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The First Ever Commercial Drone Approved By FAA
In order to fly the UAVs over North Slope of Alaska, FAA asked AeroVironment and BP for permission on 10th June 2014.
On Sunday, AeroVironment held its first commercial flight. The Puma AE drone flew to carry out survey of BP roads, pipelines, and Prudhoe Bay equipment, which, according to FA, is the largest oil field.
The flight used sensors to perform maintenance activities. FAA believed that it would enhance safety and reliability in the sensitive North Slope environment in addition to saving time.
Rick Scott, Limits the Use of Drones in Florida
On Thursday, Rick Scott, Gov. Florida signed a bill on how to protect the citizens from the use of unwarranted drones in surveillance. There was a need to approve the unwarranted surveillance act before the state and local law enforcement agencies start using the drones.
There were few exceptions in the act including any damage to property or life and any terrorist attack by the Intelligence team of federal Department of Homeland Security,
In regards to the bill passed by the state lawmakers this year, Rick said, “It maintains a balance between the need for law enforcement to protect our citizens against credible threats and imminent danger while ensuring that the privacy of Florida families is protected.” The bill was supported by both conservative Republicans and the American Civil Liberties Union.
FAA Drone Regulations
One of the questions frequently asked to pilots is about the future and drone guidelines of the UAV technology. As the drones are becoming increasingly popular technologies in the skies, there is a necessity to establish the protective legislations that not only protect the users but also other UAVs flying in the designated proximity.
Canada’s Transportation Safety Board recently spotted drone during an investigation. The drone was a few dozen meters from the jets of an Air Canada pilot who was landing at Vancouver International Airport. The aircraft had to undergo strict testing for bird strikes and manufacturers kept pace in order to make it the safest means of travel. Still, a carbon fiber drone, weighing 70 pound, and flying into the engine or windshield of a jet creates huge problems for regulators.
Ever since drones emerged, they have to experience limitations in the operations they perform and where they are operated. Nevertheless, they have potential to contribute greatly to the future of society.
The manufacturers already envisioned some of the amazing as well as fearsome aspects related to the future of drones. These new tasks include the operations with small drones, typically a size of model airplanes. But once the use of such systems becomes common, the ideas for the new areas would start pouring in. Due to extensive spread of visions, people believe organizations like US Federal Aviation Administration should not reveal their views regarding the regulations of ideas.
Seven Commercial Use for Drones
In March a federal judge dismissed a fine imposed by the FAA on a drone user for commercial reasons. The agency still believes that drones require some type of regulation when it comes to sharing the airspace, but the ruling was interpreted by some as a precursor to the up-coming commercial use for drones.
Drones are officially known as unmanned air vehicles(UAV’s), they have captured the attention of many hobbyists and industries, planning on using them to cut down on their costs and bring up their revenue. Drones evidently have endless commercial use, due to their flexibility. Not having an on-board pilot and the ability to do their designated job quickly is certainly one of their many great features businesses are looking at. But there is always a downside to a great innovation. Many citizens are concerned with the idea of anyone being able to own a UAV, since in the wrong hands it could potentially deprive people of their right of privacy.
UAS use in Agriculture leads to productivity
It is widely believed in Georgia that the integration of airspace with unmanned aircraft would play an important role in country’s Agriculture. UVSI Atlanta Chapter’s Unmanned Systems aim for the same issue in the Agricultural Conference 2014 held in Tifton, Ga. The conference highlighted the importance of farming in the Peach State, and the companies’ imminent advancement in unmanned agricultural market.
According to Bo Warren, director of Georgia Center of Innovation for Agribusiness, agricultural industry in Georgia is $13.9 billion business and have many opportunities for its growth in upcoming years. He said that the business results in poultry production, adds 345 million to cotton market for making denim jeans, and reaps 49% of all peanuts in U.S.
Drones Commercial Applications and it’s Market
The zenith of technological advancements in avionics can be particularly represented by Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS). These UASs are the result of the development of highly sophisticated miniaturization, batteries, electronics, data-processing techniques, and optics. After a proven track record of usage in military and security operations, the pro UASs have now tailored the technology for a variety of commercial applications.
Unlike other western countries, commercial development of UAS in US has lagged behind because of bureaucratic delays in Federal Aviation Administration’s commercial approvals. Despite of the delays in commercial approvals, the forward-thinking firms are still very enthusiastic about this new technology.
Drone Satellite Navigation Technology
During an event of Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM), a transportation officer highlighted the need in the enhancement of India’s avionics system. Considering the Air Traffic Control (ATC) system in the country, the plan would prove to be beneficial in all aspects.
According to India’s civil aviation secretary Ashok Lavasa, the project would save $10 million in fuel costs annually. The plan was to implement Gagan, a satellite based augmentation system (SBAS) that allows the aircrafts to be equipped with specialized SBAS receivers. This will help in flying non-precision approaches and en route navigation within Indian airspace with no vertical guidance at all.
Paketkopter Drone for Faster Delivery
On 9 Dec, microdrones – a German company, and DHL – an international shipping company, unanimously released the Paketkopter delivery unmanned aircraft system in an event in Bonn, Germany.
In order to avoid the jam-packed roads while crossing waterways, the UAS have been planned to deliver parcels. After being tested for a week, a microdrones aircraft carried 40 parcels to a pharmacy located across the Rhine River. The UAS picked the parcel from the DHL headquarters and covered a distance of 500 meters to deliver it.