In September 2018, Schiebel helped bring the Red Bull Air Race World Championship to in Wiener Neustadt, Austria. Schiebel is based in Vienna, a 45-minute train ride north, but the company in 2006 opened up its primary production facility dedicated to the CAMCOPTER S-100 unmanned air system (UAS) in Wiener Neustadt.
An Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) masquerading as a peregrine falcon was the star flyer in a successful three-month trial last year of its effectiveness in bird scaring at the Edmonton International Airport (EIA).
UAVs are very appealing to emergency service providers for many reasons, but as the City of Victoria Fire Department has discovered in setting out to establish a UAV program, there’s a lot more going on than initially meets the eye.
The use of drones for industrial inspections, primarily in oil and gas, energy, infrastructure and transportation, is an opportunity that early mover companies like The Sky Guys have seized upon.
I’ve seen a number of posts in forums from people intent on getting into the UAV business. All too often, their posts are prefaced with question such as “what’s the best drone to use for (insert job here)” or “how much should I charge?”
When Hurricane Irma passed over Daytona Beach, tearing off roofs, twisting signs and knocking over a water park slide, professors from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University were there to help assess the damage.
As residents and insurers in the southeastern United States begin to consider recovery efforts following Hurricane Irma, Airbus Aerial is prepared to help by providing insurance companies free initial access to its library of aerial base maps and data analytics of the affected region.
Kongsberg Geospatial, an Ottawa-based developer of geospatial software technology, has announced that Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) has awarded them a contract to produce an Emergency Operations Airspace Management System (EOAMS) for evaluation by Canadian government agencies for safely managing drones at emergency and disaster scenes.
Radio frequency ID tags were supposed to revolutionize supply chain management. The dirt-cheap, battery-free tags, which receive power wirelessly from scanners and then broadcast identifying numbers, enable warehouse managers to log inventory much more efficiently than they could by reading box numbers and recording them manually.
Four years ago, Robert Atwood was an initial attack firefighter and looking to find ways to improve firefighting.
Drone Delivery Canada (DDC) has announce it has entered into a partnership with Peel Regional Paramedic Services to develop the first-of-a-kind AED (Automatic External Defibrillator) delivery by drone program for the Region of Peel.
Outdoor Lumination has introduced drone technology to provide lighting audits for LED lighting retrofits.
Bell Helicopter, at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., on September 22, unveiled the Bell V-247 Vigilant tiltrotor, an unmanned aerial system (UAS) that, according to the company, will combine the vertical lift capability of a helicopter with the speed and range of a conventional fixed-wing aircraft.
Boeing will build the U.S. Navy’s first operational carrier-based unmanned aircraft, the MQ-25 Stingray aerial refueler, through an US$805 million ($1.1 billion) contract. Boeing was awarded the engineering and manufacturing development contract to provide four aircraft. It plans to perform the MQ-25 work in St. Louis.
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. plans to make the first-ever transatlantic flight of a Medium-altitude, Long-endurance (MALE) Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA). GA-ASI’s company-owned MQ-9B SkyGuardian RPA is scheduled to fly from the company’s Flight Test and Training Center in Grand Forks, North Dakota, to Royal Air Force (RAF) Fairford in Gloucestershire, UK.
Armed drones are the way of the future for Canada's military, but conversations about how they are used need to be had before they are deployed on the battlefield, says Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Canada's fleet of frigates will have new airborne assets in the next decade, according to a report listing the advantages of unmanned airborne drones.
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Textron Systems Unmanned Systems has announced that it has received a $116.5 million award from the U.S. Army for an additional 24 RQ-7B V2 Shadow Tactical Unmanned Aircraft System (TUAS) upgrades. Deliveries of the 24 systems are expected to begin in 2018.
L-3 Communications has announced that its WESCAM division has launched its smallest and lightest electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) airborne imaging system, the MX-8.
Drone Aviation Holding Corp. has announced that it has been awarded a contract to upgrade existing U.S. Government-owned Winch Aerostat Small Platform (WASP) tactical aerostat systems from Department of Defense (DoD) prime contractor BAE Systems.
Cobham SATCOM has developed the world’s smallest and lightest Inmarsat UAV satcom solution – the 1.45 kg AVIATOR UAV 200.
While the world’s attention is fixated on high-flying, multi-million dollar military drones waging war half way around the world, their more humble civilian cousins have been hard at work across Canada as the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) market is booming.
DJI, focused on civilian drones and aerial imaging technology, introduced a new remote controller for its newer drones at CES 2019. The branded Smart Controller, selling for an approximate retail price of US$649, features what the company describes as an ultra-bright display screen and controls optimized for DJI drones. The controller allows pilots to fly the newest drones without using a smartphone or tablet.
While regulators try to keep up, commercial drones are rapidly evolving from Christmas toys for the bored into serious, sophisticated business tools. Collision avoidance is becoming standard.
Aeryon sUAS can be deployed in minutes and operate safely in confined environments that are inaccessible to manned aircraft and fixed-wing UAS. Automated features and fly-safe controls also reduce reliance on operator skill and minimize risk. This VTOL sUAS platform can hover at extended range while providing up-close, detailed video and photos, as well as consistent data collection.
The U.S. government now patrols nearly half the Mexican border by drones alone in a largely unheralded shift to control desolate stretches where there are no agents, camera towers, ground sensors or fences, and it plans to expand the strategy to the Canadian border.
Spurred by numerous reports of drones flying near jets and airports, the federal government will require that the aircraft be registered to make it easier to identify owners and educate amateur aviators.
The Rise of the Machines. It was the subtitle of one of the Terminator movies, but it’s a fair assessment of what we are facing with UAVs. If we apply the developmental model of forming, storming, norming and then performing, we are barely into the first stage of the process as the technology is identified, regulations are brought into place and a new order rises.
The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) welcomes the FAA's publication of formal regulations providing clear guidance over the use of small unmanned aircraft systems (s-UAS) for commercial purposes, including applications within the business aviation industry.
The National Airlines Council of Canada (NACC), the trade association representing Canada's largest air carriers, supports the Government of Canada's continued commitment to educating drone operators and keeping our skies safe.
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has announced a partnership with industry to explore the next steps in unmanned aircraft operations beyond the type of operations the agency proposed in the draft small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) rule it published in February.
Textron Systems Support Solutions has announced the introduction of its new unmanned systems training course catalog. Building on the company's decades of experience and millions of service hours devoted to training and deploying skilled unmanned systems operators and maintainers around the world, this new catalog offers a comprehensive range of unmanned systems coursework.
Transport Canada’s Director General for Civil Aviation, Martin J. Eley has announced new regulations for UAV and UAS use in Canada.
The Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport, has announced the launch of the Government of Canada's safety awareness campaign for unmanned air vehicles (UAVs), or drones. The national campaign will help ensure UAV users—both recreational and commercial—understand the rules of the skies and always think safety first.
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) are a new technology niché which has given us the ability to view things from different angles and heights which even manned aircraft are unable to do.
Canada has long been a global leader in the development of new technologies and processes to add value and enhance operations in aviation and aerospace, so it’s certainly not surprising to see organizations from coast-to-coast taking leadership roles in the rapidly developing unmanned space.
Unmanned Systems Canada has announced that the Government of Canada has released draft regulations for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or drones) operations for public comment in Canada Gazette Part One.
The ASIS Toronto Chapter held its 24th annual Best Practices seminar in Markham, Ont., last week, highlighting topics of interest to security professionals such as job mobility and industry image, the evolution of the CSO role, unmanned systems, insider threats, active shooter scenarios, and security features in Canadian bank notes.
Demand for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), or drones, in the U.S. is projected to rise 10 per cent annually to US$4.4 billion in 2020, and the number of vehicles sold will more than double to 5.5 million, according to research from The Freedonia Group.
Transport Canada recently issued a statement outlining safety initiatives regarding the use of drones, including a new incident-reporting tool.
Demand for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), or drones, in the U.S. is projected to rise 10 per cent annually to US$4.4 billion in 2020, and the number of vehicles sold will more than double to 5.5 million, according to research from The Freedonia Group.
David Kroetsch is as cool as the products his cutting-edge firm creates.
Sometime in 2017, flight-testing should begin on a 300-kilogram twin-rotor helicopter – said by its Quebec-based developer, Laflamme Aero, to be the biggest unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) in Canada and one of the largest civil UAVs to be commercialized in the world.
On the eve of the 2016 Unmanned Systems Canada conference in Edmonton Nov. 1-3, chairmain of the board Mark Aruja shared his insights with UAV about the state of the Canadian unmanned space and what needs to be done to grow the industry.
During a HAC committee meeting a few years ago, an associate member made a statement that, at the time, I found a little shocking and, I confess, a little insulting. The offending statement was along the lines of “as soon as drones are available, I will never have a pilot on a project.” At the time, it seemed to be the stuff of science fiction.
The skies are filling with two-kilogram mechanical birds. Millions of them. Regulators are scrambling to keep up with the swarm of demand. Personal-injury lawyers are salivating over a new category of accidents. Electronics retailers are anticipating a robust holiday season.

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