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 Low Altitude Traffic and Airspace Safety system is being assessed by the FAA and NASA's Unmanned Aerial System Traffic Management program.
The department has appointed a task force to develop a registration process by year-end for recreational users of small unmanned aircraft.
The Thales Watchkeeper unmanned aircraft flew for three and a half hours over Wales, including for one hour within non-segregated airspace.
Agency issued a proposed framework earlier this year, though a final rule isn’t expected until next year.
General Atomics plans to open an unmanned aircraft training academy, joining Northrop Grumman as tenants of the Grand Sky Technology Park.
The $1.9 million fine, which eclipsed the previous record of $19,000, was levied against Chicago-based aerial photographer SkyPan International.
Standards organization RTCA publishes 'interim' standards for unmanned aircraft detect-and-avoid and command and control functions.
By not issuing reasonable rules for drones, the FAA is making their operators comfortable with not having to follow any rules.
The large Israel Aerospace Industries reconnaissance drone will serve 'as a deterrent,' according to an Indian Air Force official.
The two agencies would meet under the auspices of standards organization RTCA to develop performance standards for small commercial drones.