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February 28, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy
Anticipating the day when drones will be a routine sight in California skies, lawmakers have proposed tax breaks to encourage companies to build the unmanned aircraft in this state and restrictions to protect the public from invasions of privacy. The Federal Aviation Administration is working on guidelines to allow the widespread flying of small drones in U.S. airspace starting in 2015, anticipating that law enforcement agencies and others may have 10,000 of the aircraft flying five years later, The Times reported recently.
July 9, 2013 | By Catherine Green
Nissan will outfit dealerships in 21 markets with fast electric car chargers to serve drivers of its Leaf. The DC quick charger is a significant upgrade to ChargePoint America's Level 2 stations, which can take about four hours to fully recharge the car. Level 1 charging -- plugging into a standard household outlet -- takes between eight and 16 hours. But the DC units are expected to get an electric car back up to 80% capacity within 30 minutes. Nissan is targeting “key markets” around the country.
August 8, 2012 | By W.J. Hennigan, Los Angeles Times
LAS VEGAS - With the prospect of thousands of unmanned aircraft flying around U.S. airspace beginning in 2015, the head of the Federal Aviation Administration pledged that new regulations are in the works to keep skies safe and protect people's privacy. Speaking before hundreds of drone makers, potential buyers and government officials at a drone expo Tuesday, acting FAA Administrator Michael Huerta said the integration of unmanned aircraft in U.S. skies is a daunting challenge. "There's a lot of work that needs to be done to move [drone]
July 5, 2012 | By W.J. Hennigan, Los Angeles Times
An expected proliferation of unmanned aircraft in U.S. skies over the next few years is generating concern among civil libertarians and citizens about safety and privacy, and the nation's drone makers are taking heed. The Assn. for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International in Arlington, Va., has published a code of conduct for manufacturers and operators of the thousands of drone aircraft that are expected to be flying in U.S. airspace by 2015. "We want everybody to know that this technology will be handled safely and with the utmost respect to individuals' privacy," said Ben Gielow, the association's general counsel and government relations manager.
August 8, 2012 | By W.J. Hennigan
LAS VEGAS -- Two of the major challenges the government faces in attempting to allow thousands of small drones into U.S. airspace are knowing where the aircraft are in relation to other aircraft flying nearby and making sure they're safe from hacker attacks. Rockwell Collins Inc.  believes it has addressed both concerns with a device that's slightly larger than a postage stamp. The company's unassuming MicroGRAM device promises to provide precise and secure GPS technology for the kind of small drones that police agencies want to use to spot runaway criminals.
August 9, 1992
Paul MacCready has been elected to the board of directors of National Education Corp., an Irvine technical education and training company. MacCready, founder and chairman of AeroVironment Inc., an engineering services and think-tank organization in Southern California, was designated engineer of the century by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
March 19, 2011 | By W.J. Hennigan, Los Angeles Times
Monrovia-based technology company AeroVironment Inc. has struck a deal with Hawaii to install 320 electric charging docks throughout the state. The $820,000 deal is the latest in a string of key contracts for the company, which comes as more electric vehicles arrive to the marketplace and more states move to build an infrastructure to support them. "We're deploying practical solutions for a game-changing electric transportation ecosystem that will dramatically alter the vehicle refueling paradigm for drivers in Hawaii, the United States and the world," Mike Bissonette, senior vice president of AeroVironment's Efficient Energy Systems, said in a statement.
November 26, 2013 | By W.J. Hennigan
Monrovia drone maker AeroVironment Inc. reported an 80% downturn in quarterly net income after a drop in military contracts for its small robotic aircraft. Net income for the 2014 second quarter was $1.7 million, or 7 cents a share. A year earlier, AeroVironment earned $8.7 million, or 40 cents. AeroVironment said revenue was $64.9 million in its fiscal first quarter. That's down 19.2% compared with $80.3 million last year. It is the fourth quarter in a row that revenue has dropped.
August 30, 1992
Tim Conver, president and chief operating officer, will take over the chief executive officer position from founder Paul MacCready, who will remain chairman. Michael Wynn, vice president of finance, will be chief financial officer. Cathleen Cline, director of human resources, will be vice president of administration. Eugene Lacey Jr., director of hazardous-waste programs, will be vice president with responsibility for environmental engineering.
December 8, 2010 | By W.J. Hennigan, Los Angeles Times
AeroVironment Inc., hurt by higher costs and increased spending on research, said its second-quarter earnings plunged 88%. But the quarterly results for the company, which makes robotic aircraft and charging systems for electric vehicles, were better than what analysts expected. Most anticipated that the Monrovia company would post a loss. Earnings for the quarter ended Oct. 30 fell to $262,000, or 1 cent a share, from year-earlier profit of $2.2 million, or 10 cents a share.
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