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    ATW Online; Wednesday 10 May 2017
    Airbus launches commercial drone startup
    Airbus has launched its US base and operations of a new commercial drone startup - Airbus Aerial - in Atlanta, Georgia and has appointed Jesse Kallman as president of the US base.

    The new business offers imagery services fusing drones, satellite images and software to bring deeper insights to commercial customers, Airbus said in a statement.

    Airbus Aerial, which is also planning a base in Europe, initially will focus on developing new imagery services.

    According to Airbus, these services will leverage the best global software and aerospace technology to offer actionable data and analysis of information provided by drones, satellites, high altitude aircraft and other sources.

    “Through Airbus Aerial, we are uniquely positioned and fully committed to advancing the commercial Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) industry. It is bringing together partners from across the industry - ranging from vehicle manufacturers, data analytics companies, service providers and others - to enable data-focused services at large scale,” Airbus Defense and Space CEO Dirk Hoke said. “Using an integrated combination of assets, from UAS platforms to satellite imagery, Airbus Aerial is rolling out a wide range of new imagery services. In the future, additional pillars of the Airbus Aerial activities will be in the area of cargo drone services as well as providing connectivity via aerial assets.”

    The US-based office in Atlanta is led by Kallman, a UAS industry expert with more than 12 years of experience including research at Georgia Tech, federal policy at FAA, commercial UAS at Airware, and advocacy with groups like the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International.

    “Drones are only a piece of a much larger picture for us,” Kallman said. “Airbus Aerial brings together a variety of aerospace technologies - including drones and satellites - combines them in a common software infrastructure, and applies industry-specific analytics to deliver tailored solutions to our customers’ biggest challenges.”

    By: Linda Blachly
    Interesting development. Guess Police Departments, for instance, will switch from helicopters to Airbus Aerials for tracking down boy racers and other baddies.
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    Default Re: Airbus Enters Commercial Drone Industry

    very apt that you bring us this particular story...
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    ATW Online; Thursday 11 May 2017
    ICAO plans worldwide drone management framework
    ICAO aims to develop a common global framework for traffic systems for drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).

    The United Nations aviation organization announced the development at the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) Xponential 2017 Conference in Dallas May 10.

    The Montreal-based organization will develop what are known as UAS Traffic Management (UTM) systems. The initiative is part of a work program that has been assigned to ICAO by its 191 member states.

    UTM systems are a tool for managing low-altitude airspace and include the registration and identification of UAVs. Their creation has already been proposed by many ICAO member states.

    “We are issuing a request for information on what we believe are the top priorities that must be addressed by states, industry and academia in order to develop safe and efficient UTM systems,” ICAO’s Remotely Piloted Aviation Systems (RPAS) program manager Leslie Cary said.

    “This will allow further developments to focus on better defined issues, whether technical, operational or legal. It will also ensure safety continues to remain the driving factor. ICAO is the natural agency to be gathering together the best and brightest from governments and industry to define the problem so that global solutions can be proposed, debated and agreed.”

    Following ICAO’s initial work on the subject of drones, states and international organizations asked it to expand its work program to shape the framework of global regulations and guidance related to a much broader range of drone operations than had previously considered within its remit.

    The proliferation of UAVs has led to fears that they could bring down an airliner if they are ingested into an engine or smash a flight deck window at a critical moment, such as final approach.

    “Today we’re seeing many new proposals and innovations emerging in terms of both aircraft and operations at low altitudes, including drones and personal flight vehicles,” Cary said. “It’s in everyone’s interest to determine sooner rather than later how and where they can safely operate, so as to minimize all related noise and privacy concerns. The sooner this framework is agreed upon globally, the sooner the industry will be able to align their developing UAS businesses within harmonized UTM systems.”

    ICAO has been engaged in the field of RPAS and UAVs for almost a decade. Some years ago it formed a UAS Advisory Group composed of experts from varying backgrounds, including industry, international organizations and state regulators.

    This led to the production of an online toolkit to provide states, operators and remote pilots with best practices and regulatory guidance and the publication of an RPAS Manual containing extensive guidance material for states and other aviation stakeholders.

    ICAO will soon be releasing a Concept of Operations to inform the global aviation community of its vision for RPAS regulation, and the UN agency is developing the legal framework for the international operation of certificated, instrument flight rules (IFR)-capable RPAS.


    By: Alan Dron
    Makes sense for ICAO to take the lead, rather than leaving it to EASA, FAA and all other NAAs to individually cobble some UAV Rules and Regulations.
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