China tightens controls on drone and powerful computer exports

China tightens controls on drone and powerful computer exports

by China is tightening controls on exports of some drones and powerful computers, and will require firms to register to ensure they do not “compromise national security” according to state media. From August 15, manufacturers of certain powerful drones and computers will have to give technical details to the authorities to obtain a licence prior to export, Xinhua news agency says. The new regulations from the Ministry of Commerce and […]

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Drone safety record good — so far

Drone safety record good — so far

by No aircraft has hit a drone in Arkansas or anywhere else in the United States, Federal Aviation Administration records show. Airport managers, regulators, pilots, aircraft passengers and private drone operators want to keep that record. “Hitting a bird can bring down an airplane,” said James Smith, manager of the Springdale Municipal Airport. “Imagine what a drone can do.” FAA rules allow a maximum weight of 55 pounds for private […]

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Drone body Unmanned Aerial Vehicle New Zealand takes off

Drone body Unmanned Aerial Vehicle New Zealand takes off

by Improving safety will be one of the main goals of a new body joined by Raglan drone manufacturer Aeronavics. Aeronavics co-director Linda Bulk was recently elected to the newly established Unmanned Aerial Vehicle New Zealand (UAVNZ) executive committee, having worked with other industry leaders to get it established. “Usage has grown exponentially and the sector has grown very fast,” Bulk said. “It’s still very new and New Zealand has […]

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Franklin startup at heart of drone industry’s cutting edge

Franklin startup at heart of drone industry’s cutting edge

by Jordan Buie The collective buzz of the octocopter’s tiny rotors was about as loud as a lawn mower. The camera mounted beneath the small, unmanned aerial vehicle focused on Spencer Valdez, and the copter turned casually and flew above the treeline before returning and hovering in front of him. Valdez’s fingers were on the controls, but he says one day they might not be. The co-founder of Franklin-based Snaproll […]

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Factoryville native gets permission to fly drone for money

Factoryville native gets permission to fly drone for money

by BRENDAN GIBBONS A Factoryville native is among the first Pennsylvanians to receive official permission to make money by flying drones. Matt Sandherr, 33, operating under his fledgling business Diversified Drone, received a notice July 24 confirming he was exempt from certain Federal Aviation Administration regulations that would have stopped him from using his drone for commercial purposes. Drone pilots have been able to fly their crafts as hobbyists for […]

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