For those looking for some official study material. The FAA recently released their sample exam for Unmanned Aircraft General (UAG) which is suitable study material for the Remote Pilot Certificate with a small UAS Rating. These questions are a representation of questions that can be found on all Unmanned Aircraft General tests. https://lnkd.in/e3gFqez
NIJ is soliciting information on the operational use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) in support of law enforcement. The focus of the study is on the use of UAS for crash scene reconstruction; however, information on alternative uses of UAS in law enforcement is also requested.
The National Criminal Justice Research, Test and Evaluation Center (NIJ RT&E Center) is performing an operational evaluation of UAS for Crash Scene Reconstruction. The objective of this evaluation is to evaluate the utility of a UAS to support crash scene reconstruction in an operational law-enforcement setting. In particular, the study will determine whether a UAS could be used to improve crash scene reconstruction in terms of quality, safety, timeliness, or other metrics. Based upon previous investigations, the Center has identified a number of agencies that have operational UAS capabilities configured to support law enforcement. The Center is now seeking to partner with those or other interested agencies in order to complete the operational evaluation.
Information Sought: The Center is seeking law enforcement agencies with which to partner in an operational evaluation of UAS technology for Crash Scene Reconstruction. This evaluation will, at the discretion of the partnering agency, occur during normal operations or during scheduled exercises. Agencies or vendors who respond to this request for information are invited to provide general comments with regard to the evaluation for NIJ RT&E Center to consider, including which uses of the system and which performance metrics are appropriate for the evaluation. It should be noted that the purpose of the evaluation is to assess the utility of UAS technology; this includes assessment of both current and possible future practices. The Center is not evaluating the participating law enforcement agencies, just the application of using UAS for Crash Scene Reconstruction. Information will be obtained through responses to the information requested below as a baseline for initial information gathering from responding law enforcement agencies. Follow up discussions will be conducted in some cases. The request for information is intended to reach a consistent understanding of the needs for UAS for Crash Scene Reconstruction and the ways each agency uses the technology.
Successful Test Flight Completed Using End-To-End UAS Integrated Avionics Solution
An Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) has been successfully controlled in a beyond-visual-line-of-sight scenario in a test performed by The University of Iowa’s Operator Performance Lab (OPL) in collaboration with Rockwell Collins. The test flight was a key milestone toward the successful operation of UAS beyond an operator’s visual line of sight in the National Airspace System (NAS).
“A number of industries are very eager to use commercial UAS to make their operations much more efficient, especially those that need to monitor and inspect critical infrastructure such as railroads, pipelines and powerlines,” said John Borghese, vice president, Advanced Technology Center for Rockwell Collins. “In order to do that beyond line of sight in the NAS, safe and secure avionics must be implemented. We have now proven that it can be done and we are one step closer to making it a reality for this market.”
“Collaboration between private and public sectors is critical to ensuring the success of commercial UAS in the NAS,” said Dr. Thomas Schnell, director, The University of Iowa’s OPL, which provided two TBM-3M, aka “Ferox”, UAS for the flight testing.
Key elements of Rockwell Collins’ UAS integrated avionics solution, which is optimized for safe and secure integration of UAS into civil airspace, include:
BINGEN, Wash., June 27, 2016 – Insitu will provide unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) services via ScanEagle aboard one Coast Guard National Security Cutter (NSC) with three, one-year options following a contract award announcement this week.
The Coast Guard procured the necessary services through a pre-existing multiple award contract executed by Naval Air Systems Command. The initial $4.5-million task order includes operation, integration, maintenance and sparing of a contractor-owned sUAS on one NSC for one year. The task order has a total potential value of $12.3 million that includes options for deployment of and data from prototype sUAS capability for up to three additional years beyond the base year. The Coast Guard will have full ownership of the surveillance data obtained.
The Coast Guard has conducted years of operational demonstrations involving UAS, including ScanEagle. The most recent demonstration utilizing ScanEagle was a multi-partner simulated search and rescue exercise conducted over the Northwest Passage in July 2015. In addition to demonstrating how ScanEagle can maximize the effectiveness of USCG vessels, the exercise also showcased the platform’s ability to conduct seamless, concurrent aviation operations with manned aircraft.
During a separate demonstration in partnership with the U.S. Navy aboard the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter BERTHOLF in May 2013, ScanEagle operations spanning nine days yielded two interdictions resulting in the seizure of more than 600 kilograms of cocaine and six detainees who were later prosecuted.
Additional operational demonstrations for the Coast Guard over the last several years have proven ScanEagle as the go-to solution that maximizes the effectiveness of the National Security Cutter for an array of missions spanning from marine protection to drug interdictions and search and rescue operations.
“Insitu is proud to be the first UAS ISR service provider in support of the Coast Guard,” said Ryan M. Hartman, Insitu’s president and CEO. “ScanEagle’s unparalleled record of operations at sea and proven ability to give operators eyes over the horizon will go far in support of the Coast Guard’s unique mission sets.”
SURF Life Saving WA expects to use drones within two years to help save lives along the state’s coastline.
SLSWA services manager Peter Scott said it was “inevitable” the organisation would eventually use the battery-powered technology for beach surveillance.
“I would be surprised if within a couple of years we didn’t have them within our operational makeup,” Mr Scott said.
Perth-based company Shark Shield recently announced a partnership with a new emergency response drone, dubbed the Little Ripper Lifesaver.
The military-grade drones, which can fly up to 100km and are worth $250,000 each, are being trialled in NSW.
Fitted with a front-mounted camera, the remote-controlled devices feed live footage back to two controllers.
They are designed for search-and-rescue operations and can drop rescue packs containing life rafts, positioning beacons, defibrillators and other lifesaving equipment.
“Combined with the Shark Shield deterrent technology to be included in the emergency kit, this will be the ultimate combo to reduce the risk of shark attacks and encounters,” Little Ripper Lifesaver found Kevin Weldon said.
Mr Scott said Surf Lifesaving WA was considering using a smaller drone adapted for civil use, but was open to other technology.
He said the cost effectiveness of drones had to be clearly qualified and presently they could not fly beyond the line of sight without approval from the Civil Aviation Safety Authority.
“There are some people doing it in Australia at the moment, but there have been less than half a dozen approvals. It’s new ground,” Mr Scott said.
The technology will be adopted based on its suitability to meet the outcomes of life saving operations, requirements of the regulator and cost barriers.
“I wouldn’t say it’s going to come in and change everything, but it would just be another tool in the toolkit you could use when you need to,” he said.
FAA recently released their checklist of minimum items a sUAS Remote Pilot in Command (PIC) must check prior to every flight as required by Part 107. The complete checklist is available for download below
Even if the small unmanned aircraft system (sUAS) manufacturer has a written preflight inspection procedure, it is recommended that the Remote Pilot in Command (Remote PIC) ensure that the following inspection items are incorporated into the preflight inspection procedure required by part 107 to help the Remote PIC determine that the sUAS is in a condition for safe operation. Conduct a preflight visual or functional check of the aircraft, including (but not limited to) the steps below.
Current as of: May 2016
WASHINGTON – Today, the Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration has finalized the first operational rules (PDF) for routine commercial use of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or “drones”), opening pathways towards fully integrating UAS into the nation’s airspace. These new regulations work to harness new innovations safely, to spur job growth, advance critical scientific research and save lives.
“We are part of a new era in aviation, and the potential for unmanned aircraft will make it safer and easier to do certain jobs, gather information, and deploy disaster relief,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “We look forward to working with the aviation community to support innovation, while maintaining our standards as the safest and most complex airspace in the world.”
According to industry estimates, the rule could generate more than $82 billion for the U.S. economy and create more than 100,000 new jobs over the next 10 years.
The new rule, which takes effect in late August, offers safety regulations for unmanned aircraft drones weighing less than 55 pounds that are conducting non-hobbyist operations.
The rule’s provisions are designed to minimize risks to other aircraft and people and property on the ground. The regulations require pilots to keep an unmanned aircraft within visual line of sight. Operations are allowed during daylight and during twilight if the drone has anti-collision lights. The new regulations also address height and speed restrictions and other operational limits, such as prohibiting flights over unprotected people on the ground who aren’t directly participating in the UAS operation.
The FAA is offering a process to waive some restrictions if an operator proves the proposed flight will be conducted safely under a waiver. The FAA will make an online portal available to apply for these waivers in the months ahead.
“With this new rule, we are taking a careful and deliberate approach that balances the need to deploy this new technology with the FAA’s mission to protect public safety,” said FAA Administrator Michael Huerta. “But this is just our first step. We’re already working on additional rules that will expand the range of operations.”
Under the final rule, the person actually flying a drone must be at least 16 years old and have a remote pilot certificate with a small UAS rating, or be directly supervised by someone with such a certificate. To qualify for a remote pilot certificate, an individual must either pass an initial aeronautical knowledge test at an FAA-approved knowledge testing center or have an existing non-student Part 61 pilot certificate. If qualifying under the latter provision, a pilot must have completed a flight review in the previous 24 months and must take a UAS online training course provided by the FAA. The TSA will conduct a security background check of all remote pilot applications prior to issuance of a certificate.
Operators are responsible for ensuring a drone is safe before flying, but the FAA is not requiring small UAS to comply with current agency airworthiness standards or aircraft certification. Instead, the remote pilot will simply have to perform a preflight visual and operational check of the small UAS to ensure that safety-pertinent systems are functioning property. This includes checking the communications link between the control station and the UAS.
Although the new rule does not specifically deal with privacy issues in the use of drones, and the FAA does not regulate how UAS gather data on people or property, the FAA is acting to address privacy considerations in this area. The FAA strongly encourages all UAS pilots to check local and state laws before gathering information through remote sensing technology or photography.
As part of a privacy education campaign, the agency will provide all drone users with recommended privacy guidelines as part of the UAS registration process and through the FAA’s B4UFly mobile app. The FAA also will educate all commercial drone pilots on privacy during their pilot certification process; and will issue new guidance to local and state governments on drone privacy issues. The FAA’s effort builds on the privacy “best practices” (PDF) the National Telecommunications and Information Administration published last month as the result of a year-long outreach initiative with privacy advocates and industry.
Part 107 will not apply to model aircraft. Model aircraft operators must continue to satisfy all the criteria specified in Section 336 of Public Law 112-95 (PDF) (which will now be codified in Part 101), including the stipulation they be operated only for hobby or recreational purposes.more information on the FAA and UAS.
A stunning new drone video shot by an Arctic adventure tour guide Nansen Weber is providing a whole new perspective of beluga whales in Nunavut's Cunningham Inlet from above.
The twenty-four-year-old wildlife photographer Nansen Weber's family has been coming to the Arctic for three generations. While working at his small family-run adventure business, he took up wildlife photography and started to experiment with drones. The video, featuring more than 2,000 beluga whales, was captured last summer near Resolute.
See more of the talented artists work at ; http://www.nansenweber.com/ and below
The Unmanned Aircraft Systems Registration Task Force has recommended to the Federal Aviation Administration that small UAS owners register their aircraft with the Federal Aviation Administration by providing the agency a phone number and street address.
The task force also recommended that there be no fee for the registration. Optional recommendations from the task force were that owners provide an email address and aircraft serial number in addition to their street address and telephone number.
Courtesy: National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies A number of insurance companies and UAS operators have recognized the potential value of UAS to property/casualty insurance and have obtained Section 333 exemptions from the Federal Aviation Administration to explore and develop such insurance operations. The primary business cases for property/casualty insurance use of UAS are for routine property assessment and disaster management.
In the normal course of its business, a property/casualty insurance company will assess the condition of a potential policyholder’s property to gauge the appropriate risk and coverage for the property. In many cases, the property may include spaces where access is restricted or dangerous to examine, such as a pitched roof. Rather than subject its personnel to undue risk, an insurance company can use a UAS to examine areas that are limited in access. This can provide data more quickly and with fewer hazards to company employees.
Similarly, when damage or loss occurs at policyholder locations, properly accessing the actual damage can subject insurance company personnel to physical danger and bodily risk. In many cases, a UAS can provide the needed access and assessment remotely, limiting the danger to insurance company personnel.
Insurance companies responding to disaster situations have a heightened need and responsibility for property assessments and claims adjudication. In situations with severe and widespread damage, the need for insurance companies to respond quickly and adequately can increase exponentially. Insurance companies are now exploring the use of UAS in claims appraisals in major disasters like Hurricane Katrina and Superstorm Sandy, where the extent of the damage may exceed the number of available inspectors and be inaccessible.
But the insurance use of UAS is not just limited to responding to major disasters. They can also play a key role after regional natural events or disasters that may not cause widespread damage but still affect the property of hundreds of policyholders. In the wake of more localized events such as tornadoes or hailstorms damaging small towns, UAS can provide a more rapid response to assess damage, leading to faster payment of claims.