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.

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

Latest Elbit Hermes UAV Sparks to Life

Hermes 650 multirole UAV boasts a 24-hour endurance
Hermes 650 Spark
Security

High Point Launches Singapore Subsidiary

High Point expands Southeast Asia reach with new office in Singapore
High Point Aerotechnologies counter-drone system
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

Airbus Grows UAS Portfolio with Aerovel Acquisition

Aerovel produces the Flexrotor uncrewed aerial system
Aerovel's Flexrotor uncrewed aerial system
Avionics

Exploring Advances in Autonomous Flight Technology

How automating aircraft is changing the aviation industry
Rotor Technologies Robinson R22 with autonomous flight controls
Security

Amid Conflict, Israel Projects Minimal Presence at Dubai

IAI, Rafael and Elbit built exhibits but few representatives appeared
Israel Aerospace Industries at Dubai Airshow
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

General Atomics Teams with Edge for SkyGuardian Weapons

Included in the agreement are the UAE's Al Tariq family of PGMs
Al Tariq family of modular precision weapons
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

Edge Group Provides 'One Stop Shopping' for Defense Systems

Abu Dhabi-based conglomerate a key element of 'Make in the UAE' initiative
Edge Group's QX series of uncrewed air vehicles
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

Rotor Technologies' Uncrewed Helicopter Completes Landmark Flight Campaign

Two R220Y helicopters flew autonomously for more than 20 hours
Rotor Technologies' R220Y autonomous helicopter
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

Supernal and Honeywell Develop UAM Ground Control Stations

Honeywell software enables BVLOS flight testing
Supernal
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

Airbus Tests Single-stick eVTOL Flight Controls

Airbus FlightLab tests eVTOL electric flight control system
Airbus tests eVTOL flight controls
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

Choctaw Nation, NATA To Build AAM Ecosystem in Oklahoma

Partnership will seek to connect communities with new air services
Jaunt Jambulance eVTOL aircraft
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

FAA Revises UAS Safety Risk Managment Policy

Agency is trying to stay ahead of drone technology
Boeing cargo drone
Regulations and Government

The Not-so-New Vision of Air Taxis

While the promise is renewed, air taxis have been here for some time.
Joby aircraft sunset
Aircraft

AAM Market Worth $68.1B by 2032, Study Finds

The advanced air mobility industry will grow at a CAGR of 35.2 percent, according to a new market report.
Joby Aviation's eVTOL aircraft
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

Embry-Riddle Study Examines Drone, Aircraft Close Calls

A new study by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University researchers examined near-midair collisions between drones and aircraft.
A light aircraft in flight near a drone.
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

FAA Accepts Reliable Robotics’ Certification Plans

Reliable Robotics says the FAA has accepted its certification plans for a fully autonomous flight control system, which the company plans to install on aircraft to enable remotely piloted operations under supplemental type certificates.
A view from under the wing of an airplane flying with Reliable Robotics' autopilot system
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

Romania Firms Up First Watchkeeper UAS Purchase

The Watchkeeper X is the export version of the Watchkeeper UAS developed by Elbit and Thales for the British Army.
Elbit Watchkeeper
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

FCAS Expendable Remote Carrier On Course For 2029 Demo

MBDA leads the development of the expendable remote carrier capability for the tri-national Future Combat Air System.
MBDA remote carrier
Safety

AIN Team Wins at Paris's Aerospace Media Awards

AIN Media Group earned top honors at the Aerospace Media Awards during the Paris Airshow.
Aerospace Media Awards
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

French MALE UAV Debuts at Paris Airshow

Turgis & Gaillard pitches the medium-altitude, long-endurance drone as an all-French platform for surveillance and attack missions.
Gaillard ASA 1204 Aa’rok
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

Military UAS Sector Continues To Expand, Says Study

The Teal Group’s annual assessment of the unmanned aerial system arena forecasts continuing high levels of growth.
 Bayrakter TB2
Engines

General Atomics Gray Eagle Flies with New Powerplant

The HFE 2.0 engine provides the MQ-1C with more power for both improved performance as well as better reliability.
Gray Eagle HFE 2.0
FBOs

Abu Dhabi’s Serenity Aviation To Scope Global Opportunities

The firm is now engaged in acquiring six companies and forming joint ventures with four more.
AIN Logo
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

Operators Need To Be Up to Speed on European Inspection Rules

The NBAA recently participated in a forum on ramp inspections that addressed the latest changes to Europe's Safety Assessments of Foreign Aircraft process.
aircraft ground equipment
ATC

ERAU Students Test Reliable Robotics’ Remote-pilot Tech

Students at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, Arizona, tested Reliable Robotics’ communication system for remotely piloted aircraft.
Reliable Robotics' Cessna 208 Caravan flying over clouds
Regulations and Government

FAA To Designate Areas for Non-ID UAS Ops

The FAA has released a draft environmental assessment for areas where UAS can be flown without remote identification equipment.
drone lifts off with pilot in background silhouetted sunset
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

Summit Aviation Breaks Ground on Yellowstone Facility

Summit Aviation will soon begin construction on its complex at Montana's Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport.
Artist rendering of Summit Aviation's new headquarters at KBZN
Environment

FAA Invests $19M in Aviation Noise Research

The FAA has awarded $19 million in research grants to 14 universities in an effort to reduce noise pollution associated with aviation.
An engineer looks at a holographic diagram of an airplane
Aircraft

Airbus Demonstrates Autonomous Refueling Technology

Airbus's Auto’Mate technology successfully guided a series of drones to a pre-contact refueling position behind a tanker.
Airbus A310 MRTT with refueling boom extended over A Do-DT25 drone
Regulations and Government

NBAA Roundtable Advocates for AAM in FAA Reauthorization

NBAA's Advanced Air Mobility Roundtable marks legislative progress and continuing goals for 2023.
AAM