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Amazon to FAA: Loosen Laws or Moving Research Abroad

December 9, 2014By

Amazon.com is warning the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that it will move its drone research abroad if it doesn’t get permission soon to test-fly in the United States, reports The Wall Street Journal. Amazon has already begun researching drone flights in the United Kingdom. “Without the ability to test outdoors in the United States soon, we will have no choice but to... read more

Drone Prohibition: NTSB Rules Favorably on FAA Appeal

December 1, 2014By

The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board has ruled that drones are aircraft for the purpose of the Federal Aviation Administration’s prohibition of their careless or reckless use. The NTSB affirmed the agency’s position that unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) meet the legal definition of “aircraft,” and that the agency may take enforcement action against anyone who operates a UAS or model aircraft... read more

FAA Issues First Commercial UAS Authorization over Land

July 2, 2014By
American Aerospace RS-16 UAS. 12'11" Wingspan. 85 lbs.

Like it or not, as a person who works with geospatial data, UAS (unmanned aerial systems such as drones and UAVs) are in your future. The upside of said technology for “quick and dirty” mapping is undeniable. GNSS plays a key role with UAS, just like it plays a key role in classical photogrammetry. In fact, UAS may even push GNSS technology... read more

ACR Electronics Launches New Locator for Aviation

June 13, 2014By
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A new emergency locator transmitter for aviation has received Cospas-Sarsat and FAA approvals and is now available for sale. The ELT 1000 by ACR Electronics, Inc., is designed with multiple installation configurations to reduce overall installation cost, the company said. The electronics maximize frequency stability and power while incorporating a new, built-in GPS navigational interface, the company said. Including GPS... read more

Leadership Talks: OEM Perspective on UAV Trends, Challenges

May 1, 2014By
Graham Purves, NovAtel

Interview with Graham Purves, Executive Vice President, NovAtel   GPS World (GPSW): In the regulatory picture for unmanned autonomous vehicles (UAVs), what are the concerns for the GNSS research, design, and manufacturing community regarding air-space regulation? Graham Purves (GP): The main concern is the scope and impact of certification requirements for UAV navigation systems in the National Air Space. Certification... read more

SBAS Working Group Looks to Galileo for Aircraft Guidance, Defines L5

February 28, 2014By
Planned GAGAN service coverage for the two different service levels (RNP0.1 and APV1). GAGAN has been jointly undertaken by the Airport Authority of India and the Indian Space Research Organization, ISRO, to achieve smooth transition to satellite-based navigation and seamless air traffic management across continents. GAGAN is designed to provide improved accuracy, availability and integrity necessary to enable users to rely on GPS for all phases of flight, from en route through approach for all qualified airports within the GAGAN service volume. More precisely it is aimed to provide Non Precision Approach RNP0.1 service levels to the entire Indian Flight Information Region and Precision Approach APV1 service (equivalent to the current EGNOS Service) within a specified service volume within Indian land mass.

Plans to harness Galileo and other satnav systems for next-generation satellite augmentation systems for aviation and other high-performance uses took a significant step forward at the latest gathering of worldwide operators and experts, reports the European Space Agency. Satellite augmentation systems combine additional ground stations and satellite transponders to sharpen satnav accuracy and reliability across given geographical regions — based... read more

The Business — February 2014

February 1, 2014By

The Business section from the January 2014 issue (Download the PDF). Includes: 2014 Receiver Survey Addendum (for the full survey, click here); FAA Selects Six Sites for UAV Research; NovAtel Supplies Reference Receivers for IRNSS Ground Segment; SkyTraq Seeks Crowdfunding for GPS/BeiDou Development Board; Hemisphere GNSS Names Chuck Joseph President and CEO; Honda Joins Google Alliance to Develop GPS Solutions;... read more

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Thursday’s Webinar Focuses on Explosive UAV Market Growth

November 18, 2013By

Explosive growth in the UAV market is the focus of a free GPS World webinar this Thursday. Most on-board navigation systems in UAVs — unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) — rely on GNSS or GNSS with inertial aiding. As military budgets decline, interest in civilian commercial applications is growing rapidly. The FAA recently awarded special type certification to two UAVs for... read more

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