Teledyne Energy Systems and Vertical Partners West (VPW) Enter Agreement

The worlds of manned and unmanned aviation are rapidly approaching a time when they will be sharing the National Airspace (NAS). Unfortunately, the safety standards within each industry are very different and when lives are at stake, we can’t and shouldn’t compromise. Drone operators and manufacturers might be the “new kids on the block”, but…

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…

The FAA Offers New Partnership Opportunities for Commercial Drone Entities

On June 3rd the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced a new policy in response to a Congressional requirement. The announcement clearly states the intention of the FAA to partner with qualified commercial entities who will match a $6M pledge to perform Unmanned Air Systems (UAS or UAV) integration-related work at the UAS Test Sites. The…

The FAA is No Longer Implementing Remote ID for Drones by July

At a recent hearing before the Senate Commerce Committee, FAA UAS Integration Office Executive Director Jay Merkle said that the agency is seriously contemplating releasing its remote identification ruling for drones in July this year. The hearing is looking specifically at the integration of unconventional aircraft into the National Airspace System (NAS). A few days…

How Will Extended Flight Time for Drones be Powered?

We’ve been hearing about organ deliveries that have been enabled by drones as well as beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) flights for years now, all of which have been accomplished despite the power bottleneck that has limited the technology for even longer. Now that the era of unmanned airlines has truly arrived, isn’t it…

Wing Aviation Becomes the First Unmanned Airline in the USA

On April 23, Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary Elaine L. Chao announced the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) awarded the first air carrier certification (Part 135) to a drone delivery company, Google affiliate Wing Aviation (https://wing.com/). This is especially notable since Part 135 certificates are only given to aircraft operations that demonstrate absolute safety records and…

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