Regulation

VIDEO: Footage shows what damage a drone can do to a commercial airline

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Research from the University of Dayton Institute has shown how small drones can cause significant damage on impact with large aircraft. The test, designed to mimic a mid-air collision at 238 miles per hour, launched a DJI Phantom 2 quadcopter into the wing of a Mooney M20 aircraft. On impact, the drone did not completely collapse meaning it managed to cause serious damage to the wing of the plane. Kevin Poorman, group leader for impact physics at UDRI, said: “While the quadcopter broke apart, its energy and mass hung together to create significant damage to the wing. We’ve performed bird-strike
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World’s largest transport drone successfully tested in China

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The world’s largest unmanned transport drone has completed its first successful test flight in China. The Feihong-98 (FH-98) can carry a payload of up to 1.5 tonnes, a number which equates to around 19 people. According to state-run China Daily the FH-98, which has been developed and modified by the China Academy of Aerospace Electronics Technology, made its successful flight at Baotou test site in North China's Inner Mongolia autonomous region on Tuesday. The UAV is a design adaption from the prototype of the Shifei Y5B, China’s first fully domestically-built transport aircraft which conducted its first flight in 1957. The
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FAA warns of hefty fines for drone pilots interfering in Storm Michael rescue mission

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The FAA has warned that if unauthorised drones are found to be interfering with the Hurricane Michael rescue mission they will be the subject of heavy fines. The regulator has said that fines in excess of $20,000 could be issued to the pilots flying without concern for rescue missions. In a statement, the FAA described that many aircraft are conducting life-saving missions and other critical response and recovery efforts are likely to be flying at low altitudes over areas affected by the storm. It went on to detail how flying a drone without authorisation in or near the disaster area
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Local council makes ‘health and safety’ plans to ban drones in parks

Leicester City Council is making an update to its laws which will see the strict regulation of drones in its local parks. Pilots breaking the new rules could face being asked to leave the area or a fine of up to £500. LeicestershireLive reported that the drones could be banned as part of a shake-up of local by-laws to prevent problem behaviours in public places. By-laws are are enforced at the discretion of parks department staff or police officers. The council has said that the change in regulation comes as part of a plan to increase the public safety and
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CAA looks to expand its unmanned services unit

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The Civil Aviation Authority is looking to expand its UAS unit with the addition of a new team member. The new employee will be paid up to £56,000 per annum depending on experience. The role described is for a UAS Sector inspector who will audit the safety of UAS organisations/operators and assess their compliance with regulations, in line with Performance Based Regulations (PBR) principles. The role involves assisting the UAS Sector team, UAS Technical Policy team and Shared Service Centre (SSC) in achieving the CAA's aims in relation to UAS and their safe use. Delivering a UAS oversight regime, the
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FAA to get tough on rogue drone pilots in the US

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UAV pilots in America are now more likely to face stricter sanctions from the Federal Aviation Administration if they are caught breaking the law. The FAA made it clear that drones interfering with wildfires, law enforcement efforts, or other first responders, such as medical flights, will now face more serious civil penalties. The authority made the announcement in a statement last week and went on to say how it would be just as strict with first time offenders too. In July 2016, Congress authorised the FAA to impose a civil penalty of up to $20,000 for anyone who operates a
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CAA looks to clear up Thames drone flight issue

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The CAA is looking to give clarification on drone flights across the River Thames with regards to the control the Port of London has on pilots. The Civil Aviation Authority was responding to a member of the Drone Safe Register when it offered further clarity on the issue. Presently, according to the DSR, the Port of London Authority (PLA) is responsible for enforcing the laws and regulations that apply on a 95 mile stretch of the Thames from Teddington to the North Sea. On its website the PLA have a page specific to the use of drones which sets out a
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Aviation leaders making ‘successful’ progress towards drone integration

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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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Fortress UAV launches maintenance program to help drone users

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Fortress UAV has launched a preventative maintenance program to help drone users take care of their drones. The program will provide customers with drone maintenance schedules which include industry standard maintenance checklists. Fortress UAV is a provider of drone repair services and hopes this initiative will rival those of manned aircraft maintenance systems. The scheme, named Fortress UAV Protect, has been described by the company as a nose-to-tail preventative maintenance service. It will also provide check points specific to the particular drone model being serviced. Currently, drone models included in the maintenance program are the DJI Mavic Pro, the DJI
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FAA approves long distance drone flight to aid Hurricane Florence victims

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The Federal Aviation Administration has approved long range drone flight to pilots helping victims from Hurricane Florence. According to a report by Bloomberg, insurance company, State Farm Mutual Automobile Association, was the first to be granted permission to fly long distance over a populated area. The FAA approved routine commercial drone operations two years ago, but has since restricted flights to short journeys at low altitudes away from people, all within sight of an operator on the ground. The reason for this exception to the rule this time is due to the destruction caused by the Hurricane, however, it could
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