Drones used to research Guatemala's Volcano

Drones are helping volcanologists get closer than ever before to Guatemala’s Volcan de Fuego, near some 60,000 people who are at risk from its frequent eruptions. During a 10-day research trip, the team carried out several flights at the summits of both Volcan de Fuego and Volcan de Pacaya, which is also in Guatemala. Using lightweight modern sensors they measured temperature, humidity and thermal data within the volcanic clouds and took images of multiple eruptions in real-time. This is one of the first times drones have been used to gather data from volcanoes such as Fuego, where the lack of close access has retarded research. The drones were flown at distances of up to 8 km away and a height of over 3 km above the launch site.

https://www.rt.com/viral/384527-volcano-erupting-drone-research/

Drone government applications

Drone government applications. Jason Wayne Huddleston, a wanted felon, fled into a cornfield last August when authorities were looking for him in Florence Township, Mich. Michigan State Police Sgt. Matt Rogers said such a situation would normally be handled with a K9 unit. A couple of them were on the scene already, he recalled -- but the police also had a drone. The Michigan State Police has since bought and fielded one more drone with another trained pilot. A third is being prepared for deployment, and there are plans for even more. It’s a welcome development for Rogers, who had been the lone drone operator.

https://gcn.com/articles/2017/04/03/drone-government-applications.aspx

Intelligent Energy - PINC deal for air-cooled fuel cell systems

Intelligent Energy has signed a deal with PINC to supply its air-cooled fuel cell systems for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), marking Intelligent Energy’s first sale of fuel cell systems for UAVs as the company moves forward with the commercialization of its technology. PINC uses UAVs to identify and orchestrate hard-to-reach inventory and assets in the global supply chain and is the leading provider of yard management, finished vehicle logistics, and inventory robotics solutions to the world’s largest manufacturers, retailers, and contract logistics providers. PINC has defined the UAV market in the supply chain with an innovative inventory approach that transcends the delivery use case.

http://www.windpowerengineering.com/dw-sync/intelligent-energy-supply-air-cooled-fuel-cells-uavs/

High Performance Spaceflight Computing Processor for NASA

Boeing wins $26.6 million NASA contract to develop a prototype High Performance Spaceflight Computing Processor. An aircraft that will help sustain Wichita’s importance in America’s military capability for decades to come could, once again, be arriving in town later than expected. The U.S. Government Accountability Office on Friday warned that the KC-46A Pegasus tanker built by the Boeing Co. could face additional delivery delays.

http://www.bizjournals.com/chicago/news/2017/03/28/boeing-roundup-boeing-wins-nasa-contract.html

New trend for drones

Lady Gaga’s use of drones for a spectacular Super Bowl halftime show — granted in a special waiver — signals one of the trends for more commercial uses of remote-controlled aircraft. The analysis of AUVSI shows the variety and popularity of uses for drones ranging from inspecting infrastructure to surveying crops. But he said the industry and the economy would benefit from expanding drone regulations to routinely allow flights at night, over people and farther than the pilot can see, which the industry calls beyond the line of sight.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2017/03/23/study-drone-pilots-blaze-trail-into-night-flights/99510900/

Drone competition in Netherlands

DroneClash is a competition to be held on December 4th in a hangar at Valkenburg airfield in the Netherlands. Teams try to destroy each others’ quadcopters, navigate through a “Hallway of Doom, Death, and Destruction”, and finally enter a final phase of the game where they try to defend their queen drone while taking out those of their opponents. It’s being sponsored by the Technical University of Delft’s Micro Air Vehicle (MAV) lab. The goal is to enable a future of responsible drone use by having the ability to take them out if necessary.

http://hackaday.com/2017/03/18/welcome-to-the-drone-wars/

Drones in Visual Journalism

Drones in Visual Journalism. The New York Times staff photographer Josh Haner was an early adopter of drone photography. His earliest forays were with a $60 gadget that he maneuvered around his living room. Since then, he has aimed ever higher, making videos and stills high above the Gobi Desert and the Marshall Islands. He has embraced the technology in ways that add a stunning dimension to his storytelling, while at the same time presenting unforeseen challenges. His conversation with James Estrin has been edited for length and clarity.

https://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2017/03/16/democratizing-the-sky-drones-in-visual-journalism/?_r=0

AOP celebrates women in aviation

AOPA is a strong supporter of Women in Aviation International, and was actively engaged in many conference activities, highlighted by a keynote address by AOPA President Mark Baker; sponsoring a New Member Social; awarding a $3,000 Flight Training scholarship to a young woman pilot; hosting a You Can Fly Back to Your Roots seminar, and maintaining an AOPA booth in the exhibit hall.

https://www.aopa.org/news-and-media/all-news/2017/march/08/aopa-celebrates-aviation-at-international-women-in-aviation-conference

Enthusiasts seek safe place for drone races

Drone racing enthusiasts have called for help from the authorities and landowners to assist them in finding a safe place for them to practice and race. The sport is enjoying rapid growth in Ireland, but as more people start taking part it is becoming harder to find suitable locations for it. Racers wear first person view goggles, which transmit footage from a live camera on the front of the drone to two small video screens in front of their eyes.

https://www.rte.ie/news/2017/0310/858805-drone-racing/

Drones photography contest

Drones capture bird's eye view of Australia's most loved landmarks. From the pink waters of Western Australia's Lake Miller to Tasmania's vibrant tulip fields, the aerial snaps showcase the country's natural beauty as never seen before. As the drone photography phenomenon rapidly gathers pace, Tourism Australia has invited budding aerial photographers from around the globe to compete in the Australia From Above contest. The contest is open from March 2 to May 2 and welcomes professionals and enthusiasts alike to share their visions of the country.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4284998/Drones-capture-bird-s-eye-view-Australian-landmarks.html

Siberian tigers chasing drone

Siberian tigers ‘kill’ drone. A video from China in early February shows Siberian tigers chasing after a drone camera before bringing it to the ground. The tigers are seen chasing the drone through the snow, before one pounces on it in flight. China’s state broadcaster, CCTV, reported that local media had been using the drone to film the tigers in Northeast Tiger Forest Park in Harbin City. The footage was uploaded to YouTube by CCTV Plus, where it garnered over three million views since it was uploaded on Feb 22.

http://www.star2.com/living/animals/2017/03/03/siberian-tigers-kill-drone/

Bringing back the supersonic passenger plane

A handful of aviation companies are working to bring back supersonic passenger travel and one of the newer contenders, Boom, recently completed the first round of wind-tunnel testing, a critical step in the development of a prototype. The company’s next step is to start assembly of the XB-1 Demonstrator, a technologically representative one-third-scale version of the production Boom airliner, which will ultimately seat up to 45. The first flight of the XB-1 is expected late this year.

 

Small plane crashed into a home

Three people were killed and two others are in critical condition after a small plane crashed into a California home on Monday, authorities said. Two dwellings were destroyed when the plane went down in Riverside at about 4:45 p.m. All of the victims had been flying in the aircraft. The crash threw debris as far as half a mile away, set homes ablaze and sent thick, choking smoke billowing into the sky.

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/two-rescued-two-missing-small-plane-crashes-california-home-n726486

Be aware of birds when flying

The next time you fly on an airplane, keep your eyes peeled for birds—not drones—flying too close to the plane’s wing. Although in 2016, more drones have flown too close to airports compared to the previous year, none of those aerials actually smashed into airplanes, according to research released by the FAA this week. The report detailed more than 1,200 incidents of airplane pilots, law enforcement, air traffic controllers, and U.S. citizens reporting drones flying in places they shouldn’t.

http://fortune.com/2017/02/24/faa-birds-drones-pilots/

The latest development of the Marine Corps

The latest development in an ambitious effort of the Marine Corps is to use unmanned aircraft to resupply troops in the field. This demonstration tests what the military calls a “pilot in a box.” It will allow Marines to convert manned helicopters, including Vietnam-era Hueys, into remote-controlled aircraft that can deliver supplies to dangerous places without putting pilots in harms way. The technology will allow the Marines to reduce the number of troops in logistical support, freeing up more for combat, said Loren Thompson, a military analyst at the Lexington Institute.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2017/02/22/drones-supplying-united-states-troops/98155244/

Warren Buffet invested 10b into four airlines

Warren Buffet‘s Berkshire Hathaway invested nearly $10 billion into American, Delta, United, and Southwest Airlines. Surprisingly enough, in 2013, Buffet referred to the country‘s airline industry as a "deathtrap for investors", according to Business Insider. Over the past two years, the chosen airlines have reported record profits, positive post-financial crisis capacity discipline and lower labor costs. Thus, instead of picking one airline to invest in, Warren Buffet selected all four.

A drones's perspective of the world

A group of international photographers is doing the same thing — but from a drone's perspective. Here are a few of the eye-catching images we came across and the stories behind them: An island home in Solomon Islands, Romanian sheep, seen from the sky, "Lion's Rock" towers above a Sri Lankan jungle, Cambodian children couldn't believe what they saw.

http://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2017/01/21/510324415/photos-a-drones-view-of-the-world

Extended benefits of drones

In recent years, drone technology has attracted attention due to its use in countless conflicts around the world. Even though unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) have proven hugely successful in military service for decades, they also hold enormous commercial potential. Companies are just beginning to unlock the numerous benefits of drones, experimenting with everything from crop-dusting to pizza delivery. UAV technology has made huge strides in recent years, along with regulations and investment support, making it far more user-friendly for commercial applications.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/niallmccarthy/2016/09/02/the-industries-where-drones-could-really-take-off-infographic/#6b4d936c27ad

 

Traffic management system for drones

Hundreds of drones are expected to hit the Singapore skies in the near future, but many questions how they will safely fly over dense and urban areas have risen lately. Researchers have unveiled a traffic management system, which is much like the traffic laws and infrastructure cars have on roads. Named Traffic Management of Unmanned Aircraft Systems, this initiative would designate air-lanes and use virtual fences to reroute drones around restricted geographical locations.

http://i-hls.com/2017/01/uav-traffic-management-system-will-designate-urban-air-lanes/

Turkish cargo Boeing 747 crashes in Kyrgyzstan

A Turkish cargo plane flying from Hong Kong has crashed into a village in Kyrgyzstan, killing all four crew and at least 33 people on the ground. The Boeing 747 operated by ACT Airlines crashed as it was about to land in fog at Manas airport, 25km (15 miles) north of the capital, Bishkek. At least 15 buildings were destroyed in the village outside the airport and at least 33 people were killed.