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Are We Approaching the Death of Manned Flight?

Posted by Novel Engineering on October 24, 2017

For thousands of years, humans could only dream of flying through the air. Then, in the early 20th century, their dreams took off when manned flight finally became a reality. In the decades since, piloting of commercial and military aircraft has become a profession with many different specialties and objectives. But with the advent of fast and sophisticated unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) that can perform many of the same duties as manned aircraft, engineers and pilots in both the public and private sectors are beginning to wonder: is this the beginning of the end of manned flight?

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DOT Report Slams FAA's Slow Progress on UAS Integration

Posted by Novel Engineering on July 9, 2014

Source: flightglobal.com - Beth Stevenson | LONDON

The US Department of Transport has issued a scathing report on the Federal Aviation Administration’s efforts to integrate unmanned air systems into the national airspace (NAS), claiming the administration is behind on a number of targets that determine if it will meet its 2015 integration deadline.

An Office of Inspector General audit report claims the FAA is behind on a number of objectives, and there remains a lack of technology standards for UAS to be able to sense and avoid obstacles. Other issues are a lack of certification and air traffic management procedures, or sufficient training for these.

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FAA Clears Nevada for Drone Test-Site Flight

Posted by Novel Engineering on June 9, 2014

Source: The Washington Times - Author: Martin Griffith

RENO, Nev. (AP) - The Federal Aviation Administration has cleared Nevada to begin flying drones under a federal research program into unmanned aerial systems.

FAA officials announced Monday that the state was granted a two-year certificate of authorization to use an Insitu ScanEagle at a southern Nevada airport.

Plans call for the first flight to take place this summer at the U.S. Department of Energy-owned Desert Rock Airport in Mercury, which is 65 miles northwest of Las Vegas.

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