R.I.P Christmas Drones as Many Drones Go Missing on the Space Coast Drones In The News Top Drone News Stories 

R.I.P Christmas Drones as Many Drones Go Missing on the Space Coast

It was but two days after Christmas when the Fenno family lost their new Christmas gift: a drone. The Melbourne residents were visiting family in Georgia when they took the drone for its first spin. It was dark, said Kaitlee Fenno, but the drone had lights so the family assumed it was in the clear. “We were out in a long drive with an open field near the bottom, so we thought for sure we wouldn’t lose the thing even with the surrounding woods, and especially with the bright lights,”…

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The US Military to Create Laser-powered Bat Drones for War Drones In The News Top Drone News Stories 

The US Military to Create Laser-powered Bat Drones for War

The American government’s defence department is offering funding to companies that can create a new generation of autonomous bat-like drones powered by lasers. They are particularly interested in “biomimetic” technology, which is a design mimicking real-life biological systems or functions. The department’s Defence Enterprise Science Initiative is offering grants between $1.5 million and $6 million for companies who can make them nature-inspired unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Operators sitting in the ground control operating station for a remotely piloted air system in the RAF The new generation of vehicles would need…

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GoPro is Quitting Drone Business Blaming Tough Rules in US and Europe Drone Products and Reviews Drones In The News Top Drone News Stories 

GoPro is Quitting Drone Business Blaming Tough Rules in US and Europe

Hi-tech camera firm GoPro is quitting the drone market saying politicians and lawyers had made it impossible for it to be successful. The company said hundreds of jobs would be lost as it blamed “a hostile regulatory environment in Europe and the United States” for putting paid to its Karma drone venture. Air safety officials in the US, UK and continental Europe have raised concerns about drone strikes on commercial aircraft. Meanwhile, privacy campaigners and police forces have issued warnings about people using drones to spy on neighbours or other…

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N.C. Department of Transportation’s Drone Workshops Returning in 2018 Drones In The News 

NCDOT Drone Workshops Returning in 2018

The N.C. Department of Transportation’s Division of Aviation is bringing back its popular series of drone workshops for 2018. In 2017, over 500 attendees at four free workshops learned about drone flight operations, data management and dozens of various applications for government and commercial users. Presenters also provided updates on the latest changes in federal and state drone regulations and gave live flight demonstrations. The first workshop of the year will take place in Dallas in Gaston County on Jan. 24. It will focus on the use of drones by…

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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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Government Uses - Pennsylvania County Vies for Federal Drone Project Drones In The News Top Drone News Stories 

Seeing Government Uses, Pennsylvania County Vies for Federal Drone Project

(TNS) — With the speed of technology providing challenges to existing laws, the federal government is trying to get a handle on how to regulate the burgeoning billion-dollar drone industry. Berks County Commissioners Chairman Christian Y. Leinbach is pushing for local government entities and businesses in the region to play a part of helping decide how unmanned aircraft systems, known as UAS, will be used and overseen across the country. U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao announced in October the details of the federal government’s UAS Integration Pilot Program,…

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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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Trump's newest drone pilot program shows more problems than promise. Drones In The News Top Drone News Stories 

New Drone Pilot Program – Is This Good News for the Drone Community?

If you haven’t heard about the Trump Administration’s newest plans involving drones, we’ll go ahead and assume that you live in a closet. But for the sake of clarification and enlightenment, here are the latest details on Trump’s drone pilot program. A Presidential Memorandum : New Drone Pilot Program Last month, the White House announced a new drone pilot program that they hope will foster drone innovation. While the FAA won’t lose their role, localities have just been handed a metaphorical megaphone in influencing regional regulations. Basically, this pilot program…

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AT&T's LTE Drones Are Providing Cellular Service to People in Puerto Rico Commercial Drone Applications Drones In The News New Drone Technology Top Drone News Stories 

AT&T’s LTE Drones Are Providing Cellular Service to People in Puerto Rico

AT&T Provides Hurricane Relief to Puerto Rico Like most decent human beings, we’re all about helping those in need. So, we can all agree that AT&T’s newest move in aiding a ravaged Puerto Rico is not only generous, but it’s awesome and innovative. The marriage of the most popular autonomous vessel and AT&T’s claim to fame has produced their newest bundle of joy: the Flying COW. No, we’re not talking about an aerial bovine. It’s AT&T’s ‘Cell on Wings’, a drone capable of an simultaneously supporting up to 8,000 people.…

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