Fat Head enters UAS marketplace

The UAS (Unmanned Aerial Systems) market is coming. There is a lot of work yet to be done, but it’s coming all the same. Late last month, Wichita-based Fat Head Solutions announced its hung out its shingle in the UAS market and, “will provide low cost, high value, and complete subsystem solutions for small unmanned aerial systems.” Fat Head plans to “capitalize on the emerging $17 billion per year UAS market by focusing on the small end with: camera, landing, video and power systems and sensor solutions.

FAA seeks public input on UAS test sites

The FAA is asking for public input on the agency’s selection process for six unmanned aircraft system (UAS) test sites.

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UAS – friend or foe?

“Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) are the future,” according to the September 2011 European Aviation Safety Agency newsletter. Three pages of the eight-page newsletter are dedicated to UAS, which includes some quotable nuggets:

“to fully achieve the UAS industry’s vision, UAS will come in all shapes and sizes and operational constraints will have to be relaxed to allow the same rights to access airspace as manned aircraft.”

“[EASA] is aware that the widespread  introduction of UAS is likely to be met with public anxiety and the manned aviation community and general public may rightly question whether those same fears regarding ‘pilotless aircraft’ are still present today or have they been largely overcome in the evolution to UAS.”

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Drone tests… coming to airspace above you?

AOL Defense is reporting the FAA and Pentagon are “carving out between four to 10 “bubbles” in civilian airspace above the United States to test UAS [unmanned aerial systems]“. These bubbles will be located are the U.S. “to show that UAS can fly in heavily-traveled commercial airspace in all conditions across the United States.”