Drone News – Page 7

SkySkopes Academy Offers its First UAS Training Course

Posted by Betsy Lillian on March 08, 2017

SkySkopes Academy, an unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) flight training academy based in Grand Forks, N.D., has launched its online “Remote Pilot Ground School Course.” According to the company, the class is a self-paced, comprehensive course designed to give students knowledge [Read More]

Silent Falcon’s Solar-Electric UAS to Go Beyond Line of Sight

Posted by Betsy Lillian on March 07, 2017

Precision Vectors Aerial Inc. has chosen Silent Falcon UAS Technologies’ unmanned aircraft system (UAS) for operations taking place beyond the visual line of sight (BVLOS) in Canada and the U.S. Focusing on the oil and gas, forestry, wildfire, mining, and [Read More]

FDNY Deploys Tethered Unmanned Aircraft at Bronx Fire

Posted by Betsy Lillian on March 07, 2017

Having conducted training over the last several months, the New York City Fire Department (FDNY) says it has deployed an unmanned aircraft system (UAS) for the first time for a fire operation. Specifically, the department put its drone to use [Read More]

Renewables Consultancy Adopts Drones for Inspections

Posted by Betsy Lillian on March 07, 2017

Scotland-based renewables consultancy SgurrEnergy – part of the clean energy business of Wood Group, an oil and gas services company – has brought unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to its existing inspection services. Following approval from the U.K.’s Civil Aviation Authority [Read More]

Farming Retailer Signs Long-Term Drone Deal with Deveron

Posted by Betsy Lillian on March 07, 2017

Toronto-based Deveron UAS Corp., a drone-based data provider to the agricultural industry in North America, has announced a multiyear commitment to working with Thompsons Ltd., a farming retailer that has been in business since 1924. Under the contract, which is [Read More]

Topcon Brings Bentley’s Reality-Modeling Software to UAS

Posted by Betsy Lillian on March 07, 2017

In collaboration with Bentley Systems, Livermore, Calif.-based Topcon Positioning Group has introduced Topcon ContextCapture, a reality-modeling software solution that will be offered with the company’s unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). The system, powered by Bentley, is designed for mapping, construction and [Read More]

Another Sinclair Broadcast Group Station Brings UAS On Board

Posted by Betsy Lillian on March 06, 2017

ABC News 13 WLOS, a news station covering western North Carolina, has unveiled its Sky View 13, an unmanned aircraft system (UAS) the station will use to enhance newsgathering. WLOS is a station of U.S. telecommunications company Sinclair Broadcast Group, [Read More]

DJI Finds FAA’s Weight Standard for Low-Risk UAS to be ‘Deeply Flawed’

Posted by Betsy Lillian on March 06, 2017

In a newly released white paper, drone manufacturer DJI has concluded that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) set its weight standard “far too low” for determining which drones pose the lowest risk to people. The FAA’s 2015 registration task force [Read More]

This UAV ‘Swarm’ Could Help out After an Oil Spill

Posted by Betsy Lillian on March 06, 2017

Inspired by the dynamics of a flock of birds, researchers from the University at Buffalo are devising a method for drones to record data over oil spills.

Drone Operator Association UAVUS Announces Updates

Posted by Betsy Lillian on March 06, 2017

The U.S. Association of Unmanned Aerial Videographers (UAVUS) recently announced a new gold member program and new partnerships with BWI Aviation Insurance and TrackBill. The gold member program, which costs $19 annually, offers a UAVUS gold member ID card, a [Read More]