Thursday, June 18, 2015
Avionics Today 06-18-2015 FAA Deputy Administrator Michael Whitaker told lawmakers Wednesday that the long awaited federal rule regulating the commercial operation of small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) will be published by June 2016. Whitaker was pressed about the agency's delays in releasing the rule during a hearing before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which also featured testimony from Amazon regarding its pursuit of the use of UAS to deliver packages throughout the National Airspace System (NAS). - See more at: Avionics Magazine :: FAA Expects to Issue Commercial UAS Rule in 2016
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Lifeguards on Surfside Beach in California are sending out new miniature drones to detect sharks. If the sharks show aggressive behavior, they will close the beaches.
The drone allows lifeguards to get a bird’s eye view in real time without so much as putting a toe in the water.
On Monday the drone recorded a juvenile great white in waist-high water, although thankfully there were no swimmers at the time.
CREECH AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — After a decade of waging long-distance war through their video screens, America’s drone operators are burning out, and the Air Force is being forced to cut back on the flights even as military and intelligence officials are demanding more over intensifying combat zones in Iraq, Syria and Yemen.
The Air Force plans to trim the flights by the armed surveillance drones to 60 a day by October from a recent peak of 65 as it deals with the first serious exodus of the crew members who helped usher in a new era of war by remote control.