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‘SAFE DRONE Act’ Would Make Reckless Drone Operations a Federal Offense

UAO Staff
UAO Staff on Oct 08, 2015

U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., has introduced the SAFE DRONE Act, which would make it a misdemeanor offense for an individual to knowingly operate a drone within two miles of a fire, an airport or other restricted airspace. According to [Read More]

Legislators & Industry Stakeholders Mull Unmanned Aircraft Safety

Betsy Lillian on Oct 08, 2015

At a House hearing on drone safety, some witnesses brought up the concept of a “tombstone mentality”: We cannot take action to properly regulate UAS only if a tragedy occurs.

FAA Proposes $1.9M Penalty Against UAS Company for ‘Unauthorized Operations’

UAO Staff
UAO Staff on Oct 06, 2015

The agency alleges that Chicago-based SkyPan International conducted 65 drone flights between 2012 and 2014 that endangered the safety of the National Airspace System.

Sentera Launches Data-Management Solution for Tower Inspectors

UAO Staff
UAO Staff on Oct 05, 2015

Sentera LLC, a drone, sensor and software company, has launched its OnTop platform, a proprietary software solution for inspection imagery of the cellular and broadcast tower industry. The OnTop platform comprises a mobile app and desktop client that automatically sync [Read More]

Textron’s Aerosonde UAS Supports Wildfire-Response Efforts in Idaho

UAO Staff
UAO Staff on Oct 01, 2015

Textron Systems Unmanned Systems, a Textron Inc. business, says it recently provided equipment and personnel, including its Aerosonde unmanned aircraft system (UAS), in support of a multi-day wildfire-response and decision support effort in Idaho with the U.S. Department of Interior [Read More]

3DR Debuts Sci-Fi Series Filmed Exclusively with Solo & GoPro

UAO Staff
UAO Staff on Sep 29, 2015

Berkeley, Calif.-based drone company 3D Robotics is creating what it calls a “full-on sci-fi series,” all of which is filmed exclusively with the company’s Solo aircraft and a GoPro. According to a 3DR news post, the series will launch on [Read More]

Utility Drone Usage Poised for Major Growth, Says Report

UAO Staff
UAO Staff on Sep 24, 2015

Navigant Research predicts that drones and robotics technologies for transmission and distribution in every region of the world will skyrocket in the coming years.

Unmanned Helicopter Provider CybAero Gains Major Shareholder

UAO Staff
UAO Staff on Sep 17, 2015

Swedish unmanned helicopter company CybAero has gained a new shareholder in Submersive Capital, a U.S. fund that has acquired the remainder of California-based AeroVironment’s holding in CybAero. CybAero says it develops and manufactures unmanned aircraft systems for safer and more [Read More]

AMA: FAA ‘Close Call’ Drone Report is More Than Meets the Eye

UAO Staff
UAO Staff on Sep 15, 2015

The Academy of Model Aeronautics has taken a closer look at the agency’s recently reported data concerning reports of drone activity near manned aircraft in the U.S.

Calif. Bill on First-Responder Liability for Drone Damage Heads to Governor

UAO Staff
UAO Staff on Sep 15, 2015

A bill from California State Sen. Ted Gaines, R-El Dorado, that addresses liability concerns for first responders who damage drones has passed out of the Assembly Committee on Privacy and Consumer Protection, off the Assembly floor, and is now headed [Read More]