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...
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).
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 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.
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.
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.