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.
The FAA has granted 14 total exemptions; 214 petitions have been filed with the agency.
The U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency “cannot prove” that its use of Predator B drones is effective for border surveillance, IG says.
The International Civil Aviation Organization’s new Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems Panel aims to deliver first standards for UAVs in 2018.
Precision Helicopters placed the launch order for the Flexrotor, a vertical takeoff and landing UAV developed by Insitu co-founder Tad McGeer.
The FAA and trade organizations representing drone and model aircraft operators launched the "Know Before You Fly" safety campaign.
The FAA and leading unmanned aircraft systems trade organizations have scheduled a teleconference to announce a “UAS Safety Campaign.'
A representative of the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration is chairman of the new ICAO Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems Panel.
The Army displayed the first aerostat of the Joint Land Attack Cruise Missile Defense Elevated Netted Sensor it will fly over the East Coast.
The U.S. Army has installed the first of five ground-based sense and avoid radar systems to track flights of unmanned aircraft in the U.S.
The FAA on December 10 granted four companies permission to operate drones under a special provision of the 2012 FAA reauthorization act.