Drone downer: Will new FAA rules ground recreational fliers?

By Alwyn Scott (Reuters) – Americans shopping for toy remote-controlled airplanes or helicopters may find, sometime in the near future, that they come with unexpected accessories: A raft of new regulations. The Federal Aviation Administration, by the end of the month, is expected to propose new rules governing small unmanned aircraft systems, the first major […]

The FAA Won’t Release Drone Regulations Until 2017, Which Is Absurd and a Problem

By Lily Hay Newman Photo by Alexander Koerner/Getty Images It feels like just yesterday that I was writing about Amazon’s impatience with the Federal Aviation Administration’s drone regulatory process. Oh right, that’s becuase it was yesterday. Today there’s bad news for Amazon and all the other companies and individuals that are waiting for the agency’s […]

Charges dropped against Springfield drone pilot

By Brian Bondus | Staff Writer Charges have been dropped against a Springfield man arrested for flying his drone over a traffic accident this spring, putting a spotlight on the lack of laws and education available for residents and law enforcement to deal with unmanned aerial vehicles. “We were kind of dealing with a unique situation […]

This Just In: Broadcasters Studying How They Can Use Unmanned Aircraft

by Brett Davis Although they still can’t legally use unmanned aircraft for news reporting, at least in the United States, broadcasters are increasingly interested in the technology and are getting serious about figuring out how best to use it, according to speakers at a NewsTECH conference in New York. CNN is partnering with Georgia Tech […]

Drone camera gives Bel Aire homeowner new look at Christmas-lights handiwork

By Annie Calovich – The Wichita Eagle   Brad Moss’ house in Bel Aire is decorated for Christmas in a very satisfying, full way. Whereas most houses are partially outlined in lights, at his house at 5726 E. Perryton, every window, fence, shrub, eave – even the roof – is trimmed in lights. “Anywhere we […]

The drones are coming but who’ll provide flight control?

  Network World|Dec 13, 2014 2:51 PM PT Drones are on the verge of becoming everyday service vehicles that will shuttle small items and eventually large ones between warehouses, retailers, and consumers as well as monitor traffic and agricultural operations, deliver pizza, survey building sites, execute search and rescue, …  the list of possible uses […]

FAA’s Treatment Of Amazon Proves Congress Must Act Or Companies Will Take Drone Research Abroad

Amazon.com Inc, has begun utilizing outdoor testing facilities outside the United States and has told the FAA that America’s current regulatory environment will force the company to move more research and development abroad unless substantial progress is quickly made on efforts to integrate drones into the national airspace. Amazon’s statement came in a letter from […]

The robot overhead

After starting their career with the armed forces, drones are now entering civilian life—and creating concerns about safety  The Economist – Technology Quarterly IT IS called an “airborne sidekick” by its Latvian manufacturer, Helico Aerospace Industries. But technically AirDog (pictured above) is a flying robot, or drone. The brightly coloured four-rotor quadcopter autonomously follows at […]

Have Drone Will Travel

 Monday, December 1, 2014 Drones can quickly ascertain storm damage The long awaited FAA rules to keep the skies safe from Unmanned Aerial Vehicles takes a scorched earth approach by requiring operators to have a pilots license, which costs many thousands of dollars, and even then restricting flights to no more than 400 vertical feet […]

Drone pioneer on device’s advantages, challenges

Consumer drones are now a $450 million industry. Sales are up 45 percent in the past year, but their future is uncertain. Chris Anderson, CEO of 3D Robotics, one of America’s first drone manufacturers, joins “CBS This Morning” to discuss safety and privacy with drones. Source: http://www.cbsnews.com/videos/drone-pioneer-on-devices-advantages-challenges/