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 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.
The Indago can be used by firefighters to identify hot spots more precisely through heavy smoke and then transmit that data back to the remote operator.
The Air Line Pilots Association contends that pressure to introduce drones into the U.S. national airspace system should not override safety.
Textron started operating the Aerosonde UAS through an FAA certificate of authorization awarded to the Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership.
The NTSB reversed a ruling that the FAA was wrong to fine Raphael Pirker for allegedly recklessly flying a drone.
Iran claims to have flown an unmanned aircraft copied from the RQ-170 Sentinel that crashed in that country in December 2011.