FAA Grants Five More Commercial UAS Exemptions

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WASHINGTON – The Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today granted five regulatory exemptions for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) operations to four companies representing several industries that promise to benefit from UAS technology. The four companies that received exemptions want…

That Amazon Prime Air letter…

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Paul Misener, Amazon’s VP of global public policy has caused a stir, but of course dear reader you know Amazon are already offshoring the development with rumored trials in India and job opportunities in Cambridge, England. One thing surprised me…

Danish army operates Puma UAV in civilian overland exercise

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By: BETH STEVENSON Flight Global The Danish army has flown its combat-proven AeroVironment RQ-20A Puma AE unmanned air vehicle in overland civilian airspace for the first time, during a domestic multinational exercise with the UK and USA. Exercise White Sword began in early December, and…

Drone Sightings, Near Misses And The FAA

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Since the FAA has publically stated that there is a “dramatic rise” in “drone sightings and near misses” should the NTSB be concerned that there is a burgeoning safety issue? Therefore, may we suggest that starting now, all “drone sightings”…

Flight testing taken to new level

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UAV Factory puts its next generation Penguin C through a very rigorous flight-testing program prior to its delivery to the customers.  A separate flight operation department was formed within the company to flight test the Penguin C UAS on an…

Eye in the sky

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Inspecting the flaring stack at the Ormen Lange gas processing plant in Norway used to be a hazardous and lengthy job. Engineers had to check for faults by abseiling down the 70 metre-tall tower, forcing the plant to shut down…

FAA flying blind on drone regulation

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The Boston Globe WHEN JEFF BEZOS announced last year that Amazon was testing unmanned drones for delivering books and CDs by air, it was the most public sign yet of the commercial potential for remote-controlled aerial vehicles. Since then, consumer giants like Google and Domino’s…

Alaska Drone Owners Encouraged to ‘Know Before You Fly’

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Anchorage, Alaska – Key members of the Legislature’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Task Force debuted a new public safety campaign today for drone operators, vendors, and purchasers. Entitled “Alaska’s ‘Know Before You Fly’ Guidelines” the one-page safety sheet and accompanying…

Farm tech takes flight at Moree

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AMELIA WILLIAMS BETTER farming opportunities enticed Randall Boughton to leave his predominantly grazing operation near Pallamallawa for the black cropping soils at Moree. Since 1989, Mr Boughton has owned “Gilroy Farms”, his 2200-hectare dryland cropping property he manages with his…