Policy & Regulation

January 02, 2020

US DOT sets path for drone remote ID systems

BY U.S. Federal Aviation Administration These efforts lay the foundation for more complex operations, such as those beyond visual line of sight at low altitudes, as the FAA and the drone industry move toward a traffic management ecosystem for UAS flights. READ MORE

January 02, 2020

States now forming agreements with UAS service firms

BY Luke GeiverAn Alabama-based unmanned aircraft systems company has agreed to work with the state of Connecticut. Avion Unmanned out of Huntsville, Alabama, signed a participating addendum with Connecticut. DroneUp, from Virginia, is now working with New Mexico. READ MORE

December 18, 2019

EHang, autonomous aerial vehicle maker, issues IPO

BY Luke GeiverEHang Holdings Limited, an autonomous aerial vehicle technology platform company, has announced the pricing of its initial public offering at a share price of roughly $12.50 and a share total of 6.4 million. The company listed on the NASDAQ. READ MORE

December 18, 2019

ASTM: Remote ID standards for drones coming soon

BY ASTM International A highly anticipated ASTM International standard aims to satisfy the growing demand for better identification and tracking of unmanned aircraft systems in airspace systems worldwide. READ MORE

November 06, 2019

ParaZero, Helios bring drone flights over people to Chicago

BY Luke GeiverHelios Visions is now flying drone flights over people in Chicago, and once again, ParaZero is a major reason why. Helios is now only the forty-seventh company in the U.S. to receive the Part 107.39 waiver. READ MORE

October 25, 2019

International consortium to use drones for Arctic monitoring

BY Integrated Remote Sensing for the Arctic A new consortium of international companies, called IRSA Development Group (IDG), has formed to bring remote sensing capabilities to the Arctic. Boeing and others will use various drones to help monitor and assess the security of the arctic. READ MORE

October 21, 2019

Drone passenger vehicle maker, Germany's largest telecom partner

BY EHang EHang, the world's leading autonomous aerial vehicle (AAV) technology platform company, has announced a strategic partnership with Vodafone, one of the world's biggest telecoms that serves 600 million customers. READ MORE

October 21, 2019

Wing, FedEx use drones for direct home delivery

BY FedEx For the first time in the United States, a drone completed a scheduled commercial residential delivery to a home in Christiansburg, Virginia. The drone delivery was conducted by Wing Aviation, in collaboration with FedEx. READ MORE

October 09, 2019

General Atomics, NASA partner to showcase large UAV in NAS

BY General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. has signed a cooperative agreement with NASA to perform a demonstration flight as part of the agency’s project to integrate unmanned aircraft systems into the National Airspace System (NAS). READ MORE

October 01, 2019

UPS Flight Forward gains FAA approval to launch drone airline

BY UPS Flight Forward UPS subsidiary UPS Flight Forward Inc. today announced it has received the U.S. government's first full Part 135 Standard certification to operate a drone airline. READ MORE

September 25, 2019

Report: foreign makers dominate drones used for US public safety

BY Droneresponders Our goal for this report was to better understand the perspectives of America’s first responders who are using drones made in China. READ MORE

July 29, 2019

With UPS Flight Forward, drone delivery operations near reality

BY UPS UPS has applied to the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration for Part 135 certification to operate commercial drone flights in the trademarked UPS network under a subsidiary business called UPS Flight Forward. READ MORE

July 24, 2019

Updated: FAA, USAF, industry giants head to ND for UAS event

BY Staff Top officials from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration and the U.S. Air Force have announced their intention to partake in a unique joint-presentation. READ MORE

June 27, 2019

DJI creates high-security solution for government drone programs

BY DJI Government Edition allows us to tell our clients that all of their telemetry data, meaning where their drone is flying, is stored securely and not shared with anyone but them. READ MORE

June 25, 2019

ND DOT receives 4-year FAA waiver for drone flights over people

BY North Dakota Department of Transportation This is the first time a North Dakota state agency has received a waiver to routinely conduct UAS operations over people using a drone, in this case a DJI Mavic 2 series equipped with a ParaZero SafeAir parachute recovery system. READ MORE

June 19, 2019

UAH to test drones for earthquake first respondents

BY University of Alabama in Huntsville RSESC’s involvement will center on integrating Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) into disaster response and recovery operations by using open-source Internet of Things (IoT) software. READ MORE

June 18, 2019

Northern Plains UAS team opens door for flights over people

BY ParaZero, Northern Plains UAS Test Site The completion of the compliance process for the SafeAir Mavic will open the doors for UAS operators that are interested in the possibility of safe and legal UAS operations over people using the DJI Mavic 2. READ MORE

May 31, 2019

US Army selects Parrot, other drone makers for future work

BY Parrot The Short Range Reconnaissance (SRR) effort has recently awarded $11 million in funding to six companies to prototype and evaluate drones that can provide the Soldier on the ground with a rapidly deployable scouting capability. READ MORE

May 22, 2019

FAA changes rules for recreational drone pilots

BY Federal Aviation Administration While recreational flyers may continue to fly below 400 feet in uncontrolled airspace without specific certification or operating authority from the FAA, they are now required to obtain prior authorization from the FAA before flying near airports. READ MORE

May 01, 2019

BVLOS Boost: ND invests $30M for statewide UAS operations

BY Staff With a $30 million investment in a first-of-its-kind beyond visual line of sight network, along with other strategic UAS additions, North Dakota has the country's most unique and valuable UAS ecosystem for operations of all kinds. READ MORE

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 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 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 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 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

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 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