Drone Photography Brings $55K FAA Fine to Minnesota Man

UAO Staff
UAO Staff on June 14, 2016

The agency alleges that the August operations were done in a “careless or reckless” manner and were not for a hobby/recreational purpose.

Johns Hopkins Researchers Exploit Vulnerabilities of Consumer Drones

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UAO Staff on June 08, 2016

The team hopes its studies serve as a wake-up call for drone manufacturers to beef up security features before their aircraft take to the skies.

Parrot-Backed Company’s UAV Aims to Battle Deforestation

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UAO Staff on June 07, 2016

BioCarbon Engineering says traditional tree-planting techniques need to be augmented in order for the world to reach carbon-reduction targets set forth at the COP21 climate conference.

SoCal Sheriff’s Department Testing out Drone Over the Next Year

UAO Staff
UAO Staff on June 02, 2016

As part of a public/private partnership with Minnesota-based Sentera LLC, the Riverside County, Calif., Sheriff’s Department has begun its evaluation program for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), which the department hopes to use to augment search-and-rescue (SAR) operations in the future. [Read More]

Large vs. Small UAS: Researchers Explore Which Will Cut it for Farming

UAO Staff
UAO Staff on June 01, 2016

A Hermes 450 unmanned aircraft system (UAS) recently took flight to help North Dakota State University (NDSU) with an agricultural research project that tests out large versus small UAS for crop and livestock production. The project will use the Hermes [Read More]

Start-Up Adds New Spin to a Drone’s Motor – Literally

Betsy Lillian on May 31, 2016

By redesigning a standard electric motor, CR Flight is looking to boost an unmanned system’s flight performance across several key areas.

Munich Re Goes With PrecisionHawk for Damage Assessment via Drones

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UAO Staff on May 26, 2016

Munich Re, one of the world’s largest reinsurers, has partnered with PrecisionHawk to enhance insurance assessments by providing faster response times and increased reporting accuracy in the aftermath of a natural disaster. PrecisionHawk’s service team uses a fleet of drones, [Read More]

Small UAV Coalition Urges Reform to FAA Exemption Process

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UAO Staff on May 24, 2016

In order to further “reform and improve” the process for obtaining a commercial unmanned aircraft system (UAS) exemption from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the Small UAV Coalition is urging the agency to allow current exemption holders to operate any [Read More]

Industry Creates Voluntary Best Practices for U.S. Drone Operators

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UAO Staff on May 19, 2016

Led by the NTIA, unmanned aircraft systems stakeholders have come up with voluntary practices for privacy, transparency and accountability.

UAV Plays Role in Rescue of Oregon Puppy

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UAO Staff on May 19, 2016

After a Bullmastiff puppy fell roughly 40 feet down a rocky bank in southwestern Oregon, a fire department put its unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to use as part of the successful rescue. According to coverage from KTVL News10, the Jackson [Read More]

California Utility Sees Drones Playing Key Role in Future Operations

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UAO Staff on May 18, 2016

San Francisco-based Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) is testing unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) to enhance the safety and reliability of its electric and gas service. The Federal Aviation Administration has authorized PG&E to use drones to assist with inspections [Read More]

FBI’s UAS-Detection System Tested at Major U.S. Airport

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UAO Staff on May 17, 2016

Along with government, industry and academic partners, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has conducted evaluations of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) unmanned aircraft system (UAS)-detection system at New York City’s John F. Kennedy International airport. Five different rotorcraft and [Read More]

Federal Court Throws out EPIC’s Suit Against FAA on Drone Privacy Rules

Betsy Lillian on May 12, 2016

The court contends that EPIC cannot challenge the FAA’s lack of privacy rules for drones until the final rules have been released.

Global Partners Come Together to Work on UAS Traffic Management

UAO Staff
UAO Staff on May 11, 2016

Following NASA’s original idea for an unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) traffic management (UTM) system, more than 60 organizations took part in the first European UTM Day in Geneva on April 27. The objective was to understand what actions need to [Read More]

Twitter’s Periscope Now Allows Live Broadcast from DJI Drone

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UAO Staff on May 10, 2016

Twitter has announced an update to its Periscope live video app: Users will now be able to broadcast live directly from a DJI drone. Leveraging the existing integration with the GoPro HERO cameras and the newly enabled DJI drone broadcast [Read More]

FLIR’s Newest Thermal Drone Camera Offers Radiometric Imaging

UAO Staff
UAO Staff on May 09, 2016

FLIR Systems Inc. has announced the FLIR Vue Pro R, the latest member of the company’s Vue thermal imaging camera series for commercial drones. According to FLIR, the new camera retains all the capabilities of the standard Vue Pro model [Read More]

New Alliance, Led by West and Ellman, Aims to Grow Commercial Drone Ecosystem

UAO Staff
UAO Staff on May 03, 2016

The nonprofit Commercial Drone Alliance is looking to shape public perception about the technology, among other goals.

N.D. Police Unit Gains Nationwide Approval for UAS Operations

UAO Staff
UAO Staff on April 29, 2016

North Dakota’s Grand Forks County Sheriff’s Department says its northeast region unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) unit recently received Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approval to conduct UAS operations nationwide. According to the department, the northeast region UAS unit is the first [Read More]

Investigation Closes on Reported Drone/Airplane Hit: Object Still Unknown

UAO Staff
UAO Staff on April 28, 2016

It turns out that an object police “believed to have been a drone” that reportedly hit the front of a British Airways (BA) plane in the U.K. was not a drone after all. According to the Associated Press, Patrick McLoughlin, [Read More]

An Efficient Workflow for Commercial Drone Flights: Before, During and After

UAO Staff
Jessica Moody on April 28, 2016

Skyward recently spoke with Andrew Dennison, chief operating officer of LIFT Technologies – which works primarily on construction and surveying projects and is a division of Clayco Inc. – on the company’s workflow. The following are 12 steps to safe, [Read More]