June 22, 2017

Drone pilots who need to fly near major airports may find it easier to request FAA clearance now that the agency has released a fresh batch of facility maps. The first set of more than 200 maps, released at the end of April, focused on lesser-known airports in Class E airspace. But the maps posted […]

June 22, 2017

The drone community flew into the White House today for an event about emerging technology, and a Kespry drone was the star of the show. The event wasn’t just about drones — the invitees included executives and venture capitalists from the wireless industry, too — but the key photo op featured President Trump getting a […]

May 29, 2017

Delivering the game ball at sports events used to be a rather mundane task, but not in the age of drones. Now it’s a opportunity for pre-game competition to see who can deliver the ball in more spectacular fashion. Auburn University got the ball flying last fall at a football game with Texas A&M. “It […]

May 16, 2017

You know you’re industry has hit the big time when the Harvard Business Review is calling it a “big idea,” and drones reached that pinnacle this week. The magazine published a comprehensive look at the drone economy from the perspective of a man who is part of it – Chris Anderson, the CEO of 3DR […]

May 13, 2017

The organizers behind a Midwestern drone festival today took to heart the adage about making lemonade when life hands you lemons. The event came together after an illegal drone flight led to a partnership between the pilot and the park ranger who busted him. The pilot was Aaron Begle of Hele Productions, and he made […]

April 27, 2017

Barely a week or sometimes a day goes by without news of a new state or local drone law, but it hasn’t always been so. The earliest such attempt to regulate drones didn’t occur until 2009. That is one of several insights from a report released today by the Center for the Study of the […]

April 21, 2017

The National Park Service’s recent drone search for two missing hikers at the bottom of the Grand Canyon wasn’t successful, but it highlighted the potential value of the park’s drone fleet, the only one like it in the national park system. Grand Canyon chief ranger Matt Vandzura told the Associated Press that unmanned aircraft give […]

April 7, 2017

If you want to know how many drone pilots are certified to fly in your state, sUAS News editor Gary Mortimer has the answer in visual form. He used the CARTO platform to create a map based on the FAA’s database of drone pilots. Mortimer incorporated the map into a story about the 10 states […]

March 14, 2017

Drones contributed to the saving of at least 59 lives in 18 different emergency situations around the world between May 2015 and last month, according to a new report. Eight of the rescues involving 14 people occurred in the United States. China-based DJI, the leading civilian drone maker, produced the report based on news accounts […]

March 7, 2017

The Big Apple’s big investment in drones paid dividends yesterday when the Fire Department of New York put it into the air over a four-alarm fire in the Bronx. It marked the first time the fire department used its $85,000 tethered drone in the field. “We were able to get a good view of the […]

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