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AirMap & the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) Launch UAS Notice System

Written by: Tony Korologos | Date: Wednesday, March 30th, 2016
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Over 50 U.S. airports to participate in new pilot program to enable safer UAS flights.

Santa Monica, CA – AirMap, the world’s leading provider of airspace information and services for unmanned aircraft, and the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE), through the Airport Innovation Accelerator, announced today the release of the Digital Notice and Awareness System™ (D-NAS). D-NAS™ was created to allow UAS operators to provide airports with real-time digital information about the location of their flights.

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D-NAS works by allowing a UAS operator to send an encrypted digital flight notice to a secure dashboard at an airport’s operations center. Flight information will be able to be submitted through many different UAS interfaces, including the flying apps provided by leading drone manufacturers DJI, Yuneec, and 3DRobotics. These connections facilitate the transmission of important safety-critical information to airports, including the GPS location of the UAS flight. Participating airports will access this information through the AirMap D-NAS dashboard, which provides a map view of flights in proximity to the airport and the option to contact the UAS operator directly.

“Safety has always been a priority for DJI,” said Brendan Schulman, DJI’s Vice President of Policy and Legal Affairs. “Providing our customers the capability to easily notify nearby airports of their flights is a huge step forward in convenience and functionality.  A high-tech notification system complements the safety features DJI builds into every drone, as well as DJI’s close work with policymakers on practical approaches for drone technology.” Yuneec CEO Tian Yu explained “We are excited to work with AirMap to improve the safety features of our products. As an airplane and helicopter pilot myself, I know first-hand how important it is to keep the national airspace system safe.” Yuneec is the manufacturer of the popular Typhoon and Tornado series of multirotor drones and recently announced a $60M investment from Intel.

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More than 50 airports across America have already joined the D-NAS pilot program, including Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental and William P. Hobby airports, Denver International Airport, Columbus Air Force Base in Mississippi, Charlotte-Douglas Airport in North Carolina, Reno-Tahoe Airport in Nevada, New Castle Airport in Delaware, Cape May Airport in New Jersey, Fairbanks International Airport in Alaska, and the Oxnard and Camarillo Airports in Ventura County, California. “Participation in the D-NAS pilot was a no-brainer for us. In the face of growing concerns over UAS operations near airports, AirMap has developed an effective and unique solution,” said Steve Runge, Division Manager for the Houston Airport System. “D-NAS is a game changer for how we will manage low altitude air safety.”

D-NAS not only provides heightened awareness to airports; it also makes it easy for UAS operators to comply with Section 336 of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012, which requires notice to be given to airports within five miles of a drone’s flight location.

Ben Marcus, CEO of AirMap and an airline transport rated pilot and flight instructor, said, “everyone involved in aviation sees the promise and potential of unmanned aircraft. However, we can’t reach the potential of this amazing technology unless we ensure that safety critical information keeps pace with innovation. We are focused on building the tools for unmanned aircraft to safely integrate into the national airspace system.”

D-NAS will be demonstrated at the 88th Annual AAAE Conference and Exposition held May 15 – 18, 2016 in Houston, Texas.

ABOUT AAAE

Founded in 1928, AAAE is the world’s largest professional organization representing the men and women who work at public-use commercial and general aviation airports. AAAE’s 5,000-plus members represent some 850 airports and hundreds of companies and organizations that support the airport industry. Headquartered in Alexandria, Va., AAAE serves its membership through results-oriented representation in Washington, D.C., and delivers a wide range of industry services and professional development opportunities, including training, conferences, and a highly respected accreditation program. Created by AAAE in 2015, the Airport Innovation Accelerator is a community to explore, discuss, and launch innovation in airports.

ABOUT AIRMAP

AirMap is the world’s leading provider of airspace information and services for unmanned aircraft, commonly known as drones. Developed by experts in drone technology, aviation, and policy, AirMap’s cutting-edge technology transforms airspace below 500 feet to create an interconnected drone ecosystem. AirMap provides accurate, reliable, and trustworthy low-altitude navigational data and communication tools to the drone industry: inventors of drones & drone technology, drone operators, and airspace stakeholders. AirMap has a rapidly expanding global network of hundreds of partners and thousands of app users.


Yuneec International Announces Pricing and Availability of Highly Anticipated Typhoon H

Written by: Tony Korologos | Date: Tuesday, March 15th, 2016
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The Award-Winning Typhoon H Offers Professional Capabilities at an Unprecedented Price

ONTARIO, CA (March 15th, 2016) — Yuneec International, the world leader in electric aviation, has announced that its award-winning Typhoon H is available for pre-order starting today at consumer electronics retailers, popular online stores and specialized outlets world-wide. First customer deliveries will begin in two weeks. Originally unveiled at CES 2016, where it won numerous top awards, Typhoon H redefines the enthusiast drone. Pricing is set at a highly competitive suggested retail price of $1,299. Also, for a limited time, Typhoon H is being offered with a free Wizard controller, enabling team operation and GPS tracking of a subject.

“We’re excited to bring our game-changing Typhoon H to market, opening access to creative possibilities previously only available in expensive professional platforms. Now, anyone can capture incredible aerial footage like never before,” said Yu Tian, chief executive officer of Yuneec International. “It’s our most advanced consumer drone ever, setting a new standard in capability and value, while being ready, easy and safe to fly.”

An all-new six-rotor airframe provides a solid platform for the full 3-axis, 360-degree gimbal, and the new CGO3+ camera. In addition, the landing gear retracts during flight allowing unobstructed panning for breathtaking 4K videos and 12 megapixel stills. The Typhoon H also adds new flight and image capture modes including Point of Interest, Orbit, Curved Cable and Journey. Innovative new safety features include ultrasonic proximity detection to prevent collisions with obstacles, and a failsafe system allowing Typhoon H to remain stable and land if a motor should fail.

An additional benefit is the compact and user friendly design. Quick-disconnect propellers allow speedy installation and removal, and each rotor arm quickly folds down from its flight position for easy and compact transportation. Carbon fiber is used extensively to decrease weight while increasing durability.
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Typhoon H comes with the professional quality Android-based ST16 controller, including a large 7-inch integrated display and HD 720p video downlink for stunning real-time video reception. An HDMI output allows external monitors and VR goggles to be used to monitor video. Available separately, an ST12 or Wizard controller can additionally bind to the Typhoon H for Team Mode, which allows one controller to operate Typhoon H and the other to operate the camera.

With the ability to add mission-specific modules, Typhoon H is the next generation compact platform for enthusiasts and professionals. To be announced within the next 6 weeks is an Intel® RealSense™ Technology module, which uses advanced computer vision processing to enable Typhoon H to dynamically alter course as it encounters obstacles as small as tree branches, while enabling the camera to continue tracking the subject. Future add-ons will also include specialized gimbal cameras which can be easily interchanged on the go.

Typhoon H builds on established Typhoon family features such as Geo-fencing, Variable Control Response, Dynamic Return Home, Low-Battery Return Home and FAA No Fly. For more information visit www.yuneec.com. The Typhoon Q500 family of drones continues to be available starting at the suggested retail price of $499.99.


FAA Approves 1,120 Drones (sUAV) for Gowdy Brothers Aerospace

Written by: Tony Korologos | Date: Monday, March 7th, 2016
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SHAKOPEE, Minn., March 7, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — FAA Airman and Airspace Rules Division (Federal Aviation Administration) announced today that the 20 of Gowdy Brothers Aerospace’s (www.GowdyBrothers.com) customers were the first ever to receive 1,120 Drones/sUAV (small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) on their Section 333 Exemption petition grants.

The FAA requires all individuals and companies desiring to fly a drone/sUAV for commercial purposes to petition the FAA and receive a Section 333 Exemption grant.

This is largest grant of drones on an exemption since Measure, a 32 Advisors Company, LLC, was awarded 324 drones on August 28, 2015 under FAA Sect 333 exemption #12646.

“Virtually every Drone or sUAV every manufactured under 55 pounds is on the Gowdy Brothers approved lists of 1,120 Drones.” According to Jason Christenson, President of Gowdy Brothers Aerospace, LLC.

“This new process of adding 1,120 approved small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (sUAV) to Gowdy Brothers Aerospace’s customers petitions will expedite the commercial UAV operators approval process and meet both the FAA, Airman and Airspace Rules Division’s objectives and Congress’ Modernization and Reform act of 2012, to safely integrate UAS/UAV’s into the National Airspace System (NAS),” according to an Washington, DC, FAA Airman and Airspace Rules Division source.

As of March 7, 2016, the FAA has been working to review and approve 3,799 Section 333 petitions to fly drones/sUAVs commercially from the 13,712 submissions within the past 12 months.

About Gowdy Brothers Aerospace

Gowdy Brothers Aerospace, LLC (www.GowdyBrothers.com) is the nation’s leader in providing consulting services and assistance to organizations, companies and individuals who are seeking to petition for an exemption to fly Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) commercially under Section 333 of the Modernization and Reform Act of 2012. Gowdy Brothers Aerospace leads the field in FAA section 333 petition filings. Gowdy Brothers assist with COA (certificate of authorization/wavier), LOA (letters of authorization) to air traffic control, traditional N-number aircraft registration and amendments to add 1,120 drones and additional purposes such as motion picture, television, closed set filming and search and rescue operations to existing exemptions.

Gowdy Brothers Aerospace, LLC History:

Gowdy Brothers Aerospace, LLC has carved a unique sector of business in one of the fastest growing industries in the world, as an independent consultant for hundreds and hundreds of companies and individuals wishing to petition the FAA for an exemption to fly sUAV (small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) commercially under Section 333 of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012.

Gowdy Brothers Aerospace, LLC was founded in April of 2015. “Our team has a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences to offer. We are not lawyers – we are licensed pilots, businessmen and experienced enthusiasts that can bring practical experience, knowledge and compliance to individuals and companies who wish to capitalize on the massive growth in the drone industry,” commented by Jason Christenson, President, Gowdy Brothers Aerospace.

“We are relieved that the FAA released its Notice of Proposed Rules for sUAV in 2015, but until the proposed rule, or any other proposed legislation becomes a final, to fly commercially and legally a Section 333 exemption grant is still required,” according to Zack Gowdy, UAV Specialist, Gowdy Brothers Aerospace.

“As a 333 Exemption holder ourselves, and helping a little short of a thousand customers from virtually every state and multiple foreign countries, Gowdy Brothers Aerospace, with the massive amount of submissions we have filed, has become intimately familiar with the nuances of filing and receiving an approved FAA 333 Petition grant,” says Stephen Gowdy, Chief Pilot, Gowdy Brothers Aerospace.


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