Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

News and issues relating to civil and military unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) of all kinds and sizes, including those used for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR), combat (unmanned combat air vehicles, or UCAVs), law enforcement, research and other applications. Of particular focus is the FAA's planned integration of UAS into the U.S. national airspace system.

Oct 8, 2015 - 11:19 AM
Agency issued a proposed framework earlier this year, though a final rule isn’t expected until next year.
General Atomics UAS training academy hangar
Oct 7, 2015 - 3:37 PM
General Atomics plans to open an unmanned aircraft training academy, joining Northrop Grumman as tenants of the Grand Sky Technology Park.
Oct 6, 2015 - 11:24 AM
The $1.9 million fine, which eclipsed the previous record of $19,000, was levied against Chicago-based aerial photographer SkyPan International.
NASA Ikhana with King Air intruder aircraft
Oct 2, 2015 - 7:51 PM
Standards organization RTCA publishes 'interim' standards for unmanned aircraft detect-and-avoid and command and control functions.
Oct 1, 2015 - 5:30 AM
By not issuing reasonable rules for drones, the FAA is making their operators comfortable with not having to follow any rules.
Israel Aerospace Industries Heron TP
Sep 29, 2015 - 9:48 AM
The large Israel Aerospace Industries reconnaissance drone will serve 'as a deterrent,' according to an Indian Air Force official.
Amazon airspace concept for small drones
Sep 17, 2015 - 11:51 AM
The two agencies would meet under the auspices of standards organization RTCA to develop performance standards for small commercial drones.
Sep 2, 2015 - 1:33 PM
Gibson and Lawrence replace the former manager of the FAA's Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Office, formed in 2012.
DJI Phantom 2 quadcopter
Aug 31, 2015 - 3:45 PM
The Air Line Pilots Association supports legislation that would give the FAA more power to regulate recreational drones.
MQ-8C Fire Scout
Aug 26, 2015 - 9:57 PM
Operators flew the unmanned helicopter out to 150 nm from Point Mugu, California. It completed 11-hour flight with an hour of fuel in reserve.