Invitation to Participate – Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) Pilots and Ground Crew

Massey University’s School of Aviation is conducting a survey led by Ms. Claire Walton to explore aggression against remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) users. The research, requiring 5-20 minutes to complete, will inform stakeholders like New Zealand’s Civil Aviation Authority. All RPA users are encouraged to participate, and results will be anonymized. Details at the provided link. Continue reading Invitation to Participate – Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) Pilots and Ground Crew

Mavic 2 hits R44 helicopter

Volusia Sheriff’s Office Around 2 p.m. today, a helicopter with Leading Edge Helicopter Tours struck a drone flying in the area of the Daytona Beach Flea Market (1425 Tomoka Farms Road). The helicopter was able to land safely, but damage to its rotor blade was estimated at $60,000. The drone was destroyed. Deputies made contact with both the helicopter pilot and the drone operator on … Continue reading Mavic 2 hits R44 helicopter

AAIB investigation to DJI Mavic 2 Pro, (UAS registration n/a)

During a short flight the unmanned aircraft collided with a building. The pilot reported he inadvertently pressed the wrong control lever. He did not hold the necessary qualification to operate the aircraft. The operator has implemented new procedures to prevent recurrence. History of the flight The university had purchased the unmanned aircraft (UA) to assist with research. The university had registered as an ‘operator’ with … Continue reading AAIB investigation to DJI Mavic 2 Pro, (UAS registration n/a)

AVSS Integrating Guided Parachute Recovery Systems For Drone Up and BlueFlite

(New Brunswick, Canada) – AVSS, a Canadian aerospace manufacturer that develops guided and unguided parachute recovery systems, flight termination systems, and guided delivery systems, is pleased to announce that they have been awarded a contract by the Government of Canada to integrate the Guided Parachute Recovery System (GPRS) and the Real-Time Intelligence Landing Software (RILS). The GPRS and RILS will be integrated on DroneUp’s Prism Sky … Continue reading AVSS Integrating Guided Parachute Recovery Systems For Drone Up and BlueFlite

AVSS announces the PRS-M350: An ASTM F3322 compliant Parachute Recovery System for the DJI M350 RTK and Backwards Compatible with PRS-M300

(New Brunswick, Canada) – AVSS – Aerial Vehicle Safety Solutions Inc. (AVSS) has announced that the company has completed the integration and compliance validation of the PRS-M350 for the DJI M350 RTK. The PRS-M350 integration is now complete with the recent DJI M350 firmware update. The PRS-M350 is intended to enable complex flight operations for commercial operators and will be sold for $3,600 USD. The company … Continue reading AVSS announces the PRS-M350: An ASTM F3322 compliant Parachute Recovery System for the DJI M350 RTK and Backwards Compatible with PRS-M300

UK Civil Aviation Authority calls on drone pilots to fly responsibly and not disrupt emergency helicopters

Five Yorkshire Air Ambulance flights were disrupted in the last 12 monthsDrone pilots told to fly responsibly and not disrupt vital emergency helicoptersDrone pilots are advised to land if they see or hear a helicopter safely The UK Civil Aviation Authority has today called on all UK drone operators to fly responsibly and avoid flying their drones near emergency services helicopters that are dealing with … Continue reading UK Civil Aviation Authority calls on drone pilots to fly responsibly and not disrupt emergency helicopters

AAIB Record-only UAS investigations reviewed: June – July 2023

This section provides details of accidents and incidents which were not subject to a Field or full Correspondence Investigation. They are wholly, or largely, based on information provided by the aircraft commander at the time of reporting and in some cases additional information from other sources. The accuracy of the information provided cannot be assured. Event Date Aircraft Type (Primary Aircraft) (Aircraft) Location Name Record … Continue reading AAIB Record-only UAS investigations reviewed: June – July 2023

Drone Pilots: Get involved in the FAA’s annual Drone Safety Day campaign on April 29!

Drone Safety Day is an opportunity for us to connect, educate, and engage with drone pilots all over the country! This campaign reaches people through local and nationwide events that highlight the many safety, societal, and economic benefits of flying safely. Be sure to check out events happening near you and share your photos/videos on social media using the #DroneSafetyDay hashtag. This year, we are encouraging current … Continue reading Drone Pilots: Get involved in the FAA’s annual Drone Safety Day campaign on April 29!

Hurricane Airprox operator fined £3000

A drone pilot who nearly caused a serious accident at a memorial flight in Buxton has been fined £3000 and handed a six-month suspended sentence for endangering an aircraft. Mark Bagguley, of Chatsworth Road, Fairfield, pleaded guilty to charges of endangering an aircraft and operating an aircraft out of the visual line of sight in January. It is after he flew his drone close to … Continue reading Hurricane Airprox operator fined £3000

UK CAA – Temporary grounding of all Freefly Astro Aircraft

This Safety Directive contains mandatory action that is required to restore an acceptable levelof safety. It is issued in accordance with Air Navigation Order 2016 Article 248.Recipients must ensure that this Directive is copied to all members of their staff who need to takeappropriate action or who may have an interest in the information (including any ‘in-house’ or contractedmaintenance organisation and relevant outside contractors). Applicability:Aerodromes: … Continue reading UK CAA – Temporary grounding of all Freefly Astro Aircraft