Chris Anderson's Blog – February 2015 Archive (7)

No drones at this year's Sparkfun AVC :-(

Sparkfun has just announced the rules of this year's Autonomous Vehicle Competition, and the big news is that drones are no longer part of it for safety reasons. Having witnessed the crash they say precipitated this (which was as scary as they say), I have to agree that the logistics of this…


Added by Chris Anderson on February 18, 2015 at 7:30pm — 24 Comments

The star of "The Aviator" are these huge model airplanes built by a drone company

CNBC's Jerry Cobb interviews Joe Bock about the models he designed and built for the movie The Aviator. The Hughes H1 Racer, The Hughes XF11, and legendary Spruce Goose airplanes originally built by Howard Hughes. Aero Telemetry designed, built, and flew these amazing airplanes for the Academy Award winning movie The Aviator.

Added by Chris Anderson on February 14, 2015 at 4:00pm — 4 Comments

More analysis of forthcoming FAA rules

This one is from Greg McNeal, another regulatory law expert

Inadvertently Posted FAA Document Provides Insights Into Forthcoming Drone Regulations

The FAA may be poised to release regulations that…


Added by Chris Anderson on February 14, 2015 at 10:56am — 2 Comments

Analysis of leaked FAA rulemaking preview

Diana Marina Cooper, a tech lawyer, has posted this analysis of the FAA draft rulemaking document that was posted earlier …


Added by Chris Anderson on February 14, 2015 at 10:30am — 13 Comments

One-hour scratch Arducopter build

From Hackaday:

[marhar] was pretty confident in his quadcopter building skills when he made a bet to build and fly a quadcopter in just one hour! This is a…


Added by Chris Anderson on February 14, 2015 at 9:17am — 5 Comments

First Pixhawk-powered drone to get FAA commercial use approval

Congrats to Event 38, whose Pixhawk/APM-powered aircraft was granted a FAA Section 333 approval!
From Droneyard:
Pravia, llc …

Added by Chris Anderson on February 11, 2015 at 10:00pm — 16 Comments

Wired: "Why the US Government Is Terrified of Hobbyist Drones"

We have a standing policy here at DIY Drones of no discussion of weaponizing drones, but the White House incident was so important and this Wired article so illuminating that I'm going to make an exception this time. From Wired:

If you want to understand why the government freaked…


Added by Chris Anderson on February 6, 2015 at 6:16pm — 30 Comments

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