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.
Japan will join South Korea as an operator of the RQ-4 Global Hawk in the Asia Pacific region.
The U.S. Air Force is taking steps to relieve “strain” on its remotely piloted aircraft pilots
The General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper and variants of the Northrop Grumman Global Hawk recently achieved flight-time milestones.
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.