Drone company Flirtey has received approval from the Federal Aviation Administration to conduct drone delivery flights beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS), allowing for drones to deliver defibrillators to heart attack victims so treatment can begin before paramedics arrive.
On February 15, 2019, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) publicly announced the State of Nevada as an award recipient for the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Traffic Management (UTM) Technical Capability Level (TCL) 4 operation.
In just six years, Nevada’s drone industry has gone from nonexistent to the second most robust in the country. Chris Walach, senior director of the NIAS, is one of the driving forces behind the industry’s growth.
Visit DRI’s Northern Nevada campus on a clear afternoon, and you may hear a near-deafening buzzing. A massive swarm of bees? Thankfully, no—it’s an unmanned aircraft system (UAS), or drone, being flown by researchers from DRI’s Airborne Systems Testing and Environmental Research (ASTER) laboratory.
The use unmanned aerial vehicles at mines is taking off in Northern Nevada as operators apply the technology to tasks such as surveying and inspections. The Federal Aviation Administration made way for the commercial use of drones, such as work at mines, when it updated commercial operation rules for small UAVs effective August 2016. Instead of requiring a pilot’s license, the federal government allows an operator to pass an aeronautical knowledge test to be able to fly commercially under certain restrictions.
U.S. drone delivery is expanding from Slurpees and pizza. Drone delivery service Flirtey announced that it is partnering with a Reno-based ambulance service to send out emergency equipment by air for cardiac arrest-related emergencies. The partnership with Regional Emergency Medical Services Authority will allow responders to send an automated external defibrillator by air in addition to an ambulance dispatch for every emergency call involving cardiac arrest.
A Nevada firm has become the first company in the nation approved to fly drones over the Las Vegas Strip. The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports Wednesday that aerospace company AviSight will be able to fly above the resort corridor including the strip.