Illinois Farm Bureau adopts resolution supporting UAV use on the farm

Now this is a common sense approach. Resolution 135 to be presented at the 2015 national convention. 135. TRANSPORTATION–UNMANNED AIRCRAFT SYSTEMS We support: 1. The use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) for commercial purposes (i.e., agricultural, forestry, and other natural resource use). 2. Working with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to review the legal and […]

No fad: Consumer drones will become a $1B global sector by 2018, economist says

BY TODD BISHOP A consumer drone capturing dramatic images of a fire in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood. LAS VEGAS — If the recent holiday season seemed like a big one for drones, brace yourself, because it’s just the beginning. The global market for drones will climb to at least $1 billion by 2018, according to the latest […]

Brookings Fire Department to being using new drone to survey emergency situations

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS BROOKINGS, South Dakota — A fire department in eastern South Dakota has gone high-tech with a new custom-built drone. The unmanned aircraft will provide Brookings firefighters a panoramic view of structure fires, wildfires and gas leaks. The F450 quadcopter can even be used to search areas in missing person cases or to […]

FAA close on long-awaited drone rules, but key decisions likely to come from Congress

Associated Press WASHINGTON –  The Obama administration is on the verge of proposing long-awaited rules for commercial drone operations in U.S. skies, but key decisions on how much access to grant drones are likely to come from Congress. Federal Aviation Administration officials have said they want to release proposed rules before the end of this […]

The Three-Dimensional City: How Drones Will Impact the Future Urban Landscape

by Evan Rawn  Hawkins\Brown’s ‘Romance of the Sky’ proposal for the site of Heathrow Airport features drones – but does the urban design of the proposal accommodate the role of drones in the urban sphere?. Image © Factory Fifteen Many have come to associate drones with the looming unmanned aircraft deployed in the defense industry, but […]

FAA authorizes drone use for mosquito control in the Keys

KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Keys Mosquito Control District plans to use two drones to search for standing water in remote spots. The Key West Citizen reports (http://bit.ly/1rFHePw ) that it’s the first time the Federal Aviation Administration has authorized drones for mosquito control in the U.S. The district’s executive director, Michael Doyle, says […]

U.S. drone rules remain in hangar in 2014

New York | Reuters – The United States missed a year-end deadline for publishing new rules on remote-control aircraft, delaying an eagerly awaited step toward using drones in everything from farming to package delivery. Businesses have been clamouring for rules to allow commercial drone flights, fearing the U.S. is falling behind other countries in developing […]

ABC, Telstra drones to capture NYE fireworks from 1000ft

Live-feed from above.  Drones flown by both the ABC and Telstra will add a bird’s-eye view of Sydney’s New Year’s Eve fireworks to TV and online broadcasts tonight. The national broadcaster is touting its live-to-air drone-filmed coverage of the 9pm and midnight fireworks as an “Australian television first”. It plans to send two purpose-built quadcopters […]