NCDOT Helping in Effort to Use Drones in COVID-19 Relief Efforts

State transportation officials announced today a public-private partnership that will use drones to deliver critical medical supplies and food during the COVID-19 response.       The N.C. Department of Transportation’s Division of Aviation and its partners are inviting people interested in the initiative to learn more in an online public forum from 1-3 p.m. Friday. Please visit […]

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Unmanned Safety Institute Launches New Digital Credentialing Initiative with Credly

Unmanned Safety Institute has launched a new digital badging program for its certification holders. Individuals who complete coursework/training and earn a passing score on one of the proctored exams or operational evaluations will earn an Unmanned Safety Institute digital credential. ”By providing a secure, digital representation of Unmanned Safety Institute safety and operational certifications, our […]

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UAS Operators Cautioned Not to Disrupt Food Supply Chain During COVID-19 Pandemic by Interfering with Low-Flying Ag Aircraft

As the nation enters the upcoming growing season in the midst of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the National Agricultural Aviation Association (NAAA) is asking all Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) operators to be extra mindful of low-flying manned agricultural aircraft operations. “The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) declared crop input services to be an essential service […]

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U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao Announces $2.6 Million in 14 Drone Grants to Universities

U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao today announced the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is awarding $2.6 million in research, education, and training grants to universities that comprise the agency’s Air Transportation Center of Excellence (COE) for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) also known as Alliance for System Safety of UAS through Research Excellence (ASSURE). There are […]

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First Approval for Beyond-Visual-Line-of-Sight Drone Flights Granted in Canada Using Iris Automation’s Onboard Detect-and-Avoid Technology

MVT Geo-solutions, in partnership with Iris Automation, has been granted the first Beyond-Visual-Line-of-Sight (BVLOS) Special Flight Operations Certificate (SFOC) by Transport Canada using only onboard Detect-and-Avoid (DAA). The approval was granted based on the utilization of Iris Automation’s DAA system, called Casia, which provides commercial drones with automated collision avoidance maneuvers. The waiver permits flights […]

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Astro Adds Med-Evac Pod to the Fleet

Astro Aerospace has added another new model to its ALTA platform line-up in the form of a Med-Evac/Ambulance vehicle. The ALTA LaFRa (Low-altitude Fast Response aircraft) is the newest pod concept to join Astro’s ALTA fleet of Pods and will target the search and rescue, and ambulance/medical markets. The LaFRa design modification was an obvious […]

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