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UK drone register takes off

UK drone register takes off A UK drone registration scheme has opened ahead of the deadline for owners to register their devices coming into force at the end of this month. The UK government announced its intention to introduce a drone registration scheme two years ago. The rules apply to drones or model aircraft weighting […]

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UK police arrest a number of climate activists planning Heathrow drone protest

UK police arrest a number of climate activists planning Heathrow drone protest UK police have arrested a number of environmental activists affiliated with a group which announced  last month that it would use drones to try to ground flights at the country’s busiest airport. The group, which calls itself Heathrow Pause, is protesting against the […]

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Europe publishes common drone rules, giving operators a year to prepare

Europe publishes common drone rules, giving operators a year to prepare Europe has today published common rules for the use of drones. The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) says the regulations, which will apply universally across the region, are intended to help drone operators of all stripes have a clear understanding of what is […]

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New FAA proposal would let drones fly over people and at night without a waiver

New FAA proposal would let drones fly over people and at night without a waiver Companies impatient to make drone deliveries a viable reality should have a win to celebrate soon. On Monday, Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao announced in a “sneak preview” that her department would move forward with plans to remove waiver requirements […]

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Study Concludes Small Drones Offer Small Risk

Study Concludes Small Drones Offer Small Risk A Virginia Tech study concludes that small commercial drones are very unlikely to cause serious injuries to people on the ground. In January, Virginia Tech described their testing, using crash test dummies equipped with sensors to measure the impact that a drone would have if it fell out […]

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FAA: Hurricane Response a “Landmark in the Evolution of Drone Usage”

FAA: Hurricane Response a “Landmark in the Evolution of Drone Usage” The FAA says that the assistance provided by UAV for hurricane response in Florida and Houston marks a “landmark in the evolution of drone usage.” “After the widespread devastation Hurricane Irma wreaked on Florida last weekend, unmanned aircraft – more popularly, drones – have […]

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Commercial Drone Alliance Speaks Out on Drone Security

Commercial Drone Alliance Speaks Out on Drone Security Drone security is a critical topic in the commercial drone industry.  As FAA Reauthorization packages come up for discussion in Congress this month, the Commercial Drone Alliance has published their suggested guidelines for drone security legislation. The Commercial Drone Alliance is a non-profit industry group focused on […]

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Is BVLOS Flight Getting Closer in US? Drone Industry Thinks So

Is BVLOS Flight Getting Closer in US? Drone Industry Thinks So The FAA has frequently promised that regulations on drone flight beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) will be prioritized.  Other countries – like France – have allowed BVLOS flight since as early as 2012, which has allowed the French drone industry to move forward […]

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AUVSI Gives Members a Chance to Speak Up on Hill Day

AUVSI Gives Members a Chance to Speak Up on Hill Day Industry group AUVSI is calling on members to attend their annual “Hill Day” to voice their support for unmanned systems. This year’s event will be held on September 12, and will offer opportunities for meetings with Congressional members and their staff, as well as […]

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New Department of Defense Guidance “Cracks Down” on Drones

New Department of Defense Guidance “Cracks Down” on Drones The United States Department of Defense (DoD) has issued new guidelines for dealing with unauthorized drone flights over military installations.  The new guidelines would allow drones to be disabled or destroyed: a Defense.gov statement said DoD “cracks down” on drones. A Pentagon spokesman told reporters yesterday […]

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