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Even if you receive a drone as a gift, you must still register it, UAE residents told

Anyone who received a drone as a present this year has been reminded that they must register it with authorities. Saif Al Suwaidi, director general of the General Civil Aviation Authority, said it was important people know the regulations that govern drone ownership. "Whether it is received as a gift or bought by the person, it doesn’t matter. People need to register their drones...

These New Designs Imagine How an Urban Droneport Might Look

If you ordered something from Amazon recently, it was probably delivered by a person dressed in black and wearing a reflective vest. Chances are, that person woke up at 5 o’clock in the morning and reported for duty at a distribution warehouse in some unseemly industrial area somewhere in your city, and then set out in a van with some 150 packages. For a long time, that’s pretty much h...

Embraer creates new business unit dedicated to services and support

Embraer announced the creation of a business unit focused on services and customer support, which will be led by Johann Bordais, who is currently serving as the Director of Services and Support for Embraer Commercial Aviation. “The new business will bring together capabilities that are currently spread throughout different business areas to offer customers a broad portfolio of solutions,&...

UK defence secretary announces £100m deal to improve RAF drones

Contract with California-based firm is intended to boost performance of new fleet of Protector drones The defence secretary, Michael Fallon, has announced a £100m contract to improve the performance of a new generation of drones for the RAF. The government disclosed as part of last year’s defence review that it would double its drone fleet from 10 to 20 and the existing Reapers w...

Robot flying ambulance makes first solo flight

An autonomous flying ambulance has successfully completed its first solo test flight, offering a potential solution for challenging search and rescue missions. Completing such missions in rough terrain or combat zones can be tricky, with helicopters currently offering the best transportation option in most cases. However, these vehicles need clear areas to land, and in the case of war zones, helic...

Facebook drone under investigation after 'structural failure'

Facebook's drive to digitally connect the whole world may have hit a road bump. The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is reportedly investigating a June accident involving one of Facebook's massive drones.  Known as Aquila, the unmanned aircraft is part of Internet.org, Facebook's at times controversial project to bring internet to remote communities....

Drone Usage in Agriculture Could Be a $32 Billion Market

Agriculture could be one of the biggest drone markets. You might be familiar with the idea of drones delivering consumer packages or monitoring security areas, but did you know that drones were first used commercially in Japan for agricultural purposes? In fact, agricultural efficiency is poised to take a big leap with drone technology now that the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration is stream...

Consumer drone business stumbles, but commercial markets beckon

The fledgling drone industry is in the throes of change as weak consumer demand and falling prices drive startups to shift their focus to specialized business applications. 3D Robotics - an early drone startup that raised more than$125 million from investors - has seen its consumer business all but crash. This week, it unveiled a new commercial strategy, announcing a camera-equipped drone...

Deutsche Telekom to launch drone defense system: report

Germany's Deutsche Telekom plans to launch a drone defense system this year designed to guard airports, stadiums, car test tracks and critical infrastructure, German weekly Welt am Sonntag reported on Sunday. The increasing use of drones for commercial and leisure purposes has led to a rise in the number of near-misses with aircraft and infringements into no-fly zones, prompting companies a...

China's New Fleet Of Drones: Zhuhai 2016 Airshow Displays The Future Of Chinese Warbots And Swarms

China's military drone industry, already one of the world's largest, is on full display at the Zhuhai 2016 Airshow. The airshow has featured some of China's high tech attack and surveillance drones for the first time, as well as provided glimpses of the future, with stealthy UAVs, 'marsupial drones', supersonic robot planes, and drone swarms. One of the most prominent on...

Police use drones at Birmingham City clash with Aston Villa

A drone has taken to the skies around a city football ground to catch hooligans and identify flashpoints at a derby clash between rival clubs. Its video camera captured high-definition images of the streets around Birmingham City's ground for the game against Aston Villa earlier. It was the first time West Midlands Police had used a drone to police a football match. Aviation rule...

Businesses using drones must respect the rules of the air

Drones are taking off – but, as the most recent shutdown of Dubai airspace shows, the rise of the technology is causing considerable turbulence. Aside from recreational use, there are numerous commercial applications for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), ranging from infrastructure inspections to document deliveries. But some specialist UAE drone consultancies have a warning for busines...