Category: Americas

Tremco SkyBEAM UAV first to be Approved by FAA for Nighttime Commercial Operation

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Enables both day and night flight to locate building energy loss and structural issues The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has granted approval for the first nighttime commercial drone operation in the U.S. to SkyBEAM unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) from Tremco Roofing & Building Maintenance. SkyBEAM is also approved to operate during the day. The groundbreaking…

MicroPilot-lead Consortium labelled by ITEA

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MicroPilot Inc. led a research consortium that is now labeled by ITEA, providing a springboard to the goal of streamlining the certification process for UAVs. 2016 – Stony Mountain, Manitoba, Canada – MicroPilot is leading a business and research consortium [HI-RISE], consisting of companies across the world involved in the UAV industry. The purpose and goal of this…

Aurora Successfully Flies Subscale X-Plane Aircraft

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Aurora Flight Sciences announced today that a subscale vehicle demonstrator (SVD) of its LightningStrike, Vertical Take-off and Landing Experimental Plane (VTOL x-plane) for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) was successfully flown at a U.S. military facility. The flight of the subscale aircraft met an important DARPA risk reduction requirement, focusing on validation of…

UAV Solutions, Inc. Files UAS in RAPS II Flight Demonstration

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UAV Solutions, Inc. announced that two of its small unmanned aircraft systems (SUAS) participated in flight demonstrations as a part of the Robotic Aircraft for Public Safety (RAPS) Phase II project sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T). The RAPS project was launched to assess the extent to which…

“Unmanned Aircraft Systems” Michael Huerta, Daytona Beach, FL

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Some of us are getting to know each other so well that gatherings such as this are starting to feel kind of like family reunions. But we’re also eager to expand our family to engage a broader community in the dialogue about unmanned aircraft. We know there are a lot of creative minds with great…

Industrial Aerobotics expands into survey and construction sector.

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2015 was a very successful year for Industrial Aerobotics. As one of the first 50 FAA Section 333 approvals Industrial Aerobotics took an early lead in the energy sector vertical with one of the first approvals specializing on Solar and Electric Utility asset inspections. With custom built UAV’s capable of 60 minute flights including payload…

Procyon Helicopter Demonstrates 1 Hour Flight with 1KG Payload

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Autonomous Systems Cooperative is pleased to present a new helicopter design which has been engineered from the ground up for UAV usage. Today, on just its 3rd test flight, the Procyon 800 Electric helicopter design demonstrated capability of achieving a 1 hour VTOL flight at speeds up to 44 mph  (20 m/s) while carrying a 1kg…

Akin Gump’s Michael Drobac on Senate FAA bill: “Time is of the essence”

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“We are extremely pleased that the Senate voted to pass legislation reauthorizing the FAA which included forward-leaning provisions related unmanned aerials systems (UAS). These provisions increase safety and accountability, which are critical as the U.S. moves towards a regulatory framework that will expedite the safe and widespread integration of small UAS into the National Airspace…

UAS Safety: Efforts Underway at Lone Star UAS Center

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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas –With news of a drone striking a British Airways flight on Sunday, April 17, attention is again on the safety of integrating unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) or drones, in the airspace with piloted aircraft. The Lone Star UAS Center at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi is one of six federally designated test sites working…

Falcon Unmanned Delivers Initial Fleet of Aircraft for Multiyear US Dept. of Interior UAS Contract

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Falcon Unmanned announced today that it delivered the first round of Falcon (fixed wing) and Falcon Hover (quad-copter) aircraft to the US Dept of Interior (DOI). As part of a four year IDIQ vendor contract (#D15PC00259), Falcon Unmanned is tasked to provide a complete array of aircraft, payloads, ground control stations, training, and support services.…