Tag: UAS

New FAA Rules for Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Go Into Effect

Reading Time: 3 minutes Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Michael Huerta announced the implementation of the first operational rules for routine non-hobbyist use of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or “drones”). The regulations on June 21, 2016 officially took effects yesterday. “People are captivated by the limitless possibilities unmanned aircraft offer, and they are […]

New Drone Operational Rules Finalized by the FAA

Reading Time: 3 minutes On June 21, 2016, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) finalized the first operational rules for routine commercial use of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), also known as drones. The new rules will take effect in late August and affect drones weighing less than 55 pounds that are being used for purposes other than hobbyist operations. […]

DOT and FAA Finalize Rules for Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Reading Time: 3 minutes Rules for small unmanned aircraft systems imposed by DOT and FAA will create new opportunities for business and government to use drones. Yesterday, the Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration has finalized the first operational rules for routine commercial use of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or “drones”), opening pathways towards fully integrating UAS into the nation’s […]

Air Tractor® Makes Entry into the UAS Market – Acquires Yield Defender

Reading Time: 2 minutes Air Tractor, Inc. is proud to announce its expansion into the field of unmanned aerial systems. The recent acquisition of Hangar 78 UAV, and its flagship aircraft, the Yield Defender unmanned aerial system (UAS) will create the foundation of Air Tractor’s development and visionary integration of unmanned technology to complement its core agricultural and firefighting […]

UAS Systems May Be Used for Drought Solutions

Reading Time: < 1 minute In an aviation first, an unmanned aircraft successfully tested a cloud-seeding payload in Hawthorne, Nevada, on April 29. The Savant aircraft, coined the Sandoval Silver State Seeder, reached an altitude of 400 feet and flew for about 18 minutes at Hawthorne Industrial Airport under the state’s FAA UAS test site designation. The Desert Research Institute […]

Reported Drone Collision Might Have Been a Plastic Bag

Reading Time: 3 minutes It would seem that airport authorities should not count their drones before they’re crashed, or something like that. British newspaper The Telegraph reports that a transport minister admits that the widely reported rogue drone colliding with a passenger jet last weekend may have actually been a plastic bag. Transport minister Robert Goodwill, commenting on the […]

Drone Sightings Up As Agencies Push For More Education

Reading Time: 4 minutes In conjunction with releasing the report, the FAA reiterated its work to reduce UAS hazards to manned flight through education and enforcement.  Between last August and the end of January 2016, nearly 600 unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) were reported in the vicinity of airports and aircraft, according to the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA’s) latest UAS […]

FAA Doubles “Blanket” Altitude for Many UAS Flights

Reading Time: 2 minutes After a comprehensive risk analysis, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has raised the unmanned aircraft (UAS) “blanket” altitude authorization for Section 333 exemption holders and government aircraft operators to 400 feet. Previously, the agency had put in place a nationwide Certificate of Waiver or Authorization (COA) for such flights up to 200 feet. The new […]

Drone-Filled Aviation Future

Reading Time: 8 minutes When filmmaker George Lucas popularized droids – worker robots designed to tend to humanity’s every need- in the 1977 movie “Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope,” he seemed like a sci-fi visionary. But fast-forward nearly 40 years, and the idea of flying surveillance cameras, robotic companions and even unmanned aircraft carrying supplies around […]

100 UAS Set Guinness Record While Flying to Symphony Music

Reading Time: < 1 minute The Intel Corporation together with Ars Electronica Futurelab made the Guinness Record-breaking drones flight. The video was released of 100 multicolored UAS “dancing ” to a live orchestra and creating patterns in the night sky. It took years to prepare for such a show. Ground crew used PCs powered by Intel hardware to control drones […]