Policy & Regulation

November 02, 2017

Chao announces details of U.S. Drone Integration Pilot Program

BY U.S. Department of Transportation U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao has announced details of the Trump administration's Drone Integration Pilot Program, which is aimed at accelerating the commercialization and integration of UAS into the national airspace. READ MORE

October 26, 2017

Trump administration seeks to advance UAS integration

BY Patrick C. MillerCalling the current unmanned aircraft regulatory framework "outdated," the Trump administration this week launched the UAS Integration Pilot Program. The goal is to speed up the safe integration of drones and provide an economic boost. READ MORE

October 10, 2017

HAZON Solutions lists UAS crisis response lessons learned

BY Patrick C. MillerVirginia-based HAZON Solutions sent crisis response teams to fly small UAS following hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Based on the experience gained, the company offered a list of what operators should know and do before responding to a disaster scene. READ MORE

September 27, 2017

General Atomics sets UAS record with flight in civilian airspace

BY Patrick C. MillerGeneral Atomics last month flew a Predator from its new North Dakota facility using a high-tech satellite navigation system to set a new record for an unmanned flight in Class A civilian airspace. The flight occurred without a chase plane. READ MORE

September 21, 2017

Textron Systems UAS team deploys multicast feed during Harvey

BY Patrick C. MillerEarlier this year, Textron Systems deployed a UAS team to assist a town in Oklahoma struck by a tornado. The company's team gained more firsthand experience when it was embedded with a group of first responders headed to Texas after Hurricane Harvey. READ MORE

September 19, 2017

Canada, Kongsberg to develop drone emergency management system

BY Kongsberg Geospatial Kongsberg Geospatial, an Ottawa-based developer of geospatial software technology, has announced that Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) has awarded them a contract to produce an emergency operations plan for drones. READ MORE

September 13, 2017

Risk manager survey reveals No. 1 concern with drones

BY Luke GeiverThe Risk Management Society Annual Conference held earlier this year in April provided the backdrop for a new survey that reveals the mood of risk managers on drones. 100 risk managers were surveyed. READ MORE

September 08, 2017

Industry experts, major companies featured at Arizona UAS Summit

BY John NelsonFocused on both small and large unmanned aircraft systems, the 2nd Annual Arizona UAS Summit & Expo will reveal how Arizona and surrounding southwestern states are leading in the commercialization of UAVs. The event will be held in Mesa Nov. 6-8. READ MORE

August 30, 2017

General Atomics CEO outlines plans for new ND facility

BY Patrick C. MillerGeneral Atomics last week dedicated a new UAS training center in North Dakota that's already trained 55 air crews. Company CEO Linden Blue said the facility will also serve as a test center for sensors, satellite communications and other technology. READ MORE

August 30, 2017

ANSI kicks off effort to coordinate UAS standards

BY Patrick C. MillerThe American National Standards Institute (ANSI) will next month begin a collaborative effort to coordinate the development of standards and assessment programs needed to safely integrate unmanned aircraft systems into the national airspace. READ MORE

August 16, 2017

Farmers Insurance turns to Kespry for roof inspections

BY Patrick C. MillerAfter four years of studying the use of drones to inspect roof damage, an FAA policy change and Kespry's UAS technology led Farmers Insurance to introduce UAS for commercial operations. Safety and faster claims for customers are among the advantages. READ MORE

August 16, 2017

RAND report uses equations to answer questions on drone delivery

BY Luke GeiverA newly-released study by RAND Corp. offers insight into the impacts of drone delivery over urban settings. The study assesses infrastructure requirements, aerial congestion and privacy along with other elements. READ MORE

August 16, 2017

Kansas, AirMap announce first-of-kind UAS traffic management deal

BY Luke GeiverCalifornia-based AirMap is bringing its unmanned aircraft vehicle traffic management system to Kansas. Through a partnership with the Kansas Department of Transportation, AirMap will deploy its UTM system across the state. READ MORE

August 02, 2017

Gryphon Sensors develops one-of-a-kind drone tracking system

BY New York Governor's Office Gryphon Sensors has developed a state-of-the-art mobile UAS traffic management system. It provides accurate detection of low-flying drones out to six miles. The new technology is part of an initiative to support the UAS industry in central New York. READ MORE

August 02, 2017

Australian research project uses drones to protect koala bears

BY Patrick C. MillerDrones flown by Queensland University of Technology researchers will locate and gather data on Australian koala bears. The university said results from the first-of-its-kind project could be used to make conservation decisions in other ecosystems. READ MORE

August 02, 2017

VTO Inc. gets federal contract for cyber forensics project

BY Patrick C. MillerThe Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate has issued an R&D contract to a Colorado company specializing in digital security for a project to assist law enforcement in gathering forensic evidence on drones. READ MORE

July 05, 2017

Verizon explains flying-cell-site drone-project

BY Luke GeiverFirst responders, Verizon and American Aerospace Technologies Inc. have showcased a new strategy to utilize a drone to create a cell tower in the sky. UAS Magazine caught up with the team for more on their efforts. READ MORE

July 05, 2017

Diverse drone identification rulemaking committee begins work

BY Federal Aviation Administration Whose drone is that? It's a critical question for law enforcement and homeland security when an unmanned aircraft (UAS) appears to be flying in an unsafe manner or where it's not supposed to fly. READ MORE

July 05, 2017

Multiple US Senators issue drone act to keep country competitive

BY Office of U.S. Senator Mark Warner Multiple U.S. Senators have introduced legislation to help the country keep pace with other countries deploying and using drones for commercial purposes. READ MORE

June 21, 2017

UAS Organizations Raise Concern Over Jurisdiction of US Airspace

BY Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International and 13 other organizations have sent a letter to members of Congress urging them to consider the potential consequences related to legislation regarding the NAS. READ MORE

June 07, 2017

North Dakota forms task force aimed at counter-UAS testing

BY Patrick C. MillerThe state of North Dakota is forming a UAS Detection and Counter-UAS Task Force to test and demonstrate technologies that defend against rogue drone operators. Two federal agencies have expressed interest in testing counter-UAS technologies. READ MORE

June 07, 2017

Attorney lists pluses, minuses of Drone Federalism Act

BY Patrick C. MillerA UAS attorney says the Drone Federalism Act introduced in Congress could help end conflicts between states and the federal government over UAS laws and regulation, but it also contains aspects that could hinder the U.S. drone industry. READ MORE

June 07, 2017

American standards group to focus on drones

BY Luke GeiverAn organization aimed at making the U.S. more competitive on a global scale has set its sights on drones. The American National Standards Institute has announced plans to establish a UAS focus group. READ MORE

May 24, 2017

U.S. record set for longest drone urban package delivery

BY Nevada Governor's Office of Economic Development A UAS team comprised of groups from Nevada and Texas set a U.S. record for delivering a package to an urban area after a 97-mile drone flight through the national airspace. A fixed-wing drone delivered the package to Austin, Texas. READ MORE

May 24, 2017

Court’s ruling on hobby drone registration creates new questions

BY Luke GeiverA hobbyist drone pilot from Washington D.C. has altered the regulatory landscape for small unmanned aircraft vehicle flights across the entire U.S. Through his case, drone hobbyists no longer need to register their sUAVs. READ MORE

May 11, 2017

Harris, Ligado partnership assists with small UAS BVLOS flights

BY Patrick C. MillerHarris Corp. and the Ligado Networks have formed a collaborative partnership to advance beyond visual line-of-sight navigation for small UAS. Ligado says its commercial satellite is well suited for the role of communicating with small UAS. READ MORE

May 10, 2017

Simulyze provides technology to improve UAS flight operations

BY Patrick C. MillerBehind the scenes, Simulyze Inc. has helped improve situational awareness for U.S. military air operations. Now it wants to use its technology and applications to do the same for UAS commercial operations. READ MORE

May 10, 2017

Grand Sky to conduct BVLOS flights with large UAS this summer

BY Patrick C. MillerThe Grand Sky UAS Business and Aviation park will begin beyond visual line-of-sight flights this summer using large UAS. A contract between Harris Corp. and Grand Sky will enable UAS satellite navigation for the flights. READ MORE

May 10, 2017

Gryphon Sensors introduces first operational mobile UTM system

BY Gryphon Sensors Gryphon Sensors this week introduced the UAS industry's first mobile UTM system during Xponential 2017 in Dallas, Texas. The company says the system sets new standards in UAS traffic management and drone security systems. READ MORE

April 27, 2017

FAA issues 200 maps to streamline commercial drone ops

BY Federal Aviation Administration The Federal Aviation Administration today published ;more than 200 facility maps to streamline the commercial drone authorization process. The maps depict areas and altitudes near airports where UAS may operate safely. READ MORE