DOT audit says FAA likely to miss drone deadline

Posted on July 3rd, 2014 by

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A government report says the FAA will miss the Sept. 30, 2015, deadline set by Congress for drones to share the skies with manned aircraft. The Washington Post said the agency is “significantly behind schedule” in drawing up rules.... Continue Reading →

Drones & airplanes: Mitigating the culture clash

Posted on July 2nd, 2014 by

By BRAD HAYDEN When strange newcomers appear on the threshold of any environment, the friction between them and the established residents stems from incomplete understanding of the prerequisites for safety and survival of both. By any name — unmanned aerial... Continue Reading →

Clever copters can learn as they fly

Posted on June 30th, 2014 by

SHEFFIELD, England — Flying robots that can show true autonomy and even a bit of politeness in working together and venturing into hostile environments are being developed by engineers at the University of Sheffield. The research paves the way for... Continue Reading →

Texas UAS center conducts drone tests

Posted on June 28th, 2014 by

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi’s Lone Star Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Center conducted a series of flight missions last week, the first since becoming fully operational as a federally-designated test site. Researchers conducted missions with the university’s RS-16 unmanned aerial... Continue Reading →

FAA issues guidance on ‘hazardous’ operations of model aircraft

Posted on June 23rd, 2014 by

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The FAA today published a Federal Register notice on its interpretation of the special rules for model aircraft, in response to recent incidents involving the reckless use of unmanned model aircraft near airports and involving large crowds... Continue Reading →

Lone Star UAS Center conducts drone test flights

Posted on June 22nd, 2014 by

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi’s Lone Star Unmanned Aircraft Systems Center (LSUASC) will conduct a series of flight missions the week of June 23. Researchers will run missions each day through Thursday with the university’s RS-16 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). This... Continue Reading →

Field maintenance and repair for service-drone USA awarded to Robotic Skies

Posted on June 19th, 2014 by

service-drone USA, a German manufacturer of industrial-grade multirotor unmanned aerial systems (UASs), has selected Robotic Skies as its maintenance and repair provider for its airframes. Continue Reading →

FAA approves first commercial UAS flights over land

Posted on June 10th, 2014 by

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The FAA has given approval for energy corporation BP and unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) manufacturer AeroVironment to fly an AeroVironment Puma AE for aerial surveys in Alaska — the first time the FAA has authorized a commercial UAS operation... Continue Reading →

Nevada UAS test site now operational

Posted on June 9th, 2014 by

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The FAA announced today that the State of Nevada’s unmanned aircraft systems test site is ready to conduct research vital to integrating UAS into the nation’s airspace. Nevada is the third of six congressionally mandated test sites to... Continue Reading →

Pilots? We don’t need no stinking pilots

Posted on June 8th, 2014 by

By MATTHEW ZUCCARO Haven’t you heard? Pilots are no longer required, at least not on board the aircraft. Welcome to the world of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). No pilots? Is nothing sacred anymore? I remember my first flights as pilot... Continue Reading →