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]
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.
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.
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.
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
Crews have enlisted the help of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in the search for a missing man in Los Padres National Forest in central California. The Pasadena Star-News reports that during a camping trip, the 36-year-old firefighter went missing after [Read More]
California-based news agency The Fresno Bee plans to assess the newsgathering capabilities of an unmanned aerial system (UAS). Pending the results of testing, The Fresno Bee may use the GoPro camera-equipped quadcopter for aerial photography of accidents, fires, farmland, lakes [Read More]