UAV Safety

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]

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]

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.

Drone-Detection Developer Secures Another Big Investment

Posted by Betsy Lillian on January 11, 2017

Dedrone, developer of the DroneTracker, a platform for the detection of civilian unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), has secured a seven-figure investment from Silicon Valley investors. Investing in the San Francisco-based start-up are Dominic Orr, CEO of Aruba Networks; Selina Lo, [Read More]

Virginia Tech Flies Drones into Crash Test Dummies

Posted by Betsy Lillian on January 06, 2017

Virginia Tech, a longtime unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) researcher and home to one of the federal test sites for the technology, is using dummies to test the potential impact of drone crashes to humans. According to a press release from [Read More]

New Year Reflections: Shhh, Don’t Say ‘Drone’

Written by Betsy Lillian on January 04, 2017

It’s now 2017. Have we gone beyond the days of avoiding the word “drone” – versus “UAS” or “UAV” – in the commercial and civil industry?

Federally Approved Ping200S Transponder Ready for UAV Market

Posted by Betsy Lillian on January 03, 2017

uAvionix Corp. says its Ping200S Mode S transponder with automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) has received approval from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Weighing just 50 grams, the transponder’s power consumption is low enough to be powered by battery pack for [Read More]

Drone Registration Celebrates First Birthday: How Has it Fared?

Posted by Betsy Lillian on December 21, 2016

Over the past year, according to the Federal Aviation Administration, the agency’s system has registered a whopping 616,000 drone owners.

Kansas State Polytechnic: Five Reminders for UAS Hobbyists

Posted by Betsy Lillian on December 21, 2016

With unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) expected to be a popular gift item this holiday season and beyond, the UAS program at Kansas State University’s Polytechnic Campus is offering five essential tips to help hobbyists fly safely. According to the university, [Read More]

FAA Recognizes Denver International Airport for UAS Work

Posted by Betsy Lillian on December 21, 2016

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has recognized Denver International Airport (DEN) with a 2016 Regional Administrator Aviation Partnership Award for the airport’s partnership and work with the agency’s NextGen and unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) programs. This fall, DEN partnered with [Read More]

Transport Canada Takes Steps Toward Growing Drone Industry

Posted by Betsy Lillian on December 21, 2016

Transport Canada is moving forward with a number of safety initiatives for drones. Kate Young, member of Parliament for London West and parliamentary secretary to the minister of transport, on behalf of Minister Marc Garneau, has outlined concrete steps that [Read More]

Unmanned Safety Institute Links up with Airborne Law Enforcement Association

Posted by Betsy Lillian on December 15, 2016

The Unmanned Safety Institute (USI), a provider of flight safety education and remote pilot training and certification, has partnered with the Airborne Law Enforcement Association (ALEA), a nonprofit that aims to advance the safe and effective use of aircraft by [Read More]

Flying Drones Beyond Line of Sight: How Can You Mitigate Risks?

Posted by Betsy Lillian on December 14, 2016

According to new research from PrecisionHawk, technology assistance is critical for operators make the safety case for UAS flights taking place beyond the visual line of sight.

New System Provides Instant Authentication of a Drone’s Identity

Posted by Betsy Lillian on December 13, 2016

Through a partnership with DigiCert, AirMap has rolled out Drone ID: technology that will enable instant authentication of an unmanned aircraft system’s (UAS) identity via a digital certificate. According to AirMap, the first-of-its-kind system is a major step forward for [Read More]

Giving a Drone for the Holidays? State DOT Offers Helpful Gift Tag

Posted by Betsy Lillian on December 09, 2016

In anticipation for the large number of drones expected to be sold this holiday season, the aviation division of North Carolina’s Department of Transportation (NCDOT) has put together a printable tag that can be included with gifted drones to be [Read More]

Edmonton Police Service Announces First UAV-Related Charge

Posted by Betsy Lillian on December 07, 2016

The Edmonton, Alberta, Police Service (EPS) has charged a man in relation to what it calls the “unsafe and dangerous operation” of an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). According to a Dec. 7 press release from the police, on Wednesday, Sept. [Read More]

Telecom Company Chooses New Drone-Detection Method

Posted by Betsy Lillian on December 01, 2016

San Francisco-based drone-detection company Dedrone is partnering with European telecommunications company Deutsche Telekom AG, whose Magenta Security business unit will offer protection against unauthorized drones for data centers, stadiums, critical infrastructure facilities, and public authorities. In the coming weeks, Deutsche [Read More]

ABS Offers Guidance on UAVs for Marine, Offshore Industries

Posted by Betsy Lillian on November 23, 2016

The American Bureau of Shipping (ABS), a provider of classification and technical services to the marine and offshore industries, has published a comprehensive set of best practices on the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). ABS says the publication was [Read More]