State Farm selected for Federal Aviation Administration UAS pilot program

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State Farm, the leading property and casualty insurer in the United States, is part of an elite team selected for the FAA Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Integration Pilot Program (IPP). The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced their selection of teams for the multi-year program following a competitive application process. State Farm is the only insurance company on the Virginia team selected to participate in the program. Continue reading “State Farm selected for Federal Aviation Administration UAS pilot program”

NASA successfully flies first Large Unmanned Aircraft in public airspace without chase plane (Video)

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NASA successfully flies first Large Unmanned Aircraft in public airspace without chase plane (Video)

NASA’s remotely-piloted Ikhana aircraft, based at the agency’s Armstrong Flight Research Center in Edwards, California, successfully flew its first mission in the National Airspace System without a safety chase aircraft on Tuesday. This historic flight moves the United States one step closer to normalizing unmanned aircraft operations in the airspace used by commercial and private pilots. Continue reading “NASA successfully flies first Large Unmanned Aircraft in public airspace without chase plane (Video)”

Airbus collaborates with Wilhelmsen to develop unmanned aircraft systems for maritime deliveries

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Airbus collaborates with Wilhelmsen to develop unmanned aircraft systems for maritime deliveries

Airbus and Wilhelmsen Ships Service have entered into a strategic collaboration to drive the development of an end-to-end service for safe deliveries of parcels with an unmanned aircraft system (UAS), in the maritime industry.

The announcement was made today at the biennial Posidonia maritime exhibition taking place in Athens, Greece, with the MoU signed by Airbus’ and Wilhelmsen’s representatives. Continue reading “Airbus collaborates with Wilhelmsen to develop unmanned aircraft systems for maritime deliveries”

Commercial drones in U.S. are expected to begin limited package deliveries within months

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Commercial drones in U.S. are expected to begin limited package deliveries within months

After lagging behind other countries for years, commercial drones in the U.S. are expected to begin limited package deliveries within months, according to federal regulators and industry officials.

The momentum partly stems from stepped-up White House pressure, prompting closer cooperation between the government and companies such as Amazon.com Inc. seeking authorizations for such fledgling businesses. The upshot, according to these officials, is newfound confidence by both sides that domestic package-delivery services finally appear on the verge of taking off. Continue reading “Commercial drones in U.S. are expected to begin limited package deliveries within months”

Aerospace Industries Association supports remote ID for hobby, heavy drones

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Aerospace Industries Association supports remote ID for hobby, heavy drones

The Aviation Rule Committee (ARC) on UAS Identification and Tracking (UAS ID) was formed in June 2017 after plans to issue rules allowing drone flights over people were frozen, suddenly, early that year.

The regulatory plan had stalled after both law enforcement and homeland security agencies expressed concerns about allowing such flights because they had no way to identify bad actors. Continue reading “Aerospace Industries Association supports remote ID for hobby, heavy drones”

AIA report projects explosive growth of large unmanned aerial systems global market

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AIA report projects explosive growth of large unmanned aerial systems global market

In the not-too-distant future, large unmanned aircraft systems (UAS)—those flying above 400 feet and weighing more than 55 pounds—will begin populating the skies: transporting cargo, fighting fires, delivering WiFi and even flying people around the world. Think Bigger: Large Unmanned Systems and the Next Major Shift in Aviation is the first look at the large UAS market in the United States, and highlights a potential $30 billion annual market and more than 60,000 jobs in support of the industry. Continue reading “AIA report projects explosive growth of large unmanned aerial systems global market”

Utility drone built by Singular Aircraft to start US flight tests

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Utility drone built by Singular Aircraft to start US flight tests

A company in Wyoming has secured FAA approval to start flight tests with a large twin-engine drone, the Flyox Mark II, built by Singular Aircraft of Barcelona, Spain. The amphibious drone has a 35-foot wingspan and can carry up to 4,000 pounds of water for dropping on forest fires. Continue reading “Utility drone built by Singular Aircraft to start US flight tests”