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Drone Delivery Canada Grows

Drone Delivery Canada Grows

Drone Delivery Canada (DDC) has announced that it has entered into an agreement with Air Canada effective May 29, 2019 whereby Air Canada Cargo will market and sell DDC’s drone delivery services in Canada using Air Canada Cargo’s marketing and sales platforms and resources. Pursuant to the terms of the agreement and subject to DDC obtaining required regulatory approvals, DDC will […]
Free FAA Webinars

Free FAA Webinars

After receiving positive feedback and constructive input, the FAA has optimized their program content and added a session to include the recent changes to recreational flying. Webinar schedule: June 19, 2019 2 P.M. ET                 Public Safety: How to Start a Drone Program June 27, 2019 4 P.M. ET                 Recreational Flyers: Fly Safe. Have Fun. […]

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Drone Travel 101

Drone Travel 101

My recent exposure into the world of drones has led me to using my 30 years of aviation experience to teach UAV ground schools and write documents for UAV operators in Canada. While my aviation roles cover several operational areas, my role as Flight Dispatcher, Private Pilot and Operations Manager have provided a wealth of […]
Amazon’s Prime Air Delivery

Amazon’s Prime Air Delivery

Within a matter of months, your future Amazon orders could be delivered by an autonomous drone. Officials with the online shopping giant unveiled the latest Prime Air drone design Wednesday at Amazon’s re:MARS Conference (Machine Learning, Automation, Robotics and Space) in Las Vegas. “We’ve been hard at work building fully electric drones that can fly up to 15 […]

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Education Campaign Funding

Education Campaign Funding

Supporters of the Know Before You Fly campaign, an initiative to promote the safe and responsible use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), today sent a letter to the House Committee on Appropriations urging Congress to provide funding for the campaign. Given the new and evolving regulations for recreational UAS operators, the letter stresses the urgent […]
Apply Now for FAA Match

Apply Now for FAA Match

The FAA has pledged $6 million for this enterprise, so if your company is up for a challenge you could get matching funds from the FAA to perform vital drone integration safety work at the FAA’s UAS test sites. Acting FAA Administrator Dan Elwell today at the FAA UAS Symposium in Baltimore today said, “The FAA intends to […]

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Developing AI for High-Speed Drones

Developing AI for High-Speed Drones

Lockheed Martin and the Drone Racing League have announced the nine teams that were accepted into the 2019 AlphaPilot Innovation Challenge, an open competition to develop artificial intelligence (AI) for high-speed racing drones. These teams have earned a coveted spot in DRL’s inaugural autonomous drone racing series, the Artificial Intelligence Robotic Racing (AIRR) Circuit, which kicks off later this year. The […]
Flying Into the Storm

Flying Into the Storm

Researchers from CU Boulder will fly drones into severe storms this year and in 2020 in one of the largest and most ambitious drone-based investigations of meteorological phenomena ever. Project TORUS – or Targeted Observation by Radars and UAS of Supercells – is a partnership between CU Boulder, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (which is leading the […]

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Autonomous Drone Plays Dodge-Ball

Autonomous Drone Plays Dodge-Ball

In this video, you’ll see how researchers at the University of Zurich have equipped an autonomous drone with an “event camera” that allows it to avoid moving objects while in flight. Event cameras only send data when the pixels in its field of vision change in intensity, so they have super-fast response times. Of course, […]
New FAA Rules for Recreational Flyers

New FAA Rules for Recreational Flyers

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is implementing changes for recreational drone flyers mandated by Congress in the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 (PDF). While recreational flyers may continue to fly below 400 feet in uncontrolled airspace without specific certification or operating authority from the FAA, they are now required to obtain prior authorization from the FAA before flying in […]
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