FAA Urging Operators To Register Unmanned Aircraft

Recreational users of unmanned aircraft systems were the first group encouraged to sign up for the Federal Aviation Administration’s voluntary registry, but now the federal agency is asking other users to jump aboard. In the Federal Register this week, the FAA officially notified owners of small unmanned aircraft systems used for commercial, public and other non-model aircraft operations…
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Regional Officials Talk Impact Of UAS On Workforce, Education

North Dakota has garnered national attention for its investment in unmanned aircraft systems, and state officials hope to keep building on the success that has come with it so far. Part of Brian Opp’s job as manager of aerospace development for the state’s commerce department is to promote those success stories when it comes to…
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Reported Drone, Airliner Collision Stokes Debate Over Airspace Safety

A reported collision between a British airliner and an unmanned aircraft over the weekend in London has added fuel to the ongoing fire over airspace safety. Officials in the United Kingdom are calling for authorities to be tougher on drone pilots, and it’s likely those sentiments will filter across the Atlantic to the United States as well. On…
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Sharper Shape Secures $3.35 Million Investment

Aerial inspection company Sharper Shape has announced its procurement of a $3.25 million from venture capitalists. The effort to give funding to the California-based company — which has an office in Grand Forks — is led by Straightforward Capital, a European venture capital firm, an April 15 news release said. “With these investments, we can take the next…
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Local UAS Efforts See Boost With Senate Version Of Reauthorization Bill

The U.S. Senate passed its version of the Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill Tuesday, which includes legislation benefiting unmanned aircraft research efforts in North Dakota. Among them are a five-year extension for the FAA’s test site program, which designated six sites where researchers are charged with exploring ways to safely integrate unmanned aircraft systems into…
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