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Irelandia Aviation launches AerDrone International

Irelandia Aviation (Irelandia), the investment group behind several low cost airline carriers, has today (26 November 2017) announced the establishment of a new division, AerDrone International, a platform dedicated to commercial drone leasing. AerDrone International will be based in Dublin which is now well established as a global leader in aviation finance and leasing. AerDrone International...

Falco EVO surveillance drone touches down in the Middle East with first delivery to launch customer

The Falco EVO Remotely-Piloted Air System (RPAS) has been selected by two customers in the Middle East and Gulf region. The first delivery took place last month Leonardo is also seeing increased interest in its ‘drones as a service’ offering, where the company owns and operates the aircraft and provides surveillance data to the customer  In addition to fixed-wing RPAS, Leon...

ST Engineering Sets Up Subsidiary for VIP Completion Business

Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd (ST Engineering) announced that its aerospace sector’s VIP completion and refurbishment business division based in San Antonio, US has been incorporated as a subsidiary, AERIA Luxury Interiors, LLC (AERIA) by VT San Antonio Aerospace, Inc. (VT SAA) with a paid-up capital of US$1. As an incorporated company, AERIA will tailor its processes to be focused...

Successful first flight for UAV demonstrator SAGITTA

Airbus Defence and Space has successfully tested a new type of aircraft that will aid the development of future unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for series production. The unmanned jet-propelled demonstrator with the project name SAGITTA flew completely autonomously for around seven minutes over the test site in Overberg, South Africa, on a pre-programmed course. The innovative flying-wing construc...

Facebook's internet-beaming drone has completed its second test flight and didn't crash

Facebook has completed its second test flight for its solar-powered, internet-beaming drone called Aquila. The flight was conducted on May 22 in Yuma, Arizona and lasted for one hour and 46 minutes. Facebook said that the drone "landed perfectly on our prepared landing site." An earlier version of Aquila was "substantially damaged" in a crash during its first test flight...

Leonardo introduces New M-40 target drone at Paris Air Show

The M-40 provides medium-to-high performance at a cost comparable with entry-level competing target drones Leonardo’s Mirach-family drones are the standard threat simulators of Armed Forces around the world including France, Italy and the UK A number of design enhancements, such as the removal of all pyrotechnics, mean that the M-40 is readily exportable and benefits from low through-...

Virtual battlefield for robots and drones developed in Russia

A sole virtual battlefield that provides the means for testing robots and drones has been developed for the Russian Army, Kronstadt Group CEO, Armen Isaakyan, told TASS in an interview. "We have developed a new version of the Combat virtual trainer that now includes drones and robots and is more flexible and able to integrate with other developers’ synthetic trainers," he said....

StandardAero's European service centre receives EASA and FAA certifications for HTF7000 engine MRO services

StandardAero's European Service Center (ESC), located in Tilburg, the Netherlands, has received EASA and FAA certifications for Honeywell HTF7000 turbofan MRO services and is now authorized to support business aviation operators within the EMEA region. In March of 2016, StandardAero was authorized by Honeywell Aerospace as the industry's only independent MRO heavy maintenance provider f...

New "SafeDrone" platform minimizes risks for pilots and drones

“SafeDrone by Lufthansa Technik” is a new initiative for minimizing uncertainties and risks in unmanned aviation. The open and completely transparent platform allows collaboration between all interested market players and provides them with direct access to recognized standards for technology, quality and security in the use of drones. A basic package is availabl...

Germany to buy Triton drone to replace canceled Euro Hawk-sources

Germany's defense ministry has decided to buy high-altitude MQ-4C Triton unmanned surveillance planes built by U.S. weapons maker Northrop Grumman Corp for deliveries after 2025, ministry sources said on Tuesday. The new drones will replace the Euro Hawk program, which Berlin canceled in May 2013 after it became clear that it could cost up to 600 million euros to get the system approved for...

Azur Drones has a leading position on the civilian drones market

After raising two initial amounts for a total fund of €4.5 million in 2016, Azur Drones, a pioneer in the civilian drone sector, has raised an additional €2 million to accelerate its growth and confirm its leading position on the civilian drones market. Azur Drones is also confirming its desire to consolidate the market by conducting its first external growth operation with the acqui...

Amazon Plans To Build Flying Warehouses For Drone Deliveries

Amazon has been experimenting with drone deliveries for quite some time and now it seems that the e-commerce behemoth is keen to go beyond the hustle and bustle of land-based shipments to exploit the potential offered by the open skies. In the latest,  Amazon plans to build a giant flying warehouse that will be used as a launchpad to deliver goods within a few minutes,  according to a...