FAA releases B4UFLY iPhone app on Apple Store

January 6, 2016By

The Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) drone app — B4UFLY — is being released for Apple, following an initial beta testing period. The app can be dowloaded from the Apple store. The FAA also is releasing a beta version of B4UFLY for Android devices, which can be downloaded from Google. B4UFLY tells users about current or upcoming requirements and restrictions in... read more

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DJI launches public beta of geofencing software for drones

January 4, 2016By
Geospatial information in GEO is categorized in one of three ways: Restriced Zone (in red), Authorization Zone (in yellow) and Warning Zone (in green).

Drone-maker DJI has launched a public beta version of its new geofencing system in North America and Europe. Geospatial Environment Online (GEO) will provide drone users with up-to-date guidance on locations where flight may be restricted by regulation or raise safety or security concerns. With this major upgrade to DJI’s existing geofencing system, users will have access to live information about... read more

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Santa caught delivering presents via UAV

January 4, 2016By

Santa Claus has apparently gone high-tech. This past Christmas, he was captured delivering presents using a Hexo+ unmanned aerial vehicle. read more

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Defeating poachers with stealth

December 28, 2015By
Night and day: UAV patrols defend dwindling elephant and rhino populations.

To stem the staggering wildlife losses on the African continent from poaching, the Air Shepherd Campaign is employing a force of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) equipped with GPS and infrared cameras. Teams on the ground, in close cooperation with wildlife reserve management organizations, use the UAVs and sophisticated predictive analysis to hunt the illegal hunters. More than 40,000 elephants were... read more

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FAA small unmanned aircraft registration begins

December 21, 2015By

The Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Small Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) registry is now live and ready for owners of hobby UAS to use at www.faa.gov/uas/registration. Registration is free for the first 30 days with a rebate, then $5 after that. The online registration system does not yet support registration of small UAS used for any purpose other than hobby or recreation... read more

FLYPRO announces smartwatch-controlled XEagle drone

December 11, 2015By

Shenzhen FLYPRO Aerospace Tech Co. has officially released the XEagle, an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) equipped with auto follow and obstacle avoidance functions. Unlike other popular self-flying drone models on the market that are taken off by throwing the aircrafts in the air, which increases the risks of crashing the vehicles, XEagle introduces various features including voice control, smartwatch and automatic obstacle... read more

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Expert Opinions: FAA UAV registration requirement

December 8, 2015By

Lydia Bock, Geodetics Inc., and John Studenny, Esterline - CMC Navigation Systems, answer the question, "What do you think of the FAA requirement that all UAV purchasers register their devices?" read more

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Taking Position: Elephants, citadels and UAVs promote social good

December 8, 2015By

As the holiday season approaches, many of us think about ways we can help others, or promote the social good. This month, our Market Watch section features three different projects designed to do just that. read more