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FAA contemplating whether millions of drones will fill skies

So many people are registering drones and applying for drone pilot licenses that federal aviation officials said Friday they are contemplating the possibility of millions of unmanned aircraft crowding the nation's skies in the not-too-distant future. In the nine months since the Federal Aviation Administration created a drone registration system, more than 550,000 unmanned aircraft have bee...

WestJet pilot seeks medical attention after laser strike during flight to Fort McMurray

A WestJet pilot sought medical attention after a laser strike during a flight to Fort McMurray last month, airline officials say. The laser was shone into the cockpit of a WestJet aircraft on Aug. 22, WestJet spokeswoman Lauren Stewart said in an email. The flight landed safely in Fort McMurray, but the next flight was cancelled until a replacement co-pilot could be brought in. Pil...

CNN Announces 'CNN Air' Dedicated Drone Unit

Cable television news organization CNN has launched CNN Aerial Imagery and Reporting (CNN Air), its first dedicated drone unit. CNN Air will employ two full-time unmanned aircraft systems operators “to fully integrate aerial imagery and reporting across all CNN networks and platforms, along with Turner Broadcasting and Time Warner entities,”...

Intel Unveils 'Aero' Drone Development Platform

Semiconductor manufacturer Intel Corporation this week announced the launch of the “Aero Ready to Fly” quadcopter drone, designed as a platform for drone application developers. The quadcopter will be available later this year; it was unveiled August 16 at the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco. “Designed from the ground up to support drones,” the Aero platform...

Russia's newest drone to undergo certification tests within days — source

Russia’s newest tactical drone Korsar will undergo government certification tests within days, a spokesman for the United Instrument Manufacturing Corporation (affiliated with Rostec) has told TASS, adding that all three drones of that type to be tested were operational. Some media said earlier there was only one sample of Korsar, which had crashed during a test flight. "This is n...

Airbus Is Teaming With This Startup to Protect Airports from Drones

Dedrone, a company that specializes in drone detection, is now working with a unit of Airbus  EADSY 4.21% , to bring its technology already used at sports stadiums and other venues, to airports. Specifically, it is working with Airbus DS Electronics and Border Security (EBS), a unit of the European aerospace giant that is being bought by private equity firm KKR. The goal of the collaborati...

7-Eleven Teams with Flirtey for First Ever FAA-Approved Drone Delivery to Customer's Home

7-Eleven, the world's largest convenience retailer, and Flirtey, a leading independent drone delivery service, announced they have completed the first fully autonomous drone delivery to a customer's residence to advance research toward integrating drones into the National Airspace System. This delivery is the first time a U.S. customer has received a package to their home via drone, repres...

Facebook's solar-powered internet drone takes flight

Facebook Inc  said on Thursday it had completed a successful test flight of a solar-powered drone that it hopes will help it extend internet connectivity to every corner of the planet. Aquila, Facebook's lightweight, high-altitude aircraft, flew at a few thousand feet for 96 minutes in Yuma, Arizona, Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg wrote in a post on his Facebook page. The company ulti...

The FAA Just Released Its New Drone Rule Book

The Federal Aviation Administration released its new book of drones rules. The summary is almost a thousand words long. The full 624 page rulebook is, at roughly 170,000 words, about as long as Joseph Heller’s Catch 22. The rules are long in coming, and they have a depth that will take a while to properly explore. Here’s what we know so far. From the FAA press release: Under the...

Drone closes busy Dubai International Airport for an hour

The busy Dubai International Airport closed for over an hour after a drone flew into its airspace. The airport says the closure disrupted flights for 69 minutes on Saturday. The airport, the world's busiest for international travel, reopened at 12:45 p.m. (0845 GMT) This is not the first time a drone has disrupted flights into the airport, which is the base of the long-haul carrier Emira...

Human-carrying drone will start tests in Nevada

The first human-carrying drone has the green light to start testing as early as this year. The makers of EHang 184, an autonomous drone, will work with the state of Nevada on product development, flight testing and training. Huazhi Hu, founder and CEO of EHang, called the agreement a "big step" for the Chinese company. "[The partnership] will lay the foundation for its comm...

Airbus 3D Printed This 13-Foot-Long Drone Named Thor

Airbus, the European aerospace giant, has a new drone named Thor. Thor is a clumsy acronym for “Test of High-tech Objectives in Reality,” and what the drone does is nowhere near is important as what it means. The drone, all 13 feet and 55 pounds of it, was 3D printed over the course of about a month. Unveiled at the 2016 International Aerospace Exhibition and Air Show in Berlin this...