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With U.S. Sen. on Hand, Utility Tests out BVLOS Drones

Posted by Betsy Lillian on April 13, 2017

Yesterday, U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner joined Ligado Networks, the Virginia Tech Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership (MAAP), Dominion Virginia Power and AeroVironment to test out the inspection of critical infrastructure using drones beyond the visual line of sight (BVLOS) of the [Read More]

Virginia Tech Pushes for UAS Education at Community Colleges

Posted by Betsy Lillian on December 07, 2016

Thanks to a grant from the National Science Foundation’s Advanced Technological Education program, the Geospatial Technician Education-Unmanned Aircraft Systems project at Virginia Tech is one step closer to offering Virginia’s community college students training on operating small unmanned aircraft systems [Read More]

Virginia Launches ‘Emerging Drone Industry Cluster’ Initiative

Posted by Betsy Lillian on October 27, 2016

Drone Airspace Management (DAM) and Aurora Flight Sciences have joined the office of U.S. Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., in announcing the launch of the Virginia Emerging Drone Industry Cluster program. The purpose of the program, which will span three years, [Read More]

New Unmanned Systems Association Launches in Virginia

Posted by Betsy Lillian on September 26, 2016

Several companies recently formed the Unmanned Systems Association of Virginia (USAV), a nonprofit coalition focused on promoting a legal and regulatory framework that supports innovation, collaboration and growth in the state’s unmanned systems industry. According to the group, the founding [Read More]

Aviation Maintenance School Rolls out UAS Training in Virginia

Posted by Betsy Lillian on August 31, 2016

The Virginia Beach, Va.-based Aviation Institute of Maintenance has rolled out an unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) training course at two of its Virginia campuses. The two-day courses, held in Manassas and Chesapeake in September and October, respectively, are designed to [Read More]

Virginia Colleges Get Nearly $1M Boost for Drone Tech Training

Posted by Betsy Lillian on July 20, 2016

The National Science Foundation award will help UAS operations technicians in the fields of geospatial data acquisition, analysis and exploration, according to Sens. Warner and Kaine.

Virginia Governor Announces Nearly $1M for UAS Research

Posted by Betsy Lillian on May 24, 2016

Gov. Terry McAuliffe, D-Va., has announced $950,000 in funding dedicated to equipment for a new 5,000-square-mile unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) test range recently approved by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in Virginia. The Virginia Tech Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership – which [Read More]

Virginia Tech Studies Drone Threats to Commercial Airliners, Seeks Remedies

Posted by Betsy Lillian on October 29, 2015

Regarding the potential damage drones can bring to passenger aircraft, Virginia Tech researchers are urging changes in how commercial aircraft engines are designed. According to Virginia Tech, certain drones that are sucked into a plane’s turbofan engines – be it [Read More]

Virginia College to Use Drones Over Local Quarry, for Student Training

Posted by Betsy Lillian on October 14, 2015

Virginia’s Germanna Community College (GCC) says it will begin using drones to help a local company monitor progress at Mitchells Quarry in Culpeper County and will soon begin more extensive drone training for students. According to Ben Sherman, a Germanna [Read More]

Virginia Unmanned Systems Commission Kicks off First Meeting

Posted by Betsy Lillian on September 22, 2015

At the inaugural meeting of public- and private-sector stakeholders, including Gov. Terry McAuliffe, Sen. Mark Warner stressed the importance of “pushing” the Federal Aviation Administration forward.