Using a Swarm of Drones to Research Hurricanes

For a few years now, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has been investing in unmanned aircraft and other technologies to increase weather observations designed to improve the accuracy of hurricane forecasting. Recently, the agency awarded Black Swift Technologies with a contract to develop a new air-deployed unmanned aircraft system (UAS) for this purpose.…

Doing Business in the Drone Age

The 2019 FAA UAS Symposium featured numerous insightful panels and discussions, but the “Doing Business in the Drone Age” session was particularly informative. Diana Cooper, Greg Agvent, Jennifer Richter, Brendan Schulman and Eric Schwartz discussed a wide range of topics around how they’ve helped tackle challenges associated with the drone market while also making a…

Robotic Skies Set to Guide the Future of UAS Maintenance

Robotic Skies, a service provider who supports manufacturers and operators of commercial UAS by keeping UAS flying safely, efficiently and affordably around the world, has received an investment from Boeing. This investment will help to expand the company’s, and the world’s only, global network of more than 170 civil aviation authority-certified UAS maintenance centers. It’s…

EASA Publishes Common Drone Rules for All of Europe

June 11, 2019, marked a very important day for the drone industry in Europe, as it represented the culmination of an effort that has been in the works for many years now. After a lengthy negotiation process, the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) finally published common, pan-European rules on unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV). The…

Advice from FAA Drone Waiver Approvers

Jeremy Grogan, Part 107 Waiver Team Lead, FAA Flight Standards Service, as well as Randy Willis, Manager, FAA Emerging Technologies Team, took part in the “Get Advice From the Approvers” session at the 2019 FAA UAS Symposium. While operators may request to fly specific drone operations not allowed under Part 107 by requesting an operational…

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