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As more drones take to the skies, droneports will become a thing

As more drones take to the skies, droneports will become a thing

Just when you thought it was hard to achieve a first in flight in this day and age, a city near Las Vegas has broken ground on what is believed to be the first commercial drone airport.
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FAA Sued In Federal Court Over Drone Registration Rules

FAA Sued In Federal Court Over Drone Registration Rules

In a move that may give hope to many model aircraft flyers, the validity of the FAA’s new drone registry is under challenge in federal court. The hope for these hobby flyers is that if the challenge is successful, they – including children as young as 13 – won’t have to file their names and home addresses  in a public database. Many hobby flyers have held off on registering their drones, concerned about the public availability of their information.
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Missing Cape Cod Man Body Found by Drone

Police say 56-year-old William Fleming was found by a drone being operated by a search team in a marsh in Wellfleet, Massachusetts, off Lieutenant Island.
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Drones help scientists map glaciers to monitor world water supply

Drones help scientists map glaciers to monitor world water supply

About five km high in the Peruvian Andes, drones are helping scientists map glaciers and wetlands with 10cm precision and gauge how climate change will affect the people who rely on those glaciers for water supply.

The strategy provides a ground for research teams that are investigating water security in other areas of the world with much larger populations, including India and China.

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Drone FAA Regulation News

Today the FAA announced a registration statutory requirement now that applies to all aircraft. Aircraft registration process for owners of small unmanned aircraft (UAS) weighing more than 0.55 pounds (250 grams) and less than 55 pounds (approx. 25 kilograms) including payloads such as on-board cameras.
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DJI Introduces Company’s First Agriculture Drone

DJI Introduces Company’s First Agriculture Drone

Shenzhen, Nov. 27, 2015 – DJI, the world leader in unmanned aerial vehicle technology, Friday announced the launch of a smart, crop-spraying agricultural drone.

The DJI Agras MG-1 is dustproof, water-resistant and made of anti-corrosive materials. It can be rinsed clean and folded up for easy transport and storage after use.

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UAS Task Force Outlines Recommendations for Registration

UAS Task Force Outlines Recommendations for Registration

Today, the Federal Aviation Administration released the initial Task Force recommendations for the registration of small unmanned aerial systems (sUAS). In October, PrecisionHawk was selected by the Department of Transportation to serve on the UAS task force along with a diverse group of 24 other entities in the manned and unmanned space. The goal was to develop recommendations for a drone registration process that increases safety standards and could be tied into the final rule for sUAS.
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DJI is removing mandatory no-fly zones from its drones

DJI is removing mandatory no-fly zones from its drones

One of the leading manufacturers of consumer drones is loosening the control it has over whether the craft can take off in restricted areas, such as near airports. breaking free of legacy it
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How a Flying iPhone Secured Investors - The pitch that had the Sharks fighting for a chance to buy in.

Last week, a young aerospace engineer presented a $300 iPhone/Android drone on prime time’s hit entrepreneurship program, Shark Tank, and had the investors clambering among themselves for a chance to buy in. Founder of startup company xCraft, JD Claridge, and his partner Charles Manning, a veteran software developer, have created a product that can turn any iPhone or Android smartphone into a self-navigating drone. Equipped with four propellers and a plastic shell, the apparatus can be attached to the mobile device and sent hovering above.

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Comment on FAA's UAS Registration Requirements by 11/6/2015

If you have a problem with the way the FAA is requiring UAS systems to be registered, with a N Number and a four month process to add a new system to your 333, please comment now!

Clarification of Applicability of Aircraft Registration Requirements for Unmanned Aircraft Systems and Request for Information Regarding Electronic Registration

http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=FAA-2015-4378-0022
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