Drone Biz: January Event To Feature RDO Equipment

Dozens of industries have integrated unmanned aircraft into their operations, and this month’s Drone Biz event will feature a company that has embraced the technology for agriculture and construction. Staff members from RDO Equipment Co. will share their experiences with commercial drone use, including outlining projects they have undertaken. The presenters are: Adam Gilbertson, General…
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FAA Administrator Recaps Year Of Progress, Acknowledges Challenges Ahead For Drones

It was a landmark year for unmanned aircraft with commercial operations cleared for takeoff, but the head of  the Federal Aviation Administration says his agency has more left to do. FAA Administrator Michael Huerta outlined a year of accomplishments and challenges during his Jan. 6 address at the Consumer Electronics Show. Though the launch of Part 107 in August…
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Hoeven: UAS Industry In North Dakota Flies Ahead Of Competition

This letter appeared Jan. 3 in the Grand Forks Herald.  By U.S. Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D. WASHINGTON—This week, North Dakota took another step to stay ahead of the competition in unmanned aerial systems research, development and training. The Federal Aviation Administration approved beyond-line-of-sight operations for the Northern Plains UAS Test Site, allowing companies in our…
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Gjovig: Grand Forks UAS Companies Making Great Strides

This letter was published Jan. 3 by Prairie Business. By Bruce Gjovig, CEO of the University of North Dakota Center for Innovation Foundation The University of North Dakota Center for Innovation Foundation’s technology incubator is home to 26 unmanned aerial systems-related companies, mostly entrepreneurs or international companies working to establish themselves in the emerging marketplace as national…
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North Dakota Leaders Look To The Future With BVLOS Capabilities In Hand

Research efforts in North Dakota continue to forge a path toward integration of unmanned aircraft into the U.S. airspace. The year ended with an announcement from the Northern Plains Unmanned Aircraft Systems Test Site saying it can now execute a phased approach to operating large unmanned aircraft beyond the visual line of sight. Test site personnel…
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