Some big questions about RPAs, including the big one: Insurance

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — In 2014 there were 2,294 national airspace violations. That would be an average of more than six every day. In most of these incidents the persons involved were licensed pilots.

What do these abstract figures mean? Perhaps very little unless you were involved in one of the incidents. Or, unless you are concerned about the recently announced proposed regulations for remotely piloted aircraft. [Read more…]

EAA joins ‘Know Before You Fly’ RPA safety campaign

EAA's Sean Elliott at AMA

The Experimental Aircraft Association has thrown its support to the new remotely piloted aircraft safety campaign, “Know Before You Fly,” during the 2015 Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) Expo.

The campaign provides prospective operators of remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) — also known as unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) — with the information and guidance they need to fly safely and responsibly. [Read more…]

RPA company raises $10 million

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SAN FRANCISCO – EHANG, which makes a personal remotely piloted aircraft (RPA), has closed $10 million in Series A funding led by GGV Capital.

Angel investors in the round are Xiaoping Xu and Nick Yang, two of China’s most successful entrepreneurs. PreAngel, a fund focused on early stage startups, is also contributing to the round. EHANG will use this new round of funding to meet demand amassed from its Indiegogo campaign by expanding its team and ramping up manufacturing efforts.

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Merrill Aviation receives airworthiness certificate

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Officials from the UAS Integration Office of the FAA, the Grand Rapids Flight Standards District Office (FSDO) and the Detroit Manufacturing Inspection Satellite Offices (MISO) recently met in Saginaw, Michigan, to oversee final requirements before issuing Merrill Aviation & Defense (Merrill) a special Experimental Airworthiness Certification for its remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) named The Torrent. [Read more…]