Drones in The News

From bowling alleys to race tracks, how a new breed of drones is transforming cinema

Without planning, drones represent a flying traffic nightmare
Data intelligence platform UrbanFootprint is hoping to provide answers and guidance to planners to avoid congested skies
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Analyst pleads to leaking secrets about drone program
ALEXANDRIA, Va. — A former Air Force intelligence analyst pleaded guilty Wednesday to leaking classified documents to a reporter about military drone strikes against al-Qaida and other terrorist targets. Read more

When it’s (not) okay to spy by drone
One of the core liberties protected in the U.S. Constitution is, as the Fourth Amendment so eloquently puts it, “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures.” But new technology is always raising questions about just what qualifies as a search that should require a warrant. Read More

After drone dive-bombs Salem police and firefighters, man faces federal charge
Nearly two years after a drone hovered over a Salem fire station and then dive-bombed and harassed firefighters and police, federal authorities have charged the man they say was operating it.James Russell Weeks III was indicted last week on a charge of operating an unregistered aircraft. Read More

Kenyan drone academy founder hopes to help aspiring pilots soar

NAIROBI (Reuters) – In 2017, Nairobi-based producer Tony Mwangi headed to South Africa to retrain as a drone pilot instructor, hoping to get a head start in the industry before it was legal to own and operate drones in Kenya. Now, a year after the Kenyan government adopted a law governing the nascent sector, his academy is one of just three in the East African country offering training to aspiring pilots. Read More

Autonomous Drones Usher in a New Century of Aviation
Creating a “complete drone solution” is a concept we’ve talked about for many years now, with definitions that vary depending on the need and application. While the notion is typically focused on hardware and software, the underlying assumptions associated with this sort of solution are tied to autonomous capabilities that allow users to quickly and easily utilize a drone to perform numerous tasks. During the Autonomous Drones & AI session at the AI + Industry Summit, participants got a sense of how these expectations and capabilities have evolved.  Read More

Drone Ethics and Professionalism within the Drone Industry
One industry trend that seems to be popping up more and more these days is ethics and professionalism within the drone industry.There seem to be a bunch of people who may have gone to Best Buy and bought a drone, and, now, they’ve sort of shown up trying to do pretty much any job that they possibly can. That’s causing a bunch of problems in the industry. One of the ways to solve that is, even for those folks who want to break in and become sort of those enterprise drone professionals, is to look the part Read More

Drone Operator Grounded by Self-interested Government Board Fights Back
Raleigh, N.C.—Drones are revolutionizing the way we view the world, making aerial photography easier and less expensive. But drone entrepreneurs on the cutting edge are finding a very old industry standing in the way: land surveying. In North Carolina, the Board of Examiners for Engineers and Surveyors sends warnings to drone operators saying that certain photography amounts to surveying without a license and threatens them with possible criminal prosecution. Read More

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