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S.D. Bill Would Exempt Drone Owners from State Registration

Posted by Betsy Lillian on January 18, 2017

By a vote of 7-0, South Dakota’s Senate Transportation Committee has voted yes on a measure that would exempt unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) operators from having to register their drones with the state. According to the text of the legislation, [Read More]

FAA Reminds Public of Inauguration Flight Restrictions

Posted by Betsy Lillian on January 18, 2017

It’s probably a no-brainer, but the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is reminding the public that Washington, D.C., is a strict no-drone zone for this Friday’s presidential inauguration. The Know Before You Fly campaign says unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) operators should [Read More]

College Professor Deploys UAVs to Study Farming’s Impact on Amazon Rainforest

Posted by Betsy Lillian on January 18, 2017

Dr. Anthony Cummings, an assistant professor of geospatial information sciences at the University of Texas at Dallas’ School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences, is deploying unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in South America to see how farming is impacting the [Read More]

Coalition Protests Los Angeles Police’s New Drone

Posted by Betsy Lillian on January 18, 2017

A group dubbed the “Stop LAPD Spying Coalition” is protesting the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s (LASD) plans to deploy an unmanned aircraft system (UAS). Last week, the department announced that it had been approved by the Federal Aviation Administration [Read More]

Sky-Futures Launches Online Part 107 Test Prep

Posted by Betsy Lillian on January 18, 2017

Global drone inspections and training company Sky-Futures is rolling out an online tutorial course to help potential commercial drone operators pass the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Part 107 course. Focusing on material most likely to be asked in the FAA’s [Read More]

Texas Instruments Develops Tech to Extend UAS Battery Life, Flight Time

Posted by Betsy Lillian on January 18, 2017

Texas Instruments (TI) has introduced two circuit-based subsystem reference designs that the company says will help consumer unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) manufacturers add flight time and extend battery life. TI says its 2S1P battery management system (BMS) reference design transforms [Read More]

FAA Settles $1.9M Civil Penalty Case on ‘Unauthorized’ Drone Ops

Posted by Betsy Lillian on January 17, 2017

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has announced a comprehensive settlement agreement with SkyPan International Inc., a Chicago-based drone photography company that the agency hit with a $1.9 million civil penalty in 2015 for “unauthorized” drone operations. According to an announcement [Read More]

Velodyne LiDAR Cuts Ribbon on San Jose ‘Megafactory’

Posted by Betsy Lillian on January 17, 2017

Velodyne LiDAR Inc., a provider of light, detection and ranging (LiDAR) technology, has opened up a new “megafactory” that the company says will significant ramp up production of its 3D LiDAR sensors, including for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Located in [Read More]

With $15M Investment, Measure Prepares for Expansion to New Markets

Posted by Betsy Lillian on January 17, 2017

Measure, a Washington, D.C.-based Drone as a Service company, has raised $15 million in Series B financing led by Cognizant Technology Solutions. LionTree Advisors acted as financial advisor for the investment. Measure and its national network of licensed pilots provide turnkey [Read More]

San Francisco Drone Developer Shutting Down, Facing Lawsuit

Written by Betsy Lillian on January 16, 2017

A suit representing “the people of the state of California” alleges that Lily Robotics Inc. conducted “unlawful business practices” and used false advertising in a promotional video for its Lily Camera drone.

Iowa News Station Deploys its Own ‘SkyLink 4’ Drone

Posted by Betsy Lillian on January 16, 2017

KTIV, a television news station based in Sioux City, Iowa, is launching its new unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), dubbed the SkyLink 4 drone. According to its own report, KTIV’s Federal Aviation Administration-certified drone pilot, Jake Rains, also serves as the [Read More]

Seattle Court Makes Decision on 2015 Parade Drone Crash

Posted by Betsy Lillian on January 16, 2017

A Seattle Municipal Court jury has convicted an Oak Harbor man of reckless endangerment for losing control of his drone at the Gay Pride Parade in 2015, according to an announcement released by the City of Seattle. On Friday, after [Read More]

Arizona City Chats with the Public on UAVs in Parks

Posted by Betsy Lillian on January 16, 2017

The City of Tempe, Ariz., is seeking public input on the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in the city’s parks. According to an announcement from the city’s government, Councilmember Joel Navarro is inviting the community to a Jan. 17 [Read More]

You’re Invited: DJI, EENA to Talk Drones for Emergency Response

Posted by Betsy Lillian on January 16, 2017

DJI and the European Emergency Number Association (EENA) are presenting a webinar this Friday on using drones for emergency response. DJI and EENA will discuss the results of their recently completed yearlong project conducted with the emergency-response community in Europe. [Read More]

Amateur Radio Group Voices ‘Urgent Complaint’ to Feds on Drone Transmitters

Posted by Betsy Lillian on January 13, 2017

In what it calls an “extremely urgent complaint” to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), ARRL, the national association for Amateur Radio, has targeted the interference potential of a series of audio/video transmitters used on unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and marketed [Read More]

LA County Sheriff’s Dept. Ready to Deploy New UAS

Posted by Betsy Lillian on January 13, 2017

Now approved by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) is bringing on board an unmanned aircraft system (UAS) to be used in what it calls “dangerous, hostile and life-saving operations.” At a press conference [Read More]

West Seneca, N.Y., Police Officers Win State-Funded Drone

Posted by Betsy Lillian on January 12, 2017

The town board of West Seneca, N.Y., has green-lighted the purchase of a $10,000 unmanned aircraft system (UAS) to be used by the town’s police force. According to the West Seneca Bee, four police officers will receive training on how [Read More]

Sky-Futures Launches Basic Drone Certification Course in U.K.

Posted by Betsy Lillian on January 12, 2017

Sky-Futures, a global provider of industrial inspection services via unmanned aircraft, is launching a new course that will enable persons and organizations in the U.K. to reach the basic standard required to operate drones under Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) permission. In [Read More]

Mizzou’s Journalism School Establishes its Own Drone Guidelines

Posted by Betsy Lillian on January 12, 2017

The University of Missouri’s School of Journalism recently passed its first set of guidelines for the use of drones for students and staff. According to the university, the standards promote a “safe, legal and responsible protocol for students, faculty and [Read More]

Drones Take the Blame in Another False-Alarm Plane Incident

Posted by Betsy Lillian on January 11, 2017

Following a suspected collision in Mozambique and the subsequent colorful media headlines stating something to the effect of “Drone Hits Plane In Mozambique,” officials reportedly later found no evidence of an unmanned aircraft strike.