Meet Yales Bat Drones

Our concept of drones is that they land-sometimes with grace, sometimes not-on a more or less flat surface when their mission is over. But researchers at Yale are working on a drone that can land and perch like a bat to save energy during portions of its mission.

Drone Company Receives Air Carrier Certification

Googles Wing Aviation made history as the first drone delivery company to be certified as an air carrier by the FAA on Tuesday. The certification will allow Wing to start a commercial delivery service in the U.S. that will use all-electric drones to deliver small goods to local homes and businesses.

Drone NPRM Draws 899 Comments

The comment period on the FAAs Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on its rules for drone operations has ended and 899 comments were received on the highly detailed document.

Industry Round-up, April 12, 2019

This week, AVwebs news roundup uncovered reports on a message from the National Agricultural Aviation Association to drone operators, a training infrastructure expansion for Lufthansa Aviation Training, a new partnership for The DAES Group, an upcoming flight simulation expo and a convention attendance announcement from Click Aviation Network.

Honeywell And Volocopter Partner On Air Taxi Systems

Honeywell Aerospace has announced that it will be partnering with Volocopter to jointly develop and test navigation and automatic landing systems for Volocopter's electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) air taxi. Honeywell says it will be bringing its autonomous sensing and flight technologies-including inertial measurement units and attitude heading reference solutions-to the table for the project along with aviation hardware and software products such as navigation technologies and fly-by-wire flight controls tailored for the unique needs of [urban air mobility (UAM)] aircraft.

Pilotless Octocopter Flies With Passengers

Ehang flew its autonomous octocopter with two passengers for the first time in public in Austria on Saturday and the company said the aircraft is now ready for mass production.

‘Secret’ Airplane Stops At FBO

One of Scaled Composites' (formerly) most secretive projects was on full display at a Kentucky FBO over the weekend, on its way to NAS Paxutent River from Mojave.

Aircraft Makers Look To Carmakers For Inspiration

A persistent dream of aviation buyers is for airplanes to be as innovative as modern cars, with quality to match. With electric airplanes on the horizon and eVTOL aircraft a thing, thats exactly whats happening, according to Aviation Weeks MRO network.

BVLOS Drone Operations Approved For AEDs

The future of package delivery has arrived in Reno, Nevada, with the FAAs approval of beyond-visual-line-of-sight drone operations by Flirtey.

SpaceX Crew Dragon Mission Successful

The SpaceX Crew Dragons first test mission to the International Space Station (ISS) has come to a successful conclusion with a trouble-free, on-schedule splashdown at 8:45 a.m. EST on Friday. The mission netted the Crew Dragon several "firsts" for a commercially built and operated American crew spacecraft, including becoming the first to launch from American soil on a mission to the ISS, first to dock at the ISS and the first to dock autonomously.

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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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