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Chinese drone maker unveils human-carrying drone

Chinese drone maker Ehang Inc. on Wednesday unveiled what it calls the world's first drone capable of carrying a human passenger. The Guangzhou, China-based company pulled the cloth off the Ehang 184 at the Las Vegas Convention Center during the CES gadget show. In a company video showing it flying, it looks like a small helicopter but with four doubled propellers spinning parallel to the g...

Airbus introduces a system to jam drones out of the sky

For every cheap flying robot, there is an elaborate, expensive system to counter it. The latest anti-drone tool comes from European aerospace and defense giant Airbus, and promises a high-tech solution to small flying robots. They’re showing off the system at the Consumer Electronics Exposition in Las Vegas, though no word yet on if they’ve caused any nearby drones to crash. From Ai...

Boeing, Air China Finalize Order for Six 777-300ERs

Boeing and Air China announced an order for six additional 777-300ER (Extended Range) jetliners. The order is valued at more than $2 billion at current list prices and bolsters Air China’s long-haul widebody fleet as it looks to expand its international network. “The 777-300ER has consistently proved its value as a long-haul flagship for our customers around the world, making it the...

PICTURES: Unmanned AirMule makes free-flight debut

On 30 December 2015, Urban Aeronautics’ AirMule completed its first autonomous, untethered flight at Megiddo airfield in northern Israel. UrbanAero Rafi Yoeli – chief executive of UrbanAero, the parent company of Tactical Robotics, which developed the vertical take-off and landing aircraft – says the test schedule in Megiddo includes plans to demonstrate the AirMule&rsq...

Boeing to shower shareholders with cash

US aerospace giant Boeing has announced a $14 billion share buyback and 20 percent increase in its regular quarterly dividend starting 2016 to $1.09 per share. Boeing said the new buyback plan will replace the $12 billion plan that was previously in place of which $5.25 billion remained. "Once again, we are demonstrating our commitment to a balanced cash deployment strategy that fuels i...

No drone zone around Washington DC grows

The Federal Aviation Administration's no drone zone around the nation's capital has grown. The FAA warned this summer that unmanned aircraft, such as drones and model aircraft, were prohibited within 15 miles of Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, just south of Washington. But its online guidance now says they're banned from Washington's special flight rules area, a ring...

So You Got A Drone For The Holidays! Now What?

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recently released new regulations governing the use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS). Yes that’s right, that drone you just unwrapped is an aircraft! And as a drone owner, you are now faced with the prospect of operating your drone within these new regulations. The unique thing about drones is that the possibilities are endless, with many...

What a near-miss with a helicopter taught one aviation student about drones

A few weeks ago, Owen Ouyang was piloting a small drone near his Martinez, Calif., home when the screen on his iPad went black. His DJI Phantom III had lost its signal near some power lines, so a safety feature sent it soaring. Federal Aviation Administration guidelines specify that hobbyists’ drones should stay below 400 feet. But Ouyang, who lives on a hill, with homes, power lines and...

Guidance to unarmed aviation police: Run and hide

Hundreds of police officers at one of the country's busiest airports say in the case of an active shooter, they are instructed to run and hide. That's because these officers are unique among the nation's major airports: They don't carry guns. Their badges, uniforms and vehicles all say "police." And they are certified police officers in the state of Illinois. But...

Russian emergencies minister opens center of unmanned aviation in Moscow region

Russia’s emergencies ministry on Sunday opened an unmanned aviation center at the ministry’s Moscow region department. The ceremony was attended by Minister Vladimir Puchkov. "The unmanned aviation center will help improve the quality of monitoring and raise the level of crisis response," he said. The minister said drones would be used for aerial surveying to establish pre...

Northrop wins $93 million deal to build drone for smaller warships

Northrop Grumman Corp has won a contract worth $93.08 million to build a full-scale demonstrator of a new unmanned spy plane - a flying wing with large counter-rotating propellers - that would take off and land on destroyers and frigates, the Pentagon said on Thursday. Northrop has been working on a design for the new drone for several years under a joint program called Tern that is led by...

Aviation safety experts urge caution with a popular Christmas gift

Drones are tipped to be one of the most popular presents this Christmas but fledgling pilots have been delivered a stern warning about the potential dangers for new flyers. The Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) is urging people to stick to a handful of basic rules in the wake of a high-profile incident where a pro-skier narrowly avoided having a drone fall out of the sky on his head. Pe...