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Saudi Arabia Finalizing Drone Rules Following Palace Incident

Saudi Arabia’s interior ministry is warning drone users to get permission before flying as officials scramble to finalize new regulations following an incident near the royal palace last week. Saudi police are investigating the episode in which soldiers shot down a recreational drone hovering within a restricted area around King Salman’s palace. “One of the security screening points in the ...

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The Evolution of Wind Turbine Inspections

THE FUTURE OF INSPECTIONS: A QUICKER PACE EQUALS MORE DATA SECURITY? When asking Danijel from ALL NRG in what way he sees himself doing inspections going forward, he’s hoping that the software will be able to save him even more time – but maybe more importantly; decrease the risk of data loss before getting home from an inspection: “My dream ...

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The Proposed Amendment to Section 336: Test for Recreational Drone Operators

The argument over Section 336 – and whether or not recreational drone operators should be subject to new FAA regulations – continues.  Ranking Member DeFazio of Oregon has proposed an amendment to Section 336 of the Federal Code.  The amendment would force recreational drone operators to comply with a number of requirements including passing an aeronautical knowledge test and registering ...

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Drone Immersion Flies Beyond FPV Goggles With FlyJacket

There are different levels of immersion that come with being a drone pilot. For starters, it’s quite something to be able to pilot something from the ground with a monitor in front of you displaying your progress. After that, FPV goggles take things to the next level. Putting on a pair of decent goggles is like diving into the cockpit ...

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Senior Google and Facebook Exec Joins Autonomous Drone Startup Airobotics

“Airobotics, the Israeli startup that built the world’s first fully automated drone, announced today the appointment of Richard Wooldridge as the company’s new Chief Operating Officer,” says a company press release. “As the first company to be granted an aviation authority to fly drones without a human pilot, Airobotics welcomes Richard to expand on its years of unique aerospace design ...

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PrecisionHawk Set to Launch Game-changing BVLOS Data

A major American drone platform provider is ready to boldly go where few drones have gone before. North Carolina-based PrecisionHawk announced May 1 as the date for a research release that will mark a new era in Beyond the Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS). “Flying drones over long distances — an imperative for inspecting miles of oil & gas pipeline in ...

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DJI Releases Results of Data Security Study

DJI has released the summary of a report the drone manufacturer commissioned into its data security practices. The report, carried out by San Francisco-based Kivu Consulting, confirms that DJI users have control over how their data is collected, stored and transmitted. The summary is available for download here. It does not explicitly mention any of the concerns raised by researcher Kevin Finisterre ...

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Disaster Recovery and Drones: House Makes Another Try at Long Term FAA Reauthorization Bill

The US House of Representatives has introduced another try at a long term FAA Reauthorization Act.  With the clock now ticking until the current extension of an extension of an extension runs out at the end of September, the drone industry is waiting to see what Congress can agree upon when it comes to drone regulations. “H.R. 4 was introduced ...

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European Drone Legislation: What Portugal is Doing Right

Guest post by drone enthusiast and writer Pedro Dias, editor of Central Drones, the largest online Portuguese speaking drone portal. Recreational drone usage has soared globally and with the emergence of companies in this industry with billions of dollars in revenues, it has become apparent that there is a real demand for this hobby. However, as happens with most cutting-edge technology, ...

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AirVuz Video of the Week: London!

The DRONELIFE team is headed to London this week, and we’re excited!  Our video of the week is this phenomenal video of London on a gorgeous, green day from our partners at AirVuz, the biggest drone video site on the planet. Miriam McNabb is the Editor-in-Chief of DRONELIFE and CEO of JobForDrones, a professional drone services marketplace, and a fascinated ...

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