Facebook Aquila’s Successful Second Flight

Just after dawn on May 22, Facebook reached another exciting and important milestone for the Aquila program — completing the successful second full-scale test flight of the aircraft. The aircraft flew for 1 hour and 46 minutes, and landed perfectly on our prepared landing site. In order to launch right after sunrise, which was at […]

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Block 5 MQ-9 Reaper Makes Combat Debut

The latest version of the MQ-9 Reaper, the Block 5 variant, flew its first successful combat mission June 23, 2017, in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. The aircrew flew a sortie of more than 16 hours with a full payload of weapons including GBU-38 Joint Direct Attack Munitions and AGM-114 Hellfire missiles. During the mission, […]

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DARPA Test-Flies Autonomous Small Quad-Copters

Phase 1 of DARPA’s Fast Lightweight Autonomy (FLA) program concluded recently following a series of obstacle-course flight tests in central Florida. Over four days, three teams of DARPA-supported researchers huddled under shade tents in the sweltering Florida sun, fine-tuning their sensor-laden quadcopter unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) during the intervals between increasingly difficult runs. DARPA’s FLA […]

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Drone ID Aviation Rulemaking Committee Update

The first meeting of the UAS Identification and Tracking Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) on June 21-23 advanced key policies of concern to the FAA, industry and law enforcement.  During this initial meeting, the ARC considered issues such as existing regulations applicable to drone identification and tracking, air traffic management for drones, concerns and authorities of […]

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Malawi and Unicef Launch Drone Air Corridor

Malawi has launched Africa’s first air corridor to test the use of drones, or Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, in humanitarian missions in partnership with the UN children’s agency, Unicef. Kasungu Aerodrome, in central Malawi, will be used as a test site for aerial scouting in crisis situations, delivering supplies and using drones to boost internet connectivity. […]

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Syma X15W: What’s New? Lets find out!

After long absence, Syma announced a new drone called X15W. Due its small size, the Syma X15W quadcopter is suitable for both indoor and outdoor flights. In order to make safer the indoor flights, the manufacturer includes propeller guards. The integrated 0.3MP WiFi FPV camera allows to record videos as well to take still photos. While […]

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Getting Your First Pair of Drone Goggles

The Question:  I am getting ready to buy my first pair of drone goggles. What should I look for so that I don’t have to upgrade in the very near future? Answer: First-person-view (FPV) goggles enable drone enthusiasts to experience a first-person view in exciting new ways. When drone pilots, whether professional or hobbyist, are […]

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Rules on Flying Drones in The UK

Drone flying in the UK is in the news again today as a drone caused disruption at London Gatwick airport. The runway was closed on two occasions for 5 and 9 minutes each time, as a small drone was sighted nearing a British Airways plane that on its second approach had to be diverted to Bournemouth Airport. Four other flights were diverted and tens of other flights delayed. All of this caused by a single […]

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