Hoeven Pushes For New Remotely Piloted Aircraft Mission At Grand Forks Base

Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., is pushing U.S. Air Force officials to pick Grand Forks Air Force Base as the home for a new remotely piloted aircraft mission. Hoeven has been speaking with Miranda Ballentine, Air Force assistant secretary, and Gen. Herbert Carlisle, commander of Air Combat Command, about Grand Forks Air Force Base’s advantages, according…
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Virtual Reality Potential Explored By Unmanned Aircraft Operators

Virtual reality is on track to change the landscape of video gaming, but its potential use in tandem with other technologies such as unmanned aircraft is just coming into focus. I had the opportunity to see that potential firsthand today at the UND Center for Innovation, where aerial inspections and photography company SkySkopes is exploring the…
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FAA Reviewing Recommendations For Flying UAS Directly Over People

Recommendations from a federal rulemaking committee could pave the way for unmanned aircraft to fly directly over people, which local operators say translates to progress for the industry. The Federal Aviation Administration released a report earlier this week detailing recommendations for flying small unmanned aircraft over people that are not directly involved in the flight…
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FAA Continues To Deny Flight Training For Schools Seeking Section 333 Exemptions

Two more universities joined the ranks of UND this week when the Federal Aviation Administration approved exemptions for commercial operation sans flight training. The University of Nebraska-Kearney and Oklahoma State University both received a green light on their aerial data collection requests but were denied permission for flight training. UND received notice in February that its Section 333…
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FAA Releases Report Containing Recommendations For Operation Of Small Unmanned Aircraft

After the recommendations of its Aviation Rulemaking Committee on Micro UAS were leaked last week, the Federal Aviation Administration opted to release them today. You can view the report in its entirety here. The agency had put together the committee to recommend performance-based regulations for unmanned aircraft systems that would allow some to fly over people not…
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