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DJI Announces Newest Onboard Supercomputer for Drones: the M…

Since DJI launched their drone developer platform, the Manifold, at the end of 2015, both commercial drones and compute power have evolved.  Industrial applications for drones have expanded significantly, to include advanced operations in more remote and difficult to reach areas.  Computing power has expanded also, with artificial intelligence and …

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Investors’ Appetite for Drone Technology Still Strong

It seems to be the season for funding announcements: and a recent spate of press releases from drone companies indicates that the sector is still desirable. The drone industry has seen some noted consolidations and exits in the last few years.  Commercial drone solutions provider Airware shut down last year …

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DJI’s Quest for Real Drone Incident Data: Why Every Pilot Sh…

Image @jeshoots at Pexels Yesterday, DJI, announced that they would equip all drones with AirSense ADS-B receivers as of 2020.  (You can read about that here).  The announcement is just part of DJI’s plan to equip hardware with technology-based safety features in order to address the needs of regulators – …

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PrecisionHawk’s Michael Chasen to Lead Drone Advisory Commit…

photo courtesy PrecisionHawk The FAA’s Drone Advisory Committee (DAC) has been instrumental in helping to form commercial drone regulations, and the best example in the drone sector of industry working in collaboration with government.  On Friday, the FAA and Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao announced that PrecisionHawk CEO Michael …

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The FAA’s New Rules for Recreational Drones

image public domain It’s time.  The FAA will now implement some of the changes in regulations for recreational drones which will follow on the passage of the FAA Reauthorization Act passed last year. The FAA Reauthorization Act repealed Section 336 of the previous FAA Reauthorization, which protected recreational aircraft from …

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Cape: Aerial Telepresence Changes the Definitions of Pilot a…

Aerial telepresence is a relatively new concept – and Cape Aerial Telepresence™ is the first platform in use for commercial drones.   The idea is a game changer for drone missions, changing the definition of “pilot” and “commander” for drones. In a stunning demonstration at AUVSI’s Xponential, Cape’s VP of …

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Is Flight Over People the Tipping Point for the Commercial D…

In The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference, author Malcolm Gladwell defines the tipping point as “the moment of critical mass, the threshold, the boiling point”.  It’s hard to say exactly when the tipping point for the commercial drone industry will be, or what in particular might cause …

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How Not to Stop Rogue Drones: FAA Addresses FAQ About Airpor…

Joe Ravi [CC BY-SA 3.0] In light of recent drone incidents at airports – including yesterday’s news about air traffic closure in Frankfurt and the Gatwick disaster that happened during last year’s holiday season – the FAA is working hard to communicate with airports about what can and can’t be …

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Drone Sighting Shuts Down Another Airport: This Time it’s Fr…

Image by Mr_Worker from Pixabay News and commentary. It’s time to get airport airspace security done.  Reuters reports that flight operations at Frankfurt airport, Germany’s busiest airport, were suspended for an hour and have now resumed. At this point there is little information available.  Airport spokesmen commented to news outlets today …

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