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May 12, 2015

Mississippi State to Lead FAA’s UAS Research Center

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) named Mississippi State University’s Alliance for System Safety of UAS through Research Excellence to lead a new national center on research for unmanned aircraft systems (UASs). The National Center of Excellence for Unmanned Aircraft Systems is a cooperative effort with 13 other schools to research and develop drones as well as integrate...

May 10, 2015

Exelis and FAA–Designated Test Sites to Research the Safe Integration of Unmanned Aircraft into the National Airspace System

HERNDON, Va., May 05, 2015—Exelis (NYSE:XLS) has signed agreements with four Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)-designated unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) Test Sites for airspace situational awareness and research. The research will focus on using the Exelis Symphony RangeVue sense-and-avoid tool towards safe integration of unmanned aircraft into the national airspace system. Under the terms of the agreements, the

May 8, 2015

PrecisionHawk Signs UAV Research Agreement with FAA to Address Extended Visual Line of Sight

RALEIGH, N.C., May 8, 2015 — PrecisionHawk has entered into a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement with the Federal Aviation Administration to advance the research around unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) across rural areas. FAA Administrator Michael Huerta announced the partnership this morning at the AUVSI Unmanned Systems Conference in Atlanta. PrecisionHawk will be the only UAV

May 7, 2015

FAA’s B4UFLY App Will Help UAS Pilots Operate Safely and Legally

WASHINGTON, May 7, 2015 — The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today demonstrated a new smartphone application called “B4UFLY,” designed to help model aircraft and unmanned aircraft (UAS) users know if it is safe and legal to fly in their current or planned location. “We want to make sure hobbyists and modelers

May 6, 2015

FAA-Industry Initiative Will Expand Small UAS Horizons

WASHINGTON, May 5, 2015—The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today announced a partnership with industry to explore the next steps in unmanned aircraft operations beyond the type of operations the agency proposed in the draft small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) rule it published in February. “Government has some the best and brightest

May 1, 2015

FAA Grants CompassData Exemption for Commercial Operation of UX5 Unmanned Aircraft System

CENTENNIAL, Colorado, May 1, 2015 — CompassData, a worldwide provider of geospatial data and services, is excited to announce that they have been granted an exemption by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for the commercial operation of their Trimble UX5 Unmanned Aircraft System within the U.S.  The exemption was granted under Section 333 of the FAA

April 30, 2015

FAA Awards Harris Corporation $238 Million IDIQ Contract for Weather Program Support Services

MELBOURNE, Fla., April 30, 2015—The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has selected Harris Corporation (HRS) for an eight-year, single-award IDIQ contract with a potential value of $238 million to design and implement a system that will disseminate real-time, comprehensive weather pictures to all aviation users across the National Airspace System (NAS). The Common Support Services–Weather (CSS-Wx)

April 29, 2015

MAPPS Comments on FAA Proposed Rulemaking on UAS

Reston, Va., April 28, 2015—In response to a call from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for public comments on a proposed framework of regulations for use of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) to be operated in public skies, MAPPS submitted on Friday its concerns and suggestions. As the only national association exclusively comprised of private firms in the

April 24, 2015

Exelis Launches Airspace Surveillance and Sense-and-Avoid Tool for Unmanned Aerial System Operations in the US

​HERNDON, Va., April 24, 2015 — Exelis has launched its first airspace situational awareness tool designed specifically for unmanned aerial system (UAS) operations in the US.  Symphony® RangeVue™ puts real-time Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) surveillance data, flexible background maps and weather information in the hands of UAS operators and test range personnel. The system provides significant

April 21, 2015

FAA Awards Draganfly Innovations Inc. Section 333 Exemption for Commercial Operations in the United States

Saskatoon, SK, April 21, 2015 — Draganfly Innovations Inc., a leader in developing small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) for over 15 years is awarded an FAA Section 333 Exemption and Certificate of Authorization (COA) to operate commercially and conduct research in the United States. The exemption covers the Draganflyer X4-P, Draganflyer X4-ES, Draganflyer X6, and

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