Operations

April 24, 2019

ND establishes first ever UAS super corridor for BVLOS

BY Staff The path to commercially viable beyond visual line of sight flights was revealed this week along a 100-mile super corridor established in North Dakota. READ MORE

April 22, 2019

Black Swift UAS chosen for arctic research project in Greenland

BY Black Swift Technologies To discover how atmospheric conditions interplay with ice shelf mass reduction, the company's S2 drone will operate at subzero temperatures and fly at altitudes up to 14,000 feet, right on the edge of commercial airspace. READ MORE

April 19, 2019

Parrot launches professional thermography drone package

BY Tom BryanThe system will allow operators to view live thermal and high-definition images of surfaces, structures and at-risk areas as the drone flies over or under them. Arriving in May, the drone is targeted at industrial and commercial end-users. READ MORE

April 18, 2019

Swiss drone designed for search and rescue missions

BY Staff Report With the ability to autonomously scan large geographical search areas, The helicopter-like Rega drone will be deployed on missions to search for missing, injured or ill persons in advance of manned helicopter or ground rescue operations. READ MORE

April 15, 2019

The case for digital license plates for drones

BY Mariah Scott Consistent standards for remote identification, deconfliction, and communication will also allow aircraft and software to understand where other aircraft are and how to avoid each other aiding in BVLOS flights. READ MORE

April 10, 2019

FLIR makes strategic investment in DroneBase UAS pilot network

BY Patrick C. MillerA strategic investment by FLIR Systems Inc. makes it the exclusive provider of thermal product solutions and thermal imaging training for DroneBase's global UAS pilot network. Training will occur through the FLIR Infrared Training Center. READ MORE

April 09, 2019

NAAA: Beware of low-flying ag aircraft during growing season

BY Patrick C. MillerThe National Agricultural Aviation Association is reminding commercial and hobbyist drone operators to be aware of manned agricultural aircraft flying in the same airspace as low as 10 feet at 140 mph. The organization has a checklist for UAS pilots. READ MORE

April 08, 2019

Drone-mounted streaming system provides real-time video

BY Patrick C. MillerTriangle UAS has developed a drone-mounted real-time video streaming system to improve situational awareness for emergency response, search and rescue operations and law enforcement activities. The video stream is transmitted by either 4G or Wi-Fi. READ MORE

April 05, 2019

Patented drone delivery mailbox offers standardized landing zone

BY Patrick C. MillerChicago-based Valquari says its patented Drone Delivery Mailbox gives it a lead on global competition in the UAS delivery space. The company's solution provides a safe, secure and standardized landing zone for a range of delivery applications. READ MORE

April 05, 2019

India approves uAvionix system for UAS in controlled airspace

BY Patrick C. MillerDetect-and-avoid technology developed by uAvionix has been approved for use in India by the country's Director General of Civil Aviation. The system equips the Trinity+ drone made by Quantum Systems of Germany and used by Survey of India. READ MORE

April 04, 2019

UPS, Matternet test medical drone deliveries in North Carolina

BY Patrick C. MillerUPS and Matternet are teaming up to test the delivery of medical samples by drone at the WakeMed hospital and campus in Raleigh, North Carolina. Project results will be used to evaluate how drones can improve transport services at U.S. hospitals. READ MORE

March 28, 2019

FAA authorizes Oklahoma State University to fly drone swarms

BY Oklahoma State University Oklahoma State University's Unmanned Systems Research Institute recently became the first organization in the U.S. to receive authorization from the FAA to fly drone swarms within the national airspace. READ MORE

March 27, 2019

Drones will gather data for tornado research project

BY Patrick C. MillerIn what's being called the biggest tornado research project of its kind, three universities and NOAA will use drones to gather data on how tornadoes form within supercell thunderstorms. The project covers a 367,000-square-mile area of Tornado Alley. READ MORE

March 26, 2019

Report: UAS industry shows exponential growth since 2016

BY Patrick C. MillerA recently released report from AUVSI and the Danish Technological Institute reveals that growth in the UAS industry has been exponential since 2016. About 80 percent of UAS technology patents have been published over the past two years. READ MORE

March 25, 2019

AirMagic software designed to assist drone photographers

BY Patrick C. MillerAirMagic software developed by Skylum specifically for done photography enables operators to produce better images without spending hours of time editing them. AirMagic uses algorithms and artificial intelligence to fix aerial photography problems. READ MORE

March 25, 2019

Consumer DBUS2 drone features new autonomous flight technology

BY Patrick C. MillerVisual inertial odometry—or VIO—is a new technology that enables drones to navigate on their own without human input. The DBUS2 is the first consumer drone equipped with the system. DbUS calls VIO the first step on the road to autonomous flight. READ MORE

March 25, 2019

Sabrewing, Alaska tribe to develop Bering Sea UAS test site

BY Patrick C. MillerSabrewing Aircraft Co. and a native Alaskan tribe have signed an agreement with an estimated value of $43 million to test 10 aircraft—both manned and unmanned—at a site centered on Saint Paul Island in the Bering Sea 770 miles west of Anchorage. READ MORE

March 18, 2019

NUAIR deploys ANRA Technologies UTM system at UAS test site

BY NUAIR ALLIANCE The NUAIR Alliance based in Syracuse, New York, is advancing the capabilities of the state's UAS test site by implementing a drone traffic management system developed by ANRA Technologies to operate multiple UAS in shared airspace. READ MORE

March 13, 2019

Federal UAS program offers potential beyond fighting wildfires

BY Patrick C. MillerA UAS expert says that a new federal R&D program established by Congress to integrate drones into wildfire fighting operations could lead to broader UAS applications and regulations for their use during emergency situations. READ MORE

March 13, 2019

Flirtey and Reno receive FAA approval for BVLOS drone delivery

BY Patrick C. MillerThe FAA has approved BVLOS flights for the city of Reno, Nevada, and Flirtey, its partner in the UAS Integration Pilot Program. Flirtey will use its latest drone to deliver emergency defibrillators to heart attack victims. READ MORE

March 12, 2019

Kaman developing next generation of optionally-manned K-MAX

BY Patrick C. MillerWork is underway at Kaman Aerospace Group in Connecticut on the next generation of the optionally-manned K-MAX helicopter. Updated unmanned systems kits will be available for new and existing K-MAX helicopters beginning next year. READ MORE

March 06, 2019

BVLOS oil and gas inspections conducted in Nigeria

BY Patrick C. MillerThe combination of professional drone pilots, situational awareness software, a long-range UAS and regulatory supervision enabled Aerial Robotix to demonstrate its BVLOS inspection capabilities for the oil and gas industry in Nigeria. READ MORE

March 06, 2019

Echodyne counter-UAS radar selected by Black Sage Technologies

BY Echodyne Corp. Echodyne's counter-drone EchoGuard radar has been selected by Black Sage Technologies as the preferred radar sensor for its mid-range counter-UAS security solutions. The radar cues other sensors to identify and potentially mitigate drone intruders. READ MORE

February 28, 2019

Former Insitu CEO picked to lead Arizona-based World View

BY Patrick C. MillerRyan Hartman, former Insitu CEO, has been selected to lead World View, a company based in Arizona that specializes in advanced stratospheric balloons controlled by UAS technology. He is expected to lead the company into commercial operations. READ MORE

February 27, 2019

FAA to release new version of B4UFLY app later this year

BY Patrick C. MillerThe FAA and software developer Kittyhawk are partnering on a new version of the B4UFLY mobile app, which helps recreational drone pilots determine where they can safely fly. The updated app is expected to be released later in 2019. READ MORE

February 27, 2019

Innovation program explores UAS satellite communications

BY Patrick C. MillerLondon-based Inmarsat is partnering with Cobham and Starburst to launch a grassroots innovation program studying the role of satellite communications in the commercial UAS market. The goal is to integrate satellite connectivity into drone operations. READ MORE

February 26, 2019

Demonstration shows value of drones at crime scene investigations

BY Patrick C. MillerThe use of drones for crime scene investigation was demonstrated in Nevada last month by Sundance Media Group and five other companies. After two drones surveyed the mock murder scene, images and maps were produced within minutes. READ MORE

February 21, 2019

Insitu begins commercial UAS operations in Papua New Guinea

BY Insitu Inc. Insitu Commercial Solutions has conducted a series of aerial data collection operations in Papua New Guinea after obtaining its first approval for commercial UAS operations in the country. Insitu conducted remote sensing operations using LiDAR. READ MORE

February 21, 2019

Drone Delivery Canada unveils Condor large delivery UAS

BY Patrick C. MillerToronto-based Drone Delivery Canada has unveiled a new cargo delivery drone it says pushes the limits of payload capacity and flight range. The 22-foot-long Condor has a 400 pound payload capacity and a range of up to 120 miles. READ MORE

February 15, 2019

Hydrogen fuel cell-powered drone sets new flight time record

BY Patrick C. MillerMetaVista Inc., a South Korean company specializing in hydrogen power, flew a quadcopter drone for nearly 11 hours by pairing its technology with an Intelligent Energy fuel cell module. It's believed to be the longest flight time of its kind. READ MORE