- China’s Tengoen Unveils Armed UAVs
Chinese company Tengoen unveiled a series of armed reconnaissance unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) at the 14th China–ASEAN Expo in Nanning from 12 to 15 September, including two fixed-wing and two vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) UAVs. One of the platforms displayed in the southern Chinese city was the TB001 ‘Twin-tailed Scorpion’, which the company claims […]
- Drone Hits Army Black Hawk over Staten Island
An Army Black Hawk helicopter was struck by a drone at approximately 500 feet over a residential neighborhood on Staten Island. The helicopter, based out of Fort Bragg, N.C., was in New York City for the United Nations patrol. A piece of the drone bounced off the rotor and became lodged in the aircraft. The […]
- Israel Grounds Skylark Fleet After Two New Crashes
Two small IDF drones crashed in the West Bank on Monday, the latest Israeli unmanned aircraft to go down in recent months, for as yet unclear reasons, the army said. One of the hand-launched unmanned aerial vehicles fell in the city of Hebron, the second in the city of Bethlehem. Both were recovered, the Israel Defense […]
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- Federal Judge Strikes Down City Drone Ordinance on Preemption Grounds
A federal judge struck down a Newton, Massachusetts, ordinance regulating drone operations in the city, holding that the ordinance was preempted based on Federal Aviation Administration (“FAA”) regulations and federal statutes. Saying the ordinance “essentially constitutes a wholesale ban on drone use” and was an “interven[tion] in the FAA’s careful regulation of aircraft safety,” District […]
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- Now Australian Also Military Bans DJI Products
Australia’s Department of Defence has established “revised operating procedures” for small unmanned aircraft, an action that follows a U.S. Army directive to its units in August to stop using drones manufactured by China’s DJI because of “cyber vulnerabilities.” On August 9, “after Defence became aware of the U.S. Army’s actions, the use of all commercial […]
- The Drone World Expo 2017 Interviews – Gretchen West
In the last of a series of interviews with key figures involved in the success of Drone World Expo, we talked to Gretchen West, Drone World Expo Advisory Board Chair; Senior Advisor, Hogan Lovells; Co-Executive Director, Commercial Drone Alliance. Prior to joining Hogan Lovells, for over a decade, Gretchen served as AUVSI’s Executive Vice President, overseeing […]
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- Extent of Russian UAV Use Over Syria Revealed
Dozens of Russian UAVs were on display at the ARMY 2017 International Military-Technical Forum held last month at Kubinka west of Moscow. In addition to numerous designs the industry brought to the show, the Russian armed forces exhibited a few in-service examples and briefed forum participants on their use against “unlawful armed formations.” Earlier this […]
- It’s Time for AeroVironment to Break Up
After years of ups and downs, AeroVironment, Inc. appears to be firing on all cylinders. The company’s drones are growing in both military and commercial applications and its electric vehicle (EV) chargers are being adopted by a wider range of automakers. The stock is up 119% in the past year as a result. What doesn’t […]
- Embry-Riddle UAS Help Assessing Hurricane Damage
When Hurricane Irma passed over Daytona Beach, tearing off roofs, twisting signs and knocking over a water park slide, professors from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University were there to help assess the damage. Using unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), or drones, from the university’s Daytona Beach Campus, three College of Aviation professors worked with police officers from the […]
- DJI Phantom Crash Injures Woman at Vegas Hotel Pool
A young woman lounging by the pool at the Palms Place resort in Las Vegas, was injured when a DJI Phantom drone fell on her. She suffered a deep cut in her leg.The drones battery also burst into flames and burned through a pool chair. Palms Place said in a statement it has strict policies […]
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