International

uAvionix president appointed to FAA drone advisory committee

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The Federal Aviation Administration has appointed Christian Ramsey, President of uAvionix, to the Drone Advisory Committee (DAC). Ramsey will fill an existing vacancy on the DAC representing UAS Hardware Component manufacturers. The FAA’s DAC is a broad-based, long-term Federal advisory committee that provides FAA with advice on key UAS integration issues by helping to identify challenges and prioritize improvements.  The committee helps to create broad support for an overall integration strategy and vision.  Membership is comprised of CEO/COO-level executives from a cross section of stakeholders representing the wide variety of UAS interests, including industry, research and academia, retail, and technology.
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ASTM national standard for remote ID supported by Wing

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Wing is supporting the remote identification of drones (Remote ID) to protect the public, promote responsible flying, and keep our skies open to all users. Following the December release of the FAA’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) for Remote ID in the United States, Wing has welcomed the publication this week of a new ASTM International standard for Remote ID. The ASTM standard reflects two years of collaboration between regulators and industry. It looks to demonstrate that Remote ID can be implemented in a way that supports a diverse drone ecosystem, protects privacy, and enables hobbyists to participate in the
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Drone Delivery Canada commences commercial testing for long-range heavy-lift cargo drone

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Drone Delivery Canada is set to begin the commercialisation of the Condor. This phase of Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) flight testing will take place at the Foremost UAS Test Range in Alberta in the summer of 2020 under a Special Flight Operations Certificate (SFOC), anticipated in Q2 2020. It comes as the company is in discussions with various potential customers, who all have expressed strong interest in the Condor once finalising commercial testing. Commenting, Michael Zahra, president and CEO of DDC, said: “Market response to the Condor has been overwhelmingly strong. The capabilities of the Condor simply address
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Volocopter flirts with IPO in ‘enhancing corporate governance’ following bumper funding round

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Volocopter has announced a move to ‘enhance corporate governance’ after the closing of a €87m funding round. The company has newly appointed Yifan “Frank” Li, Vice President of Geely Holding Group Co, Ltd., and Jochen Thewes, CEO of DB Schenker, to its Advisory Board. It described it as a move towards further enhancing its corporate governance and confirmed it is also bringing on two Independent advisory board members with extensive industry expertise. Former CEO of Daimler, Dr. Dieter Zetsche, as well as the founder of CAS Software AG, Martin Hubschneider will join. Commenting on the company’s latest news, Volocopter’s chairman,
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Axon launches drone livestream connected app for law enforcement

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Axon has launched a new drone piloting and livestreaming application that allows law enforcement to livestream critical data directly into Axon's digital evidence management solution. The first-of-its kind Axon Air app allows law enforcement to stream drone footage to command staff and into Axon Evidence in near real-time. The data is protected by the same rigorous data management system and chain of custody protocols that law enforcement agencies trust for body-worn, in-car and in-room video systems. Axon partnered with a network of agencies to develop the app, which includes customizable piloting controls and settings — about 30 agencies are using
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Utah pens participating addendum with Avion Unmanned for drone public agency service

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Avion Unmanned has signed a participating addendum with the State of Utah's Division of Purchasing that allows for the use of this contract by the State's agencies, political subdivisions and institutions. The contract opens the door for Avion Unmanned to provide UAS services to state and local government agencies in Utah. Taylor Abington, senior program manager of Avion Unmanned, commented: “Providing a simplified direct path for government agencies at all levels to request unmanned aircraft operations is finally a reality.” Adding: “With the signing of this Participating Addendum with Utah, Avion Unmanned has been selected to provide critical data collection
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SkyLIFE set for disaster relief airdrop tech demonstration

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SkyLIFE, a pioneer in airdrop technology for humanitarian aid and disaster relief, announced its SkyPACK will be featured at Cobra Gold 2020 in Thailand.  Co-hosted by the Royal Thai and U.S. Armed Forces, Cobra Gold represents the world's largest joint military exercise.  SkyLIFE will demonstrate its SkyPACK airdrop technology by dispersing 5,000 SkyPACK, via drones and helicopters, in simulated flood, earthquake and fire disaster responses. The airdrops are designed to deliver/distribute aid aerially in the immediate aftermath of disaster, bypassing obstacles to aid delivery such as damaged airports, ports and roads or hostile ground conditions. Each SkyPACK carries up to
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Altitude Angel praised for ‘outstanding contribution’ to African Drone Forum

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Altitude Angel has been praised by event organisers for its ‘outstanding contribution to furthering commercial drone use in Africa and beyond.’ Having taken place through early February 2020 on the shores of Lake Kivu, Rwanda, the 2020 African Drone Forum comprised a symposium, expo, business plan competition and a series of automated drone flying competitions. They were designed to showcase how emerging technology can improve the lives of people in hard-to-reach rural communities. Altitude Angel, as the lead and ‘umbrella’ UTM Service Provider (SP) for the African Drone Forum and Lake Kivu Challenge 2020, provided the FIMS (Flight Information Management
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DJI pledges $1.5m to aid Coronavirus outbreak

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As part of the international effort to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus, DJI has pledged $1.5m in aid to help contain the outbreak. In a report on its website, DJI also confirmed that its adapted Agras series of agricultural spraying drones have been used to spray disinfectant in potentially affected areas. After rounds of research and testing, teams developed best practices for spraying a chlorine or ethyl alcohol-based disinfectant from the air. The concentration of the solution as well as flight guidelines can be modified for different circumstances, such as whether an area is known to be infected or
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