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Trump Reinstates the FAA’s Drone Registration Requirement with 2018 Defense Bill

Yesterday, President Trump signed a sweeping defense policy bill for 2018, which included reinstating the requirement for recreational drone users to once again register their drones between 0.55 and 55 pounds. In May this year, a D.C. circuit judge determined the Federal Aviation Administration didn’t have the authority to enforce this rule, citing a 2012 aviation law, which states model aircraft cannot be regulated by the FAA and argued the recreational use of drones is considered the use of a model aircraft.

Dec 13, 2017 11:13:40 AM

Topics: Drones, FAA regulations, FAA, Trump

2017: The Year of Natural Disasters and Putting Drones to Work

This year was host to a lot of natural disasters across the globe, but one common thread was the use of drones during the disaster and in its aftermath. Here’s a list of where and how they were used, from most recent to earlier in the year.

Dec 13, 2017 9:19:07 AM

Topics: Drones, Humanitarian, disaster relief

Yahama Motors will Showcase Drone and Unmanned Helicopter at CES 2018

Under the theme “Expanding the Possibilities of Mobility with Advanced Technology,” the Yamaha Motor Booth at CES 2018 (which will be Yamaha’s first appearance at the show) will feature a drone, the YMR-01, and an unmanned helicopter, the FAZER R, for industrial uses, in Las Vegas, Jan 9 – 12.

Dec 5, 2017 10:57:14 AM

Topics: commercial drones, Yamaha, autonomous systems, Precision Agriculture, autonomous vehicle

FAA Drone Registration Database Gives Comprehensive View on the Scope of Commercial Drone Use

On November 14, the Federal Aviation Administration publicly released a treasure trove of information on the number of drone registrations up to October 31, 2017. According to its database and a thorough analysis by Dan Gettinger and Arthur Holland Michel of the Bard College Center for the Study of the Drone, 2017 showed an uptick in non-hobbyist registrations while hobbyist user registrations slowed.

Nov 30, 2017 1:43:14 PM

Topics: Updates