The U.S. lags other countries in allowing commercial use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), delaying a substantial economic opportunity, witnesses told a Senate hearing on January 15. Some senators questioned the reasons behind the delay; others expressed concern over privacy rights at the hearing, which was held to consider both safety and privacy issues.
Government agencies would not be allowed to use unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) to track individuals without first obtaining a warrant under a set of recommendations developed by a coalition of state governmental organizations.
L-3 Security & Detection Systems is demonstrating its new ProVision 2 passenger scanner here in the group’s Paris Air Show pavilion (Static E17). The equipment has just completed approval under the European Civil Aviation Conference’s Common Evaluation Process.
The U.S. trade organization representing the unmanned systems industry stepped up pressure on the FAA to select six test ranges for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) as required by the FAA reauthorization act signed into law in February.
U-Fuel, a provider of aircraft fueling stations, has designed a self-contained unmanned “FBO-in-a-box” concept that it says is aimed at lowering the cost of operating at small airports.
The design consists of a weatherproof steel enclosure that contains self-service pumps for various fuels, an air-conditioned lounge with restroom, as well as a meeting room with telephone, wireless Internet and vending equipment for food, beverages and aviation items.
Bombardier has appointed movie star and pilot John Travolta as one of its business aircraft brand ambassadors. Over and above being a licensed jet pilot and advocate for corporate aviation, Travolta has an incredibly busy schedule of filming, publicity and charity work. He also likes to take his wife and children with him wherever possible and will add a Challenger 601 to his fleet shortly. “It made sense.
Groups as diverse as the three largest general aviation organizations and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce are calling on Congress to maintain the current FAA Block Aircraft Registration Request (Barr) program in pending FAA reauthorization legislation.
Otonomy Aviation (Booth No. 4609) has completed development of its new Parabellum system for guarding aircraft while they are parked on the ramp. The system uses high definition CAMHD-1 video cameras mounted on the exterior of the aircraft. The cameras can also provide video for the cabin entertainment system.
The Department of Transportation has issued a final rule that provides a start date for mandatory direct-observation drug testing.
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