What is a “Commercial” Drone?
Commercial UAV News
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.
Drone Training in Texas: The Texas Drone Workshop, February 18-19
If you are looking for the best value drone training in Texas, it's here. Drone professionals at every level have the opportunity to expand their skills, learn from leading industry figures, and network with other businesses during the two day Texas Drone Workshop, sponsored by AUVSI Lone Star.
Rising Aviation High School to Host Ribbon-Cutting and Open House
Rising Aviation High School will host a Ribbon Cutting and Open House at their Addison campus on Thursday, April 21st, 2022, from 11AM-2PM. A first of its kind, aviation and aerospace centric high school in North Texas, Rising Aviation's mission is to educate the next generation of aviation and aerospace professionals in a real-world environment right on the tarmac.
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.
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.
Brownsville: VTOL Company to Transform City Transportation with Vertiports and Microgrids
Virtual Builders Exchange
In the three months since Paragon VTOL Aerospace announced its move from California to Brownsville, the company has assembled a new management team, scouted sites at the local airport for the testing of vertical takeoff autonomous aircraft, begun talks with the community college on workforce training, and set course with plans to build a massive redundant microgrid energy network.
FAA Grants $2.8 Million to Five Universities for Drone Research
Five universities will share $2.8 million in funding for drone research from the FAA, the agency announced Tuesday.
The universities that will share the funding are:
Mississippi State University
Wichita State University
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
University of Kansas
University of North Dakota
The money will be used for research, education, and training. The focus will be on:
Flight data recorder requirements
Malaysian drone tech takes to the skies
"THE drone revolution is happening right now, " declared Poladrone founder and chief executive officer Cheong Jin Xi.
"Many industries are realising that modern drones, which excel at precision automation and efficient data collection, are able to simplify many dirty, dangerous and difficult tasks."
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.
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
The Drones Are Coming To One Of 78 Million Backyards Near You
Drones helicoptering down and with gifts is another sort of sci-fi scenario that's been reified and seems poised to grow into big business over the next few years. Flytrex is a pioneer in the field, having achieved a series of firsts in pursuit of urban package delivery via drone.
Drones are still a new technology, but the research is spreading its wings
Drone consumers include both avid and casual fans whose understanding of their new toy varies widely. With this varied knowledge, coupled with evolving laws and technology and increasing demand, the challenges surrounding Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) are likely to increase. Transportation Resource Board's new Standing Committee on New Users of Shared Airspace will offer guidance on the topic, helping research stay ahead of the curve.
OSU, drone contractor launch internship program
Navatek, an aerospace and defense contractor that performs research and development services for the Department of Defense, NASA and other government agencies, awarded a $25,000 research grant to support up to 12 Oklahoma State University student internships that will run through Aug. 15.
ANSI publishes version 2.0 of UAS standardization roadmap
The American National Standards Institute announced this week the publication of the Standardization Roadmap for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (Version 2.0). The roadmap was developed by the Institute's Unmanned Aircraft Systems Standardization Collaborative.
This New Drone Training Program Could Re-Tool Your Career
Aquiline Drones, the first black US-based drone and cloud technology company, offers a new drone training program, Flight to the Future, which they hope will help Americans who have lost their jobs due to Covid-19.
What the UAS Industry Can Learn from COVID–19
The unmanned industry, like nearly every sector, suffered from the economic and operational effects of the social distancing and a global shutdown from the pandemic. But like in many innovative industries, some UAS companies quickly adapted to the new situation and succeeded in turning the situation around and leverage it
A Snapshot of Drone Education Programs in the United States
To estimate the impact that collegiate training initiatives will have on the nation's UAS educational community, this government-funded study researched and mapped educational institutions that currently offer certificate and degree programs in UAS, and classified them by their institutional characteristics (2-year vs. 4-year) and area(s) of focus.
FAA selects MSU’s Raspet Flight Research Lab to lead UAS safety efforts
Mississippi State Newsroom
Mississippi State University's Raspet Flight Research Laboratory was recently designated as the FAA's UAS Safety Research Facility, placing the research center as the helm of studying and developing safety and certification standards as UAS become increasingly integrated in the U.S. airspace.
Holm Auto Good News: K-State Poly offers drone academy for teens
Kansas State Polytechnic is offering a one-week unmanned aircraft systems program called UAS Virtual Academy, an online, hands-on introduction to the world of drones. It will run from June 22-26 and will explore multiple facets of a growing industry.
Sheriff’s office receives drones for coronavirus response
Maryland's Calvert County Sheriff's office reported last weekend that a major drone manufacturer is providing the local law enforcement agency with additional drones. The action is being taken to help deputies to better respond to the ongoing coronavirus crisis.
First Responders Assess Drones for Search and Rescue Missions
Homeland Security Today
In November 2019, S&T's National Urban Security Technology Laboratory assessed small, commercially available drones for priority needs of first responders through its First Responder Robotic Operations System Test program. The feedback will be documented in a final assessment report and shared nationally with the first responder community.
Legally operating a drone in the agriculture industry
Drone activity in agriculture continues to increase, and the aerial imagery generated can provide unique insight throughout the crop production season. Over the past decade the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has continued to evolve the requirements for the operation of small unmanned aerial systems (sUAS, UAS, UAV or drones) to create a reasonable legal pathway for use in agriculture.
KDOT Certifies Employees as Drone Operators
State Aviation Journal
Kansas Department of Transportation employees across the state are being certified as Federal Aviation Administration commercial drone operators.
App uses drones to deliver across campus
Yale Daily News
Hungry students at Yale university now have a new way of receiving snacks and sundries: drone-based package drops across campus without a delivery fee.