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AirMap Is A Sky Atlas For Drone Users

Bought a drone, and want to fly it legally, but have no idea where to do that? A new map created by drone hobbyists and enthusiasts aims to be an atlas, laying out the legal landscape for piloting unmanned vehicles. Called simply AirMap, the project is a collaboration between Ben Marcus, who created the NoFlyZone registry for people who don't want drones buzzing around their houses, and Gregory McNeal, a professor of law and public policy at Pepperdine. Available now in beta form, the AirMap takes user input and regulation changes into account, creating a durable map of which sections of sky are currently safe and legal for drones to fly in.
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Motorcycle-racing fans get rare drone's eye view

Motorcycle racing fans attending Friday’s EnduroCross race at Orleans Arena saw camera angles of a sporting event they’ve never seen before on their smartphones thanks to a Las Vegas-based company that produced images from a camera mounted on a drone that flew above the action.
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PrecisionHawk Signs UAV Research Agreement with FAA to Address Extended Visual Line of Sight

PrecisionHawk will work with the FAA to develop aircraft standards and operational procedures for extended line-of-sight to identify a pathway for safe integration of drones into the National Airspace System
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How drones are facilitating relief efforts in Nepal

One of the biggest challenges in getting disaster aid to places like Nepal has always been how reach areas that have been cut off by destroyed roads or rubble. But now aid workers have a new tool to help: drones.
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FAA Continues to Modify UAS Approval Process to Expedite Integration

By the end of 2014, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) had approved less than 15 Section 333 exemptions authorizing unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) operations. Roughly three months later, that number has jumped to over 130 Section 333 exemptions approved. The surge in approvals can be attributed to recent changes in the FAA’s approval process as well as increasing pressure from the White House and industry to speed up UAS integration. A few of the recent changes implemented by the FAA include introduction of a “blanket” COA, reliance on a “summary grant” process, and dialing back of certain prerequisites to approval.
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Is it Time for a Drone Ambulance?

In the event of an emergency, first responders are the most crucial part of making sure everyone involved gets out quickly and safely. Sometimes traffic, one way city streets, construction, and other forces out the emergency responders control hinder how quickly they are able to arrive at the scene, which is not a positive outcome for anyone involved. Consider a remote controlled drone. This type of machine can circumvent any type of obstacle it may come across on the streets in order to get to a situation as quickly as possible.
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How DroneDeploy's app is about to make farming more efficient

DroneDeploy, a start-up poised to make farms and other businesses significantly more efficient, launched its mobile app Tuesday and announced it will be compatible with one of the world’s most popular drones.
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Drones Will Look For Stray Dogs In Houston

Drones, as low-cost flying machines, make great rescue tools. They can look and go places people can’t--or at least can’t go safely--and with infrared cameras, they can sometimes see beyond what human eyes can. In Houston, the World Animal Awareness Society plans to use them to track stray dogs, combining a drone's utility as a mapping device with its rescue abilities.
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FAA Streamlines UAS COAs for Section 333

The Federal Aviation Administration has established an interim policy to speed up airspace authorizations for certain commercial unmanned aircraft (UAS) operators who obtain Section 333 exemptions. The new policy helps bridge the gap between the past process, which evaluated every UAS operation individually, and future operations after we publish a final version of the proposed small UAS rule.
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senseFly urges support of FAA’s proposed ‘micro UAS’ class

senseFly congratulates FAA on its pragmatic approach to drone regulation and requests public comment to make micro UAS class a reality
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