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How to Move Drone Industry Forward Under New Trump Order

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 15, 2017

The Commercial Drone Alliance has proposed a way to keep the industry thriving under the White House’s recent executive order of “Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs.”

O&G Giant Signs up for Drone Inspections via Sky-Futures

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 14, 2017

International oil and gas (O&G) company Eni has secured a three-year contract with Sky-Futures, which provides drone-based inspection services to global industrial markets. Italy-based Eni, one of the largest global operators in the energy sector, operates in 66 countries. Sky-Futures [Read More]

Drones Dispatched to Help California in State of Emergency

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 13, 2017

Both the Menlo Park Fire Protection District and California Department of Water Resources are deploying unmanned aircraft in the wake of flooding in the state and the threat of flooding at the Oroville Dam.

DroneDeploy Teams With sUAS Manufacturer, Names New Execs

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 09, 2017

DroneDeploy, a San Francisco-based provider of a cloud-based drone software platform, has added two new senior executives to its team, as well as inked its first drone reseller agreement. Scott Lumish – who previously held business development and OEM sales [Read More]

FAA’s Drone Advisory Committee Comes Together for Another Meeting

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 08, 2017

According to the Radio Technical Commission for Aeronautics, the committee met to “consider three tasks aimed at gaining a consensus-based set of resolutions for issues regarding the efficiency and safety of integrating UAS into the NAS.”

Power Company Expanding Drone Inspections to 17 Countries

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 07, 2017

Drone as a Service operator Measure has announced a new strategic partnership with The AES Corp., which will be using Measure’s services to remotely inspect energy infrastructure globally. AES, a Fortune 200 global power company, provides sustainable energy to 17 [Read More]

Super Bowl LI: Lady Gaga, Another Pats Win and 300 Drones

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 06, 2017

Intel – along with its fleet of quadcopters – was responsible for that nifty halftime performance. So, how did the tech giant pull it off?

Caterpillar Invests in Drone Solutions Provider Airware

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 02, 2017

Aiming to advance work-site intelligence, Caterpillar Venture Capital Inc., an arm of construction giant Caterpillar Inc., has made a strategic investment in Airware, a provider of end-to-end solutions that turn aerial drone data into actionable business intelligence. Airware says the investment [Read More]

Yuneec Announces Latest Drone, a Heavy-Duty Hexacopter

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 01, 2017

Calling the aircraft a “multicopter for professionals,” Yuneec International says its newest drone is suited for applications such as cinematography, inspections and emergency response.

Take Two: GoPro’s Karma Drone Returns to the Market

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 01, 2017

Let’s try that again: GoPro Inc. has announced that its Karma drone is officially back on the market after having been recalled due to technical issues. In November, GoPro had to withdraw all of its long-anticipated Karma drones due to [Read More]

U.S. Journalists, You’re Invited to Drone School

Posted by Betsy Lillian on January 30, 2017

The Poynter Institute is teaming up with Google, DJI, the National Press Photographers Association and the University of Nebraska’s Drone Journalism Lab to offer programs at four universities nationwide.

U.S., Canada Utilities Put UAV to Work at Niagara Ice Boom

Posted by Betsy Lillian on January 27, 2017

The New York Power Authority (NYPA) and Canadian utility Ontario Power Generation (OPG) recently deployed an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to inspect an ice boom between Lake Erie and the Niagara River. The test with OPG – using one of [Read More]

Industry Has Some Concerns About Orlando’s Own Drone Rules

Written by Betsy Lillian on January 25, 2017

The city has approved an ordinance that restricts unmanned aircraft system operations in many different zones, including within 500 feet of parks, schools, and events with more than 1,000 attendees.

UAS Delivers Detailed Results from National Park Flyover

Posted by Betsy Lillian on January 24, 2017

Engineering firm Wohnrade Civil Engineers Inc. recently went to southern Colorado to deploy an unmanned aircraft system (UAS) to map one square mile of the Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve. Conducted in coordination with Black Swift Technologies, UAS [Read More]

There’s Already a Law for That: City Councilman Cancels Proposed Drone Ordinance

Posted by Betsy Lillian on January 23, 2017

Citing already existing laws, North Royalton, Ohio, Councilman Dan Langshaw has withdrawn his proposed drone bill that he said would have provided “some basic regulations to help protect residents’ safety and privacy.” According to a report from Fox 8 Cleveland, [Read More]

Commercial Drone Pilots: The FAA Has Made Some Changes You Should Know About

Written by Betsy Lillian on January 20, 2017

If you’ve been approved under Section 333 to operate unmanned aircraft systems over people, you might be doing it illegally now.

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

Under the terms of the agreement with the agency, Chicago-based aerial photography company SkyPan International will cough up $200,000.

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.

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]