DJI first to 500 333 exemption airframes

DJI first to 500 333 exemption airframes

by Earlier this week Dajiang Innovation Technology Co. (DJI) became the first company to exceed 500 N registered aircraft in the USA. It might raise eyebrows among the old guard when they realize the 500th airframe belongs to Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems. It is a Phantom 2 tail number N588VR, they also own S900 N588YR. They are not the only American defense contractor to turn to China. Northrop Grumman, own […]

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Drone companies flourishing in the Flathead

Drone companies flourishing in the Flathead

by By Seaborn Larson/The Daily Inter Lake When people spot an unmanned aerial vehicle, more commonly known as a drone, it can be unnerving for some who wonder if they’re under surveillance or what the hovering contraption is doing overhead. Jeff Scholl predicts that in just a few years, these unmanned aerial vehicles will be such as common as birds flying through the sky. Scholl, the chief pilot for Gravity […]

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Park Service Borrows Drone To Guide Olympic Rainforest Wildfire Fight

Park Service Borrows Drone To Guide Olympic Rainforest Wildfire Fight

by Multiple times this summer, the sighting of a wayward hobbyist drone has grounded aerial firefighting aircraft at Western wildfires. But unmanned aircraft have the potential to be useful at wildfires too. The National Park Service used a borrowed surveillance drone this past week over the long-burning Paradise Fire in Olympic National Park. The Boeing Company’s unmanned aircraft subsidiary Insitu provided the drone and two professional pilots at no charge […]

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Drone operator taken into custody after close call with LAPD helicopter in Hollywood

Drone operator taken into custody after close call with LAPD helicopter in Hollywood

by LOS ANGELES (KABC) –A close encounter with a hobby drone forced a Los Angeles Police Department helicopter to take evasive action while searching for a suspect in Hollywood. Police in the helicopter were conducting their search around midnight near Sunset Boulevard and Western Avenue. Authorities say the drone swooped in very close to the helicopter, sparking an all-out search for the pilot. Shortly after the close call, investigators found […]

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Will drones change fishing forever?

Will drones change fishing forever?

A New Angle for Fishermen: Will drones change fishing forever? Source: DroneBlog.com By: Paul Marks Recently anglers have been experimenting using drones like the ones in the DJI Phantom range to help land more and bigger fish. Following that success there are now drones in development such as the forthcoming AquaDrone which have been designed for the sole purpose of helping fishermen. The primary benefit is that by using a […]

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Dominating Future Oil Fields with Drones and Data

Dominating Future Oil Fields with Drones and Data

Dominating Future Oil Fields with Drones and Data Source: Fuel Fix.com A pump collects data about the oil it is hauling to the surface and re-configures its operations to handle the crude more efficiently. A roughneck tripped up by a repair job logs into a mobile device from the rig and downloads a training video. Drones fly out to remote locations to inspect oil field equipment and scour the best […]

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Intel puts its money on drones

Intel puts its money on drones

Intel puts its money on drones Source: Inter Drone By: Christina Mulligan Intel is entering the drone industry through the Hong Kong-based aviation firm Yuneec. The company announced it will be investing more than US$60 million in Yuneec, and is partnering with the aviation firm to further their drone development. “At Intel, we believe in a smart and connected world, and one of the best ways to bring that smart […]

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Fotokite Phi

Fotokite Phi

Fotokite Phi: Tethered UAV for Aerial Filming Source: Sergei Lupashin via Indiegogo.com The Fotokite Phi is designed to get your birds-eye perspectives as painlessly as possible. Lightweight at 12oz (350g) and folding to the size of a thermos, you can throw the Phi into your backpack and bring it anywhere. Take it out, unfold it, point in the direction you’d like it to fly, and it’ll fly there like a […]

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Taser Drones for Cops

Taser Drones for Cops

Taser Drones for Cops North Dakota police will be free to fire ‘less than lethal’ weapons from the air thanks to the influence of Big Drone. Source: The Daily Beast It is now legal for law enforcement in North Dakota to fly drones armed with everything from Tasers to tear gas thanks to a last-minute push by a pro-police lobbyist. With all the concern over the militarization of police in […]

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Sampling CO2 and methane over Ascension Island using UAVs

Sampling CO2 and methane over Ascension Island using UAVs

by A team of scientists and engineers have been able to sample methane and CO2 gases in the remote South Atlantic thanks to the redesign of an autonomous UAV (unmanned aerial vehicles) octocopter. Researchers from the universities of Bristol and Birmingham, and Royal Holloway, University of London have recently returned from a second research trip to Ascension Island in the South Atlantic. Building on their experience on the island last […]

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