Flexible” Drone Regulations Add Concern for NZ Pilots

Flexible” Drone Regulations Add Concern for NZ Pilots

The concerns of New Zealand pilots and air traffic controllers about the ‘woeful inadequacy’ of safety regulation around the commercial use of drones, or Unmanned Aerial System/Vehicles (UAS), are yet to be taken seriously, the New Zealand Air Line Pilots’ Association (NZALPA) said today. Commenting on a pizza company’s plans to trial delivery by drone, NZALPA President Tim Robinson said that Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) regulations that came into force […]

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Lee County Sheriff’s Office to utilize drones

Lee County Sheriff’s Office to utilize drones

Contributed/Aviation Center A year ago, Auburn University became the first school in the nation to receive approval from the Federal Aviation Administration to conduct an Unmanned Aircraft System — or drone — flight school, and its Aviation Center began a three-day course to teach anyone who wanted to learn how to operate a drone. So far, about 30 citizens have gone through the course, and Earle Thompson, UAS program manager, […]

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Aerial drones and kayaks: Using autonomous technology to map Delaware’s coast

Aerial drones and kayaks: Using autonomous technology to map Delaware’s coast

By Katie Peikes Delaware’s Broadkill Beach is the site of a week-long mapping project where scientists and industry professionals are using autonomous kayaks and drones to better track storm damage along coastlines. Scientists, engineers and industry professionals are mapping Delaware’s Broadkill Beach with infrared sensors to get baseline measurements of the environment to compare to any potential storm damage in the future. “This provides kind of a really useful natural […]

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Parrot Bebop 2 review

Parrot Bebop 2 review

Compact, great camera, great price – the perfect starter drone? Well, sort of… The newbie drone pilot’s dilemma: spend all your cash on a top-spec quadcopter and risk smashing it on your first flight, or start out with something cheaper that you’ll eventually grow out of as your aerobatic skills improve? Parrot’s Bebop 2 sits somewhere in the middle. This isn’t a pocket change drone, but it’s well over half […]

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Automated drones navigate and inspect cell towers without GPS

Automated drones navigate and inspect cell towers without GPS

Nokia puts ‘telco drones’ to work inspecting cell towers We’re about to see a dramatic increase in the number of commercial drone pilots. The FAA’s regulations are finally here and the US market for commercial drones is expected to grow at a CAGR of 25.11%. But do we really want a bunch of novices controlling flying robots? On August 29, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)’s Part 107 commercial drone rules […]

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