The Top 5 European Drone Companies to Watch

While China dominates much of the drone manufacturing discussion, and a new drone software and data company seems to appear every day in the US, Europe’s drone industry doesn’t always get the play it should.  But with many European countries offering industry-supporting regulations, a robust appetite for commercial drone applications, and an innovative research and […]

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FAA Establishes Drone I.D. Rulemaking Committee

June 21– Whose drone is that? Its a critical question for law enforcement and homeland security when an unmanned aircraft (UAS) appears to be flying in an unsafe manner or where its not supposed to fly.

Currently, there are no established requirements or voluntary standards for electrically broadcasting information to identify an unmanned aircraft while its in the air. To help protect the public and the National Airspace System from these rogue drones, the FAA is setting up a new Aviation Rulemaking Committee that will help the agency create standards for remotely identifying and tracking unmanned aircraft during operations. The rulemaking committee will hold its first meeting June 21-23 in Washington, DC.

The groups membership represents a diverse variety of stakeholders, including the unmanned aircraft industry, the aviation community and industry member organizations, manufacturers, researchers, and standards groups. The rulemaking committee will have several major tasks to:

  • Identify, categorize and recommend available and emerging technologies for the remote identification and tracking of UAS.
  • Identify requirements for meeting the security and public safety needs of law enforcement, homeland defense, and national security communities for remote identification and tracking.
  • Evaluate the feasibility and affordability of the available technical solutions, and determine how well they address the needs of law enforcement and air traffic control communities.

Eventually the recommendations it produces could help pave the way for drone flights over people and beyond visual line of sight.

Source: FAAFAA Establishes Drone I.D. Rulemaking Committee

Drones for the Environment: Tekever to Support EU Coastguard and Environmental Protection Activities

The European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) has chosen the TEKEVER AR5 to “create the first European maritime surveillance and environmental monitoring system based on drones.”  TEKEVER announced the 2-year, 77 million Euro (about $85 million) contracts during the Paris Air Show yesterday.  The contracts are part of a larger program to provide the EU Coastguard and […]

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FAA Issues TSO Authorization To Concorde Battery For 24 Volt GA Batteries

Covers Several Models Of Sealed Lead Acid Batteries The FAA has issued Technical Standard Order, TSO-C173a, Authorization to Concorde Battery Corporation for the RG24-15, RG24-15M, and RG24-16 13.6 Ah family of sealed lead acid batteries. TSO-C173a authorization confirms that the batteries meet the Minimum Operational Performance Standards (MOPS) set forth by the FAA and Radio Technical Commission for Aeronautics (RTCA) in DO-293A.
Source: aero newsFAA Issues TSO Authorization To Concorde Battery For 24 Volt GA Batteries

General Aviation Groups Opposing Air Traffic Control Privatization

Surprisingly; Sam Graves Has Resportedly Offered Support For Reworked Proposal EAA today joined a consortium of general aviation groups united in opposition to legislation introduced by Rep. Bill Shuster (R-Pennsylvania), which includes provisions to turn the nation’s air traffic control infrastructure and services to a privatized, non-profit board dominated by commercial aviation interests. The joint statement came from EAA, AOPA, NBAA, NATA, GAMA, and HAI: “As we have previously stated, privatizing ATC is a bad solution in search of a nonexistent problem,” said Jack J. Pelton, EAA CEO and Chairman. “The unknown costs, transition, and fallout from this plan would be extremely harmful to general aviation. EAA supports modernization of the American airspace system, and progress is happening with the input of all the system’s stakeholders. This new legislation would do nothing to solve any current technology or efficiency issues, while undermining the world’s most extensive general aviation system and disrupting the world’s largest and safest air traffic control system.”
Source: aero newsGeneral Aviation Groups Opposing Air Traffic Control Privatization

Students Face Serious Losses After Flight School Closes

American Flight Academy In Connecticut Shuttered Following Two Fatal Accidents Students who had prepaid tens of thousands of dollars for flight training at American Flight Academy in Connecticut have been left holding an empty bag after the flight school closed following two fatal accidents. And some who came from overseas are having to immediately return to their home countries, as their student visas were cancelled by the flight school.
Source: aero newsStudents Face Serious Losses After Flight School Closes