Drone Download #4

To get the best links delivered to you weekly, subscribe to the Drone Download.   “Well, what if there is no tomorrow? There wasn’t one today.” – Bill Murray, Groundhog Day In the news: That White House drone crash is still making major headlines… In a PSA with a distinct after-school flavor, the FAA declares the Super Bowl a “#NoDroneZone”… Fireworks: A drone that shoots roman candles, and a Rand Paul that shoots drones… Two amazing aerial narratives: Auschwitz and Hong Kong… Here are all the leads from this week:   The New York Times looks into the details of White House drone crash. … Read More

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Drone Download #3

To get the best links delivered to you weekly, subscribe to the Drone Download. Some absolutely crazy drone stories broke this week… In D.C., just days after a drone flew in a Congressional hearing, one crashed into the White House lawn, while another bearing 6 lbs of meth went down in Mexico… Those brilliant nuts at NASA are gonna put drones on another planet… FAA finally settled their beef with beloved Black Sheep antihero Raphael Pirker… Global UAV market projections are out, and they’re big… In Dubai, a million bucks will go to the best “drone for good” project… Unrelated: recreational drones shut down Dubai airport… Whew—catch up if you can! … Read More

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Colin Guinn Testifies in Congress: Why the FAA Should Integrate Small Drones Today

This afternoon 3DR CRO Colin Guinn testified at a hearing held by the House of Representatives’ Science, Space and Technology Committee, laying out a strategy for the rapid integration of small drones into the National Airspace. During Colin’s testimony an actual drone flight was demonstrated inside the hearing room, presumably the first ever inside the Capitol. Welcome to the future, America. The thrust of Colin’s argument was that small drones are a perfect regulatory compromise: “By integrating the smallest, lightest weight drones, we’re advocating a proportional, risk-based system for regulation.” In other words, small drones (under 2 kg) don’t pose a serious … Read More

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This Week’s Drone Download

Seems it’s early enough in the year that you can still detect a optimism bias in the media: This week saw several forward-thinking pieces about drone applications… Most tellingly, the X Games pulls a wicked aerial 180: The Summer X Games banned drones, Winter X Games now embraces them… Good news: CNN gets COA… But aerial photographers fear this means their jobs… New purposes, for porpoises… Parking lot Lassies: drones lead you to wide open spaces… And they could soon be lapping up lakewater (?!)… Here’s this week’s Drone Download… Click here to get the weekly Drone Download sent directly to your inbox.   Some … Read More

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