The new FAA rule governing commercial operations of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) — also known as drones or remotely piloted aircraft — means more businesses and innovators will be able to fly, unlocking the “tremendous economic benefits of the new technology,” according to the top official of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI). [Read more…]
The program serves to keep safety at the forefront, which is especially critical considering that UAS outnumber registered manned aircraft, company officials note. [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…]