Each week we feature a video sent to us by Dronetheworld.com, a site that collects and maps drone videos from around the world. from the folks at DronetheWorld: This time we share a great mix from the landscape of Spain submitted by our new member Nathan. Enjoy it! Have a great weekend. Kai & Heiko
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Drone manufacturer DJI is taking a leadership role in the “Drones for Good” movement – ensuring that drone technology is fully utilized for humanitarian projects. DJI has been on the scene of major disasters across the globe, partnering with local teams to provide drone services. They’ve partnered with other innovators to provide better technology, including their project with […]
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DJI has a new item for your Christmas list – but this one isn’t a drone. DJI kicked off its 10th anniversary celebration last week by announcing a new coffee table book featuring stunning photos shot by renowned aerial photographers -and passionate amateurs – around the world. Above the World, says the DJI press announcement, “pays homage to […]
Manned aviation associations want drone safety rules across the EU, Israeli Air Force changes UAV training system strategy, a Lockheed Martin and the Warsaw University partnership, observations from the Commercial UAV Show Asia, Mercedes and Matternet partner on package delivery, and Huerta delivers InterDrone keynote.
Ten manned aviation associations issued a Joint call to safely integrate Drones / UAS into Europe’s Airspace [PDF]. They believe the safety risks associated recreational drones are underestimated and they want harmonized rules across the EU. The groups are calling for:
- Extensive public awareness campaign
- Registration of all drones (Ireland and USA cited as examples)
- Mandatory training and certificate/license
- Technical Performance Limitations (geofencing)
- In-depth research into the impact of collisions between drones and manned aircraft
- Integration of recreational drones into national Model Aircraft Flying Regulations
- Increase in the effectiveness of enforcement.
Signatories are: Airlines for Europe (A4E), Airports Council International Europe (ACI EUROPE), Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation (CANSO), European Cockpit Association (ECA), European Helicopter Association (EHA), European Regions Airline Association (ERAA), International Air Carrier Association (IACA), International Air Transport Association (IATA), International Federation of Air Line Pilots’ Associations (IFALPA), and International Federation of Air Traffic Controllers’ Associations (IFATCA).
The Israeli Air Force (IAF) had initially planned to ask Israeli UAV manufacturers to develop a dedicated training system for its unmanned air vehicle academy. Instead, the IAF will now select an Israeli off-the-shelf UAV for training.
Lockheed Martin and the Warsaw University of Technology (WUT) are engaged in an advanced applied research program to optimize fleets of manned and unmanned aircraft. They’ve conducted a demonstration where they use advanced math to model the constraints and calculate a “best answer.” The model typically offers a 10 to 20 percent improvement over other methods.
The Commercial UAV Show Asia 2016 was held September 1-2, 2016 in Singapore. Netherlands-based Aerialtronics, who specializes in precision agriculture and inspection, showed a gas-sniffer to detect gas leaks in pipelines. Parrot offshoot SenseFly showed applications for agriculture and property mapping. The eBee SQW fixed-wing drone was there, and based around the Parrot Sequoia multispectral camera. Ukrainian-based manned aircraft maker Skyeton recently started manufacturing airframes and avionics systems for third-parties looking to fly their own sensor packages. The Commercial UAV Show next visits the London ExCel center on October 19-20, 2016.
Canada’s Draganfly has become that country’s first UAV manufacturer to receive permission to test an integrated command-and-control system that utilizes automatic dependent surveillance broadcast (ADS-B) avionics with their UAV. Draganfly is partnering with uAvionix.
Daimler AG, the maker of Mercedes-Benz cars and trucks, has acquired a minority stake in Matternet in 5-year, €500 million project to develop drones for networked electric delivery vans. The adVANce initiative will encompass vehicle digitization, automation, robotics and mobility solutions technologies. The Vision Van would have a human driver making deliveries, with the drone simultaneously making additional deliveries.
Department 13 is offering a commercial service that provides drone forensics to clients such as border patrol, prison security, and law enforcement.
FAA Administrator Michael Huerta delivered the keynote at InterDrone, and confirmed that a proposal to fly over crowds will be released by the end of this year. FAA is working on a proposal for flying beyond visual line of sight.
Sure, drone racing is relatively new to the mainstream media. Even plenty of tech fanatics are surprised at how quickly the sport is taking off. But to assume that FPV racing has come from nowhere does a disservice to the thousands of pioneers around the world who have been organising races and meetups for a […]
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