FAA’s Drone Task Force Issues Registration Recommendations

November 25, 2015By

A proposed national drone registration system should be based on the pilot, not the craft, recommends an FAA task force. It should also be free, electronic and immediate, and not apply to UAVs weighing 250 grams or less. In October, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Michael Huerta announced the creation of the task force to develop recommendations for a registration... read more

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SkyTracker Launched to Thwart Drone Threats in Protected Airspace

November 23, 2015By

CACI International has released SkyTracker, a precision system to protect high-value assets and support public safety against the escalating threat posed by the inadvertent or unlawful misuse of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). SkyTracker’s UAS detection, identification, and tracking system uses the drone’s radio links to precisely identify and locate UAS flying in banned or protected airspace, and has the unique capability to... read more

U.S. Army Is Seeking GPS-Denied Technology for UAS

October 26, 2015By

The U.S. Army’s Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center (ARDEC), located at Picatinny Arsenal in north-central New Jersey, has issued a sources sought notice for technology it can use for a variety of unmanned systems. The notice says that technologies developed for the Autonomous Unmanned Systems Teaming and Collaboration In GPS Denied Environments program (AUSTC) could be used for small UAS,... read more

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PrecisionHawk Joins Task Force for UAS Registration

October 20, 2015By
PrecisionHawk will serve as a technical resource to regulators. (PRNewsFoto/PrecisionHawk)

PrecisionHawk is contributing to a safety task force created by the U.S. Department of Transportation and the FAA. The task force brings together a diverse group, representing the UAS and manned aviation industries, the federal government, and other stakeholders, to develop an augmented registration process for Unmanned Aircraft Systems. “PrecisionHawk is working on many safety solutions, procedural and technological, that... read more

U.S. Will Require Registration of Drones

October 19, 2015By

UPDATE: Read news of the official announcement here. The federal government is expected to announce today a new plan requiring anyone buying a drone to register the device with the U.S. Department of Transportation. The registration of the drone will enable authorities to track a drone back to its owner if used in a dangerous manner. Under the plan, the... read more

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FAA Expands Unmanned Aircraft Pathfinder Efforts

October 7, 2015By

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has entered into a Pathfinder agreement with CACI International Inc. to evaluate how the company’s technology can help detect Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) in the vicinity of airports. In testimony today before the House Aviation Subcommittee, FAA Deputy Administrator Mike Whitaker said that flying an unmanned aircraft near a busy airfield poses an unacceptable safety... read more

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Topcon Offers Rotary-Wing UAS for Data Collection

October 5, 2015By
The Topcon Falcon 8 rotary wing UAS.

Topcon Positioning Group has added a rotary-wing unmanned aerial system (UAS) to its mass data-collection solutions line. The Falcon 8 — powered by Ascending Technologies — is designed for inspection and monitoring, as well as survey and mapping applications. “Rotary-wing systems provide the perfect solutions for small-scale sites and projects for which flexibility of takeoff and landing or an oblique perspective is... read more

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Denver, FAA Partner on Drone Safety

September 30, 2015By

Denver International Airport and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) are partnering to raise awareness about safe unmanned aircraft operations. The agencies teamed up on a public service announcement that will run on the video towers in the airport’s main terminal. The PSA uses the “No Drone Zone” slogan to drive home the point that flying an unmanned aircraft near a... read more

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