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”

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

Airbus collaborates with Wilhelmsen

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”

Drone Delivers Direct To Grunt – Marine Corps Hive UAV (Video)

Marine Corps Hive UAV

It was a Marine reservist, transport officer Maj. Chris Thobaben, who had the idea to repurpose the scout drones for logistics after seeing too many comrades killed or wounded on supply runs in Iraq.

DROP ZONE COCKATOO, QUANTICO: You can hear it over the roar of the wind and the distant thump of mortar rounds: the high-pitched buzz of miniature drones. I track the incoming quadcopter with my camera until I’m starting to bend backward and I realize it’s hovering directly above me. That’s my cue to move, shortly before a contractor nearby hits the “release” command on his tablet and the drone drops its cargo with a klunk: a metal ammo magazine.

The magazine is empty — no live ammunition for today’s test — but it shows what could be done. All day long here, racking up more than 400 sorties, Marines and contractors are tapping tablets to summon mini-drones from a central “Hive” to drop empty magazines, canteens and MRE ration packs on demand. Instead of the standard 96-hour cycle from requesting resupply to getting it, requests are filled in minutes. Continue reading “Drone Delivers Direct To Grunt – Marine Corps Hive UAV (Video)”

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”

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”

5th Annual Transformative VTOL Workshop papers available

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Since 2014, AHS International has been leading a series of workshops on Transformative Vertical Flight (TVF), building a community of aerospace professionals that includes technical, regulatory and business elements, and exploring the potential for new forms of air transportation systems with innovative propulsion systems. The focus has been on systems that embody combinations of on-demand, electric and hybrid-electric propulsion, and vertiport-capable configurations and designs. See the AHS Electric VTOL News website for news and a directory of concepts under development.

The 5th Annual Transformative Vertical Flight Workshop, held this year in San Francisco, California, featured the latest advances and possibilities in urban air mobility. Videos and presentations for the workshop can be downloaded below. Next year’s workshop will be rebranded as the “6th Annual Electric VTOL Symposium” and is planned to be held in Jan. 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. Past workshop briefings and videos can be found at the AHS webpage on Transformative Vertical Flight.  Continue reading “5th Annual Transformative VTOL Workshop papers available”

FAA forecasts continued growth in air transportation in next 20 years

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FAA forecasts continued growth in air travel in next 20 years. The FAA released its annual Aerospace Forecast Report Fiscal Years 2017 to 2037, which projects sustained and continued growth in nearly every aspect of air transportation from general aviation private flying to large commercial airline passenger levels.

In commercial air travel, Revenue Passenger Miles (RPMs) are considered the benchmark for measuring aviation growth. An RPM represents one revenue passenger traveling one mile. The FAA forecast calls for system RPMs by mainline and regional air carriers to grow at an average rate of 2.4 percent per year between 2016 and 2037, with international RPMs projected for average annual increases of 3.4 percent per year. System RPMs are forecast to increase 65 percent during the 20-year forecast.  Continue reading “FAA forecasts continued growth in air transportation in next 20 years”

Are we ready for all these remotely-piloted aircraft systems in our skies? (Video)

Remotely-piloted aircraft systems

Are we ready for all these remotely-piloted aircraft systems in our skies? Remotely-piloted aircraft systems (RPAS), commonly known as drones, are increasingly used for commercial operations and recreational purposes. This has coincided with an exponential increase in reports of RPA operating dangerously close to manned aircraft and airports. Continue reading “Are we ready for all these remotely-piloted aircraft systems in our skies? (Video)”

Amazon completes first drone delivery, reveals plans for flying drone hub

Amazon completes first drone delivery, reveals plans for flying drone hub

Amazon.com always seems to be ahead of the curve, but in recent weeks the company has made a tidal wave of advances showing off the strides it’s made.

  • In December, it unveiled the first Amazon Go location, a convenience store without cashiers or checkout lines where cameras and artificial intelligence recognize what you take off the shelves and charge your account accordingly.
  • Also last month, the company successfully made its first ever drone delivery, carrying popcorn and a Fire TV device to a customer in rural England, a trip from click to delivery that took just 13 minutes.
  • Last week, reports emerged than Amazon was planning to launch its own private label athleisure line, challenging Lululemon athletica and other such clothing makers as it takes further steps into the apparel industry. 
  • Amazon gained a patent for something resembling an airborne warehouse that would serve as a docking station for drones. The warehouse, envisioned as something like a blimp, would be able to move near events such as sports games, where it could make drone deliveries to fans.

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