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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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.
GRAND FORKS, N.D.—Three unmanned aircraft buzzed overhead for less than 15 minutes Thursday, but the short flight marked a milestone for their operators and nearby spectators. The demonstration was the first time multiple unmanned aircraft have taken flight simultaneously at Grand Sky, a business park under construction on the southwest portion of Grand Forks Air Force Base. "This is kind of our process of baby-stepping up to full flight operations," said Tom Swoyer Jr., president of Grand Sky Development Co., the firm developing the park.
GRAND FORKS, N.D.—A University of North Dakota committee announced Thursday it has selected three firms to make a case in person about why they should be picked to design the school's Fighting Hawks logo. Phoenix Design Works, SME Inc. and Summit Athletics Media will be invited to present to the university's Graphic Identity RFP Evaluation and Recommendation Team Monday or Tuesday on campus.
GRAND FORKS — For years the ground has provided the oil and crops that have fueled North Dakota’s economy, but bets have been placed on an airborne industry joining those...