UAS degree at Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus first in nation to offer BLOS flight ops to students

Students studying unmanned aircraft systems at the Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus are receiving a rare flight experience in some of their courses that is positioning them at the forefront of the drone industry. Kansas State Polytechnic’s UAS flight and operations degree option is the first in the nation to introduce flying beyond visual line […]

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Kansas State Polytechnic to offer first responder scholarship for sUAS training

Kansas State University’s Polytechnic Campus is offering $500 scholarships to first responders interested in attending the small unmanned aircraft systems, or sUAS, commercial remote pilot training course in 2019. The available scholarships reduce the overall course cost by 50 percent and still cover the fee for the Federal Aviation Administration written exam at the completion […]

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FAA Targets UAS Violators for Enforcement

Pilots of unmanned aircraft (“drones”) who interfere with fighting wildfires, law enforcement efforts, or other first responders, such as medical flights, now are more likely to face serious civil penalties, even for first-time offenses. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has provided guidance (PDF) for agency personnel who handle possible drone violations to refer all cases […]

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FAA Announces Key Appointments for Executive Directors of Aircraft Certification and UAS Integration

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recently announced Earl Lawrence’s promotion to the Agency’s Executive Director for Aircraft Certification. Lawrence was previously Executive Director for the FAA’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Integration Office. He succeeds Dorenda Baker, who retired Nov. 30 after a distinguished aviation safety career. Jay Merkle, Deputy Vice President […]

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Deseret UAS Signs Landmark Agreement with ElectraFly

Deseret UAS has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the unmanned aerial systems (UAS) company, ElectraFly. This Utah-based company is developing a personal flying vehicle that has the potential to revolutionize the unmanned aerial systems (UAS) industry. Under the agreement, ElectraFly will begin flight testing on Deseret UAS ranges early next year. This watershed […]

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FAA Reports More Than 50,000 LAANC Applications Processed

According to the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA), its nationwide deployment of the Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC) has exceeded all of the program’s original objectives. Since the program began with a prototype system in November 2017, LAANC has processed more than 50,000 applications from drone operators for authorization to fly in controlled airspace. […]

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Delair Unveils UX11 Ag, New UAV Optimized for Large Scale Surveying in Agriculture and Forestry

Delair, a leading supplier of commercial drone solutions, today announced a new drone platform specifically optimized for the agriculture industry, the Delair UX11 Ag. Built on the foundation of the successful Delair UX11 fixed-wing UAV, the new version combines the productivity benefits of long-range/BVLOS flight operations with highly accurate survey-grade mapping and plant data collection […]

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KDOT, Iris Automation Begin Test Flights for Integration Pilot Program

The Kansas Department of Transportation has started the testing phase of the Integration Pilot Program. Flights by Iris Automation will focus on enabling new detect and avoid capabilities for drones. Iris Automation will be testing its collision avoidance technology in the airspace above Gypsum’s farmlands. The technology uses computer vision and artificial intelligence to allow […]

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Skycatch Says Edge1 Now Available Worldwide

Skycatch has announced the first-of-its-class, on-premise data processing and GNSS base station, the Skycatch Edge1. Manufactured in partnership with DJI, the world’s leader in civilian drones and aerial imaging technology, the Skycatch Edge1 is now available worldwide. Tested and optimized for the Skycatch Explore1 and DJI Phantom 4 RTK drones, the self-positioning Edge1 allows commercial […]

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