Drone notification made easy

Drone notification made easy

Tool helps hobbyists contact airports Recreational users of unmanned aircraft, particularly those without aviation training or knowledge of airport operations, have long faced a challenge when it comes to complying with the 2012 federal law requiring hobbyists to notify airports in advance before flying a drone within five miles of an airport. A California company has now come up with what is at least a partial solution. AirMap, which released […]

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Call drones to medical emergencies

Call drones to medical emergencies

If you’re out in the park and someone has a heart attack, what do you do? Dialing 911 would be the most sensible option, but there’s no guarantee help will arrive in time. A new patent from Google suggests it may have a solution. A new patent awarded to Google today (April 5) outlines a device that can call for a drone to fly in with specific medical equipment. Last […]

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MIT’s Chronos Could Lead to Safer Drones

MIT’s Chronos Could Lead to Safer Drones

MIT’s new Chronos system enables a single WiFi access point that can locate users within tens of centimeters. MIT says this could make it easier to control large fleets of drones. We’ve all been there, impatiently twiddling our thumbs while trying to locate a WiFi signal. But what if, instead, the WiFi could locate us? According to researchers at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL), it could mean […]

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France firms up order for 14 Patroller UAVs

France firms up order for 14 Patroller UAVs

Sagem has been contracted to supply its Patroller system to the French army as the service’s new tactical unmanned air vehicle, some two months after Paris confirmed its selection of the type. Witnessed by French defence minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, the contract signing between France’s DGA procurement agency and Sagem’s parent company Safran on 5 April firms up the provision of 14 Patroller UAVs for the army, with operations to […]

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Drone register let users see all names on database

Drone register let users see all names on database

The Irish Aviation Authority has said that it inadvertently allowed registered drone owners to access the names and contact details of all other registered users. It says this was due to a technical problem with the register which has now been rectified. All drones in Ireland weighing 1kg or more have to be registered with the IAA . There are estimated to be between 4,000 and 5,000 drones already in […]

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