Those who attended the world’s largest conference on drones in Amsterdam the first week of December 2019 heard that only a small majority of Americans view drones favorably, while a strong majority have serious safety concerns about them. However, Americans overwhelmingly expect drones to begin home deliveries in the next five to 10 years.[Read more…]
The FAA has expanded its Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC) program, which automates the application and approval process for drone operators to obtain airspace authorizations.[Read more…]
CHICAGO — Helios Visions, an aerial drone services company, has released a free Guide to Flying Drones in Chicago.
This guide was created to inform seasoned drone professionals, as well as drone enthusiasts, on the best practices for safely and legally operating drones in Chicagoland.
The guide is also useful for anyone looking to purchase a drone as a gift for the upcoming holiday season, noted Helios Visions co-founder Ted Parisot.[Read more…]
Skilled pilots approaching a runway usually can’t see small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) encroaching on their airspace, and they virtually never detect motionless drones, according to a new study.
During an airborne human factors experiment, certificated pilots failed to see a common type of quadcopter during 28 of 40 close encounters, researchers with Oklahoma State University and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University reported.[Read more…]
POMONA, California — The 2019 Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) Expo West will take place at the Fairplex Exposition Complex Nov. 1-3, 2019.
The event kicks off the first ever National Drone Safety Awareness Week, a national campaign led by the FAA to educate the public about drone safety. AMA clubs across the country will be participating in Safety Awareness Week by hosting events and discussing drone safety with their communities.[Read more…]
uAvionix has received approval from the FAA to develop and test an “ADS-B like” solution for Unmanned Aircraft Systems Remote Identification and Detect and Avoid capability.
The solution, with the working title “UDS-B,” leverages similar protocols and structures as ADS-B, but operates on a different, non-interfering frequency, according to uAvionix officials. It also contains message content that is adjusted to be appropriate for unmanned systems, officials add.
Core principals of the UDS-B framework include:[Read more…]
It hasn’t taken long to feel the effects of the Trump Administration’s recent tax on goods imported from China for drone operators. The biggest name in the industry, DJI, has already raised prices to reflect the increase.
Other major manufacturers have yet to follow suit, however if there is no change in the trade situation between the countries, it is likely we’ll see more price increases.[Read more…]