drones

The US Army Is Building A Drone-Only Airport In Texas

It’s no secret that the US military is in L-O-V-E, love with its unmanned aerial fleet. The infatuation has reached fever pitch, in fact, now that the US Army has begun construction of a brand new airport in central Texas that will only be accessible to its two favourite flying drones.


US Government Admits Drone Rules Won't Be Ready Until At Least 2017

It looks like we’ll have to wait a few more years before order can be restored to a sky increasingly full of drones. Despite having set a deadline for September 2015, the US Aviation Administration admitted it’s going to take even longer than expected to finish its rules for commercial drones. The Government Accountability Office now says the rules won’t be done until 2017 — at the earliest.


Amazon To FAA: We Might Just Take Our Delivery Drones Overseas

In the technology world’s equivalent of a teenage sulk, Amazon has told US aviation authorities that “without approval of our testing in the United States, we will be forced to continue expanding our Prime Air R&D footprint abroad.”


Drones Fly Too Close To Aeroplanes 25 Times A Month

With more drones in the air than ever before, there are more chances for the unmanned, under-regulated flying machines to collide with planes and helicopters flying over US airspace. Close encounters and even near-misses happen more often than you would think: about 25 times a month, in fact.


Another Near Collision Confirms That Drones' Biggest Problem Is People

BBC News is reporting that the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has confirmed that another (stupid) amateur drone pilot almost hit an Airbus A320 as it was landing at Heathrow Airport on July 22nd, threatening the lives of nearly 180 people on board.


A Plane Nearly Crashed Into A Drone At Heathrow Airport

A plane landing at London’s Heathrow Airport earlier this year was 700 feet off the ground when the pilot spotted a remote-controlled drone too close for comfort, with the UK’s Civil Aviation Authority assigning the incident its most dangerous possible rating. British pilots say that drones flown by amateur photographers and videographers represent a “real risk” to planes during landing and take-off.


Search And Rescue Drones Are Being Trialled By NSW Police

I doubt anyone is in love with the idea of living in a surveillance state, but drones are becoming extremely affordable and are capable of filling a variety of useful roles, beyond spying on your bathroom habits. For example, police forces in the US and even Queensland are trying to slot the little flying contraptions into their regular activities and it looks like NSW wants in on the action too.


How Police In The US Bought A Drone In Secret Despite Public Disapproval

You may remember that last year in Oakland, the Alameda County Board of Supervisors held a packed public hearing where members of the community, joined by EFF and ACLU of Northern California, testified for over three hours about worries around Sheriff Greg Ahern’s plan to obtain a drone. The consensus at the hearing was clear — at the hearing, only one attendee spoke in favour of the acquisition.


Why The FAA Isn't Worried About Drones Invading Privacy Right Now

Drones have a privacy problem. As more and more domestic drones take flight in the United States, more and more people are worried that these airborne cameras will be peeking in their windows and watching them drive around town — and rightfully so. Yet the federal agency overseeing the growing industry apparently doesn’t think this is a pressing concern.


WSJ: GoPro Is Going To Make Its Own Drones

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that GoPro is going to start making its own consumer drones. Specifically, the action camera company is going to market “multi-rotor helicopters with high-def camera lenses late next year.” Makes sense!