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5 THINGS TO KNOW: FAA details flying a drone in the National Airspace System

The Federal Aviation Administration gives information about using drones in the National Airspace System. More can be found at 1 Do I need to register my drone and if so, how do I register? Federal law requires all drones operated under 14 CFR Part 107 to be registered. The limited statutory exception for recreation requires [...]

By |2020-07-30T17:26:43+00:00July 30th, 2020|News|

DJI – Popular Chinese-Made Drone Is Found to Have Security Weakness

Researchers found a potential vulnerability in an app that helps power the drones, highlighting U.S. officials’ concerns that Beijing could get access to information about Americans. Cybersecurity researchers revealed on Thursday a newfound vulnerability in an app that controls the world’s most popular consumer drones, threatening to intensify the growing tensions between China [...]

By |2020-07-23T17:37:45+00:00July 23rd, 2020|News|

LAANC Use Accelerates: Kittyhawk Reports All-Time Record Levels of Activity

Despite the current COVID crisis, there has been a lot of good news from the drone industry lately – and one is that LAANC use is accelerating.  This piece of positive data comes from drone operations platform Kittyhawk, developers of the FAA’s first mobile app, B4UFly.  In a blog post, Kittyhawk CEO and Co-founder Jon [...]

By |2020-07-16T19:13:24+00:00July 16th, 2020|News|

Chapter Member Skydio Raises $100 Million, Announces Enterprise-focused Drone Lineup

Redwood City-based drone startup Skydio today revealed it raised $100 million, bringing its total raised to $170 million. Coinciding with the fundraising, Skydio unveiled a new family of drones — X2 — and software solutions designed to simplify inspections and enterprise-oriented workflows. Skydio is the brainchild of Adam Bry, Abe Bachrach, and Matt Donahoe, the [...]

By |2020-07-13T23:46:35+00:00July 13th, 2020|News|

Chapter Members Take To The Autonomous Road in Ohio – $9 Million Grant Announced

Dive Brief: The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has made a $4.4 million grant to the Ohio Department of Transportation for the I-70 Truck Automation Corridor project, according to a news release. The Indiana-Ohio joint program is one of 10 projects implementing disruptive technology to improve freight and driving efficiencies. With matching funds, [...]

By |2020-07-09T01:45:47+00:00July 9th, 2020|News|

The largest electric plane ever to fly

As electric planes pass another milestone, Future Planet asks how long will it be before they are ready for everyday aviation? And just how far can they go? At a large airfield surrounded by farmland in central Washington State, an electric aeroplane recently made history. It is the biggest commercial plane ever to [...]

By |2020-06-20T20:12:01+00:00June 20th, 2020|News|

Chapter Member Zipline, Novant Health Launch Emergency Drone Delivery System

Zipline, Novant Health launch emergency drone to deliver supplies True to its roots, North Carolina is once again “First in Flight.” On Wednesday, Novant Health, based in the state, launched America’s first emergency drone operation in partnership with Zipline — a drone delivery unicorn best known for its work in African countries like Ghana [...]

By |2020-06-04T04:00:54+00:00June 4th, 2020|News, UAV|

Steptoe Secures ITC Win for Autel in Patent Dispute with DJI

Steptoe Secures ITC Win for Autel in Patent Dispute with DJI Steptoe has secured a significant trial victory for Autel Robotics USA at the US International Trade Commission (ITC). On March 2, the chief administrative law judge of the ITC found that SZ DJI Technology Co. Ltd. and seven related entities (together known as [...]

By |2020-05-22T02:43:26+00:00May 22nd, 2020|News, UAV|

Chapter Spotlight: Backyard Drone Deliveries of Lightweight Items Begin in California

Off-the-shelf drones equipped with drop mechanisms are delivering face masks and other lightweight items to residential backyards in California. Dive Delivery received permission from the FAA under existing Part 107 rules and regulations for this trial, which is happening in San Mateo and Contra Costa counties, according to a news release. The goal is to [...]

By |2020-05-16T23:11:36+00:00May 16th, 2020|News|

Chapter Spotlight: Matternet Reaches Major Milestone in FAA’s Type Certification Process

Matternet, developer of the world’s leading urban drone logistics platform, announced it has reached a major milestone in the FAA’s Type Certification process for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS). After meeting rigorous FAA requirements, the Matternet M2 drone system is approved to start Durability and Reliability (D&R) testing, one of the final steps to be granted [...]

By |2020-05-14T20:29:36+00:00May 14th, 2020|News|
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