Policy & Regulation

October 18, 2018

Study shows need for small UAS geofencing near busy airports

BY Patrick C. MillerA new study from Embry-Riddle Aeronautics University of DJI drone flights near Daytona Beach International Airport in Florida shows the need for geofencing. The study found that about 20 percent of the flights presented a risk to manned aircraft. READ MORE

October 10, 2018

What does the FAA Reauthorization Act mean to the UAS industry?

BY Patrick C. MillerThe new FAA Reauthorization Act will not only open the door for more commercial opportunities within the UAS industry, but also provide a better-defined regulatory path forward. Aviation attorneys and industry insiders discussed the key takeaways. READ MORE

October 08, 2018

Trump signs FAA Reauthorization Act containing key UAS measures

BY Patrick C. MillerThe FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 passed by Congress with broad bipartisan support and signed into law last week by President Donald Trump was greeted with optimism by the commercial UAS industry, but hobbyist drone pilots are less enthused. READ MORE

October 05, 2018

Kansas tech company unveils two new drone detection radars

BY Patrick C. MillerKansas-based Ainstein has introduced a new air-to-air radar for UAS platforms and a new ground-based radar capable of detecting drones more than 3,200 feet away. Both feature digital beam forming for precise measurements and 3D detection. READ MORE

October 04, 2018

General Atomics’ second SkyGuardian completes first flight

BY Patrick C. MillerGeneral Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. last week successfully completed the first flight of a second SkyGuardian MQ-9B, the remotely piloted aircraft the company says will be the first certified to fly in civil airspace. READ MORE

October 02, 2018

FAA approves nine new LAANC service providers

BY Federal Aviation Administration The FAA has approved nine new partners to the Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC) initiative, which provides near real-time processing of airspace authorizations for Part 107 drone operators flying in controlled airspace. READ MORE

September 27, 2018

AUVSI, CTA back UAS provisions in FAA reauthorization bill

BY Patrick C. MillerAUVSI and the Consumer Technology Association says UAS provisions in the FAA reauthorization bill passed by the U.S. House this week will help move the industry forward and safely integrate UAS into the national airspace. READ MORE

September 26, 2018

NUAIR Alliance partners with Thales for UAS traffic management

BY Patrick C. MillerThe NUAIR Alliance will partner with Thales, an international air traffic management company, to help integrate unmanned aircraft into controlled airspace. The agreement will also support New York's 50-mile UAS corridor between Rome and Syracuse. READ MORE

September 20, 2018

Kansas State using drones to improve agriculture, human health

BY Patrick C. MillerUAS flown by Kansas State University researchers and students are part of a project designed to collect data on the prescribed burns used to maintain agricultural productivity. The goal is to limit the human health impacts from smoke. READ MORE

September 10, 2018

Bell Helicopter collaborates on NASA UAS demonstration project

BY Bell Helicopter Bell Helicopter will collaborate with several other organizations under a cooperative agreement with NASA to conduct a UAS flight demonstration in the national airspace scheduled for 2020. Bell will use its Autonomous Pod Transport for the flight. READ MORE

September 05, 2018

Altiscope releases blueprint for safe UAS integration

BY Patrick C. MillerThe unmanned traffic management group of Airbus has released a "Blueprint for the Skies" to provide for the safe integration of autonomous aircraft. The blueprint is the result of months of analysis by Airbus on future airspace needs. READ MORE

August 29, 2018

Grand Sky UAS tech park launches first BVLOS flight

BY Patrick C. MillerCapitalizing on a recent FAA authorization, General Atomics flew its first beyond-visual-line-of-sight mission using an unmanned aircraft flown from the Grand Sky UAS tech park adjacent to the Grand Forks Air Force Base in North Dakota. READ MORE

August 29, 2018

Drone Delivery Canada conducts successful tests

BY Patrick C. MillerUAS technology company Drone Delivery Canada has successfully completed beyond visual line of sight testing in Alma, Quebec, using its software platform and delivery drone. The company says it's close to commercializing its technology. READ MORE

August 29, 2018

Insitu uses ScanEagle to assist firefighters in Oregon

BY Insitu Insitu is once again employing its ScanEagle UAS to help battle wildfires in the northwest U.S. The company's Mobile Response Team has been assisting firefighters in Oregon by providing data collection and analysis for fire suppression activities. READ MORE

August 20, 2018

ND DOT, UAS partners complete test for flights over people

BY North Dakota Department of Transportation The North Dakota Department of Transportation and Northern Plains UAS Test Site have announced the successful completion of testing Unmanned Aircraft Systems for flights over people with partners Botlink, Parazero and CNN. READ MORE

August 15, 2018

Komatsu America selects Propeller Aero's drone mapping software

BY Patrick C. MillerKomatsu America has selected Propeller Aero's drone mapping and analytics software for its Smart Construction Initiative. Propeller says its software can make mapping a construction project up to 90 percent more efficient. READ MORE

August 15, 2018

FAA authorizes Northern Plains UAS Test Site to fly BVLOS

BY Patrick C. MillerThe FAA has authorized the Northern Plains UAS Test Site to fly beyond visual-line-of-sight missions without chase aircraft from the Grand Sky technology park. Grand Sky is adjacent to the Grand Forks Air Force Base in northeastern North Dakota. READ MORE

August 10, 2018

General Atomics signs deal to expand North Dakota facilities

BY Patrick C. MillerLinden Blue, CEO of General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc., announced that the company will more than triple the size of its operations at the Grand Sky UAS park in North Dakota. He attended an event there with DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen. READ MORE

August 01, 2018

UAS attorneys advise against shooting down drones

BY Patrick C. MillerUAS attorneys Josh Turner and Sara Baxenberg with the Wiley Rein law firm in Washington, D.C., advise against acting on the urge to shoot down bothersome drones. Laws and regulations have yet to catch up with the technology, they say. READ MORE

August 01, 2018

FAA issues more than 100,000 remote pilot certificates

BY Patrick C. MillerThe FAA has issued more than 100,000 remote pilot certificates to drone pilots since the agency's small drone rule went into effect in August 2016, which also means that those receiving certificates in 2016 will soon need to renew them. READ MORE

July 31, 2018

Police Foundation launches new center for UAS in public safety

BY Police Foundation The goal of the Police Foundation Center for Unmanned Aircraft Systems in Public Safety is to help law enforcement navigate the equally important community policing aspects of adopting the technology. READ MORE

July 31, 2018

US Army selects Raytheon for near-term counter-UAS mission

BY Raytheon Raytheon is finalizing development of advanced Coyote variants that will fly faster and farther. Because of an urgent operational need, the Army is expected to use Coyote as a counter-UAS solution before the end of the year. READ MORE

July 31, 2018

Survey shows drone adoption rate by farmers

BY Luke GeiverAccording to a study recently unveiled by Munich Reinsurance America Inc., nearly three-fourths of all U.S. farmers are currently using or considering adopting the technology to assess, monitor or manage their farms. READ MORE

July 18, 2018

Echodyne adds small, affordable radar to counter-UAS technology

BY Patrick C. MillerEchodyne took radar technology previously available only for use on military fighter jets and missile defense systems and made it small enough and inexpensive enough to mount on drones or to detect drones for counter-UAS applications. READ MORE

July 17, 2018

FAA hosts webinars on obtaining waiver for drone night flights

BY Patrick C. MillerThe Federal Aviation Administration is hosting a two-part webinar for drone pilots interested in obtaining a waiver to fly at night. The Dark Night Part: 1 is July 24 and Part 2 is July 26. READ MORE

July 13, 2018

General Atomics' unmanned trans-Atlantic flight makes history

BY Patrick C. MillerA General Atomics SkyGuardian on July 11 became the first medium-altitude, long endurance unmanned aircraft to complete a flight across the Atlantic. It left North Dakota on July 10 and landed a day later at an RAF air base in the the U.K. READ MORE

July 05, 2018

FAA seeks commercial UAS operator input

BY Federal Aviation Administration The Federal Aviation Administration is asking commercial drone operators to complete a survey that will help the agency improve the services it delivers to the UAS community. Responses are voluntary, anonymous and entered electronically. READ MORE

June 29, 2018

Facebook ends solar-powered Aquila UAS project

BY Patrick C. MillerFour years after starting an attempt to build its own high-altitude, solar-powered UAS as part of an effort to provide global internet connectivity, Facebook announced that it's shutting down the Aquila project based in Bridgwater, U.K. READ MORE

June 20, 2018

$5.9M project to study drones used for traffic management

BY Ohio State University Low-altitude drones will monitor traffic and incident response along the U.S. 33 Smart Mobility Corridor, a 35-mile stretch between Dublin and East Liberty, in conjunction with the state’s current fixed-location traffic camera system. READ MORE

June 19, 2018

Forensic images help law enforcement catch drone criminals

BY Patrick C. MillerThanks to an online database compiled by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), law enforcement investigators are learning how to effectively gather forensic data from drones used to commit crimes. READ MORE