ASTM Standards Play Critical Role in US Drone Certification

ASTM International Committee F38 on Unmanned Aircraft Systems published seven new ASTM standards for small drones in April. They cover all of the major facets of certification, including design, construction, operation, and the requirements addressing inspections and maintenance. Their publication is an important step in the FAA’s certification of drones for commercial operations in U.S. airspace. For readers with experience in commercial or general aviation, the new standards are written and … [Read More...]



FAA Approves UC Merced Ag Data Drone Flights

The University of California at Merced recently announced that the FAA has approved drone operations by the school’s  Mechatronics, Embedded Systems and Automation (MESA) Laboratory.  It works with drones that collect data on wildfires and pests, soil, and crop conditions in agricultural fields. “Each different application presents an exciting new challenge of optimizing the combination of … [Read More...]