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Some pretty awful proposed regulations have reared their ugly head. Should there be a comment period folks from around the world ought to chip in!

Added by Gary Mortimer on July 19, 2017 at 6:30am — 1 Comment

No more $5 FAA fee, John Taylor wins his case.

Should you be in America and come across this man you should probably buy him a beer. He fought the FAA and won. Their mucking about with 336 was not viewed well by the courts,…

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Added by Gary Mortimer on May 19, 2017 at 11:19am — 11 Comments

Do not be that guy, 133 new flight restriction areas for drone in UAS

The FAA have just issued a NOTAM and interactive map. It really might not be a good idea to be caught in any of the 133 new restricted areas

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has established airspace restrictions over 133 military facilities to address national security concerns about unauthorized drone operations. The specific…

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Added by Gary Mortimer on April 7, 2017 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

Let me just leave this here

Added by Gary Mortimer on March 27, 2017 at 1:28pm — 3 Comments

Who remembers Piksi, Colin and Fergus make Forbes 30 under 30

Swift Navigation, the San Francisco-based startup building centimeter-accurate GPS technology that will power a world of autonomous vehicles, is proud to announce that two of its co-founders, Fergus Noble…

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Added by Gary Mortimer on January 12, 2017 at 3:48pm — 1 Comment

Talking Pixhawk 2.1 and RTK with Philip Rowse

It's in the title really. ;-)

http://www.proficnc.com/

Added by Gary Mortimer on November 30, 2016 at 6:00am — 2 Comments

sUAS News Guide, Q3 update

Another quarter of the year has flown by (yes, I just did that) and there is no shortage of new drones milling about the skies of this blue marble.

Q3 Update – October 2016 – https://joom.ag/OEsQ

Gary, Editor of sUAS News, recently mentioned that in his neck of…

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Added by Gary Mortimer on October 26, 2016 at 2:20am — No Comments

In the USA.... Be careful after Monday

Of course, you are always careful you are a DIYD member.

We are all aware of Part 107 coming in next Monday. The very simple test that will allow folks to fly commercially. Less is being said about Part 101, the bit that affects all other model aircraft fliers. If after Monday you don't…

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Added by Gary Mortimer on August 26, 2016 at 11:05pm — 6 Comments

sUAS Guide #2 - Its free!

As the first half of 2016 screams into the rear view mirror, sUAS News brings you sUAS Guide Issue 2. Lots of happenings in the last few weeks including the FAA finalizing the Part 107 ‘small UAS Rule’, which we will see come into effect in August this year. A great step forward to foster the growth of more commercial…

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Added by Gary Mortimer on July 7, 2016 at 9:34am — No Comments

USA Simple Commercial Flight Rules land in 60 days time

Part 107 lives, the starting gun has fired.

Today, the Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration has finalized the first operational rules for routine commercial use of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or “drones”), opening pathways towards fully integrating UAS into the nation’s airspace. These new…

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Added by Gary Mortimer on June 21, 2016 at 8:21am — 23 Comments

Europe canes America in drone delivery race

One hundred and thirty deliveries! Yep 130, not just delivered but done automatically over a three month period in all sorts of weather.

Well done DHL, I wonder whats inside?

Added by Gary Mortimer on May 11, 2016 at 12:44am — 32 Comments

FAA Administrator Makes Two Major Drone Announcements

Speaking today at a conference in New Orleans, FAA Administrator Michael Huerta announced the agency is establishing a broad-based advisory committee that will provide advice on key unmanned aircraft integration issues. He also announced plans to make it easier for …

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Added by Gary Mortimer on May 4, 2016 at 7:41am — 14 Comments

Its Friday, I'm just going to leave this here

Added by Gary Mortimer on April 28, 2016 at 11:43pm — 30 Comments

Clash of the Titans, DJI sue Yuneec

DJI, the world’s leading maker of unmanned aerial vehicle (“UAV”) and camera technology, Friday filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Yuneec International Co. Ltd. and Yuneec USA, Inc. in the United States District Court for the Central District of California.

The complaint asserts that Yuneec’s products and technology infringe two DJI patents and…

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Added by Gary Mortimer on April 1, 2016 at 12:30pm — 28 Comments

Chris Anderson to speak at sUSB Expo 2016

Its the Silicon Valley Drone show time of year again http://www.susbexpo.com looking forward to meeting old friends and making new. The first commercial (all the rest were military/tiny bit of private before) drone show in America makes it to year four. 

Here's the line up so…

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Added by Gary Mortimer on February 17, 2016 at 10:23am — 6 Comments

Mass market RTK from uBlox

 u-blox (SIX:UBXN), a global leader in wireless and positioning modules and chips, launched today the NEO-M8P GNSS receiver modules, which are compatible with both the GPS and GLONASS satellite-based navigation systems and deliver high performance down to centimeter-level…

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Added by Gary Mortimer on February 15, 2016 at 12:46pm — 16 Comments

The sUAS Guide

We have published a guide at work, it includes a bit about just how accurate surveys are without ground control points. That should be of interest here. 

This will be released on a six month…

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Added by Gary Mortimer on February 13, 2016 at 6:00am — 5 Comments

Its Tridge!!!

I can't embed this video because its disabled on the original. But Andrew reveals a little bit about the OBC and LOHAN. Well worth a watch.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kifraO9yMrk

Its only…

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Added by Gary Mortimer on February 9, 2016 at 2:52am — 7 Comments

3000 commercial drone operators in the USA - very soon

Tiaan at sUAS News has recently updated our interactive map of all the current 333 holders ahead of our first guide coming out.

From watching how things grow we can see that the FAA can handle about 300 and a…

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Added by Gary Mortimer on January 22, 2016 at 2:00am — 10 Comments

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