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 agency has signed cooperative research and development agreements to test counter-drone systems from several companies at selected airports.
The Pentagon is evaluating the 'Tether Eye' tethered drone to combat terrorism. The Navy will equip submarines with tube-launched 'Blackwing.'
The aviation risk management and safety auditing firm provides accreditation standards to burgeoning new unmanned segment.
One study shows the unmanned aircraft can be a distraction for ag operators.
A system now under development could help protect rotorcraft operators from rogue drones.
Spectral Sky is adapting the Lancair Evolution kitbuilt composite airplane to manned and unmanned UAS operations.
Resource from NBAA provides background information on small unmanned aerial systsmes and a checklist for vetting sUAS service providers.
USI is the official UAS training provider for Global Aerospace under its SM4 Safety Initiative.
The Air Force will release a strategic plan for using smaller unmanned aircraft systems than it has traditionally operated.
Amazon Prime Air's ambition is to deliver packages by small drones in an airspace system with multiple, overlapping controllers.