Gavel and Law Books If you haven't heard yet, it's true. Effective December 21st, 2015, all Unmanned Aircraft Systems (Drones) are required to be registered with the FAA (again). That means you will have to register your drone if you want to fly it outside, anytime, anywhere; even for [...]
White drone hovering in a bright blue sky With the holidays fast approaching, it seems like everyone is searching for the perfect gift. for many, drones are on the top of their list. The good news is, it seems everyone is compiling their favorites for you into various [...]
JPL Logo, Credit: NASA/JPL Artificial Intelligence is disruptive, easily as disruptive as drones (if not more), so when you combine the two you really get something amazing. And that's exactly what happened, thanks to funding from Google and two years of hard work by a NASA JPL team. [...]
Indian navy UAV Heron, Credit: Wikimedia Commons Normally I try to avoid writing stories about military drone use, generally speaking there are negative undertones that are hard to avoid, however in this case I have to make an exception. Why? For two reasons, first, some of the drone [...]
In Puerto Rico, thanks to fast-track approval given buy the FAA, drones are now part of the recovery effort. Specifically drones are being used to restore voice, data and Internet services to the entire island. A great example of this is the AT&T "Flying COW" (Cell on Wings). The deployment of the "Flying COW" in Puerto Rico is unique because it's the first time a drone has been successfully used to connect residents to services post disaster. The project has been hugely successful too; AT&T is reporting 80% of Puerto Rico's cell customers now have service (up from 63%).
Drones are exciting and fun to fly, and that's a big part of the reason that people forget the dangers consumer drones can pose. I'm not talking about personal injury in this case, but rather the very real danger that drones can pose to other aircraft.
Previous articles I've written on subject have been more positive, and while I wish I could continue that trend, it seems that the facts no longer support it. After a documented collision and numerous near misses this is a safety issue that we must be aware of, and as a community address.