Textron’s Shadow UAS passes 1 million flight hours

Hunt Valley, Md. (UPI) Jul 7, 2016 Textron’s Shadow drone has surpassed 1 million total flight hours, becoming the only drone of its size to hit the milestone, the company announced Thursday. More than 85 percent of those hours occurred during combat operations, Textron said in a statement. Introduced in 1999, the Shadow has undergone various upgrades, including encrypted communications …

Read more

MVCC launches small unmanned-aerial systems degree program

UTICA, N.Y. — Mohawk Valley Community College (MVCC) has added a new degree program focused on small unmanned-aerial systems (sUAS), or drones. The school is offering the associate of applied science degree at its Utica campus beginning this fall.

Read more

Drones cleared for agriculture takeoff

MAPLE VALLEY TWP. — It appears that Sanilac County-area farmers can now boldly go into the space above their farmland after the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on June 21 finalized the first operational rules operational rules for routine commercial use of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), also known as drones. read more

Read more

Around Town for Jan. 22

Senior ceramics, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Juneau Senior Center. Details: Diane, 463-6176. Storytime, 11 a.m., Mendenhall Valley Library. Details: 586-5267. Organ concert, noon, State Office Building. T.J. Duffy to play variety of music. Senior Lunch, noon, Juneau Senior Center. Details: 463-6175. Adult Children of Alcoholic or Dysfunctional Families and Codependents Anonymous meeting, noon-1 p.m …

Read more

Is there a drone under your tree? Read the rules before you fly

This year’s hottest gift comes with a warning. The Federal Aviation Administration expects more than 1.6 million unmanned aircraft will be sold this year, with more than half purchased in the last quarter. Many are headed for the stack under Christmas trees throughout the suburbs and Fox Valley….

Read more

Around town

GED orientation class, 9 a.m., The Learning Connection, 210 Ferry Way. GED orientation is designed to improve the success rate of those taking the tests. Details: www.serrc.org/tlc . Senior ceramics, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Juneau Senior Center. Details: Diane, 463-6176. Storytime, 11 a.m., Mendenhall Valley Library. Details: 586-5267. Organ concert, noon, State Office Building. T.J. Duffy to play …

Read more