Traffic

Drone presence in airspaces continues to increase as drones grow in popularity and availability. Inevitably, they will encounter other (manned & unmanned) traffic in the air. This comes with the potential issues that may arise from these encounters. Everything about drones in relation to air traffic is bundled on this page.

Jun 8, 2018

Unifly and CanardDrones show real capabilities, reliability for drone operations in Finland

The ability to perform natural drone operations inside the normal manned operations at an airport has been duly proved at Pori airport in Finland, last May 17th. For 13 hours, CanardDrones, ANS Finland and Unifly worked together performing six 40 minutes inspection batches in full coordination and with full reliability of all systems. During this operation ILS and PAPI systems where inspected by drones using unmanned traffic management solutions provided by Unifly.

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Apr 3, 2018

Drone nearly hit passenger plane in New Zealand

An Air New Zealand flight came very close to hitting a drone during its descent into Auckland Airport from Tokyo on March 25th. The pilots of flight NZ92 spotted the drone about 5m or 16ft from the aircraft at a point in their descent when it was impossible to take evasive action.

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Mar 22, 2018

Drone Delivery Canada completes first test flights in the US

During the week of March 5th, 2018, Drone Delivery Canada managed to complete successful test flights at Griffiss International Airport in Rome, New York in the United States.

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Mar 15, 2018

Unmanned and manned aviation

Why are pilots worried about drones?

Pilots and Air Traffic Control operators are unable to establish visual contact with drones in the air. This poses great safety risks, as drones that come into contact with an airplane engine could cause serious problems.

Bird strikes are not uncommon relatively speaking, and passenger aircraft can fly with a single engine. But there are concerns however, that a metallic object containing lithium batteries could cause failure that cannot be contained, with debris impacting on the air frame.

Not to mention the danger of a drone crashing through a cockpit window. So an increasing amount of drone traffic means an increasing potential risk of lethal accidents if they cannot be seen and are not regulated in a safe and efficient manner.

Drones in airspaceDrones are hard to spot in the air

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Feb 20, 2018

Helicopter crash possibly caused by drone

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The DJI Phantom

Image source: DJI

On February 14, a helicopter crashed on Daniel Island in Charleston, South Carolina in the US. Reportedly, the crash was caused by a drone that was flying nearby.

The crash is currently being investigated, and the Federal Aviation Administration confirmed on Thursday that the helicopter crash landed around 2pm after striking a tree. No further information was available, according to the FAA, as the investigation is still ongoing.


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Feb 20, 2018

Autonomous drone navigation in uncertain environments

 

 

Many drones which are used across a variety of industries such as agriculture, logistics, surveillance, etc. are quite restricted in their use. The drones’ flight is controlled manually and within a visual line of sight. There are autonomous flight possibilities however, based on GPS signals. But whenever those GPS signals become unstable or unavailable – for instance, under a bridge, indoors, in a tunnel, … - the drone can no longer fly on its own.

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Feb 20, 2018

Could we be taking a taxi drone to work soon?

It certainly looks like we're moving towards that possibility if we take a look at what some companies are working on. In this article, we've made a compilation of the major taxi drone projects currently in development.

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Feb 20, 2018

Drones for cargo transportation: the future?

Several drone companies have been looking into the development of drones for cargo transportation.

Sichuan Tengden Technology, a Bejing based Chinese startup company, has revealed their ongoing development of a cargo drone capable of autonomously carrying 20 tons of cargo. It would then become the world’s biggest commercial unmanned aerial vehicle. The high-tech enterprise was set up by Chinese aviation experts and an investment company owned by the Chinese state.

According to Sichuan Tengden Technology, the drone will feature eight engines, a wingspan of 41 meters and a flight capability of up to 7500 kilometers. The drone could be used for other operations as well, such as the monitoring of forests, disaster scenes and rescue operations.

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Feb 20, 2018

Airbus planning on delivering parcels at university campus

Airbus has been testing a drone capable of delivering parcels to stations around a university campus in Singapore. By the middle of the year, drones will be flying between parcel stations on campus.

 

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