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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.

Chapter News

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).

Dronicar's unmanned airship lands on water.

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.

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From Jan. 11 to 15, 2018, Warm Springs FAA UAS Test Range will offer a UAS pilot training course to train the next generation of career-oriented UAS enthusiasts to enter the commercial services market.

The training course will consist of four components: Part 107 training to earn FAA certification for safe and legal operations, hands-on flight training to teach the fundamentals of flying a UAS, UAS operational safety training to improve safety and operational performance skills, and a commercial enterprise course to teach UAS enthusiasts how to make money flying UAS.

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This Week in the Unmanned Systems and Robotics World.

UAVOS Inc. has developed an unmanned aerial complex based on Pipistrel’s Sinus light aircraft.

UAVOS converted three Pipistrel Sinus aircraft into UAVs, and modified the wings of the original aircraft for the installation of hangers for payload. In addition to that, the wiring was changed, and the company integrated its UAVOS automatic control system into the aircraft.

AUVSI Events

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06

Unmanned Systems—Defense. Protection. Security.

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30

This premier event unites the largest global community of drone, intelligent...