The joint initiative is designed to address one of the biggest issues facing the general aviation and unmanned aircraft communities: The risk of mid-air collision. [Read more…]
THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minn. — Northrop Grumman is donating the use of equipment related to the Bat Unmanned Aircraft System to Northland Community & Technical College (NCTC) as part of the continuing support of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) efforts in the Red River Valley area of North Dakota and Minnesota. [Read more…]
A new story at Mashable reports that researchers in Australia have found that most drone accidents were caused by technology issues, rather than human error.
Led by Graham Wild, a senior lecturer in aviation at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia, the researchers reviewed a sample of 152 global drone event reports between 2006 and 2015. The most common cause of accidents was a loss of communication or radio signal between the drone and controls, Wild told Mashable Australia.
The researcher also told Mashable that far more drone accidents occur, but few are reported. And when they are the reports don’t have sufficient details.
“It’s not mandated that you report all these details as it would be if you were flying at a general aviation airport,” he told Mashable. “A lot of the stuff with drones is literally just voluntary and sometimes people put in the bare minimum.”
Read the full story here.
Andrew Schmertz, a blogger at the Huffington Post, says in a recent post that the very thing that GA fears could actually save general aviation: Drones.
Also known as unmanned aerial systems and remotely piloted aircraft, drones are not only enticing kids into aviation, but also adults, who once they’ve gotten a taste of flight, want to try it in a “real” airplane. “And that’s the “a-ha” moment,” he says in the post.
Check it out here and let us know if you agree.
SALINA, Kansas — The unmanned aircraft systems program on Kansas State University’s Polytechnic Campus is adding to its academic offerings through a new collaboration with a neighboring university.
Starting this fall, students in Kansas State Polytechnic’s UAS program will be able to enroll in an emergency management minor taken through Kansas Wesleyan University (KWU), which is also in Salina. Additionally, students in the emergency management program at KWU now are given the option to earn a UAS minor through Kansas State Polytechnic’s program. [Read more…]
Falling prices and increased capabilities are driving strong consumer interest in unmanned aerial systems (UAS) — also known as drones or remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) — for aerial imaging, recreation, and aerial games, according to a new report. [Read more…]
CAPE MAY COUNTY, N.J. — Independent drone delivery service Flirtey and Dr. Timothy Amukele, an assistant professor of pathology at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, successfully conducted the first ship-to-shore drone delivery in the U.S. on the New Jersey coastline June 22.
“Imagine a future where in the event of a natural disaster like Hurricane Sandy, Flirtey drones rapidly deliver emergency medical supplies, food and water,” said Flirtey CEO Matt Sweeny. “During Hurricane Sandy more than 1.4 million liters of water, 1.6 million meals, and 1 million fliers were delivered by first responders. Imagine how much faster and further these life saving resources could be delivered by drone. This demonstration is helping to make that future a reality, and taking us one step closer to Flirtey’s mission to save lives and change lifestyles.” [Read more…]