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Betsy Lillian
Betsy Lillian has been the editor of Unmanned Aerial Online since 2014. She also serves as an associate editor of sister publications North American Windpower and Solar Industry magazine. She has been with Zackin Publications since 2012.
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UAV Smacks Building in Downtown St. Louis

Posted by Betsy Lillian on May 08, 2014

An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) crashed into a building in downtown St. Louis on May 5. A DJI Phantom 2 quadcopter hit the Metropolitan Square building at about 4 p.m., landing on a 30th floor balcony, according to an article [Read More]

Reference Technologies Unveils Three VTOL Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Posted by Betsy Lillian on May 08, 2014

Lafayette, Colo.-based aerospace company Reference Technologies has released three models of its Hummingbird line of vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). The company says the Hummingbird UAS incorporate a proprietary design that includes external multi-rotors attached on [Read More]

Northrop, Yamaha Collaborate on Unmanned Helicopter System

Posted by Betsy Lillian on May 08, 2014

Northrop Grumman Corp. and Yamaha Motor Corp. U.S.A. have agreed to work together to develop and market an unmanned autonomous helicopter system. According to Northrop, the unmanned aerial system (UAS), called the Rotary Bat (R-Bat), merges an airframe produced by [Read More]

Drone Harasses Bighorn Sheep at Zion National Park in Utah

Posted by Betsy Lillian on May 08, 2014

Volunteers at Zion National Park, located near Springdale, Utah, recently witnessed an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) flying close to a herd of bighorn sheep on the eastern side of the park. The National Park Service (NPS) reports that the volunteers [Read More]

News Media Organizations Argue that Drone Journalism Is First Amendment Right

Posted by Betsy Lillian on May 07, 2014

Law firm Holland & Knight LLP has filed a brief on behalf of 14 news media entities before the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) supporting Raphael Pirker in his case against the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). In October 2011, Pirker [Read More]

FAA Fines UAV Operator for Reckless Flight in New York City

Posted by Betsy Lillian on May 06, 2014

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has fined an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) operator $2,200 for recklessly flying an aircraft in restricted airspace in New York City on Sept. 30, 2013. David Zablidowsky launched a quadcopter from a Manhattan building, bouncing [Read More]

Drones Are Not Welcome in Yosemite

Posted by Betsy Lillian on May 06, 2014

The National Park Service (NPS) is advising visitors that the use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) is prohibited within the boundaries of Yosemite National Park due to regulations outlined in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). Specifically, the NPS says [Read More]

UAS Supports Recovery in Aftermath of Washington State Mudslide

Posted by Betsy Lillian on May 06, 2014

A small unmanned aerial system (UAS) has been used to perform a mission in support of the incident management team responsible for leading the disaster response at the Oso, Wash., mudslide. The Roboticists Without Borders program at the Center for [Read More]

Potential Collisions with UAS Trouble Aerial Crop Sprayers in North Dakota

Posted by Betsy Lillian on May 06, 2014

Aerial crop sprayers in North Dakota are concerned about the danger that unmanned aerial systems (UAS) can pose to their operations. Although the North Dakota UAS test site recently became operational, the issue lies with private drone operators and not [Read More]

College Student Mistakenly Receives $350K Government UAV

Posted by Betsy Lillian on May 06, 2014

Whoops! The National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) inadvertently mailed parts of a $350,000 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to an unwitting college student. The NOAA uses the Puma UAV for ocean debris measurement, seabird surveys and ocean habitat monitoring, according [Read More]