Amendment To Extend UAS Test Site Program Receives Senate Approval

An amendment to the Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill that would extend the agency’s unmanned aircraft test site program has been approved by the U.S. Senate. Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., announced today the amendment would extend congressional authorization of six UAS test sites for five years, according to a news release. Under current law, the test sites’ authorization expires…
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Senators Touting ND Bases As Site For New Remotely Piloted Aircraft Wing

North Dakota senators are pushing U.S. Air Force officials to locate a remotely piloted aircraft mission at a base in North Dakota. Sens. John Hoeven, R-N.D., and Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., announced Tuesday the Air Force is planning to create a remotely piloted aircraft wing featuring the MQ-9 Reaper. The wing would include operations and maintenance…
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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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