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Google X’s Project Wing Platform for Drones the Next to Provide LAANC Capabilities

Another name has quietly shown up on the list of providers testing the prototype of the Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC): Project Wing. Project Wing is commonly referred to as Google’s drone project, although officially the program is a division of X Development LLC, parent company Alphabet’s research and development subsidiary.  They are […]

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Virginia Drone Conference Targets Public Safety Uses

One of the first colleges to launch an FAA-approved drone education program for police and fire departments plans to launch a three-day conference to build on past successes. Piedmont Virginia Community College is organizing the Second Annual Public Safety Unmanned Aerial Systems Conference in Crozet, Va., March 5-7. The conference is designed “for law enforcement, […]

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Virginia Tech Team Goes to Malawi to Collaborate on Building and Flying Drones on the UNICEF Corridor

The UNICEF drone testing corridor has generated major interest from research teams who want to use the corridor to test ideas in bringing drone technology to developing countries.  Virginia Tech reports that their research team has  designed a drone that could be built by Malawians and flown for medical delivery in a “low resource environment.” […]

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What the Administrator’s Fact Book Says – and Doesn’t Say – About Drones in the US

News and Commentary.  The FAA has just released the 2017 Administrator’s Fact Book.  The 27-page document provides metrics, statistics and information on everything from safety to staffing, and provides links to source documents and project descriptions.  It’s a good resource for anyone interested in US aviation – and the statistics concerning drones provide some insight […]

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Epic Drone Footage Shows Surf Rescue in Portugal

Getting wiped out by 100ft waves is all part of the fun when surfing in Portugal’s Praia do Norte… The combination of drone and extreme sports is one that continues to capture the imaginations of aerial photographers. Crazy things just look better from above. Sure, it’s mostly to do with adrenaline. But one of the best […]

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