How Drones Are Already Being Used to Help Save People

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 Pete Marovich / Bloomberg via Getty Images file A lifeguard-controlled drone scours for sharks at Seal Beach in Southern California. In Germany, a drone brings a defibrillator to a man on a golf course having a heart attack. And during the floods in Texas this year, drones served up flotation devices to stranded people. While […]

MSU ASSURE Alliance has a new Associate Director

By: Jim Gaines Staff Writer editor@starkvilledailynews.com Friday, November 20, 2015 STARKVILLE, MS Stephen “Lux” Luxion, a retired U.S. Air Force colonel, has been named associate director of the Alliance for System Safety of Unmanned Aerial Systems through Research Excellence center, according to a Mississippi State University news release. The ASSURE center is based at MSU, but […]

Drone operator fined after posting flight videos on YouTube

An Australian man has been fined for breaking aviation safety regulations while flying his drone, but while he wasn’t caught in the act, the man was busted after posting videos of the flights to YouTube. by Claire Reilly   An Australian man has been fined for breaking aviation regulations whilst flying his drone, after authorities […]

Attorney says FAA UAS law enforcement guidelines off target

Patrick C. Miller The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration’s guidelines for law enforcement to assist in identifying those flying unmanned aerial systems (UAS) in an unsafe manner or in violation of its regulations might create more problems than they solve. James Mackler, a criminal defense attorney with expertise in UAS law, said he believes law enforcement […]

Got a drone over the holidays? Be careful before flying it for a business purpose

Author: DARRELL CLAY CONTRIBUTED PHOTO Darrell Clay is a partner with Cleveland-basedWalter | Haverfield, where his practice focuses on aviation law, complex civil litigation and white collar criminal defense. He is an instrument-rated private pilot and airplane owner. The holidays were good to you. So good, in fact, that you found yourself the lucky recipient […]

CNN Gets FAA Clearance to Test Drones

Cable news net hopes to help define drone journalism rules Deborah D. McAdams WASHINGTON and ATLANTA—CNN said federal regulators have cleared it to test newsgathering with drones. According to the cable news network, it entered into a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement with the Federal Aviation Administration to integrate unmanned aerial vehicles—colloquially known as “drones”—into […]

The Enforcer

Have we plateaued at a new level of absurdity (maybe 10-3), with the police now acting as the enforcement arm for the FAA? Some suggest that this amounts to a huge an unfunded mandate and is apparently another misstep in a folly conga line. The authorization of deadly force in Attachment A. What has this […]

BREAKING: First Ag Drone Company Garners FAA Approval

By: Matthew J. Grassi | January 7, 2015 Kansas farmer Robert Blair, the author of the popular TheUnmannedFarmer blog. (TheUnmannedFarmer.blogspot.com) has alerted us that Empire Unmanned, an outfit made up of Star, ID-based Advanced Aviation Solutions (ADAVSO), Empire Airlines (Hayden, ID) and Blair himself, has received an FAA Section 333 Exemption to fly commercial UAV […]

French mail service La Poste tests drone

GeoPost, the express subsidiary of La Poste, is experimenting with drones. The unmanned helicopters are able to deliver a 4-kilogram package up to 20 kilometers away. In a video it’s shown how a postal worker attaches the package to a small drone, which then drops it at the recipient’s home and flies off, back to […]