What They’re Saying: Part 107 Release

Today, the Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration announced the finalization of the first operational rules for routine commercial use of small unmanned aircraft. There’s been a lot of reaction so far, here’s what people around the country are saying: “We are part of a new era in aviation, and the potential for unmanned aircraft will…
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EdgeData Brings Pilot Onboard

A new face is joining EdgeData, a Grand-Forks-based company that creates management software for data collected by unmanned aircraft surveying wind turbine farms. Andre Louis-Ferdinand joins the team as a unmanned aircraft pilot and is stationed in the company’s flight lab located at the University of North Dakota Tech Accelerator, according to a news release. Louis-Ferdinand is an FAA licensed…
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Researchers Taking On $1 Million Drone Research Project Focusing On Natural Disaster Response

A collaboration between public and private partners has netted $1 million to research responding to natural disasters with unmanned aircraft. The UND Center for Innovation along with private sector partners Xcel Energy, Elbit Systems of America, GE Grid Solutions and Waypoint Global Solutions received the grant from the North Dakota Department of Commerce’s ResearchND program.…
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Hoeven, Goldfein Talk Air Force Priorities In North Dakota

U.S. Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., met with U.S. Air Force Gen. David Goldfein earlier this week to discuss Air Force priorities in North Dakota. On the docket was the continued development of unmanned aircraft systems that could include a new UAS wing at Grand Forks Air Force Base, according to a news release. ” I also highlighted the…
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SkySkopes Named As First National Client Of KSU Unmanned Flight Training Program

Courtesy of Kansas State University: SALINA, Kan. — After debuting its inaugural flight training course to unmanned aircraft systems students in January, the UAS program on Kansas State University’s Polytechnic Campus is expanding that offering to now include its first national professional client. Under the Section 333 exemption received from the Federal Aviation Administration in…
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