The Weekly Drone Publication
UAS Digest #63

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Highlights

Jeff Bezos Offers New Details on Amazon’s Delivery Drones
Dakota Becomes The First State To Approve Armed Police Drones
Drone Racing League Announces First Major Partnership With Bud Light

 

News

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→  ‘Buy snag and put in bag’: Man faces $9000 fine for using drone to pick up sausage from Bunnings – The peckish drone flyer is now facing a $9000 fine for breaching multiple civil aviation regulations, including flying within 30 metres of people, use out of the line of sight and use over a populous area.

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→  Hunt for mystery drone operator: Close encounter with LAX jet – The crew of a departing WestJet Boeing 737 spotted the drone 1,500 above the ground midday Monday, according to Gregor.

→  Disney looks like it’s about to launch its first-ever drone show – Posted on YouTube on Monday, the video urges visitors to Disney Springs in Florida to “look to the stars,” with the entertainment giant promising “a new holiday experience” for everyone dropping by in the run up to Christmas.

 

 

 


Business, Market Forecast & Investing

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→  Coming Soon: Chief Delivery Drone Officer – In the United States, more and more parcel commercial delivery drones are buzzing around us. Chief Delivery Drone Officers are not yet commonplace on the corporate c-level roster. They will be here to satisfy the growing need for managing and governing delivery drones for commercial use (eventually in the nation’s airspace).

→  Jeff Bezos Offers New Details on Amazon’s Delivery Drones – “If you have a landing field, you can mark it with a symbol that you can print out with your printer, and put it wherever you want the vehicle to land,” Bezos said. “It will come over, see it, and land. And if it sees anything that makes it nervous, it can divert or phone home for help.” Bezos also confirmed several known aspects of the delivery drone design and its capabilities.

→  Alphabet Taps Brakes on Drone Project, Nixing Starbucks Partnership – Project Wing, born inside the Google X research lab, is the latest Alphabet project to be target of financial restraint.

→  GoPro recalls its Karma drone just days after it went on sale – During its production, the first drone from camera manufacturer GoPro suffered from delays. Now the company has recalled the UAV just days after it finally hit the shelves.

→  Intel Is Ready To Capture The Growth In The Drone Space – Last January, Intel marked its development in the drone market by its spectacular show of 100 unmanned aerial vehicles in the sky at the Consumer Electronics Show that garnered the company a Guinness book of world record. Recently, the company set another world recordby putting 500 drones controlled from a single PC into the sky.

→  Top 6 Vendors in the Global Consumer Drone Market from 2016 to 2020 – Technavio has announced the top six leading vendors in their recent global consumer drone market report. This research report also lists eight other prominent vendors that are expected to impact the market during the forecast period.

→  Drone USA, Inc. Signs Letter of Intent to Acquire Accredited Aerospace Manufacturer and Distributor – Drone USA, Inc. (OTC:DRUS) (“Drone USA” or the “Company”), a developer and manufacturer of low altitude Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (“UAV”) and related technologies, today announced that it has signed a Letter of Intent (“LOI”) to acquire a global engineering, procurement, manufacturing and materials management company that specializes in military and commercial equipment and provisions. If acquired, the business will become an integral part of the growing aerospace, UAV and related technologies business for Drone USA.

→  Australia: Rise of the drones: Opportunity and liability for businesses – This article is written from an Australian perspective, however the basic principles – regulation by a state safety authority and overlapping liability under the general law – are in place in many jurisdictions.

→  Civilian Drones: Consumption, Demand, Sales, Competitor and Forecast 2016 – 2021 – Based on a comprehensive research study of the commercial drones market by analyzing the entire global market and all its sub-segments through extensively detailed classifications. Profound analysis and assessment are generated from premium information sources with inputs derived from industry professionals across the value chain.

 

 

Economic Development

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→  Drones to revolutionize how farmers can spray crops – QUEENSLAND farmers can now use drones to spray crops after the state Government amended legislation to embrace the latest technology. Acting Agriculture Minister Bill Byrne said the changes would give state producers access to the most innovative aerial spraying technology available.

 

 



Regulatory Action

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→  Disruptive technology: To regulate or not to regulate? – WHEN the Director-General of National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB) Ms Patricia Bala recently visited the Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, the aim was to seek the commission’s collaboration on how  best to regulate the major agents of disruptive technology, known as the Over the Top service providers.

 

 


Racing & Competition

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→  You could become a pilot in the Drone Racing League if you’re good at this racing simulator – Today the Drone Racing League, a league that has a deal with ESPN to broadcast races this season, launched a drone racing simulator game. And perhaps even more interesting, the league will be teaming up with Bud Light to host Drone Racing League tryouts on the simulator, with the winner receiving a $75,000 contract to compete in the 2017 season.



→  Drone Racing League Announces First Major Partnership With Bud Light – The newest form of non-traditional sports entertainment to hit the ESPN airwaves locked in its first major partnership with Bud Light earlier this week. The Drone Racing League, which is in the midst of Season 1 as part of its current broadcast deal with the Worldwide Leader, will see Bud Light sponsor the 2017 Bud Light DRL Tryouts.

→  The UK’s first pro drone race will be hosted in London next June – Pilots will face off in a winner-takes-all event at Alexandra Palace on June 13th, 2017.

→  5 good reasons to follow DR1 Racing – Exciting and futuristic, drone racing starts on Eurosport in 2017. Before that, you can see the inaugural race from Los Angeles on Eurosport 1 on Tuesday 8 November, and here are five good reasons for watching this competition.

 

 

Education

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→  New drone technology helps advance CSUN students with their research – CSUN Geography Club members use drones to collect data unique to their interests and study areas, advancing their research projects in the environment.

→  STEM provides drone fun: Morrison High learning the finer points of hovercraft – Working as a team, problem solving and having fun is the name of the game for Morrison High School students who have been busy building drones and making a hovercraft as part of their STEM class.

 

 

 



Law Enforcement & Threats

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→  Dakota Becomes The First State To Approve Armed Police Drones – Dakota has become the first state in the U.S to approve the use of Armed Drones by Police. The drones will carry tear gas, rubber bullets, pepper spray, and Tasers. A previous bill prohibited deadly weapons to be attached to Drones.
→  Patent For Mini Police Drone Granted – Amazon Technologies, Inc. was granted a patent October 18th for a device it called an “unmanned aerial vehicle assistant,” aimed at use by police for everything from monitoring situations to finding lost children at the fair.

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→  Drones come in handy for police – Footage from drones fitted with high-definition cameras came in handy for the police to ensure peace during the celebrations organised by the district administration here. The Bharatiya Janata Party, Vishwa Hindu Parishad and Bajrang Dal activists had planned to disrupt the celebration disregarding the prohibitory order.

→  ‘Buy snag and put in bag’: Man faces $9000 fine for using drone to pick up sausage from Bunnings – The peckish drone flyer is now facing a $9000 fine for breaching multiple civil aviation regulations, including flying within 30 metres of people, use out of the line of sight and use over a populous area.

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→  South Orange Cops: No Drones On Sloan (Street) – “Flying above Sloan Street, in general, is prohibited,” South Orange police stated. Learn more drone regulations here.

→  Law enforcement use of drones expected to expand – From crime scene photography to searching for missing people, area law enforcement agencies are beginning to explore the use of unmanned aerial vehicles – more commonly called drones – for their use in law enforcement applications.

→  At least 7 journalists charged with crimes during ND pipeline protests – At least seven journalists have been charged with crimes while covering Dakota Access Pipeline protests in North Dakota, prompting some out-of-state and independent journalists to say law enforcement is targeting them.

 

 

 


FAA Action & Reaction to FAA

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→  The FAA Has a Waiver Problem – and They Know It. – During a discussion panel at this week’s Commercial UAV Expo in Las Vegas, FAA attorney Dean Griffiths revealed Part 107 waiver statistics – and they don’t look good.  As of last month, the FAA had received 912 requests for Part 107 waivers – and had issued 23.  They had disapproved or withdrawn only 36.

→  FAA releases National Airspace System Navigation Strategy –  It describes how the FAA intends to transition U.S. NAS operations over the near- (2016–2020), mid- (2021–2025) and far-term (2025–2030) from predominantly point-to-point navigation, reliant on hundreds of ground-based navigation aids, to PBN-centric operations relying on systems and services supporting Area Navigation (RNAV) and Required Navigation Performance (RNP).

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→  FAA will test technologies for detecting small unmanned on  November 15-16 as part of its ongoing research into systems that could safeguard airports from rogue drones. It plans another test next spring, likely at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.

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→  Nevada Institute for Autonomous Systems (NIAS) supports NASA UTM program –  “The test sites have demonstrated their great value in the NASA UTM program.  Going forward, we will continue to collaborate with NASA on validating sense and avoid technologies and command and control infrastructure that will support BVLOS UAS flight operations.  This will also be of great value to the commercial UAS Industry as a whole.”

→  FAA Rules On Commercial Drone Use – Although the FAA issued this regulation for safety reasons and to address public safety concerns, this rule hampers the short-term growth of consumer applications of drone technology.

 

 


Congress & Legislative Action

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GovTrack.us tracks the United States Congress and helps Americans understand what is going on in their national legislature. Click here for a list of drone legislation.

 

 




Foreign Regulatory Actions

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→  Press release – Aviation safety: transport MEPs back draft EU rules on drones and emerging risks – Plans to update EU civil aviation safety rules to address emerging risks were amended and approved by Transport and Tourism Committee MEPs on Thursday. The updated EU regulation will also introduce the EU-level requirements for drones, to ensure safety and privacy.

→  Australia: Rise of the drones: Opportunity and liability for businesses – This article is written from an Australian perspective, however the basic principles – regulation by a staite safety authority and overlapping liability under the general law – are in place in many jurisdictions.

→  EU regulation ready for take off – “EU aviation safety standards are already high. Even so, the growing use of drones and threats from terrorism and cyber-attacks require new rules to ensure aviation safety and security. At the same time, these rules should be performance and risk based – ultralight or business aviation should not have to meet the same requirements.”

 

 

International Developments

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→  Dubai airports to use drone detectors – Dubai is searching for innovative ways to intercept drones after continuous intrusions in the airspace of its airports. Dubai is not unique in this case, as the popularity of drones led to an increased number of trespassing into no-fly areas around the world.

→  Drones to take off in China – Drones may take off faster than in the rest of the world.

→  500 flying drones in Germany sets new Guinness world record – A new Guinness World Record has been set for the most Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) flying simultaneously, as 500 drones performed a flawless routine together and put on the spectacular light show in Germany.

→  Drones to revolutionize how farmers can spray crops – QUEENSLAND farmers can now use drones to spray crops after the state Government amended legislation to embrace the latest technology. Acting Agriculture Minister Bill Byrne said the changes would give state producers access to the most innovative aerial spraying technology available.

→  ‘Sky’s the limit’ in Singapore’s bid to become a drone hub – Last week, the Ministry of Transport awarded a master contract to render drone services to agencies like the National Environment Agency (NEA) and Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), which have been toying with the use of UAVs since mid-2015. In October last year, a SingPost drone delivered mail from the mainland to offshore Pulau Ubin; while local dining establishment Timbre announced plans to deploy “waiter drones” at its restaurants.

 

 

 

 



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Media Use

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→  At least 7 journalists charged with crimes during ND pipeline protests – At least seven journalists have been charged with crimes while covering Dakota Access Pipeline protests in North Dakota, prompting some out-of-state and independent journalists to say law enforcement is targeting them.

 

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