Body corporates move to have exclusion zone for drones around Gold Coast high rises

Paul Weston and Lea Emery RESIDENTS in a Gold Coast high-rise have been banned from flying drones near their buildings over fears of peeping toms and crashes on balconies. The Bulletin has learned ­residents in all three buildings at the Chevron Renaissance in Surfers Paradise have backed an exclusion zone for the flying pests. The body corporate by law follows Civil Aviation Safety Authority laws which stops unmanned aerial vehicles from operating over a populous area or within 30m of Read More

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Uavia Creates Drones Controlled From The Cloud

by Akil Wingate Maybe you’ve heard this one before. A drone launches in San Francisco, flies a standard route, and lands. Nothing to see here. Right? Wrong. The very same drone was controlled and maneuvered by tech geniuses using a cloud-based program in Paris. How does that work exactly? According to the minds at French tech firm Uavia, piloting drones remotely anywhere in the world is not a thing of the future. It’s a thing of the present. They’ve even gone so far as to call what Read More

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New drone race takes over century-old Charlotte factory

BY TYLER FLEMING A 100-year-old former denim factory in Charlotte, with dusty floors and rustic metal infrastructure, was transformed into a modern drone racing arena Saturday, complete with LED lights shining through the dimly lit facility. More than 45 racers from around the United States competed for a chance to qualify for a national tournament in New York this August. The Charlotte race had qualifying rounds in the morning, followed by elimination rounds in the afternoon. The top two Read More

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Drone Revolution: The Energy Industry Could Be a Proving Ground

Travis Hoium The utility of drones in the commercial market is just starting to be discovered, and one place where they may go into use rapidly is in the energy industry. There are myriad applications in which companies may use drones, and with regulations recently being opened up by the Federal Aviation Administration, they’re starting to be deployed in the field. Everything from solar fields to transmission lines to oil fields could use drones in the near future. Where energy drones Read More

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Accessibility of flying technology leads local hobbyists to new careers

by Diane Wagner As drone technology becomes more accessible to consumers, ideas for their use are continuing to expand. Two Romans, George Lataif and Keith Beauchamp, started out as hobbyists three short years ago. Today, they’re each on the ground floor of a burgeoning industry that could take them anywhere. For now, it’s mostly video photography. “I’ve probably done about 15 jobs in the past year,” said Lataif, who is 16 years old and preparing to start his junior year of high Read More

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Drone helps rescuers locate Iowa man, granddaughter

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) — A new drone Kossuth County purchased with a grant this spring helped authorities rescue a man and his granddaughter after their boat became hung up on a logjam on the Upper Des Moines River earlier this month. The Mason City Globe Gazette reported (http://bit.ly/2a5G0F7 ) that the remote-control aircraft helped authorities quickly locate Thomas Fitzpatrick of Algona and his granddaughter on July 13. Sheriff’s Deputy Josh Missman said he had recently Read More

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Insuring your drone will make your head spin

By Kathleen Pender The Federal Aviation Administration issued a rule last month that will make it easier to use unmanned aircraft systems — better known as drones — for commercial purposes such as aerial photography, equipment inspection and news gathering. Insuring your drone, however, is anything but simple. Drones pose myriad risks, including damage to the drone itself, to people or property hit by a drone and invasion of privacy claims.  Your homeowners or renters policy might — Read More

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Film gives a bird’s eye view of historic Tall Ship out at sea

Northumberland County Council approached TV director Stuart Ramsay and editor Nick Thorp, who both worked on the ITV series Tales from Northumberland with Robson Green, to ask them to create a short film to promote the Tall Ships Regatta, reflecting Northumberland’s history, landscape and seafaring heritage. The two-minute film features some of the scenes filmed for that series, including spectacular drone footage of the Tall Ship Haabet which is being renovated by the Blyth Tall Ship Read More

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Reasonable Doubt: What you need to know about drones in Canada

by Sherry Baxter Drones are a type of unmanned air vehicle (UAV). In Canada, UAVs are defined as power-driven crafts (other than model aircraft) designed to fly without a human operator on board, required to operate in accordance with a Special Flight Operation Certificate (SFOC). They currently fall into two categories: (1) those weighing 25 kilograms or less to be used within one’s line of sight, which are currently exempt from requiring a SFOC; and (2) those weighing more than 25 Read More

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3D printed drone helps destroy mines

Katie Armstrong We’ve heard of plenty of drones that help increase the death toll, but what about drones that help save lives? Afghan brothers, Massoud and Mahmud Hassani hve designed a drone using 3D printing, robots and a metal detector to hunt for and destroy landmines. Hinged on six arms with rotors that create lift, the 4.5 kilo (10-pound) drone consists of a blue hard plastic casing with batteries, computer hardware and software and a global positioning system. Underneath is a robot Read More

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