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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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Australian EPA’s Drone Uncovers License Breach at Landfill

Posted by Betsy Lillian on March 28, 2017

The Environment Protection Authority (EPA) of Victoria, Australia, has used its drone to capture footage of a license breach at a landfill – in turn, leading to B.T.Q Group’s being fined more than AUD $7,700. Daniel Hunt, EPA metro manager, [Read More]

Case Dismissed for Kentucky Drone Shooter

Posted by Betsy Lillian on March 27, 2017

A Kentucky man who used a shotgun to take down a drone back in 2015 recently emerged victorious in a court case that pitted the rights of drone operators versus property owners against each other. In summer 2015, Hillview, Ky., [Read More]

Airobotics Green-Lighted for Pilot-Less, Autonomous Drone Flights

Posted by Betsy Lillian on March 27, 2017

Following approval from the Civil Aviation Authority of Israel (CAAI), Airobotics is claiming the first worldwide authorization to fly fully automated drones without a pilot. With its completely autonomous system, Airobotics says the drone enables industrial companies to leverage the [Read More]

Drone Mapping Company Becomes First Tenant at New Embry-Riddle Center

Posted by Betsy Lillian on March 27, 2017

Aerial Applications, a Newtown, Pa.-based provider of drone-based mapping, has signed on as the first flex-lease tenant at the John Mica Engineering and Aerospace Innovation Complex (MicaPlex), part of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Research Park in Daytona Beach, Fla. Under a [Read More]

DJI Comes up with a New Way to Identify Drone Owners

Posted by Betsy Lillian on March 27, 2017

The electronic system would be similar to that of automotive license plates, says DJI, which explains that the proposal balances the privacy of drone operators with the concerns of authorities.

Sky-Futures and Bristow Prove Interoperability of Helicopter and UAS

Posted by Betsy Lillian on March 27, 2017

Drone inspections company Sky-Futures and Bristow Group, a provider of industrial aviation services, recently went to Galliano, La., to conduct an interoperability test between a helicopter and an unmanned aircraft system (UAS) – representing a milestone in the companies’ joint [Read More]

DJI Kicks off Global Drone Photography Workshop with Pro Elia Locardi

Posted by Betsy Lillian on March 27, 2017

DJI is partnering with professional travel photographer and videographer Elia Locardi to host the “DJI Drone Photography Workshop.” In addition to teaching how to master drone photography both in the field and in post-processing, the workshop will also include safe [Read More]

New York Lawmaker Seeks Ban on UAVs Near Prisons

Posted by Betsy Lillian on March 24, 2017

New York Assemblyman Tom Abinanti, D-Greenburgh/Mt. Pleasant, has introduced a bill that would ban the civilian use of drones near correctional facilities in the state. Specifically, the legislation would outlaw the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) within 1,000 feet [Read More]

North Carolina DOT Comes up with Best Practices for UAS in First Response

Posted by Betsy Lillian on March 24, 2017

The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) has established best practices and recommended policies for agencies using unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in first response, such as conducting search-and-rescue operations or surveying after a flood. The final report was released after [Read More]

Utah Gov. Signs Drone Livestock Harassment Bill into Law

Posted by Betsy Lillian on March 24, 2017

Gov. Gary R. Herbert, R-Utah, has signed into law H.B.217, a bill that keeps unmanned aircraft system (UAS) operators from “harassing” livestock. Rolled out earlier this year by chief sponsor Rep. Scott Chew, R-District 55, and floor sponsor Sen. Don [Read More]