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Archer Receives FAA Certification To Begin Operating Commercial Airline

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By Archer Aviation

June 12, 2024

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Archer Aviation Inc., a leader in electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft, announced its subsidiary, Archer Air, has received its Part 135 Air Carrier & Operator Certificate from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

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Airbus will be presenting its new Wingman concept at the International Aerospace Exhibition ILA in Berlin.

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General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) announced that the Army National Guard has ordered 12 Gray Eagle 25M (GE 25M) Unmanned Aircraft Systems paid for as part of 2023 congressional funding.

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NOAA partners with GrandSKY, Synoptic Data PBC and Meteomatics on research project in North Dakota to deploy advanced weather drones to gather upper air observations to determine usefulness to weather forecasting.

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Senator John Hoeven announced that the Department of Defense has tasked Project ULTRA, a new unmanned aerial systems initiative the senator established and funded, with developing the capability to deliver military cargo using UAS.

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Leveraging the unique ecosystem in Grand Forks, which includes the extensive capabilities of the Northern Plains UAS Test Site and North Dakota’s unique operational flight test environment, Project ULTRA capitalizes on the existing Beyond-Visual-Line-of-Sight capabilities already in place and approved by the Federal Aviation Administration.

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Grand Forks County, in collaboration with GrandSKY, announced the launch of Project ULTRA (UAS Logistics, Traffic, Research, and Autonomy), an innovative initiative aimed at enhancing the Department of Defense’s (DoD) capabilities through advanced unmanned aerial systems (UAS) technology.

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BRINC unveils the Responder drone and Responder Station, a new drone platform and docking station, to enable city-wide drone as first responder deployments.

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DARPA’s AdvaNced airCraft Infrastructure-Less Launch And RecoverY program, known as ANCILLARY, shows six design concepts for a low-weight, large-payload, long-endurance VTOL uncrewed X-plane. The innovative configurations and critical technology designs come from a wide array of performers, from small start-up to legacy aerospace companies, broadening the network of partners contributing to the program.

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Senator John Hoeven announced the start of Project UAS Logistics, Traffic, Research and Autonomy (Project ULTRA), a new effort to leverage UAS technology on behalf of our men and women in uniform.

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Produced by UAS Magazine, the UAS Summit will provide attendees with a comprehensive overview of the current state of the unmanned aircraft systems industry.

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Stratom announced its participation in a Small Business Innovation Research Phase I project with the United States Special Operations Command and SOFWERX to develop a unique small-form-factor material handling system capable of lifting, loading, unloading and transporting palletized 463L tactical cargo across various operating environments and terrains.

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General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) and the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) teamed up to conduct flight training on the operation of the MQ-9A Block 5 Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) for the Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron One at Marine Corps Air Station in Yuma, Arizona.

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Iridium partner American Aerospace received FAA approval for BVLOS drone operations on behalf of a recently announced oil and gas industry customer, based on proven Detect and Avoid aircraft right of way capability.

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Echodyne announced its EchoFlight radar is integrated into the American Aerospace Technologies, Inc. (AATI) AiRanger aircraft, which obtained a waiver from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) last week for commercial Beyond Visual Line-of-Sight (BVLOS) flight operations.

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Leonardo Canada Electronics has launched its innovative new C-UAS (counter-uncrewed air system) Planning and Assessment Tool, called SkyTender. Representing the latest in simulation technology from Leonardo Canada – Electronics, SkyTender addresses requirements for effective C-UAS solutions in foreign and congested radio frequency environments.

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Pen Aviation and Safran Electronics and Defense announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to initiate a strategic collaboration that will significantly contribute to the evolution of the Malaysian aviation industry, with a particular focus on the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) sector.

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During a strategic collaboration exercise, Elsight’s Halo connectivity platform was rapidly integrated with Lockheed Martin Indago 4 Uncrewed Aerial System (UAS) to complete BVLOS (beyond visual line-of-sight) flights with enhanced capabilities and expanded operational reach.

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Edge Autonomy announced a major performance enhancement to the field-proven VXE30 Stalker UAS. Through a series of subsystem upgrades, Edge Autonomy has doubled the flight endurance and payload capacity of the base VXE30 Stalker system, closing the gap between the capabilities of small UAS and large UAS.

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Airbus has finalized the acquisition of U.S.-based Aerovel and its unmanned aerial system (UAS), Flexrotor, in a move to strengthen its portfolio of tactical unmanned solutions. Flexrotor is a small tactical unmanned aerial system designed for intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance (ISTAR) missions at sea and over land.

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Pyka and SNC have partnered to offer Pyka’s large-scale all-electric cargo uncrewed aerial system (UAS) to customers within the U.S. Department of Defense. The dynamic partnership combines SNC’s expertise in customizing solutions for the world’s most complex challenges and Pyka’s revolutionary autonomous electric cargo aircraft, Pelican Cargo.

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The contract encompasses foreign military sales agreements with key allies such as the Republic of Korea, Japan's Ministry of Defense, and Nato

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Unifly, a key player in the Unmanned Aircraft System Traffic Management technology landscape, announced its collaboration with Terra Drone Corporation and Aloft Technologies Inc. in the development of a global UAS Traffic Management infrastructure that kickstarts the Advanced Air Mobility industry worldwide.

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Red Cat Holdings, Inc.  announced it has successfully passed electronic warfare testing in Ukraine with Doodle Labs. The successful test is part of a continuous innovation cycle that began in May 2023 with a partnership between Doodle Labs and Red Cat for its U.S. Army Short Range Reconnaissance program prototype.

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QinetiQ has successfully trialled the UK’s first Crewed-Uncrewed-Teaming demonstration between a crewed aircraft and an autonomous jet drone. The trial saw a QinetiQ jet aircraft take off from Ministry of Defence site Boscombe Down in Salisbury, while a modified Banshee Jet 80 drone was launched from the MOD Hebrides range, off the north-west coast of Scotland.

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Viasat, Inc., a global leader in satellite communications, announces collaboration with uAvionix, a pioneer in the development of certified avionics for crewed and uncrewed aviation. uAvionix will join Viasat’s Velaris Partner Network.

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BlueHalo announced the successful completion of a critical milestone for the U.S. Space Force (USSF) Space Rapid Capabilities Office Satellite Communication Augmentation Resource (SCAR) program by demonstrating its integrated backend mission services to USSF Guardian operators at the 2024 Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, CO.

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General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) confirms that its Mojave Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) destroyed static targets in live-fire tests on April 13, 2024, validating the system’s battlefield relevance and recording another milestone for the demonstrator aircraft.

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Aloft Technologies, Inc. announced a new strategic partnership with Anzu Robotics with the launch of the Raptor drone series. This collaboration underscores both companies’ commitment to pioneering secure, compliant drone operations that meet a wide array of flight needs across diverse industries, from inspection to public safety.

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General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) has been selected to build production representative flight test articles of the Collaborative Combat Aircraft (CCA) for the U.S. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC). This option contract award exercises the critical design, build, and flight test on the existing CCA contract with GA-ASI following an initial 6-month phase that culminated in a successful CCA preliminary design review (PDR) earlier this year.

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