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Aviation leaders making ‘successful’ progress towards drone integration

Leaders in aviation have made significant progress towards the successful integration of drones into global airspace, according to a new report. A leading US aviation attorney believes the ‘baby steps’ taken by the FAA in August are the right ones to incorporate drones into airspace worldwide. In a column for AviationPros, the LeClairRyan aviation attorney described how the latest trials by the FAA meant the US was heading in the right direction. He said: "Integrating UAS into national airspace may not rank next to the moonshot in the annals of human achievement. However, it is similar in at least one
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Sky’s the limit for university lecturers after undertaking drone flying course

University lecturers have been given a flying lesson by leading drone training professionals at Bristol’s University of West England (UWE). RUSTA taught 16 members of staff from three of the UWE’s faculties at the Frenchay Campus. The lecturers were taught pre-flight processes and procedures, flight manoeuvres and emergency procedures. The course was facilitated by Dr Mark Palmer, senior lecturer at UWE, who obtained his Permission for Commercial Operation (PfCO) with RUSTA in 2016. Sion Roberts, managing director of RUSTA, said: “Although we have held many courses in Bristol over the past four years, we’ve never held one solely on the
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EXCLUSIVE: Dragons’ Den drone founder has no regrets about giving away double the equity he planned to

Mark Boyt, the founder of Drone Safe Register, has revealed how the success of Dragons’ Den has taken his company to the next level and justified his decision to give away significantly more equity than he originally wanted to.   Drone Safe Register (DSR) appeared on Dragons’ Den on Sunday night and successfully received backing from Peter Jones. Jones had to overcome tough competition from fellow Dragons’ Jenny Campbell and Tej Lalvani to secure the £60,000 investment for a 40% share in the business, valuing the company at £150,000. Boyt had only hoped to give away 20% of the business, but
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Impossible Aerospace unveils battery powered drone to compete with Chinese market dominance 

Impossible Aerospace has unveiled the US-1, an electric commercial-grade drone with a flight time of up to two hours. The battery life of the US-1 claims to outperform the average 25-minute single-charge flight time of other drones available today. The US-1 is the first aircraft designed with a ‘battery-first approach,’ which the company says is necessary to enable electric aircraft to compete with conventionally fuelled incumbents. The drone is the product of years of development by a team of engineers from Tesla, SpaceX and other companies. The Californian-based company has already started to sell its first units, equipped with optical
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