DJI just made a weird but ultimately sensible announcement. The next firmware updates for all of its drone models will require users to log into the website for a "new application activation process". If you don't, DJI will turn your drone into a lame hunk of plastic that barely flies.
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As of right this second, no one is allowed to bring a Samsung Galaxy Note 7 onto a flight in the United States because they can combust. The same is true of all four major Australian carriers, too. If you're travelling and haven't had a chance to exchange your phone yet, this is going to be a big pain.
Lithium-ion batteries and aircraft have some bad blood: Boeing's 787 Dreamliners were grounded three years ago because of battery fires, the US FAA banned all lithium batteries in hold luggage, and now an innocent iPhone has caused a fire on an Alaska Air flight.
On Monday, the US FAA will launch its online registry for American drone operators with the aim of collecting personal information from the owners of these unmanned aircraft. But according to a report from Forbes, all those names and addresses will eventually be publicly available. Which seems... kinda scary?
If you are a proud American drone owner — or are one of the thousands of Americans who'll purchase one this holiday season — the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) wants to know about it. And the agency has finally set a deadline.
The same Connecticut teen whose shotgun-outfitted drone video went viral this summer is back — this time with a flamethrower attached to an unmanned aerial vehicle. Reminder: there is currently no US law formally banning individuals from weaponising drones.
Google's Project Wing seemed very far from reality when it started getting attention while testing in Australia last year. But now the project's lead, David Vos, is saying the drone delivery service could be flying goods to people as early as 2017.
Drones: beloved by amateur photographers, scourge of air traffic controllers and firefighters. Now, you can add power companies to that list.
America's droning hobby is about to get a little more complicated after an announcement of a new task force from the American Department of Transportation. The group of 25 to 30 will decide which drones won't need to be registered with the feds. The takeaway? Some drones will need to be registered.