TAG: FAA

Amazon Delivery Drone Plans Include Tiered Flight Zones

July 28, 2015By
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Amazon has announced a plan for its package-delivery drones, according to NBC News. The proposal includes tiered flight zones that would limit small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) to slow speeds in airspace below 200 feet and allow them to fly faster for long-distance travel between 200 and 400 feet. Commercial aircraft are governed by the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA’s) Air Traffic Control,... read more

New Frontiers in Unmanned Flight — Your Questions Answered

July 15, 2015By
This drone is part of a prototype healthcare delivery system in Delft.

GPS World held a webinar May 21 on new unmanned aircraft initiatives, led by a panel of experts. I also participated, to provide insight into recent UAS industry. More than 300 people attended. We received numerous questions on this hot topic, but in an hour-long webinar, we didn’t have time to provide answers. This month, I tackle those questions, which explore interesting new applications and regulations governing operations for this fast-moving area of technology. read more

The System: SBAS Agree to Common Message

June 1, 2015By
current coverage (left) of WAAS, EGNOS and MSAS; 
long-term 2020–2025 (right) plan for dual-frequency, dual-GNSS WAAS-EGNOS-MSAS-SDCM-GAGAN.

Aircraft navigation and safety will benefit from enhanced, reliable satellite navigation signals on a seamless basis across much of the world in the 2020–2025 timeframe. read more

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Hey, AU! — Autonomous Unmanned News

May 29, 2015By
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In this special section, GPS World focuses on automous positioning and navigation technology, including unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs). SenseFly Launches Intelligent Mapping and Inspection Drone SenseFly launched the eXom, a quadcopter for mapping and inspection, at the AUVSI Unmanned Systems show, held May 4–7 in Atlanta. The 3.7-pound quadcopter offers professionals such... read more

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FAA’s UAS Test Sites Receive Blanket Authorizations

May 28, 2015By

The nation’s six unmanned aircraft system test sites now have blanket authorizations to fly drones and no longer have to seek authorizations for each type of aircraft flown, according to new Federal Aviation Administration regulations. The new regulations streamline the approval process for UAS research by the test sites. They also allow those with only a recreational- or sport-pilot certificate to... read more

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Encouraging Signs for Commercial UAVs

May 20, 2015By
Amazon’s Prime Air "Delivery Drone.”

The AUVSI show in Atlanta, held May 4-7, drew significantly more attention from TV media this year, as several of the major networks provided live coverage from the show floor. NBC’s Today morning show opened with a live shot of a drone hovering in front of an opening house door, as if patiently waiting to deliver a package from Google or... read more

FAA Selects Mississippi State as Center of Excellence for UAS

May 8, 2015By

After a rigorous competition, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has selected a Mississippi State University team as the FAA’s Center of Excellence for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (COE UAS). The COE will focus on research, education and training in areas critical to safe and successful integration of UAS into the nation’s airspace. The team brings together 15 of the nation’s leading... read more

Model Plane Fliers to Get Real-Time, Location-Based Flight Safety Info

May 6, 2015By
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Today’s second announcement of a new UAV-related initiative by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) was directed at private citizens: model airplane enthusiasts and hobbyists, also called modelers — not at industry or commercial use. See this story for information on the Pathfinder program for commercial drone use. A soon-to-be released smartphone app will proved users with real-time information on flight... read more

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