The Weekly Drone Publication
– Hightlights –
Person in Drone Nation: Bob Brock
FAA testing drone detection systems at airports
Market map provides insights into exploding metes + bounds of drones
Advice for the press drones
NSF funds drone training
Firefighters express sound issues re: Part 197
FAA investigates drone flying near wildfire
Technology to prevent drones from interfering with firefighting
Unmanned surveillance system over Rio Olympics
→ First large drone flown by Grand Sky tenant takes to the skies – The academy’s opening at Grand Sky seeks to help the industry meet a growing nationwide demand for unmanned aircraft systems pilots.
→ New training academy starts for unmanned aircrafts – General Atomics aerkansonautical systems celebrated the start of classes by holding an inaugural first flight this morning at the Northern Plains UAS test site near Grand Forks.
→ Drones interfereing with sand fire battling efforts – While attempting to battle the Sand Fire that has burned more than 20,000 acres and destroyed more than a dozen homes, firefighters have had to battle an outside element: drones.
→ Parks’ Firefighters Voice Concerns Over Drone Usage – Why aren’t visitors allowed to fly dronesin Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks?
→ 7 Cool Commercial Drone Uses Coming to a Sky Near You – On June 21, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released new rules on civilian drone usage, known as “Part 107.” Those rules will go into effect Aug. 29, and many entrepreneurs are chomping at the bit to get their drone-based ventures off the ground, literally.
→ New FAA rules will open the skies to more drone business – New federal regulations soon will make it easier for anyone to operate a drone for business purposes, and the change is prompting mixed feedback from aviators and current drone operators.
→ Local drone business building unmanned aircrafts for the government – Employees at Stone Blue now spend part of their days building unmanned aircraft for the U.S. government. They call themselves a small team of self-proclaimed nerds.
→ 3 Powerful Lessons You Can Learn From 7-Eleven’s Drone-Delivered Slurpee (Especially Millennials) – The world’s first delivery of a slurpee via drone highlights some main concepts businesses can use to energize their companies.
→ Facebook’s Aquila Internet-delivery Drone Could Add Billions More Online Customers – “After two years of engineering, I’m proud to announce the successful first flight of Aquila — the solar-powered plane we designed to beam internet to remote parts of the world,” wrote Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg in a post on Thursday. The maiden flight took place before dawn in Yuma, Arizona, on June 28.
City and State Economic Development and Government Use
→ Here’s Why North Dakota Wants to Be Known For Drones – North Dakota government officials and drone entrepreneurs visited Silicon Valley this week to connect with other drone startups, local venture capitalists, and technology enthusiasts. The trip is intended to get drone technologists to consider trading sunny skies for the upper Midwest as well as to get venture capitalists to consider North Dakota when they fund drone startups.
→ Lieutenant Governers Forge Industry Partnership to Promote Drones – The Aerospace States Association, a lieutenant governor-led group focused on aviation issues, is partnering with Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, one of the more bullish supporters of the growing drone industry, in an effort to promote the devices’ economic potential.
→ Anchor tenant in North Dakota drone park takes to the skies – A major defense contractor and key player in the nation’s first unmanned aircraft business and technology park is up and flying in North Dakota, much to the delight of state officials who have pumped millions of dollars into promoting drones.
→ Import of UAVs, drones will require license & clearance – “Import of unmanned aircraft system/unmanned aerial vehicle (UAVs)/remotely piloted aircraft/drones is restricted. It would require prior clearance of Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) and import licence from Director General of Foreign Trade (DGFT),” the commerce ministry said in a notification.
→ AUVSI Working With States on UAS National Economy Initiative – AUVSI hopes to increase UAS information outreach to state elected officials.
City and State Regulatory Action
→ Valmie Goes for Gold in Drone Race Featured on ESPN – Vertitek recently established a new division, Vertitek Racing, which specializes in fabricating and selling racing frames for the competitive drone racing industry.
→ Drones may be flying above Virginia campuses soon – The National Science Foundation is funding educators in Virginia to receive drone-flying training this summer to prepare for classes next year.
→ UND dedicating building for drone and aerospace research – The University of North Dakota is dedicating a facility for aerospace-related studies and drone research.