WASHINGTON, D.C. – The FAA and the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) will host a two-part virtual event for the FAA UAS Symposium – Remotely Piloted Edition.[Read more…]
If your kids (or grandkids) are like mine, they’re done with online learning. As school winds down for the summer, my kids are looking forward to taking a break from Zoom and Google Classroom.
But then a Kansas State University email hit my inbox to announce its Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) Virtual Academy. The course, slated for June 22-26, 2020, is geared for 14 to 17 year olds.
My son is 14 and when I showed him the program details he said, “that looks fun and pretty cool, plus it’s not like I have a ton of other things to do.”[Read more…]
A new study from researchers at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University has found that aircraft are too often forced to share airspace with unauthorized drones.
In fact, the vast majority of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) detected around Daytona Beach International Airport in Florida during a 30-day period in 2019 lacked approval from the FAA, and more than one-third of those drones were flying higher than the law allows, Embry-Riddle researchers reported.[Read more…]
OSU is one of just five university teams to receive the University Leadership Initiative Award and a share of $32.8 million in funding over the next four years to address some of NASA’s strategic research initiatives. As the lead institution for this initiative, OSU will receive $5.2 million.
The other teams were from Stanford University, the University of Delaware, North Carolina A&T State University, and the University of South Carolina.
“Each of these teams is working on important problems that definitely will help break down barriers in ways that will benefit the U.S. aviation industry,” said John Cavolowsky, director of NASA’s Transformative Aeronautics Concepts Program in Washington, D.C.[Read more…]
NASA and its partners in the unmanned aerial systems industry are taking drones closer to operating in harmony with other aircraft in the national airspace system.
The technology and procedures developed during a nearly decade-long program have been assisting the FAA develop the rules for unmanned aircraft to safely coexist with other air traffic in the National Airspace System, according to NASA officials.
The goal is to enable new commercial and public service opportunities, such as real-time surveillance of fires, infrastructure inspections for pipelines, and medical transportation.[Read more…]
Almost four years after the FAA established rules for the commercial operation of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), a new report has found that nearly 4,000 operators across all 50 states have been granted waivers to go beyond current regulations.
First responders received about 20% of all waivers granted to organizations (398), which demonstrates growing interest and need for public safety applications enabled by UAS, including search and rescue and firefighting at night, according to the report from the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI).[Read more…]
New from ASA is the Drone Logbook.
The logbook is “the perfect resource for hobbyists and drone operators to begin recording their flight time and experience,” according to ASA officials.
It provides space to log flight or mission details, including date, aircraft identification, aircraft category (multi-rotor, single rotor, fixed wing), flight conditions, types of operating time, PIC time, takeoffs and landings, duration of flight and more.[Read more…]
EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wisconsin — The FAA’s proposed rules for integrating drones into the National Airspace System “is an overreaching answer and threatens traditional pathways into manned aviation,” according to the Experimental Aircraft Association.
As part of its official comments submitted on March 2, 2020, to the FAA’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) docket about the requirement for remote identification of drones, EAA noted that in the agency’s attempt to come up with regulations to keep pace with burgeoning Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) technology, it “has harmed the freedoms and longstanding safe operations maintained by the traditional model aviation community.”
“That community has little in common with the UAS operations that the FAA seeks to regulate, especially in such areas as non-line-of-sight operations and within controlled airspace,” EAA officials note.[Read more…]
We do not need a crystal ball or tea leaves to tell us that drones will become more and more a part of our daily lives. Everything from currently expanding uses in public safety, agriculture, and photography to upcoming package delivery and many other uses we have not even imagined will need capable drone pilots.
This is where STEMPilot and SAFEDrone is getting ahead of the game by creating a forward-thinking learning experience for students from kindergarten to high school to begin preparing for these careers today, right in their classrooms.
STEMPilot and SAFEDrone education is not a basic “how-to-fly-a-drone” class — it even soars above the many online and classroom classes offering Part 107 training.[Read more…]