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Airborne-Unmanned 08.14.18: Wing Delivery, Pilot Unions, Drones Herd Birds

Also: Cyberhawk, Oceans Unmanned, VerdeGo Aero, Swift Engineering

A pioneering commercial BVLOS delivery by drone brought ice cream to a two-year-old in a demonstration conducted in Virginia by Alphabet's Wing.

The delivery flight covered 1.4 miles, and arrived within eight minutes from the time the order was completed by the mom of the lucky toddler. It was conducted under new rules that allow some states and other government entities to experiment with BVLOS drone flights put in place last year. Among those in attendance at the demonstration was Earl Lawrence, director of the FAA's UAS Integration Office. “You did see something historic today,” Lawrence said. “They can share the fact that the U.S. does have package delivery in its future.” dvancements in unmanned technology and the possibility that actual pilots may be minimized, as a result, is creating some turbulence among airline professionals. During the 64th Air Safety Forum, hosted by ALPA, the unions representing pilots of nearly 50 commercial airlines joined together to voice their opposition to a 'dangerous' set of provisions that were added to the FAA reauthorization bill passed earlier this year by the U.S. House of Representatives. The verbiage would authorize a new FAA research and development program in support of single-pilot all-cargo operations utilizing remote-piloting or computer-piloting technology. Manned aircraft may find something else to appreciate from recent adaptations in unmanned technology. Engineers at Caltech have developed a new control algorithm that enables a single drone to herd an entire flock of birds away from an airport. The project was inspired after US Airways Flight 1549 struck a flock of geese shortly after takeoff and pilots Chesley Sullenberger and Jeffrey Skiles were forced to land in the Hudson River. All this -- and MORE in today's episode of Airborne-Unmanned!!!

Airborne-Unmanned 08.14.18 is chock full of info in this Weekly News Episode, Tuesday, August 14th, 2018... Presented by Aero-TV veteran videographer and Airborne Hosts Brianne Cross, Christopher Odom, and Laura Hutson, and is supported by ANN CEO/Editor-In-Chief Jim Campbell, Chief Videographer Nathan Cremisino, and Aero-Journalist Tom Patton, this episode covers:

  • Wing Makes First Delivery By Drone In VA
  • Pilot Unions Unite To Fight Attempts To Eliminate Pilots From The Flight Deck
  • CalTech Engineers Taught a Drone To Herd Birds Away From Airports
  • Cyberhawk Completes First UAV ABS Class Survey And Inspection Of An Oil Tanker
  • Oceans Unmanned Expands Its FreeFLY UAS Program To Dutch Harbor, Alaska
  • VerdeGo Aero Announces Powertrain And eVTOL Control Systems
  • Swift Engineering Successfully Flies VTOL Drone Swift020 In Kobe, Japan

Get Comprehensive, Real-Time, 24/7 coverage of the latest aviation and aerospace stories anytime, at aero-news.net. And be sure to join us again next week for the next edition of "Airborne-Unmanned" here on Aero-TV. Thanks for watching. See you, again, next week!

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