Drone Pilot ID and Drone Regulation to Arrive in the US This Year Global Drone Regulations Top Drone News Stories 

Drone Pilot ID and Drone Regulation to Arrive in the US This Year

During the Singapore Airshow last week, a top official of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) stated that the regulator is planning to craft rules by this year to make it easier to identify drones and their pilots. The rapid growth of the drone market and the rising number of incidents involving these unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV’s) are the main drivers behind the need for increased drone regulation. To draft the new rules, the FAA is working closely together with other agencies and industry partners, said Carl Burleson, acting deputy administrator…

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Trump's New Drone Policies Could Seal US Drone Industry's Doom Drones In The News Global Drone Regulations Top Drone News Stories 

Trump’s New Drone Policies Could Seal US Drone Industry’s Doom

President Donald Trump’s new drone technology plans and policies won’t be enough to restore U.S. leadership in the sector, according to a former intelligence official who helped Ronald Reagan amp up critical American missile defense technology during the Cold War. What’s more, the policies won’t help protect American lives and interests from drone-based terrorist attacks, Michael Sekora, former director of Project Socrates, told SiliconANGLE in an interview. The classified Defense Intelligence Agency tech initiative is often credited with transforming Reagan’s stalled “Star Wars” Strategic Defense Initiative vision into a multitiered…

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One Million Drone Registrations Hits New Sky-High Milestone Global Drone Regulations Top Drone News Stories 

One Million Drone Registrations Hits New Sky-High Milestone

There are now one million drone registrations with the Federal Aviation Administration, marking a new milestone for the two-year old registration program. The registration total, announced on Wednesday during the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, include both hobbyists and businesses that use drones for tasks like inspecting rooftops for damage or taking pictures of farmland. Hobbyists account for 878,000 of the registrations, each of which can include multiple drones. Meanwhile, businesses, which must register each drone they use separately, account another for 122,000. The federal government’s drone registration…

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Social Media Used to Crack Down on Illegal Drone Use Drones In The News Global Drone Regulations Top Drone News Stories 

Social Media Used to Crack Down on Illegal Drone Use

Illegal Drone Use Monitored on Social Media People flying drones illegally may be caught via social media. As the number of drones registered in Ireland is set to pass more than 10,000 next year, the public is reporting illegally-captured photos and videos posted on social media to the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA). There are strict rules governing drone use under the Small Unmanned Aircraft (Drones) and Rockets Order, which came into force at the end of 2015. The order requires all drones that weigh over 1kg to be registered with…

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Got a Drone for the Holidays? It May Cost You Jail Time. Global Drone Regulations Top Drone News Stories 

Got a Drone for the Holidays? It May Cost You Jail Time.

Did you find a drone under your Christmas tree this year? Launch it in certain areas and you could end up paying a fine or even land in jail. Earnest Lovely tried to launch his drone for the first time, but his Christmas gift isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. “I kept trying to get up and unknowingly my drone kept telling me I’m in a no fly zone,” he said. It’s a good thing that his drone stayed on the ground. Otherwise, Lovely would have violated temporary flight restrictions in…

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New Drone Owners Urged to Read Drone Rules before Flying This Christmas Drones In The News Global Drone Regulations Top Drone News Stories 

New Drone Owners Urged to Read Drone Rules before Flying This Christmas

AS drones become increasingly popular and with many of the unmanned aircrafts tipped to land under the Christmas tree this year, authorities are urging those lucky enough to receive one to steer well clear of hospitals. Queensland Health has launched a new digital campaign reminding families that all hospitals are “drone-free zones”. The rules are clear – drones are not to be flown within a five kilometre radius of any hospital. Those who break the rules could be hit with a hefty fine, as high as $10,000 depending on the…

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Trump Signs Bill Reinstating the FAA's Drone Registration Requirement Drones In The News Global Drone Regulations Top Drone News Stories 

Trump signs bill reinstating the FAA’s drone registration requirement

Back in late-2015, the Federal Aviation Administration introduced new rules requiring owners of small drones to submit their devices to a database and attach a registration code to the side of the product. In May of this year, a judge in the D.C. Circuit shot the rule down, and the FAA began the process of returning the $5 registration fee. Now the registry is back on, courtesy of a bill signed into law earlier today by President Trump. The reinstated rules were one small piece of the $700 billion National…

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India Ready to Update Drone Laws Global Drone Regulations Top Drone News Stories 

India Ready to Update Drone Laws – and Deal With Any Rogues

India is getting ready to release new regulations to legalize commercial drones – and they are testing anti-drone technologies to deal with any rogues. The Hindustan Times reports that India’s civil aviation ministry will legalize the use of drones in the country by December 31, following a government-mandated period for public comment on the proposal. The proposal looks similar to many internationally, except for the extra restrictions around the country’s border areas. As reported by the Hindustan Times, the proposed regulations allow flight except for: Within an area of 5…

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New Drone Regulation in Thailand Global Drone Regulations Top Drone News Stories 

Drone users face fines, jail terms

The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission has ordered that all drones must be registered before they can take off again. (Bangkok Post file photo) Owners of all drones must register their devices within 90 days or face up to five years in prison and a 100,000-baht fine. The registration period began on Wednesday. During the process, all non-registered drones must be grounded, according to the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission’s (NBTC) order issued on Wednesday. The NBTC stepped in to regulate drones as they are controlled by communication radio frequencies,…

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Want to fly a drone on public land? Here’s what to know

Drones are more popular than ever before. The small remote-controlled aircraft can take photographs and shoot video and they are getting easier and easier to use. However, drones are also more and more controversial. Critics say their buzzing propellers are an unwelcome intrusion in wild lands that are meant to feel remote and natural. New York State is now trying to figure out when and where these tiny aircraft should be allowed on public lands. New presence buzzing overhead This summer on the summit of Mt. Marcy, the Adirondack Park’s…

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