Drones vs. FAA

Drones vs. FAA

Jim Moore AOPA RC grounded in DC, federal court weighs cases The nation’s second highest court now has two cases before it challenging recent actions taken by the FAA to regulate aircraft weighing less than 55 pounds and flown by hobbyists. The legal tug of war between the FAA and enthusiasts (including the world’s largest model aircraft hobbyist organization) may be decided about 30 miles from the nearest place a […]

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Drone pilots beware: Airbus introduces new anti-UAV system

Drone pilots beware: Airbus introduces new anti-UAV system

LAS VEGAS—As hordes of hobbyists take to the skies with unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, the small pilot-less flyers have some defence experts worried—and others working on countermeasures. The Defense and Space division of aerospace firm, Airbus Group, has developed a counter-UAV system designed to detect and marginalize invasive drones. “All over the world, incidents with universally available small drones have revealed a security gap with regards to critical installations […]

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Drone Racing Aiming To Be The Next Big ‘Extreme’ Sport

Drone Racing Aiming To Be The Next Big ‘Extreme’ Sport

Imagine an instant jolt of adrenaline. You’re whizzing along at speeds of more than 50mph through the air. Taking sharp turns to avoid obstacles and jockeying for position, your focus can only be on one thing: flying your drone. If not, it’s crash and burn. This situation is what drone racing pilots feel at every Aerial Sport League competition, according to Douglas Burnet , founder of the Aerial Sports League. […]

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Stratospheric Drone

Stratospheric Drone

What next for Solar Impulse if the plane completes its round-the-world flight this year? One idea is to develop solar drones to replace satellites, joining Facebook and Google in this experimental field. Solar Impulse pilot André Borschberg touched on his future plans in a recent blog post , “After Solar Plane, Solar Drones?”: “Think about an aircraft capable of flying at high altitudes for months at a time! And of […]

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