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Arizona City Chats with the Public on UAVs in Parks

Posted by Betsy Lillian on January 16, 2017

The City of Tempe, Ariz., is seeking public input on the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in the city’s parks. According to an announcement from the city’s government, Councilmember Joel Navarro is inviting the community to a Jan. 17 [Read More]

Amateur Radio Group Voices ‘Urgent Complaint’ to Feds on Drone Transmitters

Posted by Betsy Lillian on January 13, 2017

In what it calls an “extremely urgent complaint” to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), ARRL, the national association for Amateur Radio, has targeted the interference potential of a series of audio/video transmitters used on unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and marketed [Read More]

Sky-Futures Launches Basic Drone Certification Course in U.K.

Posted by Betsy Lillian on January 12, 2017

Sky-Futures, a global provider of industrial inspection services via unmanned aircraft, is launching a new course that will enable persons and organizations in the U.K. to reach the basic standard required to operate drones under Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) permission. In [Read More]

Drones Take the Blame in Another False-Alarm Plane Incident

Posted by Betsy Lillian on January 11, 2017

Following a suspected collision in Mozambique and the subsequent colorful media headlines stating something to the effect of “Drone Hits Plane In Mozambique,” officials reportedly later found no evidence of an unmanned aircraft strike.

New Tool Allows Farmers to Live-Stream NDVI Drone Video to Phone

Posted by Betsy Lillian on January 10, 2017

Sentera has announced the upcoming release of LiveNDVI video: live-streamed normalized difference vegetation index (NDVI) video via the company’s Double 4K sensor for drones. According to Sentera, the technology will offer agronomists a fast way to make decisions and specify [Read More]

FAA Highlights ‘Revolution and Evolution’ of UAS Industry

Posted by Betsy Lillian on January 09, 2017

“We have to approach our challenges with the same kind of creativity and open-mindedness that is fueling the drone revolution,” said Michael Huerta, FAA administrator, at last week’s CES 2017.

Parrot Reorganizing Drone Business, Reducing Workforce

Posted by Betsy Lillian on January 09, 2017

As of the end of the fourth quarter of 2016, Parrot has reported revenues of around EUR 85 million, which is below its target of around EUR 100 million, as announced at the end of November. In turn, as part [Read More]

Drone System Could Help Clean out Microbes from Hospitals

Posted by Betsy Lillian on January 09, 2017

Announcing a U.S. patent record of 8,088 patents granted to its inventors in 2016, IBM is highlighting a recently patented drone application that could help advance cognitive healthcare. “Drone-based microbial analysis system,” U.S. Patent No. 9,447,448, implements unmanned aerial vehicles [Read More]

Virginia Tech Flies Drones into Crash Test Dummies

Posted by Betsy Lillian on January 06, 2017

Virginia Tech, a longtime unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) researcher and home to one of the federal test sites for the technology, is using dummies to test the potential impact of drone crashes to humans. According to a press release from [Read More]

UAV Uses Machine Learning to Carry out Perched Landing

Posted by Betsy Lillian on January 06, 2017

The University of Bristol in the U.K. and BMT Defence Services (BMT), a subsidiary of BMT Group Ltd., have developed what they claim to be the first unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to perform a perched landing by using machine-learning algorithms. [Read More]

Vanilla Aircraft Boasts 56-Hour Flight Time for VA001 UAS

Posted by Betsy Lillian on January 06, 2017

Under the authority of the New Mexico unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) test site, Falls Church, Va.-based Vanilla Aircraft LLC recently completed a nonstop, non-refueled 56-hour flight of its VA001 drone. The flight was submitted for a world duration record for [Read More]

New Year Reflections: Shhh, Don’t Say ‘Drone’

Written by Betsy Lillian on January 04, 2017

It’s now 2017. Have we gone beyond the days of avoiding the word “drone” – versus “UAS” or “UAV” – in the commercial and civil industry?

New Products, New Collaborations: DJI Announces its Latest

Posted by Betsy Lillian on January 04, 2017

So far at CES 2017, DJI has made several drone-related announcements: The company is rolling out a new aerial mapping app and a limited edition Phantom 4 drone and is teaming up with storage solutions provider Seagate Technology. In addition, [Read More]

North Dakota’s Precision Ag Summit to Offer Drone Focus

Posted by Betsy Lillian on January 03, 2017

The sixth annual Precision Ag Summit, which will feature a focus on drones, is kicking off soon in Jamestown, N.D. Once again, the conference is co-hosted by the Red River Valley Research Corridor and the ND Farmers Union. Taking place [Read More]

UAS Course Arrives at N.J. University This Semester

Posted by Betsy Lillian on January 03, 2017

Stockton University, a public college in Galloway, N.J., is kicking off its new course on unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) this upcoming semester. The class, commencing Jan. 17, will be taught by Adam Greco, the air traffic account manager of center [Read More]

Embry-Riddle Offers Complimentary Web Course on sUAS

Posted by Betsy Lillian on December 21, 2016

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) is rolling out a free, two-week, online course entitled “Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) – Key Concepts for New Users.” Running from Feb. 6 to Feb. 19, 2017, the course introduces participants to concepts related to [Read More]

Transport Canada Takes Steps Toward Growing Drone Industry

Posted by Betsy Lillian on December 21, 2016

Transport Canada is moving forward with a number of safety initiatives for drones. Kate Young, member of Parliament for London West and parliamentary secretary to the minister of transport, on behalf of Minister Marc Garneau, has outlined concrete steps that [Read More]

‘Evolve’ Cinematography Quadcopter Boasts Dual-Screen Controller

Posted by Betsy Lillian on December 20, 2016

XDynamics has introduced Evolve, a consumer quadcopter with a patented, dual-screen remote controller. According to Hong Kong-based XDynamics, the Evolve remote controller is a smart pilot system combining all required functions for amateur and professional users’ flying and filming needs [Read More]

University-Utility Partnership Goes Big on Drones

Posted by Betsy Lillian on December 19, 2016

Kansas State University’s Polytechnic Campus and Kansas-based power company Westar Energy say they are increasingly using drone technology to advance electric utility inspection and maintenance methods. With a focus on increasing reliability for customers, improving employee safety and reducing costs, [Read More]

Drone Service Provider Spreads out Across Home State

Posted by Betsy Lillian on December 19, 2016

Marking its first location outside of Grand Forks, N.D., drone service provider SkySkopes is expanding its North Dakota operations and opening an office in Minot. According to Matt Dunlevy, Minot – a “military-friendly community” – is a “perfect staging location [Read More]