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DJI, focused on civilian drones and aerial imaging technology, introduced a new remote controller for its newer drones at CES 2019. The branded Smart Controller, selling for an approximate retail price of US$649, features what the company describes as an ultra-bright display screen and controls optimized for DJI drones. The controller allows pilots to fly the newest drones without using a smartphone or tablet.
While regulators try to keep up, commercial drones are rapidly evolving from Christmas toys for the bored into serious, sophisticated business tools. Collision avoidance is becoming standard.
Aeryon sUAS can be deployed in minutes and operate safely in confined environments that are inaccessible to manned aircraft and fixed-wing UAS. Automated features and fly-safe controls also reduce reliance on operator skill and minimize risk. This VTOL sUAS platform can hover at extended range while providing up-close, detailed video and photos, as well as consistent data collection.
The U.S. government now patrols nearly half the Mexican border by drones alone in a largely unheralded shift to control desolate stretches where there are no agents, camera towers, ground sensors or fences, and it plans to expand the strategy to the Canadian border.
Spurred by numerous reports of drones flying near jets and airports, the federal government will require that the aircraft be registered to make it easier to identify owners and educate amateur aviators.
The Rise of the Machines. It was the subtitle of one of the Terminator movies, but it’s a fair assessment of what we are facing with UAVs. If we apply the developmental model of forming, storming, norming and then performing, we are barely into the first stage of the process as the technology is identified, regulations are brought into place and a new order rises.
When hobbyists send their tiny, camera-equipped drones up to capture pictures of a beautiful sunset, the results can be stunning.
The Federal Aviation Administration is expected to announce Thursday that it is granting permits to seven movie and television production companies to fly drones, an important step toward greater use of the technology by commercial operators, said attorneys and a company official familiar with the decision. However, the permits are expected to come with limitations, including that the unmanned aircraft be used only on closed sets and that they be operated by a three-person team, including a trained drone operator.
Designers of the ambitious U.S. air traffic control system of the future neglected to take drones into account, raising questions about whether it can handle the escalating demand for the unmanned aircraft and predicted congestion in the sky.
The Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport, has announced the launch of the Government of Canada's safety awareness campaign for unmanned air vehicles (UAVs), or drones. The national campaign will help ensure UAV users—both recreational and commercial—understand the rules of the skies and always think safety first.
Transport Canada’s Director General for Civil Aviation, Martin J. Eley has announced new regulations for UAV and UAS use in Canada.
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has announced a partnership with industry to explore the next steps in unmanned aircraft operations beyond the type of operations the agency proposed in the draft small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) rule it published in February.
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