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ANSI launches Unmanned Aircraft Systems standardization collaborative

August 21, 2017 - 11:11pm
The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) announced the launch of its Unmanned Aircraft Systems Standardization Collaborative (UASSC) with a kick-off meeting scheduled for September 28 in Washington, DC. The UASSC’s mission will be to coordinate and accelerate the development of the standards and conformity assessment programs needed to facilitate the safe, mass integration of unmanned […]

A new automated commercial drone service for electric utilities

August 21, 2017 - 10:52pm
Sharper Shape Inc. has announced this week that their new Automatic Detail Inspection (ADI) service has successfully completed field trials and is now available for immediate commercial use by electric utilities. The ADI service is available as a complete end-to-end inspection package, or companies can use their own aircraft and personnel, utilizing Sharper Shape’s ADI […]

Amimon unveils their new drone racing camera

August 21, 2017 - 10:34pm
Amimon, the creators of wireless HD video technology with zero latency, is launching its new HX camera for the CONNEX ProSight system. The new native 720p60 camera will now include a 120-degree wide-angle view with customizable picture balance settings, enabling a fully immersive drone racing experience. The HX camera is compatible with existing CONNEX ProSight […]

Aylesbury Police have you lost your drone?

August 21, 2017 - 8:44am
Well done Police officers from Aylesbury in the UK, they are trying to reunite a Phantom and its owner. As their tweet suggests. Pop into the Police Station to collect it from one of our friendly officers #P6951 Such kind-hearted souls, they know that the owner must be worried about their expensive drone. Her Majestys […]

DJI Spark owners must update firmware by 1st September 2017

August 21, 2017 - 7:53am
polarproNews has arrived of a mandatory firmware update from DJI.  Owners of DJI’s latest and smallest quadcopter must update their firmware by September the 1st or their machines will automatically ground themselves. The Firmware update apparently is to stop in flight shutdowns that have been occurring. So no bad thing to fix, a safety issue. […]

Spiri, Kickstarter quadcopter hits stormy waters.

August 21, 2017 - 7:39am
Mike Rizkalla of Raised Performance who trade as Brave New World, have filed in Canada against Pleiades the company behind the 2013 Kickstarter Spiri quadcopter. Remember, 2013 when everything drone was new and exciting. Spiri raised $146,623 from 382 backers. Of course, the crowd-funded drone missed its delivery target. That is traditional. Dartmouth litigator Derek Brett is claiming $197,000 for work undertaken […]

UK Commercial Drone Podcast

August 21, 2017 - 7:08am
podcastThe third instalment of the UK Commercial Drone Podcast is now out and provides vital listening to those working in the UK drone industry or considering entering the market. The UK Commercial Drone Podcast looks into the drone industry in the UK.  Adam Bailey hosts the podcast and welcomes guests from across the industry to […]

Applied Aviation Research Center, PrecisionHawk continue key UAS flight collaboration

August 21, 2017 - 6:07am
The Applied Aviation Research Center on Kansas State University’s Polytechnic Campus is continuing its work with PrecisionHawk, a provider of advanced commercial drone technologies, on operational testing with unmanned aircraft systems. This partnership comes from PrecisionHawk’s continued work with the Federal Aviation Administration’s Pathfinder program, which involves industry partners exploring expansion of UAS operations in […]

DJI Drones Make Breakthrough in Volcano Research

August 21, 2017 - 4:56am
DJI, the world’s leader in civilian drones and aerial imaging technology, and the University of Mainz, Germany, have completed a ground-breaking mission for volcano research by collecting gas directly from the crater of Italy’s Mount Etna. The scientists, led by volcanologist Prof. Jonathan Castro, took innovation in their field to an unprecedented level by using […]

Leading UAV Service Provider to present at DJI AirWorks conference 2017

August 21, 2017 - 12:10am
aerodyneLeading UAV Service Provider Aerodyne is pleased to announce that they will be attending the second annual DJI AirWorks conference in Denver, Colorado from 7-9th November 2017. Aerodyne will be addressing the conference to share their experiences of using DJI Enterprise Drones in the Oil & Gas and Energy industries. Aerodyne operates a comprehensive fleet of 200+ UAS and […]

Indian civilian UAS users investigated

August 19, 2017 - 11:23pm
Francesco’s Pizzeria, in Mumbai, India, is situated in one of the busiest cities in the world. Mumbai’s congestion is notorious-and Francesco’s Pizzeria has sought to remedy this with the use of a drone-on May the 11th, they delivered a pizza via drone to a skyscraper in the Mumbai business district. A video of the flight […]

Air Traffic Control privatization checklist

August 18, 2017 - 11:22pm
Well done AOPA! We whole heartedly endorse their position. I find myself getting increasingly annoyed by special interest groups with little to no actual in field RPA experience telling us what we need. Those groups tend to represent delivery drone and large-scale infrastructure inspection operators. Lots of money is being spent behind closed doors to lobby […]

CONDOR-Group invests into Berlin-based drone manufacturer Germandrones

August 18, 2017 - 10:40pm
condorGermandrones aims to strengthen its market position with the support of CONDOR-Group. Berlin & Essen, 15th August 2017 – The security company CONDOR-group from Essen acquires a participation in Germandrones GmbH, a leading manufacturer for vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft drones.  The transaction is carried out in form of a capital increase, which is subscribed by CONDOR-Group […]

MQ-9B SkyGuardian Completes FAA Approved Flight

August 18, 2017 - 1:05pm
On August 16th General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) flew a MQ-9B SkyGuardian™ Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) from Laguna Airfield at Yuma Proving Grounds, Ariz., through National Airspace, to its Gray Butte Flight Operations facility near Palmdale, Calif. The MQ-9B is a STANAG 4671 (NATO airworthiness standard for Unmanned Aircraft Systems)-compliant version of the Predator® B product […]

Aerialtronics are looking for partners and investors

August 18, 2017 - 7:33am
Dutch drone company is ready for a restart and is searching for potential financers. Katwijk, The Netherlands, August 18, 2017 – Today, the European-based drone developer, Aerialtronics, announces that it has applied for a solvency procedure following a postponement of payment to start a bidding procedure in search for new financers and investors. This decision […]

ADS-B can help reduce airspace infringements and mid-air collisions, says CAA

August 18, 2017 - 7:22am
uAvionixThe UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) today confirmed that ADS-B ‘in/out’ using 1090 MHz is its preferred national system to improve electronic conspicuity for general aviation, ideally used through transponders. The CAA is already working with the GA community and industry to develop an integrated electronic surveillance solution offering both airborne and ground environment benefits. […]

Gaia 160 Hybrid, 5 hours flight time, 2kg payload

August 18, 2017 - 5:18am
Are extended multi rotor flight times about to become a commercial reality? The Gaia 160 Hybrid could lift an entire Phantom 4 Pro for five hours. Maybe that’s not such a clever idea, a Routescene LiDAR pod only weighs 2.8kg so you won’t make five hours but maybe four. That would be over 200km flown […]

Martek Aviation appoints Andrew Patterson as deputy chief pilot

August 18, 2017 - 3:11am
martekMartek Aviation are pleased to announce the appointment of Andrew (Pat) Patterson to the role of Deputy Chief Pilot for UAV Operations During a 17 year flying career, Pat has amassed over 2000 hours of rotary and fixed wing operations and has 850 hours of operating UAV’s in the +500kg category. Pat’s operational experience includes; […]

Drone racing takes off at Nagpur University

August 18, 2017 - 12:29am
NagpurAt Nagpur University, in the western Indian province of Maharashtra, India’s largest drone racing event, hosted by the Indian Drone Racing League (, took place. From the 9th to the 11th of June, 250 competitors took part in the race, competing for a top prize of 75000 Rupees-the equivalent of 1200 US Dollars. The winner […]

Flite Test Is Coming to Your Local Hobby Shop!

August 18, 2017 - 12:14am
fliteWe are so excited to announce that Flite Test products are now available at AMain Hobbies and in your local Hobby Town USA stores! You can find Flite Test products at:, and select local Hobby Town locations with more added each day. Don’t see Flite Test in your local store? Ask them about […]