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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.

senseFly Nabs ‘Anytime BVLOS’ Drone Approval in Home Country

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 09, 2017

senseFly has received Switzerland’s very first approval for “anytime beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS)” drone operations. According to the Swiss drone company, the country’s Federal Office of Civil Aviation (FOCA) granted senseFly permission to fly any of its eBee-branded [Read More]

DJI Further Accessorizes the Mavic Pro Drone

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 08, 2017

DJI has rolled out a number of new accessories for its Mavic Pro drone, the company’s foldable, compact unmanned aircraft that was first introduced last September. Two new products are designed to shield the Mavic Pro’s propellers: The propeller guard [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]

National Association of Tower Erectors Releases Another UAS Guide

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 07, 2017

The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) has released the second edition of its safety resource for unmanned aircraft system (UAS) operations for vertical infrastructure inspections. The resource is a byproduct of collaboration between NATE’s UAS committee and other representatives [Read More]

3DR and Partners Complete Drone Work at Bustling Atlanta Airport

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 06, 2017

3D Robotics (3DR) recently teamed up with the City of Atlanta’s Department of Aviation, Autodesk and engineering firm Atkins to conduct drone surveys at the city’s bustling Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. According to an article from 3DR itself, the Federal [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?

Utah Rep. Proposes Jail Time for ‘Harassing’ Livestock with UAS

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 03, 2017

A Republican congressman in Utah has proposed a bill to deter unmanned aircraft system (UAS) pilots from “harassing” livestock. According to the text of the legislation, H.B.0217, “a person is guilty of harassment of livestock if the person intentionally, knowingly [Read More]

New England News Station Introduces its ‘Sky Drone 12’

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 01, 2017

East Providence, R.I.-based WPRI 12 Eyewitness News is excited about its new DJI Inspire 1 drone, dubbed “Sky Drone 12,” which the station is deploying “almost anywhere over southern New England.” Operated by meteorologist/remote pilot T.J. DelSanto, the unmanned aircraft [Read More]

UAS Groups Ready to Work with New Transportation Secretary Chao

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 01, 2017

The U.S. Senate has confirmed Elaine Chao as the next secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation; she will succeed Anthony Foxx. Brian Wynne, president and CEO of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), says in a statement, [Read More]

New PrecisionHawk Partnership Merges Aerial Drone and Ground Data for Farmers

Posted by Betsy Lillian on January 31, 2017

PrecisionHawk, a provider of advanced commercial drone technologies, and A&L Canada Laboratories Inc., an independent agronomy lab based in Ontario, are partnering to enhance the value of drone data for farmers. Through the partnership, farmers will be able to view [Read More]

California Police Arrest UAS Operator Near Helicopter Rescue

Posted by Betsy Lillian on January 30, 2017

Police in Pacifica, Calif., recently arrested a man for allegedly flying an unmanned aircraft system (UAS) near the scene of a helicopter rescue and subsequently delaying the operation. On Jan. 27 at approximately 10:15 p.m., first responders from the North [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.

Detect-and-Avoid UAS System Successfully Trialed Beyond Line of Sight

Posted by Betsy Lillian on January 27, 2017

Oklahoma City-based Vigilant Aerospace has completed beyond-visual-line-of-sight (BVLOS) flight testing of its new FlightHorizon detect-and-avoid (DAA) system for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). The tests took place at the NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center in Edwards, Calif. The flights tested the [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.

New Partnership Explores Wildfire-Fighting Strategies with UAVs

Posted by Betsy Lillian on January 24, 2017

Abilene, Texas-headquartered Chaney Aerospace LLC is collaborating with Chloeta Fire LLC – a Jay, Okla.-based provider of wildland fire consulting and contracting – to develop wildfire-fighting strategies using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Throughout the spring, Chaney Aerospace will be flying [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.

New York State Electric and Gas Corp. Brings in Drones

Posted by Betsy Lillian on January 20, 2017

New York State Electric and Gas Corp. (NYSEG), a subsidiary of Avangrid, is currently deploying drones to conduct routine inspections of transmission lines in several communities in the Binghamton, Ithaca and Oneonta areas of New York State. The unmanned aircraft [Read More]

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]