Next on the Horizon: LiDAR UAV without GPS

At the recent ILMF Conference in Denver, the high level of interest in UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) continued as several new systems were introduced. One of the intriguing products demonstrated at the show was an Octocopter UAV carrying a Velodyne HDL-32E LiDAR sensor weighing only about 2 pounds.

Linda Duffy 27 March 2014

Impact of Pirker Decision Subject to Change

Proponents of UAS have seen the decision by the administrative law judge from the National Transportation Safety Board as permission to fly without any need for FAA oversight. However this is a simplification. First, the appeals process has not been exhausted. That doesn’t mean that the FAA will prevail, but the issues are not black and white.

Joseph V.R. Paiva, PhD, PS, PE 20 March 2014

Catch Up With the Huerta v. Pirker UAS Case

Huerta v. Pirker involves a 2011 flight by Raphael Pirker, who used a remotely powered glider to take publicity pictures for a firm that was under contract to the University of Virginia. The FAA, a couple of years later, levied a $10,000 fine on Pirker, claiming he had operated an UAS for commercial purposes. Pirker appealed, and on March 6, the judge sided with Pirker.

Benita Mehta 17 March 2014

House, Senate Pass Changes to FEMA Flood Insurance Program

On Thursday, March 13, the Senate passed a controversial bill to change the FEMA flood insurance program. President Obama is expected to sign it into law.

Benita Mehta 14 March 2014

Terrestrial Mobile LiDAR Gold Medal Business Practices

Nothing relaxes me more than kicking back after work watching sports competition. So the 17 days of the XXII Olympic Winter Games was almost as good as a vacation. Now that the flame has been extinguished in Sochi I wonder what subliminal message about my business of 3D data documentation these 88 nations and 2,871 athletes provided me.

Michael R. Frecks, LS 13 March 2014

Changes to FEMA Flood Insurance Law May Jeopardize Flood Mapping Program

Facing $24 billion in debt due to claims from Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy and other events, and complaints about premium increases from homeowners, Congress is struggling once again with the flood insurance program of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

John Palatiello 11 March 2014