Benefits Of Traditional Aircraft Converted Into UAV

Aliaksei Stratsilatau

by Aliaksei Stratsilatau, Chairman of the board and Lead developer, UAVOS

High exploitation costs are the main inhibitor for the use of UAV in commercial and industrial applications.

Why is the capability of converting manned aircraft into UAVs important to the unmanned systems industry?

First, it drastically reduces the cost of flying hours, thereby opening up a commercial market for heavy UAVs.

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Drone corridor in Malawi challenges scepticism towards UAVs across Africa

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Drone corridor in Malawi challenges scepticism towards UAVs across Africa

In recent years, the US has vigorously used drones against al-Qaida affiliated groups on the continent, and operates drone bases in some five African countries. However, in parts of Rwanda and Malawi, the buzz of an approaching drone now signals something rather different: the arrival of vital medical supplies.

On 29th June 2017, to the wonderment of local children who congregated nearby, the Malawian government and UNICEF officially launched a drone corridor to trial the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for development and aid missions. It is Africa’s first drone corridor, and the first in the world developed specifically to address humanitarian challenges. Continue reading “Drone corridor in Malawi challenges scepticism towards UAVs across Africa”

UAVs to be managed like existing air traffic control systems, according to EU regulations to be enforced by 2019

UAVs

UAVs to be managed like existing air traffic control systems, according to EU regulations to be enforced by 2019

For years, countries have been coming up with ways to regulate the use of drones. The US recently flip-flopped on whether people have to register their non-commercial unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) with the FAA at all, while China made it mandatory to register drones heavier than 0.55 pounds. Those are just small steps on the journey towards a full-fledged set of regulations for drone use, but Europe has just taken a major step in that direction. The European Commission has released a blueprint of standards that it proposed in November, which will unify laws across the EU and be up and running by 2019.

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Keynote Maurice Labonde, International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) about International Regulatory Frame work for Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems

States and industry are caught between needing the societal and business benefits which are best obtained through use of these aircraft and the recognition that the regulations needed for the aircraft, systems, operators, remote pilots, etc don’t yet exist. Continue reading “Keynote Maurice Labonde, International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) about International Regulatory Frame work for Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems”