The FAA Confirms Changes to Regulatory Approach for Powered-Lift Certification
In a statement to Avionics International this week, the Federal Aviation Administration confirmed that it will be modifying its regulatory approach for certification of powered-lift operations and the pilots that operate these aircraft. In the short-term, the FAA plans to use its "special class" process in 14 CFR 21.17(b) to type certificate powered-lift aircraft, in order to address the unique features of emerging powered-lift models.
Perspectives on eVTOL Certification from Honeywell, Jaunt, Archer, Joby
Manufacturers of electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft are working closely with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) to establish a path to certification and make progress towards achieving certification for these new types of vehicles.
Electric Regional Air Mobility Discussion With NASA Report Lead Author Kevin Antcliff
Imagine you're a family of 4 heading to a ski resort in the region. You take an electric Uber to your local small airport. You're in the air in 15 minutes. You land near the resort and another electric Uber takes you to the hill. You fly quietly over the often dangerous mountain roads, enjoying the scenery from the air. All for the cost of getting there by other means, but in a fraction of the time.
Disaster Response Training Offered for Women Drone Pilots
The Center for Robot-Assisted Search and Rescue (CRASAR), the world leader in robotics for disasters, is partnering with Women and Drones for 3.5 days of drone pilot training. The purpose is to introduce female pilots to the missions, skills, and regulations applicable to different types of disasters and enable them to work with local agencies. The training will take place during the highly realistic Public Safety Interoperability Institute (Interop 22) exercise with Texas emergency management agencies, Texas National Guard, and other groups at Disaster City® and surrounding facilities.
Increase in Female Drone Pilots
Women and Drones breaks down the latest Remote Pilot numbers released by the Federal Aviation Administration.
Built-in Intelligence Comes to Small, Pilotless Fixed-wing Planes
Most small autonomous fixed-wing aircraft are guided by a commercial controller, which works well for simple paths. But high winds, for instance, can cause a pilotless aircraft to go off course and crash. Demanding paths for demanding applications require new innovations for suitable performance to expand uses of such drones.
NBAA Praises New Bill Supporting AAM Infrastructure
A bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers this week introduced legislation designed to help pave the way for the development of infrastructure to support the emerging advanced air mobility (AAM) sector.
Personal eVTOL Vehicles: AIR CEO Believes in the Flying Cars of the Future
From George Jetson to Prof. Brown in the Back to the Future movies, the dream of owning one's own flying car has captured the public imagination.
However, in recent years, planners envisioning urban air mobility solutions have focused largely on the creation of fleets of air taxis. Challenging this conventional wisdom is the CEO of an Israeli start-up company that has developed an electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) vehicle, who believes that small personal flying machines will be the wave of the future.
CAE to debut VTOL desktop simulator for unmanned systems
CAE will demonstrate a new Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) desktop simulator based on the company's Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) Mission Trainer at the Dubai Airshow from November 14 to 18, 2021.
Increasing advanced air mobility (AAM) and UAS operations over the next decade will create a surge in demand for pilots, which by some estimates could be close to 60,000 pilots needed by 2028. However, training solutions geared specifically towards VTOL operations are currently limited.
A Veteran’s Day Salute: Inclusive UAS – One Man’s Mission to Bring Drone Flight to People with Disabilities
As soon as he impacted the ground, he knew something was seriously wrong. In December 2016, a freak fall while snowboarding left U.S. Air Force veteran Rob Corbett, a decorated non-commissioned officer and Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI) agent with more than a decade of active duty service to the nation, paralyzed from the neck down.
Ever since, he's dedicated his life to bringing inclusion into the drone community by advocating for and training others with disabilities, including veterans and their families.
The Smarter Pilot: Steve Rhode’s New Column Helps Pilots Parse Current Drone Regulations
Current drone regulations can be difficult even for experienced pilots to understand. In his new DRONELIFE column, Steve Rhode works to help bridge the knowledge gap between passing the Part 107 test and requirements of the most current drone regulations.
The following is one of an educational series for drone pilots by Steve Rhode, Chief Pilot with the Wake Forest Fire Department and the North Carolina Public Safety Drone Academy, and founder of Public Safety Flight, a website dedicated to information about the use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), UAVs, aircraft, and drones in public safety. (Not to be contrued as legal advice: please see details at the FAA government site. Opinions are the author's.)
Drone Champions League is back with DCL 2.0
"Drone racing is ahead of the curve," says Drone Champions League CEO Dr. Michael Kostka. "And now DCL intends to advance the sport even further with a hybrid format that enables fans to immerse themselves in both physical and virtual events at spectacular new locations."
ODOT helps out those who want to get a drone pilot license
The Ohio Department of Transportation is extending a unique opportunity to people who want to get their official license to fly their drones. They will now be offering free online courses for the Remote Pilot Certification Exam.
New drone legislation made consistent across the EU
Digital Camera World
Up until now, drone legislation across the European Union has been inconsistent across member states, making it more confusing for photographers traveling through Europe. However, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has now produced a set of rules and tiers for several categories of drones, making EU drone legislation more consistent and easier to understand.
Since drones exploded in popularity, countries across the world have been racing to keep up with this new technology. For a period of time, there were a series of incidents involving drones that could have been avoided with the proper care and attention of the pilot.
UW Students Learn How to Operate Drones in New Online Course
University of Wyoming News
To meet the growing demand for drone use in business, the University of Wyoming Board of Trustees this past summer approved the launch of geospatial information science and technology programs. New programs, which began this fall, are offered in the areas of geographic information system, remote sensing and UAS, better known as drones.
Challenges with imprecision of UAS pesticide applications
The potential uses for drones or unmanned aircraft systems in agriculture have been discussed extensively in the past 10 years. One of the potential uses that hasn't been fully fleshed out in the U.S. is pesticide applications.
FAA Moving Slowly On Drone Certification
The People's Republic of China is one of 66 individuals and organizations commenting on an FAA Federal Register Notice on the certification of some drones.
Advancing Drone Technology Innovation in Government
For decades, government led the way on the development and use of new technologies. Today, there is a similar emphasis on government "spinning in" commercial technologies to improve its own operations. However, the transformational benefits of new technologies may not come solely from either a spin-in or spin-off alone. Rather, "spinning on" may be the key.
Aerial survey gives Dyer a detailed look at what's going on in town
Northwest Indiana Times
When you hear about people looking at "the big picture" before making a decision, it might mean looking at 21,200 pictures in Dyer, Indiana. That's how many images are compiled using unmanned aerial vehicle technology to give town officials a single clear picture of the lay of the land.
Drone technology provides air support
Snohomish County Tribune
In hopes of being on the cutting edge of technology, the city of Monroe, Wash., is now operating an Unmanned Aerial System program. The drones are available for a wide variety of uses in the city.
FAA Continues Drone Integration Initiatives
The Federal Aviation Administration announced 26 schools from 20 different states have been selected so far to participate in the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Collegiate Training Initiative.
Nationwide BVLOS waiver granted to K-State Polytechnic Campus
Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus's Applied Aviation Research Center has received a new waiver from the FAA that permits K-State Polytechnic to fly unmanned aircraft beyond visual line of sight in all Class G airspace nationwide
Skyborg Drone: How The U.S. Air Force Wants to Merge Man and Machine
The National Interest
In an interview, the Air Force acquisitions chief explained that Skyborg will bring "intelligent mass" to air battles by integrating artificial intelligence with piloted aircraft to maintain the United States' competitive advantage in the air.