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The Message of Pirker’s $1,100 Settlement With the FAA

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We have previously reported about the legal limbo caused by the FAA issuing a penalty of $10,000 to Raphael “Trappy” Pirker, a Swiss pilot for a “reckless flight” at the University of Virginia in 2011. Pirker decided to fight the decision and originally won his court case, in which a federal judge ruled that model aircraft aren’t technically “aircraft” subject to the ... Read More »

Man Receives 15 Years For Using Drone to Smuggle Weed

COLUMBIA, SC — A man has been sentenced to 15 years behind bars for trying to use a drone to smuggle contraband into a maximum security South Carolina prison, officials said Tuesday. Department of Corrections spokeswoman Stephanie Givens told The Associated Press that Brenton Lee Doyle has been sentenced to 10 years for trying to bring contraband into prison and ... Read More »

Complete Retard Flies Drone Over Istanbul Airport

Ok this is probably the worst example of camera drone piloting I have ever seen. A lunatic from Turkey called Aspet Manukyan decided it was a good idea to fly his Phantom over Istanbul Atatürk Airport, the fifth busiest in Europe serving more than 50 million passengers a year. Check out our review of the best fpv goggles here. Before ... Read More »

Skydio Lands $3M For Obstacle Avoiding Drones

Avoiding crashes (in general) is by far the biggest obstacle for drones in reaching wide scale adoption and ratification by authorities and the public. At the same time interest is at it’s all time high as multirotor copters large and small have been ranking among the the top of the lists as stocking stuffer during the past Christmas season. I ... Read More »

Rapere Intercept Drone to Take Down Other Drones

I have come across a very odd, interesting drone idea over the internet just recently that’s definitely worth discussing, so I wanted to share it with you. Intercept Drone Here is the thing. Some guys calling themselves commercial drone developers thought it’s a good idea to create a drone that will intercept and take down another drone that you spot. Why? ... Read More »

Lions Eat a DJI Phantom in Zimbabwe

I guess there is no end to the supply of morons with bad flying skills who think that disturbing wildlife from up close is a good idea. Just very recently I’ve found this other video where a kangaroo whacks a drone out of the sky after the pilot flies up close, clearly making the marsupials to feel threatened. This time, a ... Read More »

Drones Capture 360 Degree Footage Inside Sydney Fireworks

Australia is well into the year 2015 already while most of the world is still waiting to enter New Year. Three drones captured exclusive footage of the spectacular Sydney fireworks on New Year’s Eve this year, for the first time ever. Each drone, fitted with six high definition GoPro cameras, captured footage of the fireworks being emitted from the Harbour ... Read More »

FAA Drone Approvals Bedeviled by Internal Conflict, Political Pressure

By Craig Whitlock at the Washington Post The Drone Approval Process The Federal Aviation Administration proclaimed a new era in aviation in September when it granted permission to six Hollywood filmmakers to fly drones on movie sets, a decision that opened the door to commercial drone flights in the United States. “These companies are blazing a trail,” Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said at ... Read More »