News Round-up

A video taken by the Yuneec Q500, referenced below, and a few short bullet points on interesting developments in UAS that I have come across today.

  • Some manufacturers are recognizing the importance of FAA airspace requirements and are incorporating such limits into their systems.  For example, some commercially available UAS will not fly above 400 feet.  The Yuneec Q500 also has a built in “No-Fly” database, which will prohibit the aircraft from flying in airspace within 5 miles around an airport, in accordance with the Model Use Guidelines.  The video above doesn’t appear to need that feature, since it is a beautiful sunset in a rural location, but good to have!
  • A great resource from the National Conference of State Legislatures.  An updated map that tracks state regulations pertaining to UAS.
  • Training programs are starting to proliferate.  One by Veteran-owned Center Mass  is for law enforcement and is put on in conjunction with Unmanned Safety Institute.  Another for commercial civilian users is being up on 2.27.15 by Monarch Inc (instructors are pilots, some with DOD training). Monarch also develops UAS for commercial use.
  • I finally came across the Small UAV Coalition,which includes members such as Amazon, Google, DJI, Parrot, and Intel.  They advocate for UAS use, educate the public, and are submitting comments to FAA rulemaking and exemption requests.
  • A recent study has found that UAS markets are predicted to increase from $0.6 billion in 2014 to $4.8 billion in 2021.
  • A UAV crashed along the Mexican border near San Diego carrying about 6.5 kg of crystal meth.  This was inevitable, and cannot be ignored.  Good regulations will figure out a way to address this problem without hampering the abilities of legitimate users.

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