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Golden State Met With Yet Another Proposed Drone Law

Betsy Lillian
Written by Betsy Lillian on February 22, 2017

State Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson has rolled out another bill that continues the age-old confusion surrounding federal preemption for UAS regulations.

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.

Drones Could Help Manage Big Agricultural Commodity in California

Posted by Betsy Lillian on December 07, 2016

AeroVironment Inc., a provider of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) for both military and commercial applications, has begun a yearlong study with California State University, Fresno to research how UAS imagery and analytics could potentially detect varying levels of water stress [Read More]

Gov. Brown Makes Decisions on Slew of California Drone Bills

Betsy Lillian
Written by Betsy Lillian on October 03, 2016

Reiterating that “piecemeal is not the way to go,” the California governor has shut down several bills related to unmanned aircraft systems, as well as approved one.

First-Responder Drone Bill Makes Its Way Through Calif. Legislature Again

Posted by Betsy Lillian on June 16, 2016

Last year, Sen. Ted Gaines introduced a similar bill that was ultimately vetoed by the governor. This time around, “criminal penalty provisions” have been removed.

Sen. Jackson Creates Another Bill Limiting Drones Near Certain CA Properties

Posted by Betsy Lillian on January 14, 2016

Her previous bill restricting UAVs over private property was recently vetoed by Gov. Brown, but Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson has proposed new legislation setting “comprehensive limits” on the technology.

‘The DRONE Act of 2016’ Would Mandate License Plates for Unmanned Aircraft

Posted by Betsy Lillian on January 14, 2016

California State Assemblyman Mike Gatto, D-District 43, has announced what he calls a comprehensive solution to the challenges that drones pose: The Drone Registration/Omnibus Negligence-prevention Enactment (DRONE) Act of 2016. “If cars have license plates and insurance, drones should have [Read More]

Governor Vetoes California Drone Bills

Michael Bates
Written by Michael Bates on October 05, 2015

This past weekend, Gov. Jerry Brown, D-Calif., vetoed a trio of bills that aimed to rein in the use of unmanned aerial systems in certain situations. The three Senate bills – S.B.168, S.B.170 and S.B.271 – had been introduced by [Read More]

California National Guard Uses Military UAV for Search & Rescue

Posted by Betsy Lillian on July 31, 2015

At the request of the El Dorado County Sheriff's Office and California Governor's Office of Emergency Services, the California National Guard recently launched in the search for a missing person an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) typically used for defense and [Read More]

California UAS Company AeroVironment Names New Exec

Posted by Betsy Lillian on July 08, 2015

AeroVironment Inc., a Monrovia, Calif.-based provider of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and electric transportation solutions, has appointed Raymond Cook senior vice president and chief financial officer (CFO), effective immediately. The company's electric-powered, hand-launched UAS generate and process data for military, [Read More]