An Ingenious Parachute System to Keep Drones from Crashing

At every Commercial UAV Expo, either in the USA or Europe, there are always innovative technologies that catch our eye. This was the case during the recent Commercial UAV Expo Europe in Amsterdam when we walked into the booth of Drone Rescue Systems, an Austrian-based company that has developed an ingenious parachute system to keep…

UL and the Release of a Battery Safety Standard for the UAV Industry

Over the past 18 months we’ve been writing about the frustration with the current state of affairs in terms of time in the air (TITA) for battery powered multi-copters and small fixed-wing unmanned aircraft. We have interviewed many people with innovative ideas to extend TITA, ranging from the more traditional tethered solutions to the really…

Previewing New and Innovative Products at Commercial UAV Expo Europe

At Commercial UAV Expo Europe 2018, the Product Preview sessions opened the event to provide attendees with a look at a variety of hardware and software solutions which will be further showcased on the exhibit floor. A few thoughts and pictures about the latest product launches and innovations from the companies that presented are below. What…

What Kind of Insurance Do Commercial Drone Operators Need?

Commercial UAV Expo 2018 Update: We’ve talked about what it means for commercial drone operators to assess risk, but the nuances associated with different types of insurance and whether or not standard policies cover a given operation have many people exposing themselves to liability without fully realizing what they’re doing. It’s an issue that can…

Analysis of the 2018-2038 FAA Aviation Forecast

On March 15th the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released its aerospace forecast for the fiscal years 2018 to 2038. The report covers all the areas of interest to the federal agency, notably commercial airliners, general aviation and now unmanned systems, as well as all items pertaining to the safety of operations over the national airspace.…