Nevada UAV test program suffers setback as Magpie goes down

The Associated Press
December 19, 2014
By The Associated Press
Dec. 19, 2014, Boulder City, Nev. - A drone testing program in Nevada is off to a bumpy start after the first unmanned aircraft authorized to fly without Federal Aviation Administration supervision crashed during a ceremony in Boulder City.

Dignitaries, including Gov. Brian Sandoval, U.S. Sen. Dean Heller and U.S. Rep. Joe Heck, were present Friday when the orange aircraft dubbed Magpie was launched by hand, flew about 10 feet and then went down nose-first into the desert floor.

Officials said the drone was not damaged, but they didn't try to fly it again during the ceremony.

The testing agency, Nevada Institute for Autonomous Systems, is the first in the nation with FAA approval to issue airworthiness certificates on its own.

Nevada is one of six states chosen as national test sites as the FAA develops drone regulations.


Add comment


Security code
Refresh

Subscription Centre

 
New Subscription
 
Already a Subscriber
 
Customer Service
 
View Digital Magazine Renew

Most Popular

Latest Events

HAI Heli-Expo
February 26-1, 2018
MRO Americas 2018
April 10-12, 2018
CANSEC 2018
May 30, 2018