TAG: FAA

Northrop Grumman awarded contract for GPS modernization

February 8, 2016By

Northrop Grumman Corporation has been awarded an order to support embedded GPS/inertial navigation system (INS) Pre-Phase 1 modernization efforts. The Military GPS User Equipment (MGUE) program is developing M-code-capable GPS receivers, which are mandated by Congress after fiscal year 2017 and will help to ensure the secure transmission of accurate military signals. Under the cost-plus-fixed-fee order valued at $4.8 million... read more

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Insurance and law firms start drone services

January 26, 2016By

Insurance companies in the U.S. and Canada have jumped on the UAV bandwagon, with many now offering coverage for commercial drone users. The insurance usually covers liability for any damage caused by the drone, with comprehensive options covering damage to the drone itself. Unmanned Risk Management, which also insures helicopters and other aircraft, has insured drones in all 50 U.S.... read more

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AUVSI to host massive trade show, works with US UAV regulators

January 20, 2016By
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The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) has renamed its major annual conference — XPONENTIAL — and the 2016 edition will be held in New Orleans at the Morial Convention Center on the west bank of the Mississippi, May 2–5. The huge convention center is hosting the event across two large halls, with more than 350,000 square feet of space for up... read more

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FAA Pathfinder test inspects rail tracks

January 12, 2016By
Insitu and BNSF officials launch ScanEagle for the historic first flight. (PRNewsFoto/Insitu, Inc.)

Launching at a tower site near Vaughn, New Mexico, Insitu accomplished a commercial beyond-visual-line-of-sight operation with an unmanned aerial system (UAS). The Oct. 25 event marked the beginning of a week-long series of flights with BNSF Railway designed to show how UAVs can enhance the safety of critical infrastructure by aiding with inspections. During the 14 hours of flyovers, the... read more

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FAA releases B4UFLY iPhone app on Apple Store

January 6, 2016By
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The Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) drone app — B4UFLY — is being released for Apple, following an initial beta testing period. The app can be dowloaded from the Apple store. The FAA also is releasing a beta version of B4UFLY for Android devices, which can be downloaded from Google. B4UFLY tells users about current or upcoming requirements and restrictions in... read more

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FAA small unmanned aircraft registration begins

December 21, 2015By

The Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Small Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) registry is now live and ready for owners of hobby UAS to use at www.faa.gov/uas/registration. Registration is free for the first 30 days with a rebate, then $5 after that. The online registration system does not yet support registration of small UAS used for any purpose other than hobby or recreation... read more

FAA unveils UAS rule, begins drone registry Dec. 21

December 14, 2015By
The popular DJI Phantom 3. (Photo credit: DJI)

The Federal Aviation Administration announced on Dec. 14 an official rule and registration process for hobbyists who own small unmanned aircraft weighing more than 0.55 pounds and less than 55 pounds, including payloads such as on-board cameras. The online registration system does not yet support registration of small UAS used for any purpose other than hobby or recreation — for example,... read more

Expert Opinions: FAA UAV registration requirement

December 8, 2015By

Lydia Bock, Geodetics Inc., and John Studenny, Esterline - CMC Navigation Systems, answer the question, "What do you think of the FAA requirement that all UAV purchasers register their devices?" read more

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