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Recreational Drone Flyer Test Coming Soon! Can your business help?
Are you part of the drone or tech industry? The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) wants your help to administer a recreational flyer knowledge and safety test to the widest audience possible! We have posted a request for information (RFI) where y  
FAA Announces New B4UFLY Mobile App
Check Out The New B4UFLY Mobile App The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has announced the new and improved B4UFLY Mobile App. B4UFLY is an app that assists recreational users who only fly their drone for fun, where they can and cannot fly with  
First FAA-approved beyond-line-of-sight drone flies in the US
The University of Alaska Fairbanks has successfully conducted the first beyond-visual-line-of-sight (BVLOS) drone flight in the US that's been approved by the FAA. At this point in time, drone flights are required to remain within their operators' li  
Precision Landing for DJI Drones: New Automation Solution from FlytBase
Automation is key to being able to scale enterprise drone operations – until drones can be utilized without the need for precise flight skills, wide adoption may be slow. California startup FlytBase is working on the problem: bringing professional g  
Swiss Post Halts Drone Delivery Service
Swiss Post and Matternet have been collaborating on a drone delivery service in three different Swiss cities for well over a year. The purpose of the partnership was to develop a faster and more efficient way to deliver laboratory samples between hos  
Internal Corruption Scandal at DJI Leads to $150m Losses
Not all is well on home soil for Chinese drone manufacturer and industry leader DJI. The company has discovered a devastating level of internal corruption that in turn has caused 2018 losses in the region of $150 million.  
FAA Proposes New Drone Regs and a New Pilot Program: One More Step Towards Drone Integration
At yesterday’s annual meeting of the Transportation Research Board, U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao announced new proposed rules to allow drones to fly overnight and over people without waivers under certain conditions.  
DJI Urges Caution In Evaluating Reports Of Drone Incidents
DJI is monitoring recent reports of drones flying in close proximity to various airports, and has offered assistance to investigators and airports where these sightings have occurred. To date, none of these reports have been confirmed, and there is n  
DJI Launch Osmo Pocket: The World’s Smallest Stabilized Camera
DJI have long had ambitions beyond the consumer drone market. A natural move has been to branch out into professional and amateur photography, through the Ronin series and the Osmo range respectively. The Chinese manufacturer has just launched a new  
Special Restrictions: A List of All the Locations Where the FAA Has Established Restrictions on Dron
The FAA issued its Small Unmanned Aircraft Rules, or Part 107 rules, back in August of 2016. When the rules first came out they included general restrictions on where sUAS could be flown, including the requirement to obtain permission from the FAA in  
Drones are reportedly interfering with firefighting operations amid the raging Woolsey Fire.
The Federal Aviation Administration received reports from the Los Angeles County Fire Department reporting instances in which drones have interfered with helicopter firefighting operations during the Woolsey Fire. "So far, they have been unable to i  
FAA prohibits drone flights over federal prisons, Coast Guard bases
WASHINGTON – Drones will be prohibited from flying over federal prisons and Coast Guard facilities under flight restrictions the Federal Aviation Administration announced Tuesday. Prison officials have long worried about people flying remote-control  
PrecisionHawk Acquires Drone Inspection Firm Uplift
Drone tech provider PrecisionHawk, has purchased inspection service Uplift Data Partners. Uplift provides turn-key inspection services for construction and building information management (BIM) as well as for real-estate.  
10 Pieces of Drone Software to Enhance Your Flight Capability
Mapping, flight logs, weather, analytics — these types of applications can take your flight capability to the next level. Not to mention, to the next level in your business. From the first smartphone apps to what is available today, drone software h  
DJI fixes security flaw that potentially could have given hackers access to user data
The vulnerability was discovered in the user identification process within DJI Forum, a company-sponsored online forum about its products, researchers at Israeli firm Check Point Software Technologies said on Thursday. They said the vulnerability, if  
Aeromao Announces Bellyflopping Amphibious Drone
Amphibious airplanes have been around for a long time – in fact, some of the earliest aircraft were designed to land on water because it was softer than crashing onto land. However, drones with a seagoing airframe are unheard of – or, at least, they  
Drones - Going Bladeless
When Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi graduate student Daniel Valdenegro started thinking about his senior design capstone project last year, he knew he wanted to focus on making drones safer to fly. His idea? Creating a propulsion system inspired  
FlightSafety Enters the UAV Pilot Training Arena
This year at Commercial UAV Expo Americas, another large manned aviation player entered the fray of the unmanned vehicles industry.  
When Do Things Change for Recreational Operators? The FAA Reauthorization Timeline
H.R. 302, the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018, became Public Law No. 115- 254 on October 5, 2018.  
When Safety Matters – Drone Rescue Designed to Present Intelligent Parachute Rescue System
The field of commercial drone applications is constantly expanding. New camera and sensor systems enable applications that were hardly viable years ago. Due to these new technologies the acquisition costs for commercial drone service providers also i  
AgLaunch Spotlights AgTech Startups At Field Days
In August, the group hosted two field days spotlighting agtech startups and how they can impact agriculture.  
Unauthorized drone users could face hefty $20,000 fine if flying in Florence-affected areas, FAA war
As disaster relief efforts continue in the wake of Hurricane Florence, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has imposed restrictions on drone usage in areas affected by the storm. The FAA released a statement warning that flying unauthorized  
Drones will soon be delivering drinks and food at a golf course in North Dakota
Nothing is better than a nice relaxing day on the golf course, playing with friends and family, trying not to make a fool of yourself at the tee box. With that said, there is also nothing worse than being held up by a group in front of you or a pesky  
Drones for ag: We’re moving ahead
Drones for ag: We’re moving ahead Technology Drones for ag: We’re moving ahead Call them what you will – drones, unmanned aerial systems (UAS), unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) – this innovative technology has caused waves of excitement in agricultu  
The Top 7 Drone Visionaries in 7 Commercial Markets – Precision Agriculture
Going all the way back to the infamous Economic Impact Report created by AUVSI in 2013, it’s fair to say there’s been lots of talk about the impact drones could enable in precision agriculture.  
DJI Mavic 2 Pro / Zoom drone shows its underbelly
Today, we get our first good look at what seems to be the underbelly of the soon to be released DJI Mavic 2 Pro / Zoom drone. The photo that surfaced on Twitter shows the bottom plate with various openings for screws, ultrasonic sensors, downward dua  
Yuneec’s Mantis Q now available for pre-order in the US at $499.99
About a week ago, we wrote about the latest drone from Yuneec the Mantis Q. Initially only available in Europe, but now we got an email from Yuneec letting us know that the voice-controlled and foldable drone will be available for pre-order in the US  
100,000 licensed drone pilots
There are Now 100,000 Certified Remote Pilots in the U.S. Here’s What that Means for the Industry.  
DJI announces rescheduled “See the Bigger Picture” event for August 23rd at 10am in the NY Metro are
DJI announces a new date for their drone event. On August 23rd at 10 am in the NY area, DJI will host an event to almost certainly introduce the DJI Mavic 2 Pro and Zoom models.  
Yuneec announces voice controlled drone.
With DJI dominating headlines in the consumer drone market with the expected release of the Mavic 2, Yuneec has quietly released a folding drone of their own called the “Mantis Q” that will only be available in Europe. Upon first glance, this drone m  
Community College announces 2 yr associates degree for drone pilots.
Lane Community College officials have high hopes for their new drone pilot program, one of the few taking off in the state. LCC will offer a two-year associate’s degree for commercial unmanned aerial systems — popularly known as drones — starting  
If your drone videos aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough
Robert Capa famously said that: “If your photographs aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough.” It seems that the same holds true for drone photography and videography.  
Police drones pit safety vs. privacy concerns in Michigan
A growing number of Michigan police agencies are employing drones to provide a bird’s-eye view of accident and crime scenes, speed searches for missing persons and help find fugitives.  
These scary-realistic scam sites charge absurd sums of money for drone registration
The Federal Aviation Administrations requires that drone pilots in the U.S. to register their drones. It costs $5.  
Nevada launches Drone Center of Excellence for Public Safety to mitigate rogue drone airspace incurs
The Nevada Institute for Autonomous Systems (NIAS) announced the launch of the Nevada Drone Center of Excellence for Public Safety (NDCOE). The mission is to save lives and reduce air hazards from drone incursions by empowering a shared safety vision  
Patriot Launches EP and LX Series with MicroSD memory card
Patriot, a global leader in performance memory, SSDs, gaming peripherals and flash storage solutions today announced the immediate availability of its new series of microSD memory cards.  
DJI confirms Mavic 2 Pro is on the way with different lens options
There appear to be two big changes coming to this generation of the Mavic: first, the introduction of a “zoom” model (a configuration DJI is calling Mavic 2 Zoom) that can shoot as wide as 28mm and as tight as 48mm. And second, the introduction of a  
New DJI Mavic 2 Specs
DJI was just forced to confirm its hot new Mavic 2 Pro drone -- after it was accidentally advertised for sale in a UK retailer's ink-and-paper catalog!  
Nonprofit Creates Drone Videos for Hospice Patients
The Flight To Remember Foundation (FTR), a nonprofit organization based out of Cleveland, is forming a network of volunteer remote pilots to help capture aerial videos for hospice patients.  
Amazon Clarifies Position on ULC Trespass Draft; Heritage Foundation Supports. Drone tresspassing
“A person operating an unmanned aircraft is liable to a landowner or lessee for per se trespass when the person, without consent, intentionally causes the unmanned aircraft to enter into the airspace below 200 feet above the surface of land or below  
Colorado Mayor Provides City Perspective in FAA Drone Advisory Commitee
“Cities across America are leading the way by using drones to assist with fire and rescue missions, infrastructure inspections, and other innovative applications.  
Drones being used to study Amazon Rainforest
Scientist have been utilizing drone technology to measure the Amazon’s air by “sniffing” the environment using sensors specially designed and built for this purpose.  
FAA Pushes for Repeal of Section 336 and More Authority Over Recreational Operators
Section 336 is the reason why today’s drone pilots and generations of model-aircraft fliers have been able to fly without a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) pilot’s license, equipage mandates, and regulatory paperwork.  
CBS News. Drones take over
Multiple articles from CBS news about new and varied uses for drone technology  
Drone helping Mexican police drop crime 10 percent
In Ensenada, a Mexican city about two hours south of Tijuana, a new crime fighter has taken to the skies. It’s not a bird, or a plane, or Superman. It’s a drone. And over a few months on patrol, it’s had quite the impact.  
12 Best Follow Me Drones And Follow You Technology Reviewed
With Follow Me drone technology, the UAV is programmed to automatically follow you around, giving you many opportunities to film unique aerial shots.  
How Drones Will Revolutionize Ranching
"Flying over the ranch drones could allow Russell to survey his terrain, keep track of any grass fires, and watch out for invasive species. Drones can also carry infrared cameras, which could easily identify the heat signatures of stray cows. That's