North Little Rock Police Department UAV Crashes During Training | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

Airborne Unlimited -- Recent Daily Episodes

Episode Date

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Airborne On ANN

Airborne 01.16.17

Airborne 01.17.17

Airborne 01.11.17

Airborne 01.12.17

Airborne 01.13.17

Airborne Hi-Def On YouTube

Airborne 01.16.17

Airborne 01.17.17

Airborne 01.11.17

Airborne 01.12.17

Airborne 01.13.17

Wed, Jun 24, 2009

North Little Rock Police Department UAV Crashes During Training

It's Another Setback For A Beleagured Program

The UAV purchased by the North Little Rock Police Department last year suffered a software failure and crashed during a training flight Saturday. The Argenta News reports the remotely-piloted helicopter similar to the one pictured in the  file photo below was pretty badly damaged, and had to go back to the factory in South Carolina for repairs.

North Little Rock is the only U.S. city with a temporary permit from the FAA to test a UAV for police work, thought they are commonly used by the military in theater. Critics of the program have called the UAV a "white elephant", and an "$80,000 toy". The police department was preparing to apply to the FAA for a permit to use the UAV over populated areas, which may now be in jeopardy given the nature of the crash. Critics also complained that the UAV required a crew of 4 officers to operate.

ANN reported earlier this month that the FAA had issued a ban on such remotely piloted vehicles in the U.S. At the time, FAA's Les Dorr said UAV's are not yet reliable enough for operation in U.S. airspace. "There is nothing to our knowledge and no UAS (Unmanned Air System) technology at this time that would allow unmanned aircraft to meet the same 'see and avoid' standard that manned aircraft have to operate under," he told the online publication  Digital Communities. "Pilots must maintain vigilance during flight to avoid other pilots within their air space by constantly scanning for other aircraft,"

FMI: www.faa.gov

Advertisement

More News

Airborne 01.13.17: G650ER Record Streak, False Drone Hit, Piper Archer Sale

Also: Parrot Layoffs, CES/AMA Expo/KSMO, 737 SAIB, Piper PA-31T, John Pope, Washington State, JetBlue Disturbance Pending sanctioning from the recognizing organizations, it looks l>[...]

Aero-News: Quote of the Day (01.16.17)

"But, all is not right in NIMBYville... the internal infighting among the foes of the airport has become quite public and quite vicious. Anti-airport NIMBYs are accusing the city g>[...]

Disorganized/Combative Santa Monica Anti-Airport Foes Threaten Av-Businesses

February 4th 'Protest' Promises Disruptions Of Law-Abiding Aero-Businesses The foes of aviation surrounding Santa Monica are making threats to further disrupt aviation business at >[...]

Klyde Morris (01.16.17)

Klyde Jumps On The Medical Reform Bandwagon... and Misses FMI: www.klydemorris.com>[...]

Duncan Aviation Publishes Updated ADS-B Straight Talk Book

Updates Information Originally Published In 2015 Duncan Aviation wants to ensure that our customers, who share our passion for flying, are well-informed when it comes to the FAA&rs>[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2017 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC