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.
Rogue drone activity comes one day after the UK announces new measures to protect civil aviation from drones.
Fuel-cell powered UAS has more than five times the range of battery-powered aircraft.
The FAA has granted insurer State Farm the first national waiver for flights over people and beyond the pilot's visual line of sight.
The Neuron UCAV technology demonstrator has now flown more than 150 times. Recent trials have been undertaken against Spanish Typhoon fighters.
Leonardo has developed considerable expertise in the field of infrared search and track systems for fighters, which is now being extended to UAVs
Textron has developed a kit that rapidly turns its Aerosonde UAV into a vertical take-off and landing vehicle that can operate from small vessels
Police and military remain on site deploying drone mitigating measures
The autonomous, unmanned "tactical vehicle" is based on the Helicopteres Guimbal Cabri G2 and fitted with a diesel engine.
Lift plans to rent out eVTOLs under the Part 103 powered ultralight rules beginning next year.
Many questions remain about the scope and viability of the emerging vertical takeoff and landing aircraft market.