Brandi Jewett is a reporter for the Grand Forks Herald with beats focusing on northwest Minnesota, unmanned aircraft systems and East Grand Forks city government. A native of Valley City, N.D., 25 years worth of winters haven't scared her out of the state yet. Follow her work at grandforksherald.com, on her blog at droningon.areavoices.com and on Twitter and Instagram: @brandijewett. Send tips and story ideas to email@example.com.
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GRAPHIC BREAKOUT Top five northwestern Minnesota cities by number of drone registrations City Total drones Thief River Falls 25 Crookston 18 East Grand Forks 13 Roseau 11 Warroad 9 Total drones registered in North Dakota: 1,310 Total drones registered in Minnesota: 8,517 Source: Federal Aviation Administration rrr
GRAND FORKS -- University of North Dakota faculty members are planning to use a rural piece of university property to conduct research utilizing unmanned aircraft to train law enforcement officers and map vegetation. Oakville Prairie, an area with more than 900 acres of land about 12 miles west of Grand Forks, will be home to the projects set to begin in June. Both projects received approval last week from the university's UAS Research Ethics and Privacy Committee, which grants permission for any research activities associated with UND.
NEW ORLEANS—A federal announcement this week that promotes students using unmanned aircraft as part of their education is drawing praise nationwide, including from University of North Dakota students and faculty. Michael Huerta, administrator for the Federal Aviation Administration, announced Wednesday that students now can use small unmanned aircraft for educational and research purposes.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Putting a camera in the air is proving to be a popular business model nationwide for operators of unmanned aircraft. An analysis released this week by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, an industry trade group, found aerial photography led as the most common type of business operation approved by the Federal Aviation Administration. With commercial operation of unmanned aircraft—also known as drones—prohibited by the agency, businesses and individuals must submit petitions to receive an exemption.
GRAND FORKS -- A Grand Forks law enforcement unit now has clearance to fly unmanned aircraft nationwide. The Northeast Region Unmanned Aircraft Systems Unit announced Monday that it received permission for national flight in the form of a certificate of authorization granted by the Federal Aviation Administration. This certificate, referred to as a blanket COA, permits officers to fly up to 400 feet high in authorized areas, allowing the unit's members support other public agencies regardless of where they are.
GRAND FORKS—Recommendations from a federal rulemaking committee could pave the way for unmanned aircraft to fly directly over people, which local operators say translates to progress for the industry. The Federal Aviation Administration released a report earlier this week detailing recommendations for flying small unmanned aircraft over people that are not directly involved in the flight operations.
GRAND FORKS —Regional efforts to research integrating unmanned aircraft into national airspace received a funding boost Thursday to the tune of $3 million. The U.S. Department of Defense funding will be invested at Grand Forks Air Force Base and Fargo's Hector International Airport to make technical upgrades to their digital airport surveillance radar systems. The upgrade will provide clearer resolution for imaging, allowing personnel to keep an eye on aircraft flying beyond line of sight, which is not permitted by the Federal Aviation Administration.
GRAND FORKS—Tenants of the Grand Sky technology park under construction on land rented from Grand Forks Forks Air Force Base will now have access to a runway for flying unmanned and manned aircraft. The base and Grand Forks County signed a joint-use agreement 18 months in the making Wednesday that will allow commercial tenants of the tech park to use the base's runway. Adding the final signatures to the document during a ceremony held on base were U.S. Air Force Under Secretary Lisa Disbrow and Grand Forks County Commissioner Tom Falck.
GRAND FORKS — The University of North Dakota can now take pictures and video from unmanned aircraft for commercial use, but federal officials aren’t ready to let the school get...
HILLSBORO, N.D.—A 20-foot-long unmanned aircraft has been cleared to take off by the Federal Aviation Administration for an agricultural research project this summer near Hillsboro. The North Dakota Department of Commerce announced Friday the Hermes 450 has received approval to fly as part of the project, which is headed by the Northern Plains Unmanned Aircraft Systems Test Site and North Dakota State University.