Pilots? We don’t need no stinking pilots


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 in command in both a helicopter and an airplane. It was me and the aircraft against the laws of nature. I was not overseeing flight management systems — I strapped on the aircraft, and it became part of me.

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IDTechEx sees a great future for electric quadcopters

The starting point for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) is rarely military; it is at the other extreme with toy helicopters and professional UAV helicopters, according to analysts at IDTechEx.

The IDTechEx report “Unmanned Aerial Vehicles: Electric UAVs 2014-2024” has been tracking some changes lately, none more rapid than the adoption of pure electric quadcopters. As toys, they are a big success, but not necessarily an ongoing growth market, officials note.

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NJ Institute of Technology gets FAA nod to test UAS

More than two years ago, New Jersey Institute of Technology Professor Michael Chumer was testing Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) that were deployed in California yet able to send video to his emergency management network at NJIT.

The video clearly showed that the UAS could be used to enhance both emergency response and public safety in the State of New Jersey. The question then arose: How does NJIT bring this untapped potential to New Jersey?
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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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