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Drones set for commercial take-off

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By Mark Corcoran Hundreds of small commercially operated drones could soon take to Australian skies under a radical new set of rules proposed by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) in Melbourne this week. Under a new weight class system, prospective…

Unmanned aircraft aids NMSU Ag research

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By Emily C. Kelley LAS CRUCES, N.M. >> A small group of researchers and technicians recently gathered on a dirt airstrip at the USDA Jornada Experimental Range to launch a Bat 4 unmanned aircraft on a mission, flying through both military…

HELImetrex and QuestUAV team up

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HELImetrex (Australia) and QuestUAV (UK) are proud to announce a forthcoming relationship to provide QuestUAV’s new range of fixed wing sUAV products in Australia.  HELImetrex are a long established company supplying UAV Aerial surveys and was the first UAV operator…

FAA needs to speed unmanned-aircraft rulemaking

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By Dan Namowitz A judge’s recent ruling that cast doubt on the FAA’s power to regulate small unmanned aircraft systems underscores the need for a safety framework for the flights, said a diverse group of organizations in a letter to FAA…

Why the sky is no limit to Sky-Futures

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It’s not easy inspecting an oil rig, particularly when it’s miles out at sea. Sky-Futures, a five-year-old business that specialises in unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) industrial inspection services, is providing a cutting-edge solution to some of the energy industry’s toughest…

Canadian technology and the flight of the drones

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OMAR EL AKKAD AND KELLY CRYDERMAN SAN FRANCISCO and CALGARY — The Globe and Mail When Libyan rebels marched on Tripoli in 2011, a Canadian drone led the way. The unmanned aircraft, a product of a company called Aeryon Labs based in Waterloo, Ont.,…