UAS Digest #28 (3/18/2016)

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UAS Digest #28

Cities, States and Foreign Governments active
Competitive zoning burgeoning
FAA actions and Senate moves the Reauthorization—drone language again
GMU Mercator Study diminishes Drone threat
More Operational Developments—infinite opportunities
Person in Drone Nation- Loretta E. Alkalay
More New Events on schedule 

 uas industry drone ebook

Bad News

→  Flying Scotsman attacked by drone


 Drone discovered inside Oklahoma correctional facility


 2 planes report nearly striking drones in Charlotte


 Drone in Roissy more is known about the offending model | The Siver Times



 Sky is the limit for drone manufacturers—China

 AUVSI describes benefits UAS bring to small businesses | Skies Magazine – Aviation is our Passion

 Drone firm from Taiwan flies high in global market

 Business use of drones to take off once FAA gives it clearance


City and State Action

 State bill overrides most local rules on drones—AZ

→  City of Augusta’s drone ordinance in limbo—GA

 State board: Drones could save taxpayer dollars—WA

 City mulls drone rules—Kerrville, TX

 Palm Bay may designate a 30-acre drone park—FL

 Experts visit Del Tech to offer glimpse of opportunites drones offer—DE

 North Dakota sees benefit to burgeoning drone industry

 Local photographer wants towns to regulate drones—Telluride, CO

 Area 6: America’s Secret Drone Testing Ground?—NV

 Panel gives state, not cities, control of drones—AZ



 15-year-old pilot from England wins Dubai’s World Drone Prix

 Drone racing’s thrills, spills draw Idaho pilots of all ages

 Record-setting crowds expected at Orange County drone races

 The World Drone Prix Races Crowned the World’s Fastest UAV Pilot

 At the World Drone Prix in Dubai, They Don’t Need Roads

 Boynton Beach High students to travel for drone competition

 How to Be a Pro Drone Racer

 Drone racing’s thrills, spills draw pilots of all ages



 Cape’s first drone pilots graduate—South Africa

 You Can Now Earn A Degree In Flying Drones


Enforcement and Threats

 Six ways to disable a drone

 Turkey May Adopt Dutch Program to Train Eagles to Catch Rogue Drones


 Citizens Warned Not To Fly Drones Near Airports

 Drone helps officers track down escaped Ohio inmate


FAA Actions, Appeal, and Reactions

 Federal Government Expands UAS Partnerships

 Huerta’s Speech – “South by Southwest Press Event”

 FAA’s Huerta at SXSW: “Not Your Father’s FAA”


 FAA Administrator Talks Drones at SXSW |

 Drones present minimal threat to aircraft, says study—Mercatur Study (GMU) differs from FAA threat analysis

 Almost 400,000 drones are registered with the FAA

 Unmanned Aircraft Fact Sheet – FAA Airspace

 FAA Revises Section 333 Grant Terms to Give Commercial UAS Operators Greater Flexibility

 UND gets federal OK to collect data with unmanned aircraft for…

 US FAA certifies Mountain Aviation to conduct commercial drone operations


FAA Reauthorization and UAS

 U.S. Sen. Nelson pushes measure to bolster anti-drone technologies at airports

 US Senate bill would give FAA 2 years to create rules for delivery drones

 Senate Panel Advances FAA Bill With Drone Privacy Amendment

 Senator Markey Proposes Drones Privacy-Enhancing Amendments to FAA Reauthorization Act | Center for Democracy & Technology

 ITIF Urges Senate to Allow FAA to Create Separate Rules for ‘Micro Drones’

 FAA Struggling To Reduce Drone Safety Risks, Congress Told

 The Proposed FAA Bill Creating a Drone Pilot Test is Impressively Irrelevant

 Proposed Drone Pilot Test Seems Toothless

 Amazon Wins: the Senate FAA Reauthorization Bill and Drones – DRONELIFE

 Senate FAA Reauthorization Bill Focuses on Drone Regulations | Lexology


Foreign Regulatory Actions

 Airservices Australia could ease drone restrictions in major cities

 Barbados bans drone importation for one year – Stabroek News

 Drone Safe Register Launches ‘Report-a-Drone’—UK


Good News

 Drone display sets world record for most UAVs airborne simultaneously—click for a wonderful display of drone art

 andy yeung’s drone photography captures hong kong’s urban jungle


 Drone video captures humpback whale ‘sailing’ off Maui



 Drones: Higher altitudes and risks

→  Simplified drone coverage available in U.K. | Business Insurance

→  ArgoGlobal Launches Insure4Drones, Online Portal for UK Commercial Drones


International Developments

 Australia Post considers drone delivery

→  UK government focuses on safety tech for small UAV integration

 Drone applications on the rise, new market for Finland



 Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG), AeroVironment, Inc. (NASDAQ:AVAV) – Global Drone Spending To Exceed $100 Billion In Five Years, Says Goldman


Legal Information

 St. Cloud lawyer updates Minnesota on drones

 FAA gives blanket approval to 1,120 drones… sort of

 FAA, states try to make sense of drone regulations

 Various State Drone Laws Collide with FAA Drone Policy

 FAA Revises Section 333 Grant Terms to Give Commercial UAS Operators Greater Flexibility

 Federal National Drone Policy On Collision Course With State Laws


 Is it necessary to register a home-made drone with the FAA?


Market Forecast

 Research report covers the small UAV industry: global market size, share, growth and forecast to 2021

 United States Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Market Research Report Policy Analysis 2016


Operational Developments

 Malawi: Govt Pioneers Use of Drones to Save Lives – HIV Early Infant Diagnosis

 Building Stable UAV Platforms for Photogrammetry

 Drone meets blimp for crowd-friendly UAV


 Small Drones Could Enhance Local Weather Forecasts

 Meet the hottest new photographer in real estate

 Maersk Tankers Claims First Drone Delivery to Ship at Sea – gCaptain


Person/Company in Drone Nation


Loretta E. Alkalay

New York University School of Law JD, Law 1975 – 1978

Cornell University BA, English 1971 – 1975

She is an attorney in Scarsdale, New York, has over 30 years of aviation safety and regulatory work including as former regional counsel for the FAA. She is currently an adjunct professor at Vaughn College of Aeronautics where she teaches Drone Law. She is also a drone enthusiast and owns and flies four drones.

Some of her Drone Photography:




 Senate Panel Advances FAA Bill With Drone Privacy Amendment

 FOX25 Investigates: Calls for drone privacy restrictions


Regulatory Policy

 Are drones a useful tool or toys that need to be regulated?

 Drone technology, popularity outpaces regulations – News – Citizens’ Voice

→  State drone laws could clash with federal drone policy

 Gear Junkie: Drone fliers more accountable under FAA registration



 Drones present minimal threat to aircraft, says study—Mercatur Study (GMU) differs from FAA threat analysis

 Drones Designed To Help Firefighters Mitigate Wildfires—Olin College



Restrictions from parties other than FAA


Safety Research

 Arctic Council Develops ‘Groundbreaking’ Research Drone Aircraft Safety Guidelines




Technology Development and Research


Upcoming Events [ADDITIONS]

 Texas UAS Summit & Expo Agenda Set to Reveal Industry Trends, Compelling UAS Storylines–March 29-31


 NAASIC Set to Hold First UAS Search and Rescue Symposium – Inside Unmanned Systems–April 6-8Reno, Nevada

 SMALL UNMANNED SYSTEMS BUSINESS EXPOSITION 2016–The Silicon Valley Drone Show April 27th,28th, and 29th 2016

May 2–5, 2016   |   Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, New Orleans REGISTER


 GEO Business 2016 Launches Popular FREE to attend Workshop Programme |—May 24-25 London, England

 Canada has a good calendar and one event is DRONE MUSIC DAY SATURDAY MAY 28, 2016

 Nordic UAS Event 2016 1-3 June 2016 Venue: Odense Congress Centre, Ørbækvej 350, Odense, DK-5220, Denmark Visit Website

 ICUAS ’16 The 2016 International Conference on Unmanned Aircraft Systems June 7 – 10, 2016 Key Bridge Marriott Arlington, VA, USA

 Midwest UAS conference August 16-17, 2016 Dayton Convention Center Register


 UAS conference in Dayton returns with an industrial focus

 The 2016 UAS Summit and Expo will be held August 22-24 at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks, ND

 Inter Drone, Las Vegas, September 7-9, 2016

→  INTERGEO Co-Hosts German UAS Event–The “interaerial SOLUTIONS Expo. Forum. Flight Zone for UAS”–a showcase for manufacturers, UAS users and operators, accessories, software and end-to-end solutions will be co-hosted at INTERGEO from October 11 to 13, 2016.

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