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Golden State Met With Yet Another Proposed Drone Law

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

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]

UAV Flies Over California Shore to Check for Sharks

Posted by Betsy Lillian on June 16, 2015

An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) is being used to scout for sharks swimming close to the shore of a California beach. According to a report from CBS Los Angeles, for a month now, a lifeguard at Orange County's Seal Beach [Read More]

California Company Launches UAS Pilot Training School

Posted by Betsy Lillian on June 11, 2015

Hawthorne, Calif.-based Chapman Aerospace LLC says it recently received Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) authorization to operate unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). As an FAA-approved drone company, Chapman Aerospace now offers a drone pilot training school at its California base, where FAA-certified [Read More]

Race Your Drone at This Year’s California State Fair

Posted by Betsy Lillian on June 01, 2015

The 2015 California State Fair will be holding a first-of-its-kind competition, the U.S. National Drone Racing Championship. The inaugural event, which will be held at Bonney Field July 16-17, is officially sanctioned by the Academy of Model Aeronautics and organized [Read More]

Another California Police Force Gets UAVs, Stirs Up Controversy

Posted by Betsy Lillian on December 05, 2014

Trouble is brewing now that California's Alameda County Sheriff Office possesses two unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). The SFGate reports that Sheriff Greg Ahern used $97,000 in funds from the Alameda County's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Services to buy [Read More]

California Landscaping and Pool Company Using Drone Photography

Posted by Betsy Lillian on October 29, 2014

The Green Scene Landscaping & Pools, a Los Angeles-based design and construction firm, recently began using an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to photograph its work. Company owner Scott Cohen believes that although drone photography ‘will never completely replace traditional photography,’ [Read More]

California Gov. Signs Law Concerning Privacy from UAVs

Posted by Betsy Lillian on October 02, 2014

Shortly after vetoing a bill that would restrict how unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are used by police and other public agencies, California Gov. Jerry Brown has now signed a law concerning privacy. A.B.2306, which was authored by Assemblymember Ed Chau, [Read More]

Gov. Jerry Brown Vetoes UAV Warrant Bill in California

Posted by Betsy Lillian on September 29, 2014

California Gov. Jerry Brown has vetoed the bill A.B.1327, a measure that would restrict how unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) can be used by police and other public agencies. The bill – which was authored by Assemblyman Jeff Gorell, R-Camarillo – [Read More]

California Construction Company Brings UAS On-Site

Posted by Betsy Lillian on September 05, 2014

A construction company is enlisting the help of an unmanned aerial system (UAS) to capture photos at an in-progress work site of a Stockton, Calif., courthouse. According to a report from News 10 ABC, Turner Construction decided to operate the [Read More]

Legislation Regarding Drone Use Passes in California Senate

Posted by Betsy Lillian on August 27, 2014

Following public outcry and widespread attention from the Los Angeles Police Department's (LAPD) obtaining two unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), the California State Senate has passed AB.1327, a measure that restricts how UAVs can be used by police and other public [Read More]

California Firefighters Shoo Away UAS at Massive Wildfire

Posted by Betsy Lillian on July 29, 2014

Although unmanned aerial systems (UAS) are being used by several organizations to help fight wildfires, UAS piloted by hobbyists are not welcome, as illustrated by a team of California firefighters. According to a Los Angeles Times report, while firefighters were [Read More]