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Mandatory registration for all UAVs and RC aircraft?

Posted by on Oct 20, 2015 in Gen-Info, UAV News | 0 comments

Yesterday, the US Department of Transportation held a press conference outlining new rules that they and the FAA want to implement. These rules would make it so that all UAVs (Hobby and commercial) as well as other hobby aircraft will need to be registered with the FAA. There are a lot of questions with this, and the obvious is about hobby use. Right now, hobbiests do not need to register their aircraft. The process to register an aircraft is very time consuming, and involves many carbon copies… yes, in 2015 they still do not have an electronic means of document submission.

There has been some good commentary about this press-release and proposed new rules:

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Litchi app for DJI UAVs

Posted by on Sep 8, 2015 in Application | 0 comments

Litchi Logo

Just found a new app called Litchi. This is an app for DJI UAVs that features several methods of flight beyond basic control. This gives you follow, circle, and waypoint missions. It supports the P2 Vision, P2 Vision +, Phantom 3, and Inspire 1.

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Sony’s new UAV

Posted by on Sep 1, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Sony has released a video showing off the DTO1-E. This is a VTOL airplane what looks to have a swivel prop and is meant to carry up to 22 pounds with a flight time of 2 hours and a maximum speed of 106 MPH. That is all pretty impressive. Watch the video above.

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3DR supporting education with 3DU.

Posted by on Sep 1, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

3DR - 3DU image

3DU from 3DR.

3D Robotics has started a new program for academic discounts, and support for educators and researchers. This program is called 3DU. They are offering discounts across their store for education purposes. They are also sponsoring some programs, which will hopefully get more students exposed to the usefulness of UAVs. There is more information in this Techcrunch article.

Source: Techcrunch

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Testing Drones over wildfires

Posted by on Sep 1, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Drone from Insitu

Boeing subsidiary Insitu loaned one of their ScanEagle aircraft to survey the Paradise fire in Olympic National Park. The tests are reported to have gone “very well”. Insuitu’s drone was able to map out fire boundaries and help helicopter crews find hot spots. This winter, they plan to do further testing and get a better understanding of the capabilities of the drones.

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