US pilot unions receive approval to conduct study into single-pilot cargo aircraft
US pilot unions have hit out at Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) plans to conduct a study into the use of single-pilot cargo aircraft.
Contained within the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 is a programme that would see the FAA, in consultation with NASA and other relevant agencies, establish a research and development programme in support of single-piloted cargo aircraft assisted with remote piloting and computer piloting.
Initially the parties will conduct a review of FAA research and development activities in support of single-piloted cargo aircraft and, within six months of the enactment of the act, will file a report on the possibility.
The study, listed in section 744 of the act, was opposed by pilots on safety grounds. Continue reading “US pilot unions receive approval to conduct study into single-pilot cargo aircraft”
Project Wing’s drone delivery system moves forward with testing
In a suburb of Canberra, in Australia’s Capital Territory, Project Wing’s drone delivery system is facing its toughest test yet. The project team wants to find out how well unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) will compete with other modes of home delivery.
That testing has not only moved from the countryside into the suburbs but is gathering real-world data on the value to users is a sign of the maturity of Project Wing’s delivery system. And its drones are not the only ones serving customers, with pilot projects underway in several countries and coming to the U.S.
Amazon continues testing in the countryside in Cambridge, England, but publicly is talking more about its work on the UAS traffic management (UTM) system required to enable drones of all stripes to make safe and efficient use of low-altitude airspace. Continue reading “Project Wing’s drone delivery system moves forward with testing”
Drone Delivery Canada successfully completes first test flight in United States
Drone Delivery Canada ‘DDC or the Company’ , is pleased to report the Company completed a series of successful test flights during the week of March 5th, 2018 in the United States of America at the Griffiss International Airport located in Rome, New York.
“Testing at Griffiss was a natural extension for continued progress with our platform in a BVLOS non-segregated airspace environment. An active runway with large aircraft, helicopters, and general aviation aircraft is the latest advancement to our operations team airspace integration efforts and a progression from the knowledge learned during DDC’s Moosonee operations, which remain ongoing. We are pleased to report 100% success rate with all our test flights and look forward to our expansion into the USA which has now begun in earnest” commented Paul Di Benedetto, Chief Technology Officer of Drone Delivery Canada. Continue reading “Drone Delivery Canada successfully completes first test flight in United States”
American company HorseFly Truck launches Drone Package Delivery System
Workhorse Group Inc., an American technology company focused on providing sustainable and cost-effective solutions to the commercial electric transportation sector, today announced that the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has issued a patent, number 9,915,956, for the HorseFly Truck Launched Drone Package Delivery System.
The HorseFly UAV Delivery System is a custom-built, high efficiency delivery UAV that is fully integrated with the Workhorse line of electric/hybrid delivery trucks. The HorseFly system conforms to FAA guidelines for UAV operation in the U.S. Most notably, being fully integrated with delivery trucks, the system is designed such that a driver or driver’s assistant can maintain line-of-sight operation of the UAV delivery process. Continue reading “American company HorseFly Truck launches Drone Package Delivery System”
The first ever public drone parcel delivery service in Singapore will begin later this year. BILL READ FRAeS reports on how the new service will operate and its significance.
During the 2018 Singapore Air Show in February, Airbus invited the media to witness the first demonstration of a new parcel-delivery drone service which will begin trial commercial operations later this year. First started in 2016, the new project is the creation of four partners: Airbus – which built the drone, the National University of Singapore (NUS) – where the drone is being tested, the Singapore postal service, Singapore Post – which is the local logistics partner for the trial and the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) – which is looking at the safety and operation aspects of the service with a view to its wider adoption. The project also has the support of the Singapore government. Continue reading “First public drone parcel delivery service in Singapore to start this year”
Postal drone’s maiden voyage fails spectacularly
A Russian postal drone’s maiden voyage ended rather sooner than its creators anticipated when it smashed into a wall, crumbling to pieces after just seconds in the air.
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