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UAS Digest #65

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Highlights

New FAA video stresses holiday drone safety
Anti-drone gun: DroneShield
 Domino’s testing drone pizza delivery in New Zealand
FAA is not the bad guy at Standing Rock

 

News

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→  NCSU tech enables drones, insect biobots to map disaster areas – Researchers at North Carolina State University have developed a combination of software and hardware that will allow them to use unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and insect cyborgs, or biobots, to map large, unfamiliar areas – such as collapsed buildings after a disaster.

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Business, Market Forecast & Investing

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→  Which Commercial Drone Show Should I Go To? – Figuring out which commercial drone show is going to be worth attending is something that individuals and organizations as a whole should consider in detail, and Colin Snow has already laid out five criteria that provides an ideal place to start the process.

→  Why Hire a Drone Professional for Your Next CRE Project – Drone cinematography is completely transforming the commercial real estate industry and if you don’t play by the rules of the game, you could be looking at heavy fines. So next time you need a drone to get the footage you want, be sure to hire a professional.

→  China’s DJI Launches Agricultural Drone with Upgraded Features, But Too Expensive for Farmers – DJI’s first agricultural drone, the MG-1, was launched in Nov. 2015, which marked its foray into the drone industry market. The MG-1 was designed for crop spraying and it can carry up to 10 kilograms of liquid, it can cover 7-10 acres per hour at a maximum flying speed of 8m/second.

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→  Apple Takes Closer Aim at Google Maps – The company wants to make its Maps program even better by using drones to collect and update new mapping information more quickly and by adding interior views of buildings.

→  FLIR buys drone maker for $134M – Thermal imaging technology company FLIR Systems (Nasdaq: FLIR) is expanding its product line into unmanned aerial systems with a deal to buy a Norway-based drone maker.

→  Who Are The World’s Top Seven Commercial Drone Operators? Listed in (and below) Technavio‘s recent global commercial drone-enabled services market report. The study also lists 20 other prominent vendors that are expected to impact the market during the forecast period.

  • 3D Robotics, Aerovironment, DJI, Leptron, Parrot, Precision Hawk, Trimble UAS

→  Boeing planning to use drones and HoloLens to fight forest fires – Their system converts 2D maps into an accurate 3D map of hazardous areas like the location of wildfires and also tracks manned and unmanned vehicles and fire teams on the ground.

 

→  An Industry Insider’s Analysis of GoPro’s Karma Strategy – Any one of these issues would ground a drone startup but they are merely a bump in the road for GoPro.

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→  Nokia (NOK) Enters Drone Collaboration with UAE GCAA – Nokia (NYSE: NOK) and the United Arab Emirates General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) have entered into a strategic collaboration to drive the development of an end-to-end UAS ecosystem that will make the UAE the first country in the world to allow the operation of drones by both businesses and government agencies in a safe, secure and managed environment. The project is part of an initiative by the GCAA to make Dubai one of the world’s smartest cities by 2017, and will allow Dubai government security network operator Nedaa to develop a next generation network for mission-critical and smart city services within the GCAA regulatory framework.

→  DJI Introduces Software to Make Drones Easier for Professionals to Use – DJI introduced new features and improvements to both its Mobile and Onboard Software Development Kit (SDK) offerings, which allow developers to build custom solutions for enterprise. New features range from user interface libraries to speed up mobile app development, to an onboard trajectory planning and control framework that lets developers execute complex missions. DJI also introduced Ground Station Pro, a new flight app designed for planning and creating 2D and 3D maps, which can be integrated into third-party apps and is open for a public beta.

→  New Zealand Has Pizza Delivery Drones – In New Zealand, Domino’s has started to test the delivery of food to customers via a drone called DomiCopter. A Domino’s customer who orders a pizza and requests drone delivery will receive a notification on his smartphone when the order is approaching. The customer will then go outside and hit the “accept” button on the Domino’s app, thus allowing the drone to lower the food via a tether. Once the package is released, the drone pulls the tether up and flies back to the Domino’s store.

→  This drone company is changing the way industries use UAVs…here’s how – Kespry is using automated drones, or UAVs to save on man-power hours and costs while being more accurate, efficient and user-friendly.

 

 

Economic Development

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→  Apple to use drones to improve Maps service, compete with Google – Apple recently gained FAA approval to operate drones, and sources say the company will use them to improve its Maps service. Here’s what you need to know.

→  ‘It’s the future’: PVCC shows off drone programs to lieutenant governor – With green lights flashing, a fleet of unmanned aerial systems — better known as drones — sat at the ready Tuesday morning as Virginia Lt. Gov. Ralph S. Northam learned about new training for emergency services personnel at Piedmont Virginia Community College.

→  Dear President-elect Trump: Please don’t ignore artificial intelligence – Every White House leadership change causes speculation about what pre-existing initiatives the incoming administration will embrace or eliminate. I encourage President-elect Trump and his appointees to start their term ready to ensure that artificial intelligence (AI) gives our eceonomy the competitive edge it needs.

 



Regulatory Action (Domestic & Foreign)

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Domestic

→  What a Trump presidency means for the future of drone delivery in the U.S. – Trump wants to privatize air traffic management, according to Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Pa., who says the president-elect is in favor of replacing the current Federal Aviation Administration-run system with a private, nonprofit corporation.

→  Drone use regulations outlined by Hanover Park board – EAST HANOVER TWP. – Those interested in using drones over the grounds of Hanover Park and Whippany Park high schools will now be subject to regulation. By a 7-0 vote, a new policy outlining use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), or drones, was approved by the Hanover Park Regional High School District Board of Education Wednesday, Nov. 16. Board members Richard Ford of East Hanover and Francine Ling of Florham Park absent.

→  Drones and Street Calming at Council – On Nov. 21, the City Council directed staff to prepare an ordinance regulating drones—or unmanned aerial vehicles, as they are officially called, after hearing examples of rules applied in other California cities. Currently, the only statewide laws apply to drone usage around the scene of an emergency.

Foreign

→  Aviation safety, EASA and drones rules: Council adopts its position – This ‘EASA basic regulation’ will allow the EU aviation sector to continue to develop safely in the future. It sets conditions under which the aviation industry can thrive and remain competitive and innovative in the global market. A reform of the rules is necessary to embrace the expected EU air traffic increase by 50% in the next 20 years and make aviation ready to face the tough global competition.

→  CAA emails show Amazon drones active since 2015 – In response to a request under the Freedom of Information Act, the Civil Aviation Authority released email communications between the CAA and Amazon related to drone testing in the United Kingdom. The emails show that the CAA and Amazon began meeting to discuss drone regulations in July 2014, and conducted a demonstration in June of 2015.

→  Amazon’s delivery drones just might be on the job in 2020 … at least in Britain – Regulators have to work out lots of issues before they let drones start delivering packages routinely, but in Britain at least, there’s a timetable. “We’ve got a soft target of 2020,” said Michael Clark, deputy director at Britain’s Department for Transport. And although the FAA hasn’t announced its own timetable, 2020 could well be a soft target for U.S. operations as well.

→  Israel’s Drone Industry Angry Over Draconian Defense Export Restrictions – The affair in which Agriculture Minister Uri Ariel gifted a drone helicopter to Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev two weeks ago brought back into the spotlight the problems Israeli startups face as they try to stake a place in the burgeoning global market that Israel itself pioneered.

→  Grounded! Rise of the ‘delivery drones’ in UK skies is in doubt after transport minister voices safety fears – Chris Grayling says Britain must be ‘much more careful’ before approving ‘unfettered use’ of drones. Tells aviation industry that he is ‘less enthusiastic’ about unmanned aircraft than his predecessors at Department for Transport. Deals a major blow to online retailers including Amazon, which had been given green light to test drones in Britain earlier this year.

→  Common laws for drones decided at Warsaw conference – Listen to recording here – “Drones as leverage for jobs and new business opportunities”, an international high-level conference on unmanned aircraft, was held in Warsaw late last week.

→  UK’s CAA updates guidelines for commercial drones – “The research shows that the public have understandable concerns about reported drone misuse to date, and demonstrate clearly why the current education programme is underway.” Conducted by the CAA and strategic insight agency Opinium, the research has found that 91% of the public interviewed believe that adherence to the Dronecode is important.

→  Transport Canada working to reform UAV regs – Transport Canada is expected to issue new regulations for visual-line-of-sight operations of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in the late spring of 2017. The regulations would replace the current system of Special Flight Operations Certificates (SFOCs) for which commercial operators of small aircraft must apply on a case-by-case basis.

→  Civil Aviation Authority sets up drone advice website following near misses – The site includes a code of conduct called the Dronecode, which has been revised in a bid to make it easier to understand. Some 58 near misses involving drones have featured in UK Airprox Board reports over the past 12 months. A number of European aviation associations have called for mandatory drone registration and training for their owners due to the increasing number of near-accidents with aircraft.

 


Racing & Competition

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→  International Drone Racing, Tech Disruptors & 2-Day HackathonTORONTO, ONTARIO – “This is the first-ever international UAV show in Canada,” noted Adam Sax, CEO and founder of The Sky Guys, “It’s hard to contain the energy and excitement with less than two weeks away to go before the big event. The best pilots and racers will be competing in one of the largest and toughest indoor courses; while the brightest and most curious minds will participate in a two-day hackathon.

→  D.C. Drone Film Festival Announces 2016 Winners – Projects were submitted from around the world, but only six films were selected by the judges to be showcased during the National Drone Show.

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→  Drone Racing Africa brings global sport to SA – Thanks to the launch of Drone Racing Africa (DRA) – the first fully funded drone racing league and series in Africa – junior school children through to adults will be catered for in this dynamic technology meets sport space.

→  FAI joins the International Drone Sports Conference in Korea! – As part of its announcement for driving global drone sports, FAI is attending the International Drone Sports Conference in Pyeongchang, Korea, together with Korean Federation for Aeromodelling, Kama, which is a Member of FAI.

→  This Game Lets You Be A Pilot In The Drone Racing League – The DRL Racing Simulator, available for download at the Drone Racing League web site, lets DRL enthusiasts try out actual courses such as Bell Works in New Jersey and Sun Life Stadium in Miami.

→  UK Drone Show features world’s first Digital Drone Racing Cup Challenge – A highlight of the upcoming UK Drone Show, to be held at the NEC, Birmingham on 3-4 December, will be the ProSight HD Digital Cup Challenge, an exhibition race featuring some of the top names in drone racing, including 16-year old Luke Bannister who took the $250,000 first prize at last year’s World Drone Prix event in Dubai.

→  The Aussie giant racing drone just passed its first flight test – Freedom Class drones will tip the scales at 30kg and measure 1.5m in length. “Essentially”, the team says, “we are creating a whole new class of aircraft”.

 

Education

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→  How are Drones Being Used in the Classroom? – What does it actually mean for someone to use a drone in the field? Will utilizing a UAV create efficiencies that can be quantified? How is all of that impacting the bottom line for the project? These are questions professionals want and need to have answered, but the challenges associated with doing so stem from the fact that all of this is new technology. It’s not as if working professionals learned about how they could or should be using the technology when they were in school.

→  ‘It’s the future’: PVCC shows off drone programs to lieutenant governor – With green lights flashing, a fleet of unmanned aerial systems — better known as drones — sat at the ready Tuesday morning as Virginia Lt. Gov. Ralph S. Northam learned about new training for emergency services personnel at Piedmont Virginia Community College.

→  Tynker Partners With WGBH, Mattel, And Parrot Education For 2016 Hour Of Code – Tynker, the leading creative coding platform that has enabled more than 35 million kids around the world to code, today announced partnerships with public media leader WGBH Boston, Mattel, and Parrot Education to expand activities and opportunities for teachers and students to participate in the Hour of Code, taking place from December 5-11, 2016.

→  UMaine at Presque Isle students map with drones – Drone technology for practical application is getting a boost at the University of Maine at Presque Isle, where students and professors in the geographic information systems program deployed two DJI Phantom-4 drones to take aerial photos that will be used to create a plot map for the town of Mars Hill.

Drone helps Ray Texans perfect skills on the field – Second-year head football coach Craig Charlton was looking for a new way to film practice last year when he and offensive coordinator Danny Faust reached out to Austin-area coaches they knew had used drone technology.

→  West students get an aerial education – Sixth grade students at West Elementary took advantage of the warmer fall temperatures last Monday and got the first hand opportunity to learn about drones.

Law Enforcement & Threats

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→  Sheriff’s drone programs takes off – Tulare County Sheriff Mike Boudreaux recently announced the launch of the department’s Unmanned Aerial Vehicle program.

→  New Bedford councilor proposes drones watch for crime, but ACLU objects – A city councilor wants to deploy drones to monitor high-crime neighborhoods and provide an extra measure of security at major community events — an idea that raises privacy concerns with the ACLU of Massachusetts.

→  Beware Police Drones – An upcoming Cato Institute/YouGov poll* reveals that almost half of Americans are not as worried as they should be about police drones.

→  Police seize drone for flying in California Exposition airspace – On November 21, Go Pro footage recorded by Munm, a small aircraft hobbyist, California Exposition Police officers seized Munm’s recently purchased $1,500 DJI Mavick drone.

→  Watch this ‘gun’ take down a flying drone – Government agencies, airport operators and law enforcement agencies looking to ground drones can now put the flying devices in their crosshairs.

 
 


FAA Action & Reaction to FAA

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→  New FAA Video Stresses Holiday Drone Safety – If you’re one of the lucky people who gets a drone as a holiday present, the FAA wants you to know how to fly it safely.

 


→ The FAA Is Not The Bad Guy At Standing Rock – Several articles have suggested that the TFR issued to prohibit aircraft from flying over Standing Rock was an independent exercise of jurisdiction by the FAA. FAA did issue a NOTAM to prohibit aircraft from flying over this site, but probable cause does not equal liability.

→  The Government Is Using a No Fly Zone to Suppress Journalism At Standing Rock – These drone-shot videos have been invaluable in recording these abuses. And yet those, too, have been targeted by the government. The FAA has set up a Temporary Flight Restriction over a four-mile radius surrounding the Standing Rock protests. The TFR applies only to civilians; law enforcement helicopters and aircraft buzz over protesters with impunity.

→  The Story Behind Part 107, the Small UAS Rule – New arrivals to the world of commercial drones may trace its start to the August 2016 effective date of the FAA’s Part 107 regulation for commercial small unmanned aircraft systems or perhaps to the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012, which expedited their entry into the national airspace system. The industry’s old salts know, however, that Part 107 has a history dating back a decade or more to the early 2000s.

→  FAA: California Records Highest Number of Unauthorized Drone Incidents Among US States – California accounted for 21 percent out of approximately 1,744 disclosed UAS encounters nationwide, according to a California State Threat Assessment Center joint public safety bulletin posted Nov. 4.

→  FAA Sends Proposed Rule for Drone Flights over People to the White House OIRA – This proposed rule would allow companies to take advantage of the safety and efficiency of drones for disaster response, newsgathering, filmmaking, real estate, inspections, and many more applications.

→  Flying Drones BVLOS, At Night and Over People – Part 107 does not enable certain operations which many see as the key to making the technology viable for enterprises. Those include being able to operate beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS), over people and at night. During the “Out of Sight on Your Mind? Flying BVLOS, At Night and Over People” session at Drone World Expo, a panel of experts discussed what those limitations mean for commercial operators today and how they’ll impact the way the industry as a whole moves forward.

→  FAA Evaluating Drone Detection System in Denver – With experts claiming it’s only a matter of time before a drone and a manned aircraft tangle, the FAA and the Department of Homeland Security are trying to stay ahead of the problem by conducting drone-detection research in the vicinity of Denver International Airport.

 


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.

→  What a Trump presidency means for the future of drone delivery in the U.S. – Trump wants to privatize air traffic management, according to Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Pa., who says the president-elect is in favor of replacing the current Federal Aviation Administration-run system with a private, nonprofit corporation.

→  Local lawmaker files bill aiming to crack down on drones – A local lawmaker wants to make sure unmanned aircrafts don’t capture video of private properties in the Rio Grande Valley. Currently, a Texas law prohibits anyone other than law enforcement from capturing images of private property with a drone. The law makes an exception for any private property located within 25 miles of the border. House Bill 106 would strike the language of the law that allows private investigators and private citizens to operate drones and film private property near the border without consent. “The purpose for it is to provide the border region the same unmanned aircraft protections that other parts of the state enjoy.”

→  Dear President-elect Trump: Please don’t ignore artificial intelligence – Every White House leadership change causes speculation about what pre-existing initiatives the incoming administration will embrace or eliminate. I encourage President-elect Trump and his appointees to start their term ready to ensure that artificial intelligence (AI) gives our eceonomy the competitive edge it needs.

 

 

International Developments

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→  China’s DJI Launches Agricultural Drone with Upgraded Features, But Too Expensive for Farmers – DJI’s first agricultural drone, the MG-1, was launched in Nov. 2015, which marked its foray into the drone industry market. The MG-1 was designed for crop spraying and it can carry up to 10 kilograms of liquid, it can cover 7-10 acres per hour at a maximum flying speed of 8m/second.

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→  Nokia (NOK) Enters Drone Collaboration with UAE GCAA – Nokia (NYSE: NOK) and the United Arab Emirates General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) have entered into a strategic collaboration to drive the development of an end-to-end UAS ecosystem that will make the UAE the first country in the world to allow the operation of drones by both businesses and government agencies in a safe, secure and managed environment. The project is part of an initiative by the GCAA to make Dubai one of the world’s smartest cities by 2017, and will allow Dubai government security network operator Nedaa to develop a next generation network for mission-critical and smart city services within the GCAA regulatory framework.

→  Drone Delivery Canada readies proprietary drone fleet to speed delivery to rural communities – Ontario-based will be among the first ever commercial operations as it begins deliveries in 2017.

→  New drone zone for commercial and hobbyist pilots in Dubai – A new drone airfield to cater for commercial and hobbyist pilots has been unveiled by Nokia as part of a new agreement with the UAE’s civil aviation authority, the GCAA. The Finnish technology giant has put forward a concept that would see an airstrip and control centre built close to the city. The Dubai Drone Test Field will have a drone port where the UAVs are stored, charged and tested for their next mission.

→  New Zealand Has Pizza Delivery Drones – In New Zealand, Domino’s has started to test the delivery of food to customers via a drone called DomiCopter. A Domino’s customer who orders a pizza and requests drone delivery will receive a notification on his smartphone when the order is approaching. The customer will then go outside and hit the “accept” button on the Domino’s app, thus allowing the drone to lower the food via a tether. Once the package is released, the drone pulls the tether up and flies back to the Domino’s store.

 



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If you know of someone or a company influencing the drone industry and would like them featured, please send information to Patrick Montalvo at pmontalvo@jdasolutions.aero.

 

 

 

Media Use

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→  The Government Is Using a No Fly Zone to Suppress Journalism At Standing Rock – These drone-shot videos have been invaluable in recording these abuses. And yet those, too, have been targeted by the government. The FAA has set up a Temporary Flight Restriction over a four-mile radius surrounding the Standing Rock protests. The TFR applies only to civilians; law enforcement helicopters and aircraft buzz over protesters with impunity.

→  A drone captured these shocking photos of inequality in Mexico’s biggest city – A mere four multimillionaires account for 9% of the country’s GDP, according to a 2015 report by international aid organization Oxfam. For comparison, nearly half of the population lives under the poverty line. The wealth gap has widened in recent years.

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Operational Research & Development

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→  Facebook’s Drone Crash Prompts Safety Investigation – A U.S. air-safety watchdog is investigating an accident during the first flight of a Facebook Inc. drone designed to extend internet access. The giant drone, called Aquila, experienced a “structural failure” while approaching Yuma, Ariz. during a test flight on June 28, according to a spokesman for the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board. There were no injuries, but the drone was “substantially damaged” and the damage “compromised the airworthiness of the aircraft,” the spokesman said.

→  Henderson will soon have the state’s first drone test site, officials say – The Henderson Unmanned Vehicle Range at Nevada State College will be home to the test site, which is set to open in the spring to provide commercial drone designers and operators a location for testing their products.

→  DroneShield’s anti-drone gun can disable dangerous UAVs from more than a mile away – Being able to knock drones out of the sky safely is a crucial part of anti-drone technology. US and Australia-based firm DroneShield has developed a rifle-like gun that uses signal-jamming to disable drones at a distance of up to 1.2 miles away and bring them safely to the ground.

→  ULTEM 3D printed drone with embedded electronics – Nanyang Technological University (NTU) researchers in Singapore have embedded electronics into a 3D printed drone. Using Stratasys’ 3D printers and the advanced ULTEM 9085 material Phillip Keane produced the device as part of the Singapore Center for 3D Printing (SC3DP) at NTU.  The quadcopter, it has four propellers, with its impressive construction and embedded electronics is impressive, but still has some way to go to catch up with TERN, DARPA’s military drone currently under development.

→  DJI Introduces Software to Make Drones Easier for Professionals to Use – DJI introduced new features and improvements to both its Mobile and Onboard Software Development Kit (SDK) offerings, which allow developers to build custom solutions for enterprise. New features range from user interface libraries to speed up mobile app development, to an onboard trajectory planning and control framework that lets developers execute complex missions. DJI also introduced Ground Station Pro, a new flight app designed for planning and creating 2D and 3D maps, which can be integrated into third-party apps and is open for a public beta.

→  Drones to transform search and rescue – DroneSAR can stream live images and video from a regular or thermal imaging camera to a command centre as well as rescue teams on the ground. The software can tag the GPS co-ordinates of a victim and automatically transmit them by email or SMS, enabling ground crews to reach victims more quickly.

→  NCSU tech enables drones, insect biobots to map disaster areas – Researchers at North Carolina State University have developed a combination of software and hardware that will allow them to use unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and insect cyborgs, or biobots, to map large, unfamiliar areas – such as collapsed buildings after a disaster.

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Privacy, Safety & Security

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→  The DroneGun is a new approach to drone control – The DroneGun is actually fairly simple in that it blocks the radio signal the craft is using to communicate with its operator. In most instances, when this happens drones have failsafes that mean they return to their point of origin or land immediately. However, jamming devices are actually banned in the US, so it wouldn’t yet be legal to use the DroneGun.

→  Idea to use drones raises privacy concerns – Councilor Brian Gomes has initiated a proposal to deploy drones over high-crime neighborhoods, a plan that raises serious privacy concerns with the ACLU of Massachusetts.

→  How Aviation Became Firefighters’ Best Friend—And Then Their Worst Enemy – Utah’s recent fight against disruptive drones comes with many lessons and warnings.

→  Drones aren’t toys: experts bring safety message to Drone Fair in Oshawa – “These are not toys, these are aircraft,” Sweeney notes. “But when there aren’t enough places for people to practice, no designated ares, people are just going to go anywhere. That’s a big challenge.”

→  Aviation safety, EASA and drones rules: Council adopts its position – This ‘EASA basic regulation’ will allow the EU aviation sector to continue to develop safely in the future. It sets conditions under which the aviation industry can thrive and remain competitive and innovative in the global market. A reform of the rules is necessary to embrace the expected EU air traffic increase by 50% in the next 20 years and make aviation ready to face the tough global competition.

→  Drones to transform search and rescue – DroneSAR can stream live images and video from a regular or thermal imaging camera to a command centre as well as rescue teams on the ground. The software can tag the GPS co-ordinates of a victim and automatically transmit them by email or SMS, enabling ground crews to reach victims more quickly.

 

 

Restrictions from parties other than FAA

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→  Policies On Vehicles, Drones Highlight Month In Moorestown School District – Policy 7481 prohibits “unmanned aircraft systems,” also known as drones, from being flown on school property without first notifying and receiving permission from the Superintendent.

→  Duke unveils guidelines for on-campus drone use – With the increased value of drones in an academic setting, Duke is assessing their use on campus and has released policies applicable for community members and hobbyists who visit Duke’s campuses.

→  Ramapo Indian Hills Regional BOE bans drones – OAKLAND — The Ramapo Indian Hills Regional Board of Education passed a resolution this week banning the unauthorized use of drones and other remotely-controlled devices on its two campuses.

 

 

Upcoming Events [UPDATED WEEKLY]

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December

→  Hour of Code – December 5-11, Mountain View, CA

→ First ever International UAV Show in Canada, December 6-7, Toronto

National Drone Show – December 7-8, Washington, DC

International Drone Expo & Business Conference – December 9-10, Los Angeles, CA

 

2017

→  blue2blue Drone Film Festival – March 31, 2017, Avoca Beach, Australia – Submissions close Feb 24, 2017

drone publicationFAI slates first International Drone Conference – FAI, the World Air Sports Federation, will hold an International Conference and Expo on drones in 2017, focusing on three areas: Sports, innovation and safety.

→  F3Expo is the world’s first drone technology and lifestyle event for all ages and skill levels.

→  Hartford UAV Challenge –  “We plan on having some UAV events in Westport within the next year and hopefully something at the 7th annual Westport Mini Maker Faire on Saturday, April 22, 2017.”

→  Unmanned Systems Asia 2017 – April 18-20, Singapore

→  Commercial UAV Expo Europe – June, 2017, Brussels

 

 


Innovative Products

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→  DroneSimPro – $29.99 – Dronethusiast’s #1 choice for training – A Drone Flight Simulator is a great choice when you’re considering investing hundreds or even thousands of dollars in a new UAV quadcopter. Multirotor drones can be very expensive and it’s smart to get some practice using a much less expensive method, a UAV simulator, before unpacking your new drone.

 

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