In light of the Georgia Building Authority's recent resolution in Atlanta, the chapter has the following comment.
The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) Atlanta Chapter's stance on local and state laws regarding unmanned aerial vehicles is that they should be created to prevent hazardous and criminal uses for these systems. Just like a knife, an unmanned aerial system is a tool that can be used for better or worse. Our members fly these systems in the greater Atlanta area in accordance federal and state laws, and with careful guidance of the FAA. Legislature like this one is damaging to these companies even if it is intended to target hobby flyers in the immediate vicinity of these buildings. Law enforcement, utility inspection, and medical services are just some of the industries impacted by this legislation. Instead, we recommend hobbyists, incoming corporations, and law-makers learn about these systems, the existing laws regarding them, and coordinate with other government agencies before pushing legislation. To learn more, please go to www.knowbeforeyoufly.com.
The FAA has granted CNN a “first-of-its-kind Part 107 waiver” that allows the media organization to fly a small UAS over people.
Considered an industry milestone, this waiver, for the first time, permits real-world UAS operations over people, giving CNN the ability to fly its 1.37-pound Snap UAS in a variety of environments, up to an altitude of 150 feet above ground level (AGL).
Virginia-based Dronicar, which debuted its unmanned airship at AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2017 in Dallas, announced that its advertisement airship drone was tested on water on July 4.
With hurricane season in full effect, unmanned aircraft have been pushed to the forefront as an innovative technology that can be used during relief efforts.
Just a few weeks ago, Hurricane Harvey throttled Texas and Louisiana, leaving billions of dollars’ worth of damage in its wake.
With mass flooding and other factors leaving areas difficult, or in some cases impossible, to navigate, UAS have become invaluable during the recovery efforts in Texas, especially in the Houston area which was hit the hardest.
This has been possible thanks to swift action from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which has been actively cooperating with UAS operators to get these systems into the sky quickly and effectively where they are most needed.
A team of aerospace engineers from the University of Colorado (CU) recently spent the first half of June traveling across the Midwest in search of monster storms.
During this time period, the CU team, which was made up of 16 CU employees and students, encountered a storm on June 8 outside Norris, South Dakota, and used one of its three “Twistor” UAS to fly through the dark skies to collect data from the storm.
Volvo is showcasing its autonomous bus to specially invited guests during the Volvo Ocean Race competition in Gothenburg, Sweden.
Based on Volvo's commercially produced electric city bus, the prototype has been modified for autonomous operation.
Volvo says that at the demo event, there will be presentations to demonstrate how this technology can contribute to “safer and more comfortable travel,” as well as more efficient handling of vehicles in the depot.
Black Swift Technologies (BST) has been awarded a NASA contract to develop a UAS to perform “upper atmospheric observations” of the planet Venus.
BST is proposing a “planetary aerial vehicle based on dynamic soaring,” which the company says is a “proven method to extract energy from atmospheric shear that has propelled the fastest small-scale aircraft in the world,” and provided the energy needed for “long-endurance low-level flights of birds across oceans.”
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