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FAA Reauthorization Act Extends ASSURE UAS Program and Establishes ASSUREd Safe
dronelife | 05/23/2024
A key component of the act is the extension of the Alliance for System Safety of UAS through Research Excellence (ASSURE), FAA's Center of Excellence for UAS programs, which promotes innovation and collaboration within the UAS industry.
Vigilant Aerospace awarded OCAST grant to develop Distributed Airspace Management System
Vigilant press release | 05/09/2024
Partnership with Oklahoma State University to develop safe uncrewed aircraft traffic management capabilities
Verizon and NOAA Team Up for Advanced Storm Damage Assessment
dronelife | 05/07/2024
Utilizing Drone Technology, the New Collaboration Aims to Enhance Emergency Response and Mitigation Strategies During Hurricane Season
How Drones Are Making Construction Projects Safer
Commercial UAV News | 05/06/2024
Here's a look at a few ways the construction industry is turning to drones to enhance overall safety
2024 FAA Drone and Advanced Air Mobility Symposium
atc-network | 05/01/2024
This year's FAA Drone and Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) Symposium will focus on how the FAA continues to safely integrate these aircraft while creating a framework to accelerate advanced operations.
Virtual sensors help aerial vehicles stay aloft when rotors fail
TechXplore | 04/24/2024
A Caltech team has developed an onboard Machine Learning-based control method to help such aircraft detect and compensate for disturbances so they can keep on flying.
New Legislation Balances National Security Concerns with Support for U.S. Drone Industry: “Drones for First Responders Act”
dronelife | 04/21/2024
New legislative proposal in the U.S. Congress, known as the Drones for First Responders (DFR) Act, is poised to strike a careful balance between enhancing national security and supporting domestic drone manufacturing.
Elevating Firefighting Strategies: Drone Surveillance Takes to the Skies in New South Wales
dronelife | 04/02/2024
Australian drone operator Ninox Robotics recently announced a joint operation with the New South Wales Rural Fire Service to fly long-range drones for surveillance of bush and grass fires
FAA Annual Drone Safety Day is Saturday, April 27, 2024
FAA | 04/01/2024
Drone Safety Day (DSD) is an annual campaign designed to educate  drone users of the importance of flying safely, inspiring fun drone activities and connecting a community of enthusiast.
Rising Surveillance: The Challenge of UAS Incursions at the U.S.-Mexico Border
dronelife | 03/29/2024
The Increasing Unmanned Aircraft Activities at the Border, and the Efforts to Enhance National Security Measures
Operation Skyhawk: Drones Used in Georgia’s Largest Prison Smuggling Case
dronelife | 03/29/2024
Authorities in Georgia have dismantled what is believed to be the largest smuggling operation within the state's correctional system.
How Do You Evaluate Your Real Risk from Rogue Drones? DL Exclusive from Drone Detection Experts AeroDefense
dronelife | 03/28/2024
Companies and agencies from all sectors are evaluating their risk: and deciding on the appropriate response.  Current regulations around the authorized use of counter drone technology may additionally complicate the situation.
Top 5 Trends in Public Safety Drone Operations
Commercial UAV news | 03/21/2024
This year, over 600 public safety and related industry professionals convened at the second annual National Public Safety UAS Conference, in Williamsburg, Virginia. These are the top 5 key takeaways from the event.
FAA Updates and Open Questions: From the Floor of the National Public Safety UAS Conference
dronelife | 03/13/2024
A panel of FAA representative provide updates and insights for public safety and law enforcement drone community with updates on the B4UFly app, remote ID, and  along with fielded questions from the audience.
Counter UAS Update, From the Floor of National Public Safety UAS Conference
dronelife | 03/13/2024
Use of counter UAS technologies to keep unauthorized drones out of sensitive airspace, including the space over prisons where incursions are becoming more frequent.
FAA’s Jeffrey Vincent: What’s Next in Drone Regulations (and When Can We Expect that BVLOS NPRM?)
dronelife | 03/12/2024
At the DRONERESPONDERS National Public Safety UAS Conference, Jeffrey Vincent, the Executive Director of the FAA's UAS Integration Office, spoke what is next for drone regulations – including a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) for BVLOS flight by the end of this year.
Former DOI Director on the Impact of the American Drone Security Act: From the Floor of the National Public Safety UAS Conference
dronelife | 03/12/2024
Mark Bathrick, former U.S. Department of the Interior's Director of the Office of Aviation Services (OAS) spoke about the practical impact that the American Drone Security Act and proposed bans on Chinese made drone technology.
Texas Police Secure Drone Data, Aim to Preserve Fleets Despite Ban Attempts
droneliife | 02/27/2024
As both state and federal officials try to limit, if not outright ban, the use of Chinese-made drones by public service agencies, police departments and sheriff's offices in Texas have taken steps to ensure that those UAVs in their fleets do not present the security threat that ban advocates fear.
News Round-Up: Commercial Drones and Artificial Intelligence
Commercial UAV News | 02/26/2024
"the prospect of using robotics and related systems in place of human intelligence to perform tasks and solve problems is seen by many as key to increasing efficiency, enhancing safety, and delivering exceptional return on investment in a broad range of commercial operations."
FAA Reauthorization Act Enhances Recreational Drone Operations: Key Amendments and Impacts for Flyers and Educators
dronelife | 02/21/2024
The recent passage of the FAA Reauthorization Act through the US Senate Committee included some big news for recreational drone operators including greater access for recreational drone operators to controlled airspace, allowing flight beyond fixed flying sites, and a new process to request flights into controlled airspace from uncontrolled airspace. 
NTSB Confirms Propeller Failure Caused Crash of Joby's eVTOL Prototype
FutureFliight | 02/10/2024
The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board has confirmed component failure resulting in the separation of a propeller as the probable cause of the February 16, 2022, accident in which one of Joby Aviation's eVTOL prototypes crashed during testing in a rural area of California.
FAA Aviation Rulemaking Committee Issues Final Recommendations for UAS Detection and Mitigation
dronelife | 02/08/2024
The FAA recently received the final recommendations from the UAS Detection and Mitigation Systems Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC). This milestone follows the directive outlined in the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 to address the safe integration of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) into the National Air Space (NAS).
Drone Adoption in Law Enforcement Continues to Rise
Commercial UAS News | 02/08/2024
News reports from across the US and around the world point to an increase in the use of drones and related systems in public safety and law enforcement. In large cities and small towns alike, uncrewed systems are being put to work in countless ways that make citizens safer and supply more and better tools for law enforcement officials. 
Drone Industry Visionaries Interview: Exploring the importance of transparency and situational awareness for public safety agencies with Vern Sallee
Commercial UAV News | 02/06/2024
While we've explored what it means to build a drone program, success with doing so always depends on the approach and industry. Those distinctions are especially evident in the public safety sector, where success isn't just about a given task or project, but also about policy, process and the general public.
FAA designates Las Vegas Area a ‘No Drone Zone’ for Super Bowl LVIII
FAA | 02/02/2024
llegiant Stadium in Las Vegas is a 'No Drone Zone' for Super Bowl LVIII. Drones also are prohibited around several additional locations during the days leading up to the event. Drones will be restricted during the following times and days:
Drone Successfully Demonstrates Lifeboat Deployment in Italian Coast Guard Search and Rescue Exercise
dronelifee | 02/02/2024
The AR5 drone, equipped with optical and infrared cameras, a maritime radar, an AIS receiver, and an emergency position-indicating radio beacon antenna, showcased its ability to deploy a lifeboat for up to eight people with high precision.
U.S. tech companies prepare for potential drone attacks as international strikes spark concern
NBC News | 01/14/2024
U.S. tech companies and government agencies are racing to develop defenses against potential terrorist drone attacks, a threat that has security experts increasingly concerned as they've watched the rise of drone warfare in Israel, Ukraine and Yemen.
Court Ruling on Police Drone Footage: A Shift in Public Record Norms
dronelife | 01/09/2024
California Appellate Court's Decision Impacts Public Access to Police Drone Footage
Skyfire Consulting’s Matt Sloane on the State of the Drone Industry: and His Predictions for 2024
dronelife | 12/31/2023
As a prominent figure in the drone industry, Matt brings a wealth of expertise and firsthand experience to the table. In this reflective piece, he shares valuable observations on the state of the drone industry in 2023 and offers his predictions for the transformative year ahead, 2024.
FAA Launches 2023 Holiday “12 Days of Drones” Safety Campaign
Federal Aviation Administration | 12/04/2023
If you are considering a drone as a holiday gift, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) wants you and your loved ones to understand how to fly it safely. 
eVTOL Companies Want to Change the Future of Commuting. Can They Do It? And When?
dronelife | 11/30/2023
Doroni Aerospace wants to change the future of commuting.  As the Doroni H1 eVTOL receives an FAA Special Airworthiness Certificate, the company moves a step closer to realizing that goal.
Officials meet to support the future of advanced air mobility
UAS Magazine | 11/27/2023
Representatives from aviation and aerospace organizations in eight states have launched the "Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) Multistate Collaborative" to exchange views and methods to enable public infrastructure and services supporting the new generation of aircraft based on emerging technologies that are providing high levels of safety, efficiency and environmental sustainability.
High Stakes in the Sky: Michigan Legal Battle Redefining Drone Law and Privacy Rights
dronelife | 11/22/2023
An obscure legal case involving a zoning dispute in rural Michigan could have significant national impact on the rights that government regulators have to use drones to pursue enforcement actions.
Effortlessly Communicate Land Access Requirements to Drone Operators: Maximising Estate Potential
sUAS News | 11/16/2023
In today's rapidly evolving world, the commercial use of drones is poised to revolutionise industries, from emergency response and healthcare to mapping & surveying, logistics, filming & photography, inspection & maintenance, and farming & agriculture. With the enablement of drones, these sectors can operate with increased speed, safety, and cost-efficiency, while also reducing carbon emissions and promoting sustainability. Whether it's delivering life-saving medicine, surveying a field to utilise crop yield, or conducting dangerous power-line inspections, drones offer unparalleled benefits. 
Commission sets out measures to tackle potential threats from civilian drones
sUAS News | 10/31/2023
The European Commission is adopting today a Communication on countering threats posed by unlawful and dangerous use of drones that are designed for civil use.
A drone that can sniff out forest fires before they generate visible smoke
Hello Future | 10/09/2023
Monitoring for forest fires now relies heavily on technology in California, where more than a thousand IoT cameras have been deployed.
A major limitation of these devices is that they can only detect fires that have already progressed beyond the initial ignition stage.
An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) designed by the University of California, Davis (UC Davis), can analyse air quality to detect imminent fires before they generate any visible smoke.
Drone Pilot Sentenced for 2022 Incident at Bengals Game: NFL Implements Policy Change
dronelife | 09/13/2023
According to a report by the Cincinnati Enquirer, this past Monday a man from Springfield Township was sentenced for flying an unauthorized drone over a Cincinnati Bengals Wildcard playoff game at PayCor Stadium on January 15th of last year.
Public Safety Drone Review: Regulations, Drone Prepared, and More
dronelife | 08/29/2023
Don't miss the September 5 episode of the Public Safety Drone Review, presented by DRONERESPONDERS and DRONELIFE, with guest Scott Shtofman of AUVSI!  The Public Safety Drone Review is a monthly resource for the public safety community. 
Skydio to Sunset Consumer Drone Offerings
sUAS News | 08/10/2023
Four years after its launch, Skydio 2's follow-and-film capability and autonomous cinematography features like KeyFrame are still in a class all on their own.
Another Look at the FAA’s Drone Symposium and AAM Summit
inside unmanned systems | 08/08/2023
This year, the FAA and AUVSI combined their eighth drone symposium with the first AAM (advanced air mobility) Summit. Several themes jumped out from the content—the importance of collaboration, the need for operational data to inform regulations, organizational streamlining and, of course, safety.
SkyBound Rescuer Trial a New Automated Drone Service for an Enhanced Transport Experience Across the West Midlands
sUAS News | 08/07/2023
Leading public safety drone company, SkyBound Rescuer ( are trialling a new fully automated drone service for Transport for West Midlands (TfWM) to identify and resolve transport issues faster. SkyBound Rescuer has installed an automated drone station in Walsall so that the public can have an enhanced transport experience across bus, train, road, and tram networks.
From Ground to Sky: The Integration of Unmanned Traffic Management into Smart City Infrastructure
Fagen Wasanni Technologies | 07/29/2023
The integration of Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM) into smart city infrastructure is a revolutionary development that is set to redefine urban mobility from the ground to the sky.
The Evolving Benefits of Drones in Search and Rescue: From the Floor of ElevateUAV
dronelife | 07/26/2023
Mike Sember is a south Florida Firefighter.  As a first responder, he knows exactly how difficult search and rescue operations can be.  At the Drone Nerds ElevateUAV conference in Miami today, Mike spoke about the ways in which drone technology empowers search and rescue missions, and how the evolution of drone technology has benefited SAR operations.
North Texas Innovation Alliance launch Official Tech Program
UAS Magazine | 07/12/2023
In an era where drones and robots are nearly as commonplace as smartphones, we can sometimes overlook the transformative power of their technological advances.
AFWERX integrates uncrewed traffic management to enhance safety, security
Space Operations Command | 06/29/2023
AFWERX and the Air Force Research Laboratory's Information Directorate have installed an Uncrewed Aircraft System Traffic Management (UTM) at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. Equipping Eglin's Duke Field with the Collaborative Low-Altitude UAS Integration Effort (CLUE) is the next step in AFWERX verifying that current air traffic management systems can ensure complete safety as drones and electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft take flight.
The Threat to Drones: GPS Jamming Systems, and the Countermeasures Available
dronelife | 06/29/2023
infiniDome, an Israeli developer of anti-GPS jamming systems, recently released a white-paper report focusing on various GPS jamming technologies, as well as countermeasures (such as the company's own GPSdome product).
North Texas Innovation Alliance and Dallas County Launch UAS and Robotics Technology Program to Drive Smart County Vision
sUAS News | 06/27/2023
North Texas Innovation Alliance (NTXIA) – a 501(c)3 regional consortium of more than 40 municipalities, agencies, corporations and academic institutions across North Texas with a mission to build the most connected, smart and resilient region in the country – has partnered with Dallas County to launch a UAS and Robotics Technology Program in support of Dallas County's Smart County Blueprint.
Update: U.S. "national strategy" for AAM
JDSUPRA | 05/22/2023
With its track record in aviation safety and innovation, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) is one to watch when assessing the "barometer" of governmental AAM progress.
How airports are seizing the opportunity to incorporate drones and unmanned vehicles into their ecosystem
International Airport Review | 04/17/2023
Thanks to a quick recovery of passenger traffic, the industry's focus can now shift to yet another transformative challenge ─ Advanced Air Mobility (AAM).
What is a “Commercial” Drone?
Commercial UAV News | 04/13/2023
If you work in the drone industry, you probably know what a "commercial" drone is. It's a drone used for business, a drone used to make money.

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