SALINA — Kansas State University’s Polytechnic Campus has become the first entity in the United States to receive approval from the FAA to provide remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) commercial flight training to both students and outside companies. [Read more…]
LOS ANGELES – With drones expected to be a holiday season must-have, a new interest in aviation is emerging from the hobbyist to professional pilots. Industry leaders and enthusiasts will gather at the International Drone Expo (IDE), to discuss the future of this developing drone economy at the Los Angeles Convention Center Dec. 11-12. [Read more…]
ONTARIO, Calif. — Yuneec International is collaboratimg with Ocean Alliance. Ocean Alliance will use Yuneec’s Typhoon and Tornado drones to collect data from whales in a non-invasive way, making the collaboration an important breakthrough in whale research, according to Yuneec officials. [Read more…]
EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wisconsin — While the number of unmanned aerial systems (UAS), also known as drones or remotely piloted aircraft (RPA), is rising rapidly, their entrance into the national airspace system cannot come to the detriment of manned aircraft operations, say officials with the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA). [Read more…]
FAA Administrator Michael Huerta has revealed the names of the members of the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Registration Task Force. [Read more…]
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and FAA Administrator Michael Huerta have called for a task force to develop recommendations for a registration process for Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA), also known as Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) or drones. [Read more…]
Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) has introduced legislation to make “reckless” drone flights near restricted airspace a crime. According to a report in The Hill, the bill, known as the SAFE DRONE Act, would make operating a drone within two miles of a restricted airspace a misdemeanor offense.
Boxer said the measure would reduce the number of drone flights that interfere with manned flights and efforts to combat wildfires. “Our firefighters and airplane pilots should be focused on keeping the public safe — not worrying about unauthorized drones that recklessly interfere with their jobs,” she said.
In a part of Manitoba, Canada, so remote you have to fly in by helicopter, a research team led by the University of North Dakota and the American Museum of Natural History spent the summer of 2015 in the polar bear capital of the world deploying the latest tool – Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) — in a nearly five-decade-old ecological study. [Read more…]