Tuesday, 23 October, 2018

Kansas selected as participant in Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Pilot Program

Hundreds of companies are competing for one of 10 slots in a new US drone project Trump administration taps projects to test expanded drone use across US
Kim Reese | 10 May, 2018, 14:34

Earl Lawrence, director of FAA's UAS Office, said at a hearing of the Senate Subcommittee on Aviation Operations, Safety, and Security that development of the remote ID requirement for drone aircraft is vital to greatly expanding the use of larger and heavier UAS craft, and the safe integration of drones into the USA national airspace.

Amazon, which hopes to one day deliver packages with a fleet of drones, said it was unfortunate its applications were not selected but supports the US efforts. The company has worked with the FAA on policy before, and has tested its drone technology around the world, including the UK. Asked about Amazon's absence, Deputy Transportation Secretary Jeff Rosen cited a rigorous process and said there were "no losers".

Amazon said the fate of its applications was unfortunate, but it was focused on developing safe operations for drones.

Although it's possible to walk into just about any electronics store now and purchase a drone for a relatively small amount of money, the middle ground - that is, using drones for commercial delivery versus making YouTube videos or bombing people in the Middle East - has been a longstanding challenge.

AirMap, an airspace management company for drones, said it was on six winning applications.

Nevada also submitted a statewide application that included dozens of partners from Nevada-grown companies and Fortune 50 corporations.

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"Apple is committed to protecting people's privacy, including processing this data to blur faces and license plates prior to publication", said the tech giant to Reuters as a response to queries around usage of drones for Apple Maps.

The North Carolina, North Dakota, and Kansas transportation departments were among those chosen, in addition to the cities of Reno, Nev., and San Diego.

FedEx will use drones to inspect aircraft at its Tennessee hub and for some package deliveries between the airport and other Memphis locations. Another partner is General Electric Co, he said. Current rules prohibit nighttime drone flights or operations over people without a waiver from the FAA.

"Kansas is once again leading the way on the national and global stage", he said.

Earlier, the agency confirmed it had sent two planned rules to the White House to regulate the increased use of unmanned aerial vehicles. After both are formally proposed, it would take months or even more than a year before they are finalized.

Apple is one of a number of big companies seeking permission to be part of a new US drone testing program, launched by President Donald Trump previous year.

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