AirMap and Kespry Partner for Safe, Compliant Drone Flights

The new AirMap-Kespry integration brings AirMap’s airspace intelligence to the Kespry flight app. During the flight planning process, the app automatically surfaces AirMap airspace advisories, wind, and weather tailored to the unique parameters of each flight, including the drone operator’s pilot certification. Preflight checks are easier than ever efore, autofilling this information in each mission plan to help operators move more quickly from field, to flight, to finish. Kespry Read More

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One State Is About To See A Drone Invasion

While safety – particularly potential threats to conventional aircraft – was a priority, the FAA seemed to go much too far in restricting the process. Burdensome registration requirements were eventually dropped, but there were still restrictions on not only where and when drones could fly, but how far they could be from the operator. In upstate New York, a fifty-mile corridor of airspace is being established near the site of a former military base where drones and pilots will be Read More

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This Drone Found a Woman Lost in a North Carolina Cornfield

According to Fox News, Mary Brown was taking a walk near her home but found herself lost around 11.30 a.m. that morning. The local Randolph County police department deployed a drone to find Brown once they noticed being impaired by the “difficult terrain and a cornfield” standing in their way. According to Brown herself, “[The cornfield] ain’t too far, I went a long way from there. I went to the river and then backtracked.” This Sunday, an 81-year-old woman got lost in a cornfield Read More

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Congress Poised to Restore Drone Registration Tossed by Court

The registration was imposed at the close of 2015 as the number of safety incidents involving drones soared and officials sought a way to ensure owners of the devices understood aviation regulations. The government’s registration system for owners of civilian drones would be restored in a defense policy bill agreed to by House and Senate negotiators. However, many operators objected to what they saw as an intrusion into their right to fly and seized on language in a 2012 law that said Read More

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This DIY Drone Can Be A Perfect Gift

Why spend hundreds on a drone or RC car when you can construct your own flying or driving machine for a fraction of the price? Great for STEM development and fun for all ages, this kit teaches aerodynamics, weight distribution, and many other physics subjects all through an easy to build, fun to play with machine. If you’re gift shopping for a techie on your list, drones should already be towards the top of your list. The Force Flyers Building Block Drone offers a DIY, educational Read More

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Drone Journalism? An HBCU Founds a Game-Changer

HBCU(Historical Black Colleges And University) journalism programs are aiming to strike a balance between teaching legacy skills and adopting curricula that include digital innovations conducive to post-graduation employment. At the same time, we can no longer think the latest big thing is going to be the final drop in the technological bucket. We know successful integration of emerging technologies into the classroom will likely expedite a student’s entry into the profession. Students are Read More

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Sentera Sensors Enable DJI Inspire 2 with Crop-Scouting Capabilities

Sentera has announced its gimbaled Double 4K and Quad sensors for the DJI Inspire 2 drone. Sentera’s swappable precision crop health sensors paired with the Inspire 2 offers agronomists, crop consultants, and growers an economical way to capture diverse vegetation indices. “Our customers experienced tremendous success during the 2017 growing season using our suite of sensor upgrades for DJI Phantom, Mavic, and Inspire 1 drones,” remarked Kris Poulson, vice president of agriculture for Read More

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DroneTracker 3 now is improving

The security experts at Dedrone Inc.—headquarted in San Francisco—add to that list concerns about the use of drones for hacking into business networks, industrial spying and stealing intellectual property. Drones have received some unflattering press over the past few months, ranging from flying in restricted airspace to interfering with fighting wildfires to colliding with manned aircraft to drug cartels equipping them as flying bombs. Estrada said customers are often surprised to find Read More

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Transportation Secretary Chao Speaking Up for Drones

After describing many of the benefits of drone technology, Chao went on to emphasize a point made by FAA Administrator Huerta in earlier speeches: that recent natural disasters, and the drone response, were a significant turning point for the use of drones in the U.S. U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao took pen in hand today to publish an Op-Ed for The Hill, explaining the benefits of drone technology and touting the administration’s new UAS Integration Pilot Program. Chao goes on Read More

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DroneBase Launches Augmented Reality Building Platform

For most pilots, VR-like technology is familiar from FPV racing: first person goggles are as close to a simulated but real experience as you can get while flying. DroneBase is looking to find the balance between enterprise and enthusiast with a familiar concept, just taken to new heights. That concept is sandbox building, the ability to construct structures and shapes out of thin air, most commonly found in popular games such as Minecraft. DroneBase wants its pilots to get creative, using Read More

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