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Sentera, LLC this week introduced its Double 4K sensor, bringing a small, fully-customizable twin-image sensor to the unmanned aerial vehicle industry with configuration options tailored for use in precision agriculture and infrastructure inspection applications. Both cameras feature state-of-the-art Sony focal plane arrays and are capable of capturing high-megapixel color stills, near-infrared (NIR) and normalized difference […]

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Commercial drone takes flight in downtown Cleveland

Hilary Golston , WKYC CLEVELAND — The first authorized commercial drone flight took off in downtown Cleveland Thursday evening. Elyria based Dronewerx LLC was behind the flight. It took a year to get authorization, but they successfully did it with approval from Burke Lakefront Airport and the Federal Aviation Administration. Matt Mishak, the managing member…

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A milestone for the UTM research platform, controlling drones with brain waves, FAA approval for night flying, rules for sUAS get one step closer, more from the Drone Dealer Expo, and a Flirtey goes into the Smithsonian.

Flirtey founder and CEO Matthew Sweeny

Flirtey founder and CEO Matthew Sweeny


NASA Marks Success for Most Complex Drone Traffic Management Test Yet at FAA Test Sites

A three-hour field test of NASA’s UAS Traffic Management (UTM) research platform included 24 drones flying in all six FAA UAS test sites. Operators planned operations, entered flight plans,  and used a variety of aircraft and software. Up to 22 drones were operated simultaneously. The UTM research platform checked for conflicts, approved or rejected the flight plans, and notified users of constraints. This Technical Capability Level One test addressed rural UAS operations within line-of-sight.

University of Florida held the world’s first brain-controlled drone race

Sixteen pilots at the University of Florida used a brain-computer interface (BCI) to control DJI Phantoms down a 10-yard course. Each pilot was calibrated with electroencephalogram headsets measuring neuron activity, which was then bound to the controller for flight.

Nocturnal UAV ops approved

Tremco Roofing and Building Maintenance has become the first commercial drone operator to be granted approval by the FAA to conduct UAV operations at night. Tremco plans to inspect buildings at night for energy leaks, rooftop damage, deteriorating façades, safety issues, etc. In partnership with Toronto-based Industrial SkyWorks, they’ve developed the SkyBEAM (Building Envelope Aerial Mapping) UAV using an Aeryon Skyranger quadcopter with HD video and infrared cameras.

Big News: Small UAS Rule at OIRA for Final Review

Law firm Hogan Lovells reports that “the FAA has sent the Small UAS NPRM to the White House for a final interagency review.” The Operation and Certification of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) rule must go through a review process at the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) at the White House. OIRA received the FAA’s Small UAS rule on April 20, 2016. Their review period averages 53 days.

Interview with Drone Nerds from Drone Dealer Expo

Continuing with Tim Trott’s interviews recorded at Drone Dealer Expo, we bring you his conversation with Lance Knowles from Drone Nerds, Incorporated, a distributor for brands like DJI and Monster X heavylift craft for commercial applications. Tim and Lance talk about the impact of regulations, the responsibilities of drone manufacturers and dealers, knowledge exams and check rides for drone operators, and measuring commercial drone operator proficiency.


The Flirtey drone used to make the first FAA-approved delivery in the U.S. has been accepted into the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum.

The Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum’s Innovations in Flight Family Day and Outdoor Aviation Display on Saturday, June 18, 2016, at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia. See recreational and home-built aircraft as well as classic automobiles. Enjoy presentations, demonstrations, special tours, and hands-on activities for all ages.


A Dutch university is working to develop technology that would allow drones to more accurately measure corrosion on oil and gas structures. With funding from Sky-Futures, a worldwide drone inspection company specializing in oil and gas inspections, a project team at Dutch University, TU Delft seeks to overcome current inspection limitations by developing drone sensors […]

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Commentary.  Lawmakers in CA seem to be doing their best to kill the booming drone industry, making CA the worst state for drones in the country. When the 2016 FAA Reauthorization package was under discussion in the Senate last month, one of the most vocal naysayers was CA Senator Dianne Feinstein, who took the  argument that […]

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Fishing and drones are two things you wouldn’t think go very well together. Sure, they’re both great ways to pass the time, but generally mixing drones and water is an accident waiting to happen. Having said that, we have seen drones used for fishing before. Just not like this. A clever fisherman in Australia has developed […]

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Guest post by Marcos Osorno, CTO of Skyward— Launching a commercial operation in a new (and highly regulated) market requires calculated choices about business goals, the regulatory environment, the competitive landscape, and timing. For the past four years, the FAA has required commercial drone operators in the United States to have a 333 Exemption. This […]

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In recent news reports DJI, the Chinese drone manufacturer, has touched on two issues that percolate up with the emergence of almost any new technology: monopolies and privacy  concerns. China Daily reports that “[the] fast-growing consumer drone industry should not copy the model of personal computer and smartphone businesses where one chip company controls nearly […]

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