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EASA ruling may lead to unregulated commercial UAV ops

New risk-mitigating unmanned air vehicle regulations proposed by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) will only serve to create a “grey area" in which users of smaller systems can carry out unregulated aerial work, an industry expert claims. The most recent iteration of EASA’s revised UAV regulations – a technical opinion released on 18 December – offers what...

Lufthansa Aerial Services division inks deal with drone-maker DJI

Lufthansa Aerial Services, a division of Lufthansa Consulting, today signed a deal with DJI to use the world’s leading drone-maker’s aerial platforms to develop commercial applications for its key customers. Using DJI’s drones and open onboard systems, Lufthansa will integrate hardware and software, manage operation of the technology and facilitate data analysis. The tw...

Incredible computer-controlled drone lands on moving car

The German Aerospace Centre (DLR) has developed a computer-controlled drone that can land automatically, even on a moving target. In a video posted by the DLR on YouTube, an unmanned aerial vehicle tracks a specially-kitted out Audi with a net on top to catch it.  With a barcode like the one you would find on a magazine - along with other trackers on top of the car - the drone tracked t...

Air Force drones had a record number of crashes last year

The Air Force has a huge drone problem that's costing the military division a pretty penny. A total of 20 drones were completely destroyed or sustained at least $2 million in damages when they crashed in 2015, according to The Washington Post. That's the highest number of mishaps within a year so far, over twice the number of accidents in 2014. Half of those incidents involve the military&...

Paris picks Patroller for UAV requirement

France appears to have selected Sagem's Patroller for its army’s tactical unmanned air vehicle requirement, defeating the rival Thales Watchkeeper system. If the deal goes ahead, Paris will be the first customer for the Patroller, under a reported €300 million ($324 million) contract, according to French news outlet Air & Cosmos. In June, Boulogne-Billancourt, France-...

‘Drone Diva Desi’ operates a fleet of 12 remote-controlled aircraft

“They are my babies,” says Desiree Ekstein of her high-flying brood. “They all have names.” Ekstein, a Lake Elsinore resident, is known to her friends as Drone Diva Desi. She owns a dozen of the unmanned flying marvels, flocks of which touched down in holiday stockings across the nation last month. But Ekstein, 52, said she didn’t get a new drone for Christma...

Lawsuit over shot-down drone could set U.S. law

He calls himself the “Drone Slayer.” And William Merideth, who shot down a drone over his Hillview home last summer, says he’d “do it again, with a smile.” Dismissing criminal charges against him for firing a gun within city limits, a judge said Merideth was within his rights when he took out the $1,800 unmanned aircraft, which Merideth said he feared was peeping o...

Demand for low air fares increasing appeal of unmanned flight

The rising cost of providing navigation equipment for airline pilots, and the parallel demand for cheaper air fares, will inevitably lead to piloted flight being obsolete in 40 years’ time, a defence consultant has argued. Although pilotless commercial flight is arguably some years away, given technological and airspace restrictions, the demand to carry more passengers at lower costs will...

KAL-ASD wins $333.5m UAV contract

The Korean Air Aerospace Division (KAL-ASD) has won a $333.5 million contract to produce its KUS-7 UAV for the South Korea’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA). In a statement, KAL-ASD gave no details about the number of aircraft it will produce, but the contract runs from 2016 to 2020. According to its website, the KUS-7 has an operational radius of 50km and c...

AirMule 'drone ambulance' makes first untethered flight

An unmanned air ambulance has been filmed taking off, untethered, for the first time. The AirMule, developed by Tactical Robotics and long proposed as a means of extracting soldiers from a battlefield without risking further loss of life, has been in development for close to a decade. In theory the robotic craft would be able to take off and land vertically, in terrain where helicopters are...

Flying Production unveils improved Da Vinci

Israel's Flying Production has unveiled an upgraded version of its Da Vinci vertical take-off and landing unmanned air vehicle. Dubbed the "Gen B", the development features a Controp electro-optical/infrared sensor and a micro data link. "The result is a game-changer – we have the only true multi-rotor system that can conduct a real mission in long ranges of 5...

The latest buzz on flying drones in state and national parks: Rules can still be vague

It was a nearly perfect day at Children's Pool Beach in La Jolla: seals at rest in the sand, tourists gathered along the cliffs, sea gulls wheeling above. And in the middle of it all, a hovering drone. "Wouldn't it be great if the gulls attacked?" one bystander asked. "Who is flying that drone?!" demanded another, voicing worries that the drone could endanger...