AUVSI names new board members

The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), the world’s largest association representing the unmanned systems community, announced its newly elected board of directors during its annual Unmanned Systems 2014 in Orlando, Fla., earlier this month.

Newly elected directors for the 2014-2017 term are David Agnew, Neil Hunter, Leonard Ligon, Paul McDuffee, Ben Miller and Suzy Young.

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Alaska UAS test site begins research flights

Aeryon Scout

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The University of Alaska’s unmanned aircraft system (UAS) test site is the second of six to become operational.

The FAA has granted the University of Alaska Fairbanks a Certificate of Waiver or Authorization (COA) authorizing flights by an Aeryon Scout small UAS for animal surveys at its Pan-Pacific UAS Test Range Complex in Fairbanks. The team began the wildlife flight operations May 5.

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First UAS test site operational

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The FAA announced today that the first of six test sites chosen to perform unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) research is operational more than two-and-a-half months ahead of schedule.

The FAA today granted the North Dakota Department of Commerce team a Certificate of Waiver or Authorization (COA) to begin using a Draganflyer X4ES small UAS at its Northern Plains Unmanned Aircraft Systems Test Site. The team plans to begin flight operations during the week of May 5.

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