P.E.I. RCMP add UAV to toolbox

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They don’t fire missiles or drop bombs, but the RCMP in P.E.I. have added an unmanned aerial vehicle to the tools they use to do their jobs. Greg McCormick, a communications operator in Charlottetown, flies the remote controlled helicopter that…

Senators question FAA about faster drone regulation

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Bart Jansen USA Today WASHINGTON — Drone advocates urged the Federal Aviation Administration at a Senate hearing Wednesday to allow the aircraft into general airspace faster because countries such as Japan are friendlier to the innovative technology. Some members of…

LRSC ready for UAS expansion

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By: Kevin Bonham DEVILS LAKE, N.D. – Lake Region State College didn’t wait for Grand Forks to be named one of six national unmanned aircraft systems test sites last week before launching its own UAS curriculum. Its program has been off…

Bordeaux Classified Vineyards Invest in UAS Technology

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Bernard Magrez is to roll out newly-developed vineyard UAS in his four classified Bordeaux estates - Pape Clement, La Tour Carnet, Fombrauge and Haut Peyraguay - before eventually extending them to his entire portfolio of Bordeaux properties, and those in the south of France. The technology,…

British Army Watchkeeper UAV May Debut In Spring

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By Anthony Osborne British army officials say confidence in the Thales Watchkeeper unmanned aerial system (UAS) is rising and it could be ready to enter service in the spring. Currently running three years behind schedule, the certification and introduction into…

UAV mapping in Niznij Novgorod

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In December 2013, Czech biggest UAS company UPVISION in cooperation with Techniserv and UVS Avia conducted aerial surveying works using the UAV system Microdrone MD4 1000 in Russia. The mission objective consisted of mapping in several locations for surveying company…

Moth drone stays rock steady in gale-force winds

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by David Hambling THEY might not seem at all stable as they batter into light bulbs but moths have inspired an autopilot for drones. Small drones find it difficult to fly in strong winds and cluttered environments. So Physical Sciences Inc (PSI) based in…

Unmanned Aerial Systems and public safety

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Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), widely referred to as drones, are becoming increasingly relevant in civilian as well as military applications. UAS have been used by emergency services to help respond to and map environmental crises, to find missing people, to fight…

Answering the burning questions

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James Davidson This week’s heatwave across southern Australia has reminded us of the serious dangers posed by grassfires. They might not sound that threatening, but these fires can travel at speeds of up to 25 kilometres per hour, and damage hundreds of…

COCC plans for UAVs

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By Tyler Leeds / The Bulletin Even though federal regulations on unmanned aviation vehicle operators have not yet been announced, Central Oregon Community College is preparing for a UAV course of study within its aviation program. COCC currently offers an introductory course…