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Massive Adoption of Drones; Safety Still Top Concern for Officials

At the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) co-hosted Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS or drones) Symposium in Baltimore, Maryland last week, all speakers agreed on one thing: safety is the primary concern. Michael Kratsios, Deputy Assistant to the president and Deputy U.S. Technology Officer, said that while “we’ve never … Continue Reading

FAA Plans to Bring LAANC to 500 More Airports by Next Month

On March 6, 2018, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced the nationwide expansion of its Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC) to 500 more airports, and include 300 air traffic control facilities as well as open up 78,000 miles of previously restricted airspace to commercial drone flights. Under FAA Part 107 drone regulations, operators … Continue Reading

JHUISI Creates New Way to Protect Drones from Cyber-attacks

OnBoard Security, a Wilmington, Massachusetts-based security provider, announced last week that graduate students from Johns Hopkins University Information Security Institute (JHUISI) have successfully implemented a secured type of sense-and-avoid (SAA) technology for drones to prevent mid-air collisions that is not as vulnerable to cyber-attacks as other prior SAA technologies. The JHUISI team knew that they … Continue Reading

New Report Says Drones to Represent $30 Billion Industry by 2036

By 2036, unmanned aerial systems (UAS or drones) will represent a $30 billion industry according to a new report released by the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) and Avascent, “Think Bigger: Large Unmanned Systems and the Next Major Shift in Aviation.” Specifically, the report says that cargo and passenger service will represent a very large portion … Continue Reading

Drones – When Things Go Wrong

Over the last several years, drones have rapidly grown in popularity. From quick deliveries during rush hour to reaching an otherwise inaccessible military base, drones are proving to be extremely advantageous where humans are either unable to reach an area or are unable to perform specific tasks in a timely and efficient manner. Increasing productivity … Continue Reading

Remote Identification of Drones: For Commercial Operators Only or Hobbyists Too?

Last month, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) received recommendations regarding remote identification of drones in a report from the unmanned aircraft  Identification and Tracking (UAS ID) Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC). One of the topics at issue: whether we need remote identification (ID) of all drones in the national airspace. Beyond the FAA, the Department of … Continue Reading

Drones Helping to Restore Power in Puerto Rico

In the mountains near Ponce, Puerto Rico, after Hurricane Maria tore through, the terrain made it difficult to repair power lines that stretched from peak to peak. For over four months, the entire area was in the dark and so were its residents. In January, utility companies started using a new approach to restoring power: … Continue Reading

Kansas State Offers UAS Training for First Responders

Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus began working with law enforcement partners in the area to offer a training course specifically targeted for first responders seeking to use unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or drones) for daily operations and safety procedures. Kurt Carraway, a retired U.S. Air Force colonel serves as the executive director of the Applied … Continue Reading

Drones and Personal Privacy

Imagine that you are sitting in your backyard and a drone flies overhead. It hovers. The camera adjusts and looks right at you. Then it flies away. You are left wondering who is operating it and why. On a number of occasions, similar encounters with unknown drones had led to visceral (sometimes even violent) reactions … Continue Reading

Close Calls with Drones Increasing Dramatically

Aviation regulators, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in the United States, and the Transportation Safety Board of Canada, have been investigating a flurry of close calls between consumer drones and manned aircraft, which poses a significant risk to the flying public and the public down below. We are even seeing collision reports from Canada –just … Continue Reading

Texas Dept. of Public Safety Launches Drone Program

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) has launched a new unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or drones) program for public safety purposes. The DPS plans to use its 17 drones for a variety of public safety purposes across the State, including officer safety, search and rescue, disaster support, aerial observation support, crash reconstruction, crime scene … Continue Reading

DJI Software Now Includes Temporary No-Fly Zone for Olympics

Drone manufacturer, DJI, has updated its software in its drones to include a temporary no-fly zone around the Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea (and other South Korean cities). The parameters of the no-fly zone are based on four zones in Pyeongchang, Gangneung, Bongpyeong and Jeongseon in Gangwon Province. DJI made this decision to implement … Continue Reading

More Passenger Drone Test Flights Hitting the Skies

We previously reported on the Y6S drone passenger test flights set for this year in London; now, two more companies have started testing passenger drones, too. Ehang 184 passenger drones, created by the Chinese company Beijing Yi-Hang Creation Science & Technology Co., Ltd., and Vahana, Airbus’ passenger drone project, both hit the skies. Ehang 184 … Continue Reading

World-Record Drone Show at Olympic Ceremony

As with any Olympics Opening Ceremony, the pageantry is of global scale, but this year, in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Intel took it to a whole new level–a record-setting 1,218 drones hit the skies for a mechanical phenomenon. There’s never been anything like it. Intel’s Shooting Star software platform enables an army of one foot-long, eight … Continue Reading

Validity of Ball State University Drone Policy Questioned

Public Relations and Government Affairs Director of the Academy of Model Aeronautics, Chad Budreau, says that Ball State University’s (Ball State) “Policy for the Use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (Drones)” violates the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) small unmanned aircraft systems rule (Part 107). The Ball State policy, issued back in November 2017, states that all … Continue Reading

Drone Detection Technology at the Waste Management Phoenix Open

This past weekend, Scottsdale, Arizona police used new drone detection technology at the Waste Management Phoenix Open to keep attendees (and players) safe. Sergeant Ben Hoster said, “Drones are becoming so inexpensive and so popular, we are getting ahead of this technology,” by linking up with Dedrone (an anti-drone solutions company) and Aerial Armor (a … Continue Reading

North Carolina Seeks to Deliver Emergency Supplies via Drone

The North Carolina Department of Transportation (DOT) and state officials are currently building plans to use drones to deliver emergency supplies across the state; however, several hurdles need to be overcome first. Basil Yap, program manager of the Unmanned Aircraft Systems of the North Carolina Division of Aviation, says, “How do drones safely fly beyond … Continue Reading

EPIC’s Standing Questioned in FAA Case

On January 25, 2018, oral arguments were heard in Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) v. the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) case by a D.C. Circuit panel. The court questioned EPIC’s standing to contest the FAA’s regulations, which cover all Americans; EPIC alleges that the FAA’s omission of privacy safeguards in its small unmanned aerial systems … Continue Reading

The Drone Market Environment – Disruption in 2018

It seems impossible to stay on top of all the major changes that are going on in the drone industry, so here’s a list of some trends to keep a close eye on this year: For Platform Manufacturers: Lots of consolidation is happening–mergers, acquisitions, drop-outs and market focus changes. Trends towards strong specialization–agriculture, delivery systems … Continue Reading

First Drone Rescue at Sea

Just last week, the first ever drone rescue at sea occurred in the heavy riptides off the coast of Australia. Two swimmers were trapped in the strong current when a drone dropped a flotation device down to them from the sky. The fate of the two swimmers could have been much worse if it weren’t … Continue Reading

Farmers Use Drones to Check Their Crops

As a farmer, you likely need to keep a close eye on the growth of your crops or survey hundreds of acres of crops after a storm or other natural disaster. Agriculture experts now say that farmers should look to the skies for some help in doing so. John Perry, President of the Coastal Plains … Continue Reading

Protecting Your Business—Drones and Liability

Unmanned aerial systems (UAS or drones) are getting better (and cheaper) each day, which means that more and more businesses will be using drones to carry out everyday tasks. However, with respect to compliance and risk-management, when businesses hire third-party drone service providers, questions will surely arise regarding liability. Technically, drones are considered aircrafts according … Continue Reading