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Beware if you are in Spain

With thanks to Patrick of GrupoAcre in Spain for sending this to us.

Yesterday we came to know (by news) that the Spanish Air Safety Agency (AESA) has suspended “All UAV Operations in Spanish Airspace” and further has declared that all operations, which are not conducted on a “Radio-controlled…


Added by Gary Mortimer on April 9, 2014 at 10:34am — 23 Comments

Change Agents: Chris Anderson's drone dream takes flight

(I don't you think you launch them like an Easystar Chris)

Marco Della Cava USA Today

BERKELEY, Calif. — The flight plan of Chris Anderson's life is filled with funky layovers. Punk rocker. Physicist. Magazine editor. Book author. Geek dad.

But all those stops were just formative detours on the journey to his current…


Added by Gary Mortimer on March 26, 2014 at 2:15am — 10 Comments

RCAPA – The Phoenix Rises Out of The Ashes

Patrick Egan

The original and world’s best recognized small business end-user association is back for another round of, please keep your onerous regulation off of my business plan. Seriously, things have started to heat up with congressional mandates and media coverage of an industry that can longer be ignored. All gray areas in the law aside, there is…


Added by Gary Mortimer on March 7, 2014 at 1:30am — 3 Comments

Busting Myths about the FAA and Unmanned Aircraft

Interesting press release from the FAA

Quoting from :

February 26–There are a lot of misconceptions and misinformation about unmanned aircraft system (UAS) regulations. Here are some common myths and the corresponding facts.

Myth #1: The FAA…


Added by Gary Mortimer on February 26, 2014 at 9:30pm — 20 Comments

Eye eye whats this then

Interesting article at IEEE all about 3DR but it was the flying wing that caught my eye, along with a very relaxed image of Jordi.…


Added by Gary Mortimer on February 26, 2014 at 1:27pm — 5 Comments

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

Drone TV Field Trip

Patricks cracker barrel makes another appearance and Lady Gaga's pilot, Gus Calderon goes through his multirotor flight safety routine in this the second episode of Drone TV. We think this is a sensible way of operating what do folks here think?


More videos on the sUAS News YouTube channel …


Added by Gary Mortimer on December 20, 2013 at 1:16am — 2 Comments

How about this for lightweight stereo vision

Winning a spot in the sUAS News UAS Got Talent section this flapper from Delft is doing it for itself for nine minutes at a time.

Some stunning work here.…


Added by Gary Mortimer on December 16, 2013 at 11:34pm — 3 Comments

Data delivery drones

Simple is often best

Added by Gary Mortimer on December 14, 2013 at 11:38pm — 10 Comments

Anyone heard of this site? Well done Chris, an FP Leading Global Thinker 2013

Entrepreneurs need lots of data about their desired customers before they build a product. Chris Anderson, CEO of 3D Robotics and progenitor of the modern "do it yourself" (DIY) drone trend, understood this well: Before founding his drone company, Anderson went about figuring out exactly what the world wanted.

Anderson created, a…


Added by Gary Mortimer on December 10, 2013 at 1:44pm — 8 Comments

That Amazon Drone? Not Going To Happen Till 2020

Rakesh Sharma

While regulation may delay Bezos’ plans, technology may get there sooner.

“We are not in hyperloop science fiction territory here,” says Brandon Basso, lead researcher at 3D Robotics, referring to Elon…


Added by Gary Mortimer on December 3, 2013 at 12:59am — 10 Comments

AscTec and E-volo VC 200 takes flight.

E-volo’s Volocopter is a revolution in aviation Made in Germany. Safer, simpler, and cleaner than normal helicopters, it has a unique way of moving – a groundbreaking innovation. The Volocopter is an environmentally friendly and emission-free private helicopter. Instead of one combustion engine, eighteen electrically driven rotors propel…


Added by Gary Mortimer on November 21, 2013 at 6:55am — 21 Comments

FAA Releases Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Roadmap

Lots and lots to read and think about but the FAA has published a press release today.

Here's one bit


1. Establish Applicable Certification and Training Requirements for…


Added by Gary Mortimer on November 7, 2013 at 11:00am — 21 Comments

We are not worthy

No long winded explanation, the advert is here along with some other videos. A big thanks to KMel for the tip off ;-)

Added by Gary Mortimer on November 4, 2013 at 2:36pm — 13 Comments

A conversation with Raphael Pirker

Patrick Egan and the sUAS News podcast were lucky enough to be able to talk to Raphael Pirker (aka Trappy) and his counsel Brendan Schulman earlier today.

Find it here for your listening pleasure.…


Added by Gary Mortimer on October 30, 2013 at 12:33pm — 1 Comment

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