Woolpert Adds 4 UAS Pilots to Growing Fleet, Expands Applications

Woolpert uses UAS to monitor the construction phase of a 500-foot runway extension at Paoli (Ind.) Municipal Airport.Dayton, Ohio (March 15, 2017) — Woolpert has increased its pool of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) pilots by four, it was announced today. Kris Froiland, Ethan Schreuder, Joel Doughty and Rich Gerdeman join Woolpert’s expanding team of Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) commercial UAS/drone certification resources.

These new UAS pilots bring the firm’s total to five and are located at four of the national architecture, engineering and geospatial (AEG) firm’s 23 locations—Chicago, Denver, Dayton and Columbia, S.C., where the firm also is establishing UAS hubs.

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AirStrato drones give military performance at “affordable” prices

The AirStrato Pioneer in flight

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The growth in the availability of drones over the last few years has been explosive. In tracking the trend, Gizmag has covered everything frompocket-sized consumer quadcopters to Predator military models. A Romanian NGO, however, is promising that its new drone will fill an untouched gap in the market.

The Airstrato was created by the Romanian Cosmonautics and Aeronautics Association (ARCA) in recognition of the fact that few organizations can afford high-performance UAVs like the Global Hawk or the aforementioned Predator. ARCA is seeking to provide small businesses, research institutions and individuals with a level of performance comparable to high-end UAVs, but at a much more affordable price.

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Drone Economy Could Bring Jobs, Investment to Oregon

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Drone industry experts are bullish that Oregon is poised to a national hub for unmanned aircraft that could bring in thousands of jobs and potentially billions of dollars of investment.

The new drone economy could provide new jobs while benefiting things like search and rescue missions, energy production and other commercial businesses, according to U.S. Senator Ron Wyden.

In Nov. Wyden asked the Federal Aviation Administration Tuesday to stop dragging its feet on establishing new regulations for drones, often referred to as Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs).

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DRONES COMING CLOSE

Drones are lately sparking more than just a privacy debate, as they enter restricted airspace and potentially physically endanger passengers flying in and out of airports like JFK and LaGuardia.  Photo courtesy of infowars.com

Drones are lately sparking more than just a privacy debate, as they enter restricted airspace and potentially physically endanger passengers flying in and out of airports like JFK and LaGuardia. Photo courtesy of infowars.com

Three recent incidents of drone-spotting near JFK airport have prompted U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer to revisit the issue he addressed just a few months ago, this time with an even greater emphasis on physical safety.   Schumer urged the Federal Aviation Administration and the Office of Management and Budget this week to expedite its release of new drone regulations.

In August, the Senator pushed the Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration to develop guidelines focused on best practices for drone usage and data collection and storage.

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Army wants to build special drone airstrip

Shadow UAV supports 24 hour operations

The Army wants to build a new airfield at the Yakima Training Center for soldiers to train with an unmanned aircraft system.

Soldiers already train with the Shadow, a small reconnaissance drone, at a shared runway at the Selah Airstrip several miles southwest of the center.

Manned aviation training has priority at the Selah airfield, and traffic is increasing, according to Army Corps of Engineers environmental assessment draft documents.

A new airfield with a parking lot, the Army says, will mean more training opportunities and, ultimately, better scouting for forces in combat.

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