative missions. A Black Hawk helicopter equipped for autonomous operation by Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Co., delivered a Land Tamer autonomous unmanned ground vehicle... Read more

Almost 300,000 drone owners register with FAA

Almost 300,000 drone owners register with FAA

25-Jan-2016Source: FAA

Nearly 300,000 owners have registered their small unmanned aircraft in the first 30 days after the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) online registration system went live. Owners who registered in the first month received a refund for the $5 application fee. “I am pleased the public responded to our call to register,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary... Read more

Northrop Grumman awarded $8M more for MQ-8 project

Northrop Grumman awarded $8M more for MQ-8 project

24-Jan-2016Source: US DoD

Northrop Grumman Corp., Aerospace Systems, San Diego, California, is being awarded an $8,171,523 modification P00002 to a previously issued cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (N00019-16-C-0023) to exercise options for engines, program related engineering services, integrated logistics, and training in support of the MQ-8 Fire Scout unmanned aircraft system.  Work will be performed in San Diego, California (90 percent);... Read more

Two drone pilots face criminal charges in Los Angeles

Two drone pilots face criminal charges in Los Angeles

22-Jan-2016Source: PC World

The Los Angeles County District Attorney filed criminal cases against two drone pilots on Wednesday for allegedly flying their drones in controlled airspace. See Full story... Read more

FAA report 181,000 drones registered and number increasing fast

FAA report 181,000 drones registered and number increasing fast

18-Jan-2016Source: The Hill

Federal Aviation Administration chief Michael Huerta said Wednesday that 181,000 drones have been recorded thus far under new rules that require users to pay a fee and register their devices with the federal government.  See Full Story... Read more

Riegl takes drone to conferences in Saudi Arabia and China

Riegl takes drone to conferences in Saudi Arabia and China

15-Jan-2016Source: Riegl

The first show this month will be The International Remote Sensing Conference. The International Remote Sensing Conference will be held from January 17 through 20, 2016 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Global technology leaders in remote sensing will gather to share their latest advances in the field. his event is an opportunity for professionals from various... Read more

Swedish Police to receive three UAV systems

Swedish Police to receive three UAV systems

14-Jan-2016Source: Saab

Saab will deliver three UAV systems to the Swedish Police. Each system comprises air vehicles equipped with day/night sensors and a ground station, plus spare parts, consumables, documentation, training and technical support. The contract will be in effect from 2016 to 2018. The remote-controlled UAV system selected by the Swedish Police uses the proven Qube... Read more

Deadline for 4th Annual AHS MAV Student Challenge approaches

Deadline for 4th Annual AHS MAV Student Challenge approaches

13-Jan-2016Source: AHS

MAV Student Teams! This is a reminder to submit your Team Information Form for the 4th Annual AHS MAV Student Challenge by Friday, January 22. Finalists will be selected in the next three months to participate in the final fly off at the 72nd Annual Forum in West Palm Beach, Florida. Up to $10,000 in... Read more

Northrop Grumman awarded $10M MQ-8 Fire Scout support contract

Northrop Grumman awarded $10M MQ-8 Fire Scout support contract

7-Jan-2016Source: US DoD

Northrop Grumman Corp., Aerospace Systems, San Diego, California, is being awarded a $10,423,637 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for sustainment and logistics services in support of MQ-8 Fire Scout Unmanned Aircraft Systems. Services to be provided include systems and software engineering, training and integrated logistical support. Work will be performed in San Diego, California (90 percent) and Point... Read more

New York UAS test site wins more funding

New York UAS test site wins more funding

7-Jan-2016Source: UAS Magazine

A U.S. Federal Aviation Administration unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) designated test site has received a new round of funding from the state of New York.See Full story.... Read more

FAA launches B4U Fly app at CES show

FAA launches B4U Fly app at CES show

7-Jan-2016Source: FAA

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Michael Huerta today announced the public release of the B4UFLY mobile application following an initial beta testing period. B4UFLY tells users about current or upcoming requirements and restrictions in areas of the National Airspace System (NAS) where they may want to operate their unmanned aircraft system (UAS). The app is... Read more

FAA to address drone registration at CES show

FAA to address drone registration at CES show

6-Jan-2016Source: FAA

FAA Administrator Michael Huerta will discuss unmanned aircraft registration and provide updates on the agency’s work to safely integrate them into the National Airspace System (NAS). He will be joined by four key UAS Registration Task Force members. In moving ahead with safely integrating UAS into the world’s busiest and most complex airspace, the FAA... Read more

CybAero appoints new chairperson

CybAero appoints new chairperson

5-Jan-2016Source: Cybaero

The Board of Directors of CybAero AB has appointed Deputy Chair Anna Öhrwall Rönnbäck to serve as the new board chair, effective January 1, 2016. The board also appointed Göran Larsbrink as the new vice chair. Former chair Claes Drougge will stay on as a regular board member. About CybAero  CybAero develops and manufactures Remotely... Read more

FAA Drone Registration System Takes Flight

FAA Drone Registration System Takes Flight

5-Jan-2016Source: FAA

The Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) new web-based registration system for small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) is now active.  Hobbyists and recreational users who fly UAS, which include remote controlled aircraft, may register atwww.faa.gov/uas/registration. Owners must register small UAS weighing more than 0.55 pounds (250 grams) and less than 55 pounds (approx. 25 kilograms) if they... Read more

Cybaero postpones UAV deliveries to China Customs

Cybaero postpones UAV deliveries to China Customs

4-Jan-2016Source: CybAero

Delivery of three unmanned helicopter systems to China Customs has been rescheduled for early 2016 in consultation with the client. Delivery was originally scheduled for late 2015 following extensive testing in the Baltic Sea with takeoffs and landings from moving platforms. The delay was caused by additional requirements and features and the fact that the... Read more

FAA Issues Fact Sheet on State and Local drone Laws

FAA Issues Fact Sheet on State and Local drone Laws

18-Dec-2015Source: FAA

The Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) new fact sheet on state and local regulation of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) provides information for states and municipalities considering laws or regulations addressing UAS use. The document outlines FAA’s safety reasons for federal oversight of aviation and airspace, and explains federal responsibility in this area. The fact sheet provides... Read more

CybAero conducts private placement to strategic investors

CybAero conducts private placement to strategic investors

16-Dec-2015Source: CybAero

The Board of Directors of CybAero has resolved to conduct a private placement of 2,749,000 shares to Subversive Capital LLC. The resolution is subject to approval at an extraordinary general meeting on December 30, 2015. In addition, it is proposed that the extraordinary general meeting also resolve to elect two representatives of Subversive Capital to... Read more

FAA opens drone registration flood gate

FAA opens drone registration flood gate

15-Dec-2015Source: FAA

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today announced a streamlined and user-friendly web-based aircraft registration process for owners of small unmanned aircraft (UAS) weighing more than 0.55 pounds (250 grams) and less than 55 pounds (approx. 25 kilograms) including payloads such as on-board cameras. The Registration Task Force delivered recommendations to FAA... Read more

UK to develop first-of-type high altitude cellular comms

UK to develop first-of-type high altitude cellular comms

9-Dec-2015Source: Roke

As part of its Defence Growth Partnership (DGP) Innovation Challenge, the UK Ministry of Defence has selected Roke Manor Research (Roke) to develop an innovative data link solution capable of transmitting real-time images and video from Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) using 3G cellular technology. Roke will design the world’s first high altitude data link to... Read more

Lockheed Martin Conducts Collaborative UAS Demo

Lockheed Martin Conducts Collaborative UAS Demo

7-Dec-2015Source: Lockheed Martin

Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) demonstrated its ability to integrate unmanned aircraft system (UAS) operations into the National Airspace System (NAS) using its prototype UAS Traffic Management (UTM) capabilities. During the demonstration on Nov. 18, the Stalker XE UAS provided data and a precise geolocation to the unmanned K-MAX cargo helicopter, which conducted water drops to... Read more

FAA: Fly Safe With Your Drone

FAA: Fly Safe With Your Drone

3-Dec-2015Source: FAA

You’ve bought that shiny new camera-equipped drone you’ve yearning for. You can’t wait to get into the sky and let loose your inner high-flying aerial photographer, right? Did you know you’re also going to become a pilot? When you fly your drone anywhere in the nation’s airspace, you automatically become part of the U.S. aviation system. Under the... Read more

MQ-8C Fire Scout Completes Operational Assessment

MQ-8C Fire Scout Completes Operational Assessment

2-Dec-2015Source: Northrop Grumman

The U.S. Navy and Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) completed a successful land-based operational assessment (OA) with the unmanned, autonomous helicopter MQ-8C Fire Scout, at Naval Base Ventura County, Point Mugu, Nov. 20. The OA demonstrated the endurance and sensor integration capabilities on the new MQ-8C airframe. The Fire Scout collected real time data points during... Read more

HeliRussia 2016 to have specialized UAV area

HeliRussia 2016 to have specialized UAV area

26-Nov-2015Source: Helirussia

Next year at the IX International Helicopter Industry Exhibition HeliRussia 2016, held 19-21 May, a significant expansion of the program with the specialized exposition of the unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs or “drones”) and associated accessories is expected. Flight demonstration of several models is scheduled in the course of event. Modern UAVs vary by the type,... Read more

Aurora Flight Sciences win $11M more work on unmanned VTOL cargo project

Aurora Flight Sciences win $11M more work on unmanned VTOL cargo project

16-Nov-2015Source: US DoD

Aurora Flight Sciences, Manassas, Virginia, is being awarded $11,146,376 for cost-plus-fixed-fee modification P00018 under previously awarded contract N00014-12-C-0671 for the Autonomous Aerial Cargo I Utility System (AACUS) program.  The Office of Naval Research funded the AACUS program which is an innovative Naval prototype pursuing significant advances in the state of the art in rotorcraft autonomy. ... Read more

FAA warns against “Drone Registration” Firms

FAA warns against “Drone Registration” Firms

16-Nov-2015Source: FAA

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) wants unmanned aircraft owners to know that there’s no need to work with a “drone registration” company to help them file an application for a registration number. Owners should wait until additional details about the forthcoming drone registration system are announced later this month before paying anyone to do the... Read more

US DOJ tries to stop drone deliveries to prisons

US DOJ tries to stop drone deliveries to prisons

9-Nov-2015Source: R&D Magazine

Smuggling contraband into prison via the body or a “friendly” guard may not be a thing of the past. See Full Story... Read more

Two more UK police forces to trial drones

Two more UK police forces to trial drones

5-Nov-2015Source: Devon & Cornwall Police,

Police are to embark on a six-month trial of unmanned aerial systems (UAS), more commonly known as drones, in Devon, Cornwall and Dorset to aid officers in a number of policing matters including missing people searches and crime scene photography. Starting on the 2nd of November, police in Devon and Cornwall will be able to... Read more

HAI hold Inaugural Meeting of their UAS Committee

HAI hold Inaugural Meeting of their UAS Committee

4-Nov-2015Source: HAI

HAI’s new unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) committee is meeting for the first time this week. The committee is comprised of 20 members from manned and unmanned operators, UAS manufacturers, and academia. In addition, advisors from the FAA and NASA and an observer from the NTSB are on hand to provide support. On its first day,... Read more

FAA Administrator urges Unmanned Aircraft Registration

FAA Administrator urges Unmanned Aircraft Registration

4-Nov-2015Source: FAA

FAA Administrator Michael Huerta opened the UAS Registration Meeting on Monday with the following:- Good morning, everyone. Thank you for taking the time to be here. Unmanned aircraft use has increased dramatically in recent years. With this surge in popularity has come growing concerns about their safe operation in our nation’s airspace. In recent months,... Read more

Black Hawk Empty – Unmanned Helicopter Passes Key Test

Black Hawk Empty – Unmanned Helicopter Passes Key Test

30-Oct-2015Source: Defense One

The Army’s signature rotorcraft, equipped with new hardware and software, shows off a new self-piloting capability and robotic teaming. See Full Story... Read more

FAA  Announces UAS Registration Task Force Members

FAA Announces UAS Registration Task Force Members

29-Oct-2015Source: FAA

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Michael Huerta today announced the membership of the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Registration Task Force. Earl Lawrence, Director of the FAA’s UAS Integration Office, and Dave Vos of Google X will co-chair the group. Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary Anthony Foxx and Administrator Huerta announced the formation of the Task... Read more

Camcopter completes S-100 trials with South African Navy

Camcopter completes S-100 trials with South African Navy

28-Oct-2015Source: Schiebel

Schiebel’s CAMCOPTER® S-100 Unmanned Air System (UAS) continues its successful shipboard trials when demonstrating its outstanding capabilities to the South African Navy from 20 to 23 October 2015 at False Bay, Western Cape, South Africa. The maritime environment holds unique demands for situational awareness and timely communications. The CAMCOPTER® S-100 is a much needed asset... Read more

Case Dismissed Against Kentucky Man Arrested For Shooting Down Drone

Case Dismissed Against Kentucky Man Arrested For Shooting Down Drone

28-Oct-2015Source: NBC News

The case against a Kentucky man who was arrested after shooting down his neighbor’s drone was dismissed on Monday. See Full Story... Read more

Walmart applies to FAA to test drone delivery and pickup

Walmart applies to FAA to test drone delivery and pickup

28-Oct-2015Source: REUTERS

Wal-Mart Stores Inc applied Monday to U.S. regulators for permission to test drones for home delivery, curbside pickup and checking warehouse inventories, a sign it plans to go head-to-head with Amazon in using drones to fill and deliver online orders. See Full Story... Read more

Danish government supports fishing drone program

Danish government supports fishing drone program

27-Oct-2015Source: CPH post

The Environment and Food Ministry is contributing 1.7 million kroner to a project in which water and airborne drones will be used to find shoals of fish with the aim of improving business for fishermen and reducing the environmental impact of the industry. See Full Story... Read more

The era of drones in Japan – and the Challenges

The era of drones in Japan – and the Challenges

15-Oct-2015Source: Robotics Tomorrow

Japan has always been at the front position of new technologies, and the commercial production of drones could be a multibillion yen industry. See Full Story... Read more

Kaman Announces Release Date for FY2015 Q3 Earnings

Kaman Announces Release Date for FY2015 Q3 Earnings

14-Oct-2015Source: Kaman

Kaman Corp. (NYSE:KAMN) announced today that it will report its third quarter 2015 results after the stock market closes on Thursday, October 29, 2015, and host a live webcast and conference call at 8:30 am ET on Friday, October 30, 2015. The call will be accessible by telephone within the U.S. at (866) 291-5954 and... Read more

Rotorcraft industry debates helicopters v UAVs

Rotorcraft industry debates helicopters v UAVs

9-Oct-2015Source: Helitech

One of the most compelling talking points at this year’s Helitech International is the “manned versus unmanned” debate. Is the growing popularity of UAVs impacting the traditional helicopter market? The short answer is “no” but that does not mean traditional helicopter manufacturers should be resting on their laurels. In a fascinating session within the Helitech... Read more

FAA Expands Unmanned Aircraft Pathfinder Efforts

FAA Expands Unmanned Aircraft Pathfinder Efforts

8-Oct-2015Source: FAA

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has entered into a Pathfinder agreement with CACI International Inc. to evaluate how the company’s technology can help detect Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) in the vicinity of airports. In testimony today before the House Aviation Subcommittee, FAA Deputy Administrator Mike Whitaker said that flying an unmanned aircraft near a busy... Read more

Russian Helicopters to unveil new models and UAV

Russian Helicopters to unveil new models and UAV

6-Oct-2015Source: Sputnik News

The Days of Innovations of the Southern, Western and Central military districts are scheduled for October 5-6 in the southwest city of Rostov-on-Don, Kubinka in Moscow Region, and Yekaterinburg respectively. See Full Story... Read more

Denver, FAA Partner on Drone Safety

Denver, FAA Partner on Drone Safety

1-Oct-2015Source: FAA

Denver International Airport and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) are partnering to raise awareness about safe unmanned aircraft operations. The agencies teamed up on a Public Service Announcement that will run on the video towers in the airport’s main terminal. The PSA uses the “No Drone Zone” slogan to drive home the point that flying... Read more

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