EASA Adopts EU-Wide Drone Rules

On both sides the Atlantic, the issue of integrating manned and unmanned aerial vehicles over controlled airspace has two distinct angles: one is technological and the other regulatory. These are issues the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in the USA and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) in Europe are directly dealing with, as the agencies…

Cell Tower Scan from Drone Harmony Transforms Expectations for Cell Tower Inspections

With the insatiable appetite of the general public and enterprise alike for faster and more reliable mobile connectivity, telecommunication companies are engaged in a fierce race to out-maneuver each other in terms of speed, access and dependability of their wireless networks. One unintended consequence of this race to the top is the constant construction, upgrading…

FAA Expands UAV Airspace Restrictions Over DOJ Facilities

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recently announced a dramatic expansion to the restricted airspace in which drones, or UAVs, can operate including federal prisons and U.S. Coast Guard bases. It’s a move that comes at the request of the FAA’s Federal security partners and demonstrates the FAA’s authority to restrict drone operations over national security…

NASA’s Ikhana UAV Completes Its First BVLOS Flight in Controlled Airspace

The integration of manned and unmanned aircraft in controlled airspace is something many people are focused on enabling, and advances are being made every day which will see that goal realized sooner rather than later. NASA and the FAA have been working together to make sure that the requirements imposed on manned aircraft to keep…

Leica and DJI Join Forces to Bring a New Drone to Market

For the past 97 years now, one company has been at the forefront of manufacturing precision optical instruments for land surveying and construction. Wild Heerbrugg was founded in 1921 in Switzerland, but today is known as Leica Geosystems (part of Hexagon AB) and is recognized across the world for their surveying transits and GNSS receivers…

Using Drones to Monitor Volcano Activity and Save Lives

We’ve seen an incredible amount of new applications for small unmanned aerial vehicles (sUAV) over the past 24 months, and those range from drones that can plant trees by firing seeds into the ground to UAVs that can pick up and carry objects, but some of the most important innovations for the technology are happening…