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ULC Robotics, PSEG-LI send in the drones

By GREGORY ZELLER // Look, up in the sky – and you just might see a fleet of flying robots checking out PSEG Long Island’s power lines. The Uniondale-based utility has deepened its ongoing relationship with Hauppauge-based ULC Robotics, calling in ULC-operated UAVs to inspect PSEG-LI power lines and equipment. The drones are 4.5 feet wide and weigh about 25 pounds each, and while on PSEG-LI duty are operated by licensed UAV pilots and engineers…


NY State Police deploy first unmanned aerial drones

By GREGORY ZELLER // Look out above: The first-ever New York State Police aerial drones are online and on the job. Albany announced Wednesday the official launch of the new State Police Unmanned Aerial System program, with remote rangers swooping into action above numerous Western, Central, Southern and Capital Region counties. Four drones are scheduled to take flight this month – one each for State Police Troops A, D, F and G – with 14…


ULC Robotics lands FAA drone certification

A Long Island robotics developer has earned the Federal Aviation Administration’s permission to operate unmanned aerial systems below 400 feet anywhere in the United States. The Section 333 Exemption gives ULC Robotics an FAA Certificate of Authorization allowing it to pilot commercial drones in U.S. airspace without any further permissions. According to aviation law, operation of any aircraft in the national airspace requires a certified and registered aircraft, a licensed pilot and operational approval. Section…


FAA funding safety upgrades at Republic

Farmingdale’s Republic Airport is in line for more than $24 million in safety upgrades via funding from the Federal Aviation Administration and New York State. The enhancements include realigning runways, the relocation of a taxiway and nearby hangars, realigning the airport’s perimeter road, improved signage, runway markings and lighting and the installation of a security fence. Republic sits on 526 acres and features two asphalt runways, a two-story terminal, nine jet hangars and more than 460…