Gary Mortimer's Blog – January 2014 Archive (6)

T3 Season 2, The Model: heading to the finish.

Just a gentle reminder that the current T3 round closes on the 1st of Feb. If you have entered before then you know I am fairly flexible with my calendar and observance of it. 

What can I say about the entries so far other than quite amazing! The flight planning and post production involved will have taken perhaps hundreds of hours and all the…


Added by Gary Mortimer on January 20, 2014 at 4:00am — 1 Comment

Don’t Fear the Dawn of the Drones; Someday One Might Save Your Life

“Drones have gotten a very bad rap for various reasons,” says Kelly Cohen, associate professor of aerospace engineering and engineering mechanics at UC. “But our students see that unmanned systems can have a positive impact on society.”

Cohen and a team of researchers have developed an experimental capability to capture the dynamic behavior of the UAV platform, which…


Added by Gary Mortimer on January 15, 2014 at 11:09pm — No Comments

DOT delays NPRM yet again.

This post is dull and only of interest to those in the USA. But if you are in the USA and want to fly commercially it should have your full attention.

The start of the rule making process that you have all been waiting on is pushed back to November of this year, maybe.

Not the first time this has happened, sUAS News has a count down timer…


Added by Gary Mortimer on January 14, 2014 at 10:06pm — 4 Comments

MOU between the FAA and AMA

Signed at the AMA Expo, Ontario California. DTV is there and will report back!

Memorandum of Understanding between Academy of Model Aeronautics and Federal Aviation Administration

Concerning Operation of Model Aircraft In the National Airspace System


This Memorandum of Understanding…


Added by Gary Mortimer on January 11, 2014 at 1:00pm — 21 Comments

Would you fly it?

I think I might like to have a go....

The Black Knight Transformer is designed for autonomous casualty evacuation and manned or unmanned cargo resupply missions. Its unmanned capabilities keep pilots out of harm’s way, making it the safest casualty evacuation option. The interior volume is comparable to a Blackhawk helicopter, making it…


Added by Gary Mortimer on January 9, 2014 at 12:07pm — 9 Comments

FAA and AMA to Sign a Landmark Agreement at AMA Expo 2014

James Williams, executive manager of the FAA Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Office, will join AMA President Bob Brown on the main Expo stage at 3 p.m. PST, on Saturday, January 11, to sign a Memorandum of Understanding. This agreement institutes a formal relationship between the FAA and the Academy of Model Aeronautics and establishes the platform upon which the AMA…


Added by Gary Mortimer on January 8, 2014 at 2:06pm — 12 Comments

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