October 31, 2014
BY MOLLY MCMILLIN
THE WICHITA EAGLE
When it comes to unmanned aircraft systems, the U.S. is falling behind, panelists at the recent National Business Aviation Association’s convention in Orlando told attendees during two seminars on unmanned aircraft...
October 23, 2014
From NBAA2014 – BUSINESS AVIATION CONVENTION & EXHIBITION
Careers in aviation can range from pilot or air traffic controller, to aviation attorney or unmanned aircraft system (UAS) engineer, a room full of high school and college students learned today at NBAA’s Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA2014)...
Oct. 14, 2014
UAS are the topic of a National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) panel discussion, Unmanned Aircraft Systems: Opportunities for Business Aviation to be held on Wednesday, October 22, 2014, at 1:30 p.m. in the Innovation Zone (Booth #288) of the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. Moderated by Robotic Skies President & CEO Brad Hayden, this forum represents the first time UAS have been a focus at NBAA.
“Stop saying that UAS are coming – they’re already here!” says Hayden. “When the FAA regulations are finalized, the commercial use of UAS will have the power to impact every flight department worldwide so, through this panel, NBAA is providing up-to-the-minute information of their potential uses for its members.”
Hayden will moderate a panel of UAS experts including Attorney Paul Lange; Paul McDuffee, Vice President of Government Relations for Insitu, Inc.; Rose Mooney, Executive Director of the Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership/Virginia Tech; and Al Palmer, Director of the Center for UAS Research at the University of North Dakota.
“Rather than thinking of unmanned aircraft as a potential menace to business aviation, I will talk about how UAS represent an opportunity for flight departments to enlarge their responsibilities and incorporate their activity into all levels of a company or organization,” says Hayden. “Our panelists will have equally strong opinions and insights to add to my own.”
NBAA’s Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA2014) runs October 21 to 23 at the Orange County Convention Center, in Orlando, Florida.
Oct. 14, 2014
UAS are the topic of a National Business Aviation Robotic Skies and service-drone announced today that FAA-certified repairman Chris Haskell has completed an intensive manufacturer training program to troubleshoot, maintain and repair service-drone’s MULTIROTORTMline of small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS). Haskell, the Facility Manager for Henderson-based Kings Avionics, Inc., a full service FAA Part 145 repair station (and Robotic Skies’ founding partner), attended the program at service-drone’s production facilities in Hamburg, Germany.
“We hosted Chris for a unique training program. He was an intense class of one, and learned all aspects of assembly and maintenance on our airframes. We specifically chose Chris because he brings a general aviation perspective to an otherwise Remote Control (RC) model culture that still dominates the nascent sUAS industry,” says Dr. Bernd Lutz, CEO of bizUAS Corp, the North- and South American distributor for service-drone. “We feel confident that his knowledge of our MULTIROTOR products is on par with the best of our company, and look forward to him implementing an aviation-class maintenance program for our sUAS in the United States and Canada.”
With factory training complete, Robotic Skies is now deploying a comprehensive maintenance and repair program for service-drone that is based on best practices gleaned from the manned aviation industry. Haskell will also assume the role of lead trainer for other repairmen in the network of nearly fifty Part 145 Robotic Skies service centers, ensuring field service coverage for the airframes across North America.
“Step by step, we are getting prepared for the wave of commercial drones which will be in need of ongoing – and eventually FAA regulated – inspections and repair,” says Robotic Skies President and CEO Brad Hayden. “Having the first and only factory-trained FAA repairman for these multirotors is a huge asset for our repair station network.”
Robotic Skies was formed to take advantage of the electronic and regulatory expertise at avionics repair stations and transfer that knowledge to the burgeoning commercial drone market.
service-drone GmbH of Berlin, Germany develops and manufactures the MULTIROTOR line of industrial-grade, mission-proven UAS, which are being used in a wide range of applications with over 400 of them in demanding commercial operations in Europe, incl. cinematic film, broadcasting, industrial inspections, photogrammetry, agriculture, law enforcement, and science. Boulder, Colorado-based bizUAS Corp (bizUAS.com) is the United States and Americas distributor of service-drone.
About Robotic Skies
Robotic Skies (roboticskies.com) is a nationwide network of service centers that are optimized to provide certification, maintenance and repair for the emerging commercial drone fleet.
Drawing on only the best FAA Part 145 Repair Stations and Transport Canada Approved Maintenance Organizations that currently maintain the manned aviation fleet, Robotic Skies offers a comprehensive turnkey field service program designed to keep drones flying safely — and affordably.