UAS Accident and Incident Reporting Regulations

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Accident and Incident Reporting is crucial for the Safe Skies learning culture prevalent in Manned Aviation.

It will be vital that a similar non punitive culture is developed in the Unmanned Aviation industry.

The best way to learn how to prevent repeating the mistakes of others is to learn from them.

Community input to develop regulations for Unmanned Accident and Incident Reporting is now being invited by CASA.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) is seeking comments in relation to new accident and incident reporting regulations. The proposed regulations include requirements on the reporting of accidents and incidents involving UAS. More information can be found on the ATSB website:

http://www.atsb.gov.au/aviation_newregs.aspx

Comments are sought by Friday the 27th of July.

AUVS-Australia members are strongly encouraged to review the proposed regulations and to provide feedback directly to the ATSB.

AUVS-Australia in conjunction with the Australian Aerospace Industry Forum (AAIF), Certification and Regulation Working Group, Sub-Committee on UAS will coordinate an industry response to the proposed regulations. If you would like your comments to be considered as part of the industry response, please send them to AUVS-Australia Executive Director Ms. Peggy MacTavish (peggy.mactavish@auvsaustralia.org.au) by Friday the 13th of July.

More information will be made available on the AUVS-Australia website in the coming weeks.

http://www.auvsi.org/Australia

Heli and UV Pacific Conference 2012

AUVS-Australia is pleased to announce that it will be partnering with Shepard Media in hosting the Unmanned Vehicles Pacific Conference and Exhibition. The conference, which is now in its fifth year, will be held on the 23rd-24th of May 2012 on the Gold Coast, QLD.
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Held in conjunction with Heli Pacific the combined events attract audiences of over 600, drawn from the military, government, industry and academic institutions from Australia and the wider region. The exhibition showcases solutions and systems on the cutting edge of unmanned technology and the conference content reflects this fast growing and exciting sector.

AUVS-Australia is pleased to announce that it will be partnering with Shepard Media in hosting the Unmanned Vehicles Pacific Conference and Exhibition. The conference, which is now in its fifth year, will be held on the 23rd-24th of May 2012 at RACV Royal Pines Resort on the Gold Coast, QLD. The event’s official partner is the Queensland Government organised in association with AUVS-A.

Held in conjunction with Heli Pacific the combined events attract audiences of over 600, drawn from the military, government, industry and academic institutions from Australia and the wider region. The exhibition showcases solutions and systems on the cutting edge of unmanned technology and the conference content reflects this fast growing and exciting sector. The speakers will include experts in the unmanned aircraft systems domain, including Wing Commander David Riddel, LT COL Nathan Loynes and Dr Andrew Fletcher.

All AUVS-A members who register for the conference will be entered into a draw to receive two free tickets to the Heli & UV Pacific Gala Dinner.

Land Mine Detection and removal by Helicopter

At least 5000 people are maimed or killed annually by land mines left behind after armed conflict. Estimates indicate in excess of 500 years would be needed to clear all of the affected areas using existing technologies.

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There are at least 2 types of electronic or electro-optical mine detection systems that could be deployed with CoaX.

The first is a topographical image overlay system which compares images over time to determine if the surface has been disturbed which may be the result of a land mine placement.

The second uses ultra-wide band synthetic aperture ground penetrating radar. This system can detect mines which may have been placed years before.

These types of detection capabilities can significantly increase the safety of mine detection, increase the speed of location and reduce the manpower cost in securing areas with known land mines.

Coax could be equipped with one of these detection systems and in conjunction with CyberTech optical detection could provide both location and warning to nearby, otherwise unaware people.

Fitting Coax with armament may even provide the capability to neutralize the land mine.

How Smart is Your RPV?

UAV Control – A Mathematical Problem
Follow the TED link below to see this amazing demonstration.

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TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. Since then its scope has become ever broader. Along with two annual conferences — the TED Conference on the West Coast each spring, and the TEDGlobal conference in Edinburgh UK each summer — TED includes the award-winning TED Talks video site, the Open Translation Project and TED Conversations, the inspiring TED Fellows and TEDx programs, and the annual TED Prize.

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We don’t need Cowboys!

An article by Gary Mortimer of sUAS News demonstrates graphically how unregulated and unprofessional operations of UAS can create a threat to others.
The UAS industry cannot afford to have cowboy operators placing UAS operations in jeopardy through poorly managed applications of the technology.

One possible cause of the failure of this system is the lack of understanding of the affects of multi-path signals and signal reflection.

Thorough instruction in GPS theory should be required knowledge prior to operating in these environments.

See the entire video through the link below.

We don’t need Cowboys! Multirotor UAS Skyscraper Accident

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UAS Trumpets Elephant Jungle Warfare

If ever there was a bloke you want in your corner, it’s Damien Mander.

Liam Bartlett first met this former Australian commando in 2010. Back then, he’d taken up the battle to save Africa’s mighty black rhino from poachers.

Now he’s fighting for that great symbol of Africa – the elephant.

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Elephant in Mozambique are being slaughtered at the the rate of 25,000 per year, solely for trade in ivory.

60 Minutes’ Liam Bartlett interviews Damien Mander looking toward a future with UAS to help defeat poaching in the area.

For those willing to learn more about Damien Mander’s anti poaching campaign please visit his website http://www.iapf.org/en/

View the entire 60 Minutes interview below.

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The ABC Reviews Pilotless Aerial Drones

Listen to commentary from John McCormick – CASA, Jonathan Roberts – CSIRO, Andrew Duggan – Insitu Pacific and others
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Broadcast: 08/10/2012
Reporter: Peter McCutcheon
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The ABC examines the ongoing application of UAS and its legislation in Australia. It will include some of the creative ventures produced by participants of the Out Back Challenge 2012.

The link below will take you straight to the presentation.

Check out the very last scene of the report. UAS aerial agriculture?
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Eyes In The Sky – Prue Adams

Prue Adams has been delving into this brave new world and brings you the latest on Remotely Piloted Vehicles. Precision Agriculture is in its infancy but is a rapidly developing market.

In comparison to the RMax helicopter described by Prue, CoaX expects to have a payload more than 5 times that of the Yamaha machine.

Click on the image below to see the ABC Landline video.

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Unmanned Aircraft System Operations Industry – Code of Conduct

Unmanned Aircraft raise very real concerns in the minds of the public.

AUVSI has offered a pathway to improving public confidence in the application of Unmanned Aircraft operations by producing a Code of Conduct.

The code is built on three specific themes: Safety, Professionalism, and Respect.

Each theme and its associated recommendations represent a common sense approach to UAS operations and address many of the concerns expressed by the public and regulators.

Read the link below for full details.
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AUVSI Unmanned Aircraft Code of Conduct

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AUVSI Unmanned Aircraft Code of Conduct