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January 27, 2016

Airnest Launches First Third-Party Drone App​ ​for DJI’s Drones

No confusing controls. No complicated camera adjustments. Airnest is the easiest way to fly, capture and share stunning aerial shots State College, PA (Jan. 26, 2016) – As competition heats up for the best drone apps in the market, Airnest announced today that its best-selling app is now available for the […]
January 23, 2016

Disney Applies to use 3DR Drones in Theme Park Shows

Back in summer of 2014, Stitch Kingdom broke news that Walt Disney Parks and Resorts was working on an intricate system using controlled drones to supplement its nighttime entertainment, proposing to: use drones to control massive marionettes (such as an exampled Jack Skellington) and/or use drones to carry screens that […]
January 18, 2016

Intel Acquires German Drone Company as It Pursues Aerial Computing Market

Last year we awarded a best in show prize to the Asctec Firefly, a drone built by Germany’s Ascending Technologies in partnership with Intel. It showed off some of the most robust sense and avoid technology we had encountered to date. Those capabilities were powered by a combination of Intel’s […]
January 17, 2016

Will Anybody Buy a Drone Large Enough to Carry a Person?

The 184, pictured here as a rendering, has an enclosed cockpit to keep passengers cozy even when flying hundreds of feet in the air. Attendees at the CES conference in Las Vegas will have an opportunity straight out of the Jetsons today: the chance to ride a quadcopter drone. The […]
January 16, 2016

FAA Releases B4UFLY Smartphone App

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Michael Huerta today announced the public release of the B4UFLY mobile application following an initial beta testing period. B4UFLY tells users about current or upcoming requirements and restrictions in areas of the National Airspace System (NAS) where they may want to operate their unmanned aircraft […]
January 15, 2016
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High School Students Use Drones for Art

Photo credit: Drew Halverson Drones are more commercial than ever, but many people still associate them with war. Yes, UAVs are used in warfare, but a group of students in Nashville, TN, show they can also be used for good. According to a blog post by Michael D Mitchell, a […]
January 14, 2016

Drone Photography Is Changing How We Approach Real Estate

Aerial photos and video shot by drones are adding a cutting edge element to the luxury real estate market, giving a field that is already highly competitive a touch of Hollywood style production. Digital Journal caught up with Douglas Thron, a San Francisco Bay Area based professional drone cinematographer whose […]
January 12, 2016

3 Things Public Safety Officials Should Know About Drones

By Jonathan Rupprecht, Esq. for Drone Analyst This past year, as I attended many drone conferences, I was struck by how eager public safety officials and first responders are to learn how they can incorporate drones into their operations.  Their curiosity is not without good reason.  Small drones with video […]
January 10, 2016

Drone Wars to Hit New Heights in 2016 As Global Market Expected to Double

A drone is taken for a flight on December 18, two days before the opening of global market leader DJI’s first flagship store in Shenzhen, Guangdong province. Already well established as a world leader in drone manufacturing, China is slowly emerging as a world-class innovator, not just a duplicator of […]
January 8, 2016

FAA Administrator Huerta Addresses UAS Registration and Integration at CES

FAA Administrator Michael Huerta with registration task force member and senseFly Manager Business Development Baptiste Tripard at CES 2016.Photo credit: The FAA On Jan. 6, FAA Administrator Michael Huerta addressed a gathering at CES 2016, the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, NV. He was joined at his first address […]
January 8, 2016

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 […]
January 8, 2016

Russia Introduces Obligatory Drone Registration

  Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a law that obliges all private owners of unmanned aircraft weighing over 250 grams to register them with the Federal Air Transport Agency. According to the new act, which comes into force at the end of March 2016, people or companies who own […]
January 7, 2016
Yuneec Typhoon H Drone

Yuneec’s Spanking New Typhoon H, All-In For Just $1,799

Typhoon H Provides Drone Enthusiasts with Six Rotors, 360-Degree Gimbal Camera and Retractable Gear In A Compact Design Yuneec International, the world leader in electric aviation, today announced the expansion of its Typhoon series with the unveiling of the Typhoon H, a new category of drone for the enthusiast. Driven […]
January 7, 2016

First Lawsuit to Clarify the Rights of Drone Operators

January 5, 2016 (Louisville, KY) – The first lawsuit regarding the rights of drone operators versus property owners has been filed in federal court. On Monday, Kentucky resident David Boggs filed a suit in The United States District Court of Western Kentucky asking the court to “define clearly the rights […]
January 7, 2016

Ford Challenge: Drone-to-Vehicle Technology

As part of Ford Smart Mobility, Ford is challenging innovators to develop software enabling drone-to-car communications using Ford SYNC® AppLink or OpenXC. The goal is a system that would survey inaccessible emergency zones and communicate findings to an F-150 in real time.Photo credit: Ford Ford and DJI, a top drone […]