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Update: U.S. "national strategy" for AAM
JDSUPRA | 05/22/2023
With its track record in aviation safety and innovation, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) is one to watch when assessing the "barometer" of governmental AAM progress.
How airports are seizing the opportunity to incorporate drones and unmanned vehicles into their ecosystem
International Airport Review | 04/17/2023
Thanks to a quick recovery of passenger traffic, the industry's focus can now shift to yet another transformative challenge ─ Advanced Air Mobility (AAM).
What is a “Commercial” Drone?
Commercial UAV News | 04/13/2023
If you work in the drone industry, you probably know what a "commercial" drone is. It's a drone used for business, a drone used to make money.
Florida enacts bill banning foreign-made drones for emergency services
sUAS News | 04/06/2023
A bit of an outlier, Florida Senate Bill 44 (2021), is now in force and as such drones made by DJI and Autel are out of bounds for Floridian emergency services.
Readout from the FAA Aviation Safety Summit Breakout Panels
Federal Aviation Administration | 03/15/2023
More than 200 safety leaders from across the aviation industry met in specific breakout sessions Wednesday afternoon to discuss ways to enhance flight safety as part of the FAA's Aviation Safety Summit in McLean, Virginia. 
First, in the Nation – Pearland PD expands DFR operations to include BVLOS without Visual Observers
sUAS News | 03/14/2023
Pearland Police Department has been awarded a certificate of authorization (COA) to operate its drone as first responder (DFR) program beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) operation, eliminating the need for human visual observers (VOs). This was achieved using Iris Automation's Casia G ground-based air surveillance system. 
The Future of Drones for Search and Rescue: from the Floor of National Public Safety UAS Conference
dronelife | 03/14/2023
The sold out DRONERESPONDERS National Public Safety UAS Conference kicked off today in Williamsburg VA, with an international guest list and a packed schedule of training and presentations.
Welcome to Chula Vista, where police drones respond to 911 calls
MIT Technology Review | 02/27/2023
The technology is already out in force in some cities, but the true debate on privacy and policies is lagging behind.
Urban air mobility gaining traction
Military Aerospace Electronics | 02/23/2023
The city soundscape soon may be abuzz with a variety of electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft ferrying passengers and cargo across dense urban centers high above the crowded streets below.
UNT and COMSovereign to Collaborate on 5G Edge-Centric Research Platform for Advanced Air Mobility and More
Dallas Innovates | 02/21/2023
Funded in part by a grant from the North Central Texas Council of Governments, the infrastructure test platform will support research projects in mobility technologies including unmanned aerial vehicles, autonomous ground vehicles, mobile edge computing, public safety communications, and more.
Drone Safety Day
Federal Aviation Administration | 02/16/2023
Annual Drone Safety Day is Saturday, April 29, 2023 
How Hampton, Virginia is leading developments in unmanned and autonomous flight
Aerospace Testing | 02/08/2023
A diverse set of robust facilities and capabilities that are likely to make major contributions to drone, eVTOL aircraft development, refinement of concepts of operations and airspace allocation over the next decade are based in the Hampton Roads, Virginia area on the east coast of the USA. The area hosts an eclectic mix of independent entities often working in partnership.
Confronting Drone Threats: Why New Technology Requires Action
Newsweek | 01/31/2023
If the FBI thinks drones are a threat, why doesn't congress?
Using PilotAware Data for UAV Risk Assessments
sUAS News | 01/20/2023
The second edition of CAP 722A released in December 2022 is intended to assist Applicants who are involved in the production of an Operational Risk Assessment (ORA) which will be used as supporting evidence for an application to the CAA for the operation of an Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) in the Specific Category.
NASA Crash Tests eVTOL Concept
sUAS New | 01/03/2023
NASA researchers recently completed a full-scale crash test of an electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) concept vehicle at the Landing and Impact Research (LandIR) facility at NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia.
Where Will The Drone Industry Be In 2023
Forbes | 12/20/2022
Next Generation Aviation, both the passenger-less uncrewed aircraft systems (UAS) and passenger-carrying Advanced Air Mobility (AAM), had a banner year in 2022 with announcements, approvals, certifications, new deployments, amazing statistics, and engagement from government stakeholders. Industry highlights included the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Beyond Visual Line of Sight Aviation Rule-making Committee (ARC) Report that focused on the necessity and opportunity for advanced operations at scale, the first airworthiness certifications in the United States, the expansion of drone delivery around the world, the adoption of Performance Based Regulations (PBR) in new countries, and, rumor has it, the recognition of new risk assessment methods for UAS by international regulators in SARPS out for review. So, it's that time of year once again to ask, "What's in store for next year?"
Firefighting Helicopter Drone Takes First Flight at FAA’s NY Test Site
dronelife | 12/19/2022
Rotor Technologies, Inc.'s prototype of a firefighting helicopter drone successfully executed its first flight on December 2, 2022 at the FAA's New York UAS test site after receiving experimental certification on November 30, 2022.
PG&E Gets BVLOS Waiver for Entire State of California
dronelife | 11/16/2022
Public safety and critical infrastructure UAS consulting group Skyfire Consulting announced that it has successfully assisted Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) in acquiring a Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) waiver under a Part 107 for the entire state of California.
Aviation is one of the most innovative industries in the world. It is underpinned by some of the world’s brightest minds, captivating startups, and multi-billion dollar organizations that invest colossal sums in highly advanced R&D programs it is a sector that continues to evolve and progress at supersonic speed, with a track record of achieving the impossible.
dronelife | 10/28/2022
With the assistance of AeroX, the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office (FSCO) has launched North Carolina's first Drones as First Responders (DFR) program. The program has a drone operator listen in on live 911 calls to deploy a drone to the scene if necessary. The drone is then able to stream live video to responding deputies and the command center, granting increased situational awareness and informing the method of response. DFR have been proven to provide faster response times and improved safety for both residents and officers.
Drones for Hurricane Ian Recovery: Airborne Response Completes More than 500 Flights
dronelife | 10/02/2022
Airborne Response a leading provider of mission-critical aerial intelligence using small uncrewed aircraft systems (sUAS), has completed more than 500 drone flights in Florida on behalf of enterprise customers supporting response, relief, and recovery efforts in the aftermath of Category 4 Hurricane Ian.
Flying the flag for uncrewed aviation
sUAS News | 09/24/2022
Flylogix CEO Charles Tavner was invited to attend the recent Shell Aircraft Safety Seminar and Workshops in the Hague, along with safety subject matter experts, academics and executives from the energy and aviation industries.
New eVTOL breaks the limitations of UAV performance
sUAS News | 09/20/2022
The rapidly growing use of drones in industries and governments worldwide means that users are demanding more in terms of performance and productivity.
Collaboration Gives Bentonville Teachers Immersion Into Advanced Air Mobility
University of Arkansas | 09/15/2022
The U of A's Master of Science in Operations Management Program and Bentonville Schools collaborated to incorporate workforce education opportunities in advanced air mobility.
Airspace Link Selected For Participation in FAA UTM Field Test
sUAS News | 08/30/2022
 Airspace Link, a leading drone safety infrastructure company, is announcing its participation in the FAA's UTM Field Test, a research project designed to evaluate the technology and standards being developed to help safely coordinate and prioritize drone flights as drone activity in low-altitude airspace ramps up. ("UTM" is short for UAS (drone) Traffic Management).
Skyfire & DroneSense partner to help agencies smoothly integrate Drone First Responder (DFR) programs
sUAS News | 08/30/2022
Skyfire Consulting (Skyfire) (, the most trusted and experienced public safety UAS consulting group, today announced it has officially partnered with DroneSense— maker of leading drone management and collaboration platform. This strategic partnership will allow both Skyfire and DroneSense to provide public safety agencies a complete Drone First Responder (DFR) package and help them smoothly navigate through the phases of starting a program.
DroneShield Announces First Deployment of DroneSentry Counter Drone Tech at U.S. Airport
dronelife | 08/29/2022
In a company first, DroneShield has announced the sale and deployment of the DroneSentry counterdrone system at a U.S. international airport.
New Drone Technologies Emerge for Low-Altitude Public Safety Applications
Aviation Today | 08/23/2022
Several companies developing next generation technologies for drones exhibited their solutions at the fourth annual UAS Public Safety Summit last week. The summit was focused on applications related to public safety that enhance capabilities for law enforcement and first responders.
Large-scale research effort on drone traffic management will answer a critical need in a growing industry
sUAS News | 08/19/2022
Virginia Tech has won its sixth major federal contract to lead research on an increasingly urgent question: How to safely manage drone traffic.
Traffic Jam at 400 Feet
Bloomberg | 07/21/2022
NASA and the FAA are working to revolutionize air traffic control for the drone era.
K-State Salina Applied Aviation Research Center team leads drone education at law enforcement conference
sUAS News | 07/08/2022
Law enforcement members from around the country were introduced to the practicality of unmanned aircraft systems by the Kansas State University Salina Aerospace and Technology Campus Applied Aviation Research Center team.
NASA Partners with DRONERESPONDERS to Develop Systems for Automated Flight in Emergency Response Ops
dronelife | 07/01/2022
NASA has announced the formation of a partnership with DRONERESPONDERS for the research and development of automated safety processes and procedures that will allow for highly automated aviation response in the national airspace.
Skyfire helps secure three more BVLOS approvals, continues to lead Drone First Responder charge
sUAS News | 06/30/2022
Skyfire Consulting (Skyfire) (, the most trusted and experienced public safety UAS consulting group, today announced it has helped secure Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) waivers, specifically for Drone First Responder (DFR) — a revolutionary means by which the deployment of drones enhances response to emergency situations and adds an element of safety for public safety agencies and the community—for three additional police departments around the country.
D-Fend Drone Incident Tracker: Just How Big is the Rogue Drone Problem? | 06/28/2022
Seeking to maintain a comprehensive record of drone incursions on an international basis, Israel-based counter-drone technology provider D-Fend Solutions has launched the Drone Attack & Incident Tracker on its website. The database, which uses publicly available resources to track drone incursion incidents, includes the incident description, date, sector affected and the source of the information.
Axle Box Innovations uses Essentium AM platform for 3D Printed fire-fighting drones
sUAS News | 06/10/2022
Essentium, Inc., a leading innovator of industrial additive manufacturing (AM) solutions, today announced Axle Box Innovations, a public safety technology developer, is using Essentium AM technology to support the development of US-made 3D printed drones for fire management and protection.
Axle Box Innovations uses Essentium AM platform for 3D Printed fire-fighting drones
sUAS News | 06/10/2022
Essentium, Inc., a leading innovator of industrial additive manufacturing (AM) solutions, today announced Axle Box Innovations, a public safety technology developer, is using Essentium AM technology to support the development of US-made 3D printed drones for fire management and protection.
Red Cat Holdings becomes first commercial enterprise to bring multi-drone system to market
sUAS News | 06/02/2022
Red Cat Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq: RCAT), a hardware-enabled software provider to the drone industry, announced today that it has completed research, development and production for a four-drone, multi-vehicle system for defense, government, and public safety markets.
K-State Salina again selected to support national UAS prize competition
sUAS News | 05/31/2022
Following its successful coordination of the recent First Responder Unmanned Aircraft System Triple Challenge, Kansas State University Salina Aerospace and Technology Campus has again been selected to lead an unmanned aircraft systems competition that will award prize money to winners.
Advances in Drone Docking Systems
Commercial UAV News | 05/13/2022
Discussions around UAV technology tend to focus on the drones themselves and the accessories and software that enable them to make a difference in industries such as construction, public safety, and package delivery. But there's another critical element of the drone ecosystem that deserves attention: drone ports and docking systems.
NIST Launches Prize Challenge to improve Unmanned Aircraft in Indoor Search and Rescue Scenarios
sUAS News | 05/09/2022
The U.S. Department of Commerce's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is launching a new prize competition series to advance the use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) by first responders for indoor search and rescue operations. 
Digitizing Transit: From Design to Service Provision
inside unmanned systems | 05/06/2022
High-quality digital tools for 3D geolocation are helping to unlock the full potential of next-generation transit systems, enabling increased efficiency in all phases of action while improving safety and the end-user experience.
An Open Source Drone Platform is More Relevant than Ever: Auterion’s Romeo Durscher
drone life | 05/02/2022
Romeo Durscher, VP of Public Safety at open source drone platform Auterion is a drone industry hero, paving the way for drone use in emergency response and public safety.  In a DRONELIFE Exclusive interview from the floor of AUVSI's Xponential 2022, Durscher says that an open source drone platform like Auterion's is all about giving manufacturers the opportunity to innovate, giving customers the widest range of choice, and ultimately improving the entire workflow of commercial drone use.
Police in North Texas Use Drones to Save Lives: Deploying Drone Clear
dronelife | 04/28/2022
Police in North Texas using drone-based technology to save officers', civilians' lives with Drone Clear
Headed to Xponential 2022? Show Highlights: and, Visit Our Partners and Sponsors on the Floor!
dronelife | 04/20/2022
AUVSI's Xponential 2022, taking place next week in Orlando, FL at the beautiful Orlando Convention Center.  The show will be the first big international drone show since pandemic restrictions have (mostly) lifted, and the schedule and the show floor are both packed.
Drone interceptor with a net gun and detachable rotors
sUAS News | 04/19/2022
This drone interceptor is designed to catch light UAVs. High power-to-weight ratio is a competitive advantage of this concept. It allows the drone to fly fast.
Pierce Aerospace Partners with Vigilant Aerospace
UAS Magazine | 04/19/2022
Pierce Aerospace announced a partnership with Vigilant Aerospace Systems today to integrate Pierce Aerospace's Flight Portal Remote ID technologies into Vigilant's FlightHorizon airspace management and flight safety products.
Remote ID Meets Airspace Management
inside unmanned systems | 04/19/2022
Pierce Aerospace, of Indianapolis, announced a partnership with Vigilant Aerospace Systems today to integrate Pierce Aerospace's Flight Portal Remote ID technologies into Vigilant's FlightHorizon airspace management and flight safety products.
Florida’s Approved Drone Manufacturers List: 95% of Agencies Surveyed Say Rule Will Negatively Impact Programs
dronelife | 04/19/2022
The following is a guest post by Christopher Todd, President of the AUVSI Florida Peninsula Chapter and the Executive Director of AIRT, Inc., the nation's leading 501(c)3 non-profit organization supporting drones for emergency use and official home of DRONERESPONDERS.  DRONELIFE neither accepts nor makes payment for guest posts.
SkyeBrowse Wins DHS Grant for New Technology to Deal With School Shooters
dronelife | 04/11/2022
Texas-based SkyeBrowse, a company that employs video technology in the public safety arena, will receive a portion of a major grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to develop drone-based technology that will help first responders react to an active-shooter situation and other threats to schools and other buildings.
Vigilant Aerospace Detect and Avoid Drone Safety System Wins NASA’s Commercial Invention of the Year
dronelife | 04/06/2022
Vigilant Aerospace Detect and Avoid Drone Safety System Wins NASA's Commercial Invention of the Year Award
Virginia Flight Information Exchange Key to Future of Advanced Air Mobility | 04/01/2022
The Unmanned Aerial Systems industry has been clear that the #1 factor holding back growth is a lack of clarity. Through FAA programs like Data Exchange and UAS Service Suppliers (USSes), the federal government is meeting its commitments to support the industry with regulations addressing operations in controlled airspace. Now, Virginia is helping to provide clarity at the state and local levels.

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