Jim Williams, manager of the FAA’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Office, at the Small Unmanned Systems Business Expo in San Francisco. SUAS News The head of the Federal Aviation Administration’s unmanned aircraft office has disclosed that an American Airlines regional jet was nearly struck by a small unmanned aircraft in March near Tallahassee Regional Airport. The aircraft was flying at approximately 2,300 feet, well above the ceiling allowed for hobbyist aircraft. “The airline pilot said that he thought it was so close to his jet that he was…

Carol of the Bells is nothing without the bells. KMel Robotics’ demonstration proves that the song needs a fleet of flying robots tapping a bunch of bell-connected paper cups, as well! Up until this point, the musical genre known as “drone rock” had been a weird, indie niche that consisted of slow, loud guitar noise. If machinists and programmers have their way, that description will need some major rewriting—but it’ll probably seem just as weird. This week, a team at Philadelphia-based KMel Robotics, known for building airborne video recording…