What’s the latest with the FAA’s drone regulations?

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is still working on its first step in regulating small unmanned aircraft systems. A notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) was publicly released Feb. 15, and the period for comments closed on April 24. Now the industry is waiting for the FAA to complete its analysis, and if the recent FAA Regulations panel at the International Drone Exposition and Conference (InterDrone) in Las Vegas this week was any indication, the industry will have a long wait.

Sep 10, 2015 11:07:00 AM

Topics: InterDrone, Regulation

Getting rid of negative drone perceptions

Drones invade our privacy. Drones kill people. Drones threaten our safety. These are all concerns the public has about the new age of drones, but these concerns are unmerited, according to Romeo Durscher, director of education at DJI, a provider of drones and quadcopters. The problem is that there are a lot of people who have no idea what drones are or what the technology can do.

Sep 10, 2015 10:30:58 AM

The future of drones means drones combined with anything

2015 has been a big year for drones. For some, this year marks the year of drones, but for Chris Anderson, CEO of 3D Robotics and founder of DIY Drones, 2016 will be the year the industry’s innovation really takes off.

Sep 9, 2015 4:15:00 PM

Topics: InterDrone

3DR turns its focus to education

3D Robotics (3DR) wants to help accelerate the drone industry by putting drones in the hands of students. The company has announced a new academic program dubbed 3DU.

Sep 2, 2015 2:17:11 PM

Intel puts its money on drones

Intel is entering the drone industry through the Hong Kong-based aviation firm Yuneec. The company announced it will be investing more than US$60 million in Yuneec, and is partnering with the aviation firm to further their drone development.

Aug 27, 2015 11:11:24 AM

Topics: Updates

Drones Used for Tracking Radio Tagged Wildlife in Australia


Aug 26, 2015 1:28:50 PM

Topics: Humanitarian

Duke Opens Drone Facility for Marine Conservation

Duke University will be joining the list of institutions utilizing drones for scientific research in the U.S. as it recently opened a new UAS testing facility at the Nicholas School of the Environment. The Marine Conservation Ecology Unmanned Systems Facility, as it is called, will conduct studies in weather research, such as hurricanes off the coast, the surveying of marine mammals, and the tracking of marine macro plastic distributions.

Aug 20, 2015 2:11:38 PM

Topics: Maritime

Researchers to test a drone traffic-management system

Researchers from the University of Nevada, Reno, are trying to create a safe airspace for drone pilots to fly their unmanned systems with a new traffic-management system. Their research is part of NASA’s Ames Unmanned Aerial Systems Traffic Management initiative to get aircraft operating in low altitude.

Aug 13, 2015 11:19:50 AM

Topics: Control Systems

InterDrone Las Vegas Welcomes Leading Venture Capitalists to Program

Accel Partners to Sponsor Start-Up Zone

Offers panel sessions and The Hangar for start-ups to connect with leading funding companies

BZ Media LLC announced today stellar lineups for InterDrone’s panel discussions “Leading VCs Discuss Next Wave or Drone Innovation” and “Ways to Fund Your Drone Business.” InterDrone is being held in Las Vegas, Sept. 9-10-11 at the Rio, and features more than 100 classes, panels and keynotes, including 3D Robotics CEO Chris Anderson and keynotes from AeroVironment, DJI and Parrot.

Aug 10, 2015 2:26:00 PM

Topics: InterDrone

Amazon sets its sights on drone highways

Amazon’s drone delivery plan is about to get even more ambitious. The company proposed a drone highway during NASA’s Unmanned Aerial Systems Traffic Management Convention.

Jul 29, 2015 2:38:38 PM