Grand Forks-Based Partnership Looks To Test Long-Distance Drone Flight Applications

Monday proved to be a busy day for Federal Aviation Administration offices across the country as pilots scrambled to take tests and get certified to fly under new rules debuting that day. Among the flurry of activity was a waiver application requesting approval to perform beyond-visual-line-of-sight flights by drone-based inspection company Sharper Shape. In coordination…
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New Federal Rules Expected To Bring Drone Use To New Heights

New federal rules for drones were launched Monday and sparked a wave of activity across the United States as qualified pilots sought certificates now needed to operate the aircraft, including North Dakota. The long-awaited rules, which open up commercial and governmental use of unmanned aircraft systems or drones, arrived to much fanfare, including local companies…
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General Atomics Drone Training Academy Graduates First Class Of Pilots In Grand Forks

The first class of drone pilots has graduated from a new training academy near Grand Forks. Three pilots graduated from a training program created by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc., a major manufacturer of drones, radars, and electro-optic and related mission systems solutions. The company announced Monday that its first round of graduates completed their…
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Highly Anticipated Federal Drone Rules Effective Today

Qualified businesses and government agencies looking to fly drones in North Dakota and across the country are clear for takeoff today. The long-awaited federal rules for operating small unmanned aircraft went into effect at 12:01 a.m. The rules — also known as Part 107 — set standards for commercial flight, which was otherwise banned by the…
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International UAS Companies See Potential In North Dakota

North Dakota has made a name for itself as a national leader in unmanned aircraft systems technology, but its reputation also has attracted attention from outside the U.S. A panel of European businessmen assembled at the 2016 UAS Summit and Expo introduced audience members Wednesday to their companies and outlined their vision for how they…
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