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Betsy Lillian
Betsy Lillian has been the editor of Unmanned Aerial Online since 2014. She also serves as an associate editor of sister publications North American Windpower and Solar Industry magazine. She has been with Zackin Publications since 2012.
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Aurora Deploys Optionally Piloted Aircraft for NOAA, Touts Benefits of UAS

Posted by Betsy Lillian on April 04, 2017

Manassas, Va.-based Aurora Flight Sciences says its Centaur optionally piloted aircraft (OPA) is proving to be a key tool in the new airborne gravity survey campaign for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Centaur is supporting NOAA’s efforts to [Read More]

Matternet Drone Deliveries to Become ‘Everyday Occurrence’ Between Hospitals

Posted by Betsy Lillian on April 03, 2017

Last month, Swiss Post, the Ticino EOC hospital group and Menlo Park, Calif.-based drone manufacturer Matternet launched a joint project to use delivery drones to transport laboratory samples autonomously between two EOC hospitals in Lugano, Switzerland. Now, the country’s Federal [Read More]

Insitu’s ScanEagle UAV Deployed for Monitoring Pirate Activity

Posted by Betsy Lillian on April 03, 2017

Insitu’s ScanEagle unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) is being credited with helping patrol Somalia’s coastline for pirate activity, the European Union Naval Force ATALANTA (EU NAVFOR) has announced. A crew from Spain’s 11th Squadron, which is usually based in Cadiz, Spain, [Read More]

Drone Work Over Storm-Affected Forests OK’d by Swedes

Posted by Betsy Lillian on April 03, 2017

Aiming to make inventories of storm-affected forests more efficient, the county administrative board of Kronoberg, Sweden, has approved Södra’s application for a permit to use drones. Södra, founded in 1938, is the country’s largest forest-owner association. “We are happy about [Read More]

SoCal Police Covering All the Bases Before Bringing in Drones

Posted by Betsy Lillian on March 31, 2017

The emergency response departments of Chula Vista, Calif., located in San Diego’s metropolitan area, are finalizing their procedures for unmanned aircraft system (UAS) use and are encouraging public input. The Chula Vista Police Department (CVPD) and Chula Vista Fire Department [Read More]

Sense-and-Avoid UAS Tests Bring Together Feds, Industry and Academia

Posted by Betsy Lillian on March 31, 2017

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Northrop Grumman, and Aviation Communication & Surveillance Systems (ACSS) have announced a series of successful flight tests of a sense-and-avoid avionics system designed for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). The flight tests, led by Northrop Grumman, [Read More]

U.S. Sens. Push for Federal Funding to Support Oregon’s UAS Industry

Posted by Betsy Lillian on March 31, 2017

Oregon Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley are urging transportation officials to provide more investment in the federally funded Contract Tower Program, which they say bolsters commercial air service and provides crucial support for eastern Oregon’s unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) [Read More]

Family-Owned Seed Company Calls Upon Indiana State for UAV Training

Posted by Betsy Lillian on March 31, 2017

Beck’s, a family-owned/operated retail seed company, is partnering with Indiana State University (ISU) to bring unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) training to its employees. Under the partnership, Beck’s aims to have 50 pilots become certified by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) [Read More]

New Partnership Mates Autonomous Drone Inspections, On-Demand Insurance

Posted by Betsy Lillian on March 30, 2017

Loveland Innovations, the maker of IMGING, an autonomous drone inspection solution built specifically for property insurance, has partnered with Verifly, a provider of on-demand insurance policies for drone operators. According to the companies, the new partnership will make it easier [Read More]

DroneDeploy Delves into Latest Trends in Commercial UAS

Posted by Betsy Lillian on March 30, 2017

According to DroneDeploy, its latest report underscores the “tremendous growth” in commercial drone adoption over the last year.