Rule: Federal government should limit role in drone regulation

By TROY A. RULE LOS ANGELES TIMES – published Monday, November 24, 2014 For more than half a century, the Federal Aviation Administration has piloted the development of sensible aviation regulation in the United States. Unfortunately, when Congress enacted legislation in 2012 directing the FAA to craft rules for small civilian drones, the agency entered uncharted […]

Take a drone tour of Chernobyl’s creepy-beautiful decay

A filmmaker took to 30-year-old disaster site Pripyat, Chernobyl equipped with a camera, a drone and a GoPro. By Michelle Starr @riding_red November 24, 2014 7:23 PM PST Nearly 30 years ago, in April 1986, the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine exploded. The resultant fallout significantly contaminated over 100,000 square kilometres of land, which will […]

Gorgeous Drone Video of the Tallest Church Tower in the Netherlands Bursting Through a Sea of Fog

Published on November 22, 2014 by DL Cade  To get the perfect aerial drone shots of the Dom Tower of Utrecht, Dutch filmmakers Jelte Keur and Reinout van Schie had to wait a full 10 months for the perfect weather conditions to arrive. But once they did, the minute forty-five of footage they captured made […]

Get a degree in drones: earn $100,000 a year

By Quentin Fottrell, MarketWatch  Young Americans used to want to be pilots — or astronauts. But considering the number of courses popping up in universities to train students for the next generation of unmanned planes, many now want to fly drones. Drones have gotten a bad rap in recent times in the wake of criticism […]

Facebook is kicking its drone business into high gear

By Jose Pagliery @Jose_Pagliery November 20, 2014: 1:39 PM ET NEW YORK (CNNMoney) Facebook is bulking up its drone team. The company has posted more than a dozen jobs for aeronautical engineers, technicians and other specialists for its drone business. It’s all part of Facebook’s plan to connect the whole world to the Internet using […]

UAS experts look to capitalize on growing industry

By: Brandi Jewett , Forum News Service  GRAND FORKS, N.D. – The developer of an unmanned aerial systems business park near Grand Forks said he wants to see aircraft in the sky as early as next year. Tom Swoyer, principal of Grand Sky Development, added he wants to push the limits of current regulations to […]

Judge’s ruling reversed; FAA can regulate small drones

The government has the power to hold drone operators accountable when they operate the remote-control aircraft recklessly, a federal safety board ruled Tuesday in a setback to small drone operators chafing under Federal Aviation Administration restrictions. The National Transportation safety Board, which hears appeals of Federal Aviation Administration enforcement actions, ruled that small drones are […]

Navigate a drone too close to a stadium, go to jail

FAA prohibits pilots from flying under 3,000 feet and within three miles of stadiums. by David Kravets Pilots of drones or model aircraft could be fined or jailed for up to a year if they navigate near automobile racetracks or big sporting stadiums, the Federal Aviation Administration announced. The Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) No. FDC […]

While America waits drones to detect vine disease in France

An alliance of Burgundy’s wine council, Airbus air defence engineers and Bordeaux wine magnate Bernard Magrez have agreed funding to test the use of drones to detect killer vine diseases. The consortium plans to spend up to €1.7m during the second phase of its drone project, named Damav and set to last 36 months, according […]

Linux Foundation and Leading Technology Companies Launch Open Source Dronecode Project

  Dronecode Project to advance development of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles; 3D Robotics, Baidu, Box, DroneDeploy, Intel, jDrones, Laser Navigation,Qualcomm Technologies, SkyWard, Squadrone System, Walkera and Yuneec among founding members DUSSELDORF, Germany {EMBEDDED LINUX CONFERENCE EUROPE} October 13, 2014 – The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the growth of Linux and collaborative development, […]