Uber Elevate: Pick A Fantasy

At its third conference, Uber Elevate sketched a future that's hard to believe. But sooner or later, some version of it is coming.

UberCopter Launch Detailed At Uber Elevate Conference

Uber is betting big that data it’s collecting from its ground-based ride-hailing app will drive the emerging urban air taxi market, but while we’re waiting for the aircraft, beginning this summer, UberCopter...

DJI Adds ADS-B To Its Drone Line

Drone maker DJI says it will provide ADS-B In as a standard feature on all of its drones weighing a half-pound or more beginning in 2020. Sensitive to public fears about the risk small...

Fuel Cell Hexacopter Envisioned

An apparently well funded Massachusetts startup says it will develop a “flying car” hexacopter powered by a hydrogen fuel cell that will carry five people 400 miles.
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Drones Interfere With Oklahoma Flood Response

Helicopters participating in the disaster response efforts surrounding severe flooding in Oklahoma are having trouble with illegal unmanned aircraft system (UAS/drone) operations interfering with their flights.

NASA Tests Autonomous UAVs in Reno

Looking ahead to the day that the stalwart postman or Fedex driver is replaced by a package-carrying drone, NASA has been testing a national traffic management system for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). The latest simulations took place in Reno, Nevada, where NASA tested the avoidance capabilities and other features of its UTM (short for Unmanned Aircraft Systems Traffic Management).

FAA Implements New Recreational Drone Restrictions

The FAA published a notice in the Federal Register on Friday stating that it is implementing several changes for recreational drone fliers that were mandated by Congress in the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018. The notice sets out eight statutory conditions recreational drone users must meet, including requiring recreational drone users to obtain prior authorization from the FAA before flying in controlled airspace around airports.

uAvionix Introduces Drone Avionics Line

uAvionix has announced a new line of certified avionics for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS). The company says its ping200X Mode S ADS-B transponder and truFYX Satellite Based Augmentation System (SBAS) Global Positioning System (GPS) navigation source are designed to enable UAS type certifications and Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) mission capabilities.

Textron, USI Create Drone Pilot Pipeline

The Unmanned Safety Institute (USI) will be collaborating with Textron Systems to bring Aerosonde Small Unmanned Aircraft System (SUAS/drone) operator training into university curriculums. According to the companies, the agreement will create an employment pipeline for college students, secondary students, exiting military personnel and adult learners interested in pursuing an unmanned career pathway.

AUVSI Forms Task Force On Drone Incursion Mitigation

The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) and Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA) are forming a Blue Ribbon Task Force on the mitigation of unauthorized Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS/drone) operation at airports. According to AUVSI, the task force will be looking at ways to refine procedural practices and provide a policy framework to address airport incursions by unauthorized drones.

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Two Tragic Accidents And We’re Arguing About Sim Time?

You'd think Boeing would try belt and suspenders this time. But for the revised MAX, it wants to again try what already didn't work.

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