Policy & Regulation

January 14, 2019

Canada set to launch new drone regulations in June

BY Patrick C. MillerCanada will implement new drone regulations in June this year for both recreational and commercial UAS pilots. The regulations provide serious penalties for those who break the rules. A small UAS operator said the rules could put him out of business. READ MORE

January 14, 2019

AUVSI joins groups calling for end to government shutdown

BY Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International AUVSI has joined with several aviation-related organizations in calling for an end to the ongoing federal government shutdown. Brian Wynne, AUVSI president and CEO, said the shutdown jeopardizes the safety and security of the U.S. national airspace. READ MORE

January 09, 2019

State Farm gets FAA waiver for drone damage assessments

BY State Farm The FAA has issued State Farm the first national waiver to fly drones over people and beyond a pilot's visual line of sight to conduct damage assessments. The insurance company says this will make the claims process more efficient. READ MORE

January 03, 2019

High-Tech Inspections

BY Patrick C. MillerDrones and robots are seeing increasing use in the energy industry, but this technical revolution hasn’t yet caught on in the biomass energy industry. Black & Veatch and Interactive Aerial discuss potential UAS uses for the biomass market. READ MORE

January 02, 2019

UAS BVLOS network successfully tested in eastern North Dakota

BY Patrick C. MillerThe University of North Dakota, Harris Corp. and the Northern Plains UAS Test Site have conducted successful flight tests using a BVLOS UAS network with the potential to broaden the commercial use of drones. READ MORE

January 01, 2019

DroneUp, SkyWatch.AI collaborate on UAS insurance coverage

BY Patrick C. MillerDroneUp—a commercial done pilot network—and Skywatch.AI—a nationwide aviation insurance provider—have formed a partnership to provide tailored, on-demand liability coverage for missions flown by pilots in the network. READ MORE

January 01, 2019

ANSI group releases UAS standardization roadmap

BY Patrick C. MillerThe American National Standards Institute—known as ANSI—has released a UAS standards roadmap produced by its Unmanned Aircraft Systems Standardization Collaborative. The goal is to encourage a coordinated approach for UAS standards development. READ MORE

December 18, 2018

Kansas State Polytechnic offers scholarships to first responders

BY Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus The Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus is offering $500 scholarships to first responders interested in attending its 2019 small UAS commercial pilot training course. The course includes three days of training and the FAA exam. READ MORE

December 14, 2018

Utility successfully conducts 60-mile BVLOS inspection flight

BY Patrick C. MillerA 60-mile BVLOS transmission line inspection test flight was successfully conducted last month by Ameren Corp., a utility with customers in Missouri and Illinois. Black & Veatch and Collins Aerospace collaborated with Ameren on the project. READ MORE