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Running a Professional Drone Operation? Invest in a Good System Early On

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Jessica Moody on January 28, 2016

If your business is pioneering commercial drone applications in the U.S., there’s a good chance that you’ve already requested and been granted a 333 exemption from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). This is the first step to flying commercial drones [Read More]

Kansas Utility to Increase Worker Safety Through New UAS Exemption

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UAO Staff on January 27, 2016

Topeka, Kan.-based electric utility Westar Energy Inc. has been granted a Section 333 exemption from the Federal Aviation Administration to conduct commercial unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) operations for infrastructure inspections. Touting itself as the state’s largest electric utility, Westar provides [Read More]

Ausley Reorganizes Company to Meet Commercial UAS Growth

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UAO Staff on January 25, 2016

Amid company reorganization, Lexington Park, Md.-based Ausley Associates Inc. recently named Scott Sanders president of the company as it grows its Department of Defense (DoD) business and positions itself for the commercial unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) market. Since 1997, the [Read More]

Movin’ on Up: The Ongoing Evolution of the Commercial UAV Industry

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Joshua Potts on November 09, 2015

The scope and simplicity of unmanned aerial vehicle development is a hungry, darting piranha of myriad prey.

Virginia Tech Studies Drone Threats to Commercial Airliners, Seeks Remedies

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UAO Staff 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]

Insitu, BNSF Railway Conduct Commercial BVLOS Drone Flights

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UAO Staff on October 28, 2015

In partnership with BNSF Railway and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Insitu says it has completed the first FAA-approved, commercial, beyond visual-line-of-sight (BVLOS) operation with an unmanned aircraft system (UAS) in the contiguous 48 states. The Oct. 25 event near [Read More]

First-Annual Commercial UAV Expo Boasts 120 Exhibitors, 1,500 Attendees

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UAO Staff on October 20, 2015

The first-annual Commercial UAV Expo, held Oct. 5-7 in Las Vegas, garnered more than 1,500 attendees from 30 countries, as well as 120 exhibitors from 14 countries. Organized by Diversified Communications’ SPAR Point Group, the Commercial UAV Expo is a [Read More]

Global Event for Commercial UAV Industry Comes to London in January

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UAO Staff on October 06, 2015

SkyTech 2016, a two-day tradeshow dedicated to advancing the global commercial unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) industry, is coming to London early next year. The event, now in its second year, aims to serve as a platform to encourage growth, further [Read More]

Draganfly Innovations Rolls out Suite of Commercial UAV Services

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UAO Staff on October 02, 2015

Canadian unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) company Draganfly Innovations Inc., a wholly owned commercial division of TRACE Live Network, has rolled out a new suite of professionally piloted, commercial UAS services. Holding a Transport Canada-issued Special Flight Operations Certificate for a [Read More]

C-ASTRAL Bramor rTK Drone Gets Commercial FAA Approval

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UAO Staff on September 29, 2015

Alexandria, Va.-based Modern Technology Solutions Inc. (MTSI), an employee-owned engineering services and technology solutions company, says it has received commercial approval for its C-ASTRAL Bramor rTK unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). The MTSI Bramor is optimized for highly accurate mapping and [Read More]

Sky-Futures USA Executes First Commercial UAV Inspections

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UAO Staff on September 25, 2015

The U.S. arm of Sky-Futures, an international provider of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) inspections for the oil and gas industry, says it has performed its first commercial operations, which were for a major American oil and gas company. Thirty-six hours [Read More]

AMA: FAA ‘Close Call’ Drone Report is More Than Meets the Eye

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UAO Staff on September 15, 2015

The Academy of Model Aeronautics has taken a closer look at the agency’s recently reported data concerning reports of drone activity near manned aircraft in the U.S.

AirGon Gets Commercial OK for AV-900 UAS Mapping Kit

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UAO Staff on August 27, 2015

Madison, Ala.-based AirGon LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of software development and consulting services company GeoCue Group Inc., says it now has a commercial unmanned aircraft system exemption for its AV-900 metric mapping kit (MMK). Under the Federal Aviation Administration [Read More]

Defense Contractor Granted Commercial Exemption for DJI UAVs

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UAO Staff on August 24, 2015

As part of its ‘rapid prototype technology development effort,’ Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems, a subsidiary of Waltham, Mass.-based aerospace/defense company Raytheon Co., has received a commercial unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) exemption from the Federal Aviation Administration. The company – which [Read More]

Commercial UAV Expo Adds More Exhibit Space for Oct. Show

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UAO Staff on August 21, 2015

Following a sellout of the exhibit floor, more space has now been added to the upcoming 2015 Commercial UAV Expo in Las Vegas, says event organizer SPAR Point Group. With the addition of a new hall, more than 100 airframe [Read More]

Remote Geo Offers Commercial Video Mapping Tech for DJI Inspire 1 UAVs

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UAO Staff on August 20, 2015

Remote GeoSystems Inc., a provider of geospatial full motion video (FMV) solutions, has incorporated its LineVision software with DJI Inspire 1 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). According to the company, the LineVision capability offers DJI Inspire 1 operators the ability to [Read More]

AEROBO Conducting NYC’s First Legal Commercial Drone Flight

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UAO Staff on August 13, 2015

Brooklyn, N.Y.-based AEROBO Aerial Robotics says it is conducting New York City's first legal commercial drone flight today at 5:00 p.m. EST. Taking place at 220 36th St., Industry City, Brooklyn, the flight is part of Rain Media's production to [Read More]

Montana County Commissioner Lands Commercial Drone Exemption

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UAO Staff on August 06, 2015

A county commissioner in Montana has received a Section 333 exemption from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to commercially operate unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Steve White, Gallatin County commissioner, was granted an exemption on July 20 for the RCTimer, Cinestar [Read More]

Prague Company Develops Long-Endurance UAV for Commercial Purposes

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UAO Staff on August 05, 2015

Primoco UAV SE – based in Prague, Czech Republic – has developed a long-endurance unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) and is bringing it to the international market. Suited for commercial applications, the aircraft can fly autonomously through pre-programmed flight plans and [Read More]

Commercial Drone Milestone: 1K Now Approved by FAA

Betsy Lillian on August 04, 2015

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has marked a milestone for commercial unmanned aircraft system operations in the U.S.: The agency's list of approved entities now surpasses 1,000. Throughout the year, the FAA has enacted a number of regulatory changes that [Read More]