WASHINGTON, D.C. – A growing number of state departments of transportation are leveraging drone technology to improve safety, reduce traffic congestion and save money.
According to a March 2016 survey by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, 33 state departments of transportation have or are exploring, researching, testing or using unmanned aerial vehicles, commonly referred to as drones or remotely piloted aircraft (RPA), to inspect bridges and assist with clearing vehicle crashes, among other applications. [Read more…]
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“Eye in the Sky,” starring Helen Mirren, Aaron Paul, and the late Alan Rickman, explores the moral, political, and tactical dilemmas surrounding a drone missile strike with potential civilian casualties. [Read more…]
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The House Subcommittee on Aviation, chaired by U.S. Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ), will hold a hearing Wednesday on issues related to remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) safety. The hearing will be streamed live online. [Read more…]
Reports of remotely piloted aircraft — also called unmanned aerial vehicles or drones — near airports and public gatherings are raising concerns. That has led to a new online course in small RPA safety, offered with a special discount for General Aviation News readers. [Read more…]
Remotely piloted aircraft — also known as drones and unmanned aerial systems — seem to be everywhere these days, but keeping up with the regulatory environment is a challenge.
The forces behind BuyTheBestDrone.com want to help by providing a continuously updated post on the FAA’s small RPA policy. The post, which was last updated in August, assesses the FAA’s current guidelines based on court decisions and FAA cease-and-desist actions.
“It is constantly updated, and provides readers with a much better understanding of current policy,” officials note. “Our goal is to help pilots understand what’s okay and what’s not when flying, as there has been some confusion in the industry.”
According to a new report from Tractica, a growing interest in using remotely piloted aircraft (RPA), also known as unmanned aerial vehicles or drones, will drive commercial RPA shipments from 80,000 in 2015 to more than 2.6 million annually by 2025.
The market intelligence firm forecasts that annual revenue from commercial drone hardware sales will reach nearly $4 billion in the same timeframe. However, the more significant revenue opportunity will be in commercial drone-enabled services, which Tractica forecasts will grow to $8.7 billion annually by 2025. [Read more…]