It’s always exciting to see who is getting what exemption or CoA amendment and for what activity. Today, I am happy to announce, that Wolf UAS LLC was granted their Section 333 Exemption and Blanket CoA for “flight scenarios for the application of unmanned aircraft safety, videography, photography, and aerial surveying.” This section 333 and CoA took some time (originally applied for in August of 2015) as it differs significantly from other “template” applications. We are one of the few businesses in the United States to hold off commercial flight until we received our exemption and are looking forward to providing the highest level of safety consulting, education, and program development to the UAS community. Until now our flights have been in-doors at the USC Aviation Safety & Security Laboratory, for non-commercial demonstrations, and for outdoor fun. Based in the San Francisco area, we are looking forward to providing great footage.
Drone Safety: A Foundation Text Book for Academia (Working Title)
Work continues here at Wolf UAS on the first Drone Safety, academic textbook, for use in institutes specializing in safety for Remotely Piloted Aircraft. The first draft has almost been delivered to the publishers at Routledge, and it’s chocked full of great information for the burgeoning industry. The second stage of this innovative publication requires interviews with leaders in the field of unmanned aviation. If you feel as though you would fit the bill, and we haven’t reached out to you, please send an email and we can chat about the opportunity to have your story told to the next generation of safety minded drone pilots. With a large focus on the international diversity of UAS regulations, SOPs, and recommend practices coming from ICAO, EASA, UK, FAA, and a hodge-podge of CAA activity throughout the globe, this book promises to be insightful for even the most experienced and well-versed pilots, managers, and engineers in the field.
While this would be enough news to be excited about, partners from across the pond have asked us to share an info-graphic and introduction they put together to illustrate their safety approach to unmanned aviation. Check out their Website for more information! Their introduction follows below:
A Quick Guide to Flying Drones in the UK
With drones growing in popularity over the past year, many countries, including the UK, have come out with several rules and regulations covering what you can do and not do with them. For example, the Civil Aviation Authority, which is responsible for safety and economic regulation of British aviation and consumer protection in commercial aviation in the UK, mandates that a drone cannot be flown within 50m of any vessel, vehicle or structure that is not under the control of the pilot. For more details, check out the below infographic from Drone Builders.
A Plug for My Next Course at USC Aviation Safety & Security Program
Over the past 5 years, I created, developed, and continue to teach in the USC Aviation Safety & Security Program’s Safety Management for Remotely Piloted Aircraft course (RPSM). The next course is scheduled for April 18 – 22, 2016 and includes some of the most interesting and experienced instructors the domestic and international world has to offer from the UAS industry. We have continued to focus on the international regulatory environment while maintaining the most advanced technological and operational risk analysis portions possible. Our approach is based in the ICAO and FAA SMS frameworks this is becoming the definitive differences between those operations that are amateurish and those that find resonance and success in major, safety minded industries such as Oil & Gas, Law Enforcement, Mining & Surveying, and First Response. Our students have included those from New Zealand CAA, Ireland CAA, Netherland National Defence, Zimbabwe Ministry of Transportation, NASA, Lockheed Martin, Customs and Border Protection, United Nations, ConocoPhillips, Aerovironment, FBI, Air Force, and LAPD with various other private sector entities and business people joining as well. If you are interested in participating in the fastest growing industry, with the a Safety First mentality, join us April 18 – 22, 2016.
This Video Above Highlights our Program’s Approach (Though it is from last August, before the sUAS NPRM was released, and we now incorporate other UAS into our flights (DJI Products).