by on January 9, 2019
The federal government has adopted strict new regulations to govern the use of drones in Canadian airspace — prohibiting them from flying near airports and emergency scenes and ensuring that those operating them aren't drunk or high on drugs. Transport Minister Marc Garneau is set to formally announce the new rules for remotely piloted aircraft systems at a news conference in Montreal on Wednesday. A copy of the new regulations obtained by CBC News reveals that they are comprehensive. They...
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by on January 7, 2019
Big Four firm PwC has piloted the use of a drone for an audit of a client in the energy sector, in a global first for the firm. The unmanned airborne vehicle reduced the amount of time it would take for energy giant RWE to take stock of its coal reserves by more than three hours. Drones – unmanned aerial vehicles operated by a user on the ground – exist in a legal grey area. Used by the British military overseas and for security purposes at home, more rudimentary drones can also be bought onl...
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by on January 7, 2019
THERE WAS ONE big winner from the drone chaos that engulfed Gatwick and news headlines over Christmas: manufacturers of anti-drone technology. Not only did they get a nice advert for what happens when you don't purchase protection, but they've made millions of pounds' worth of sales as both Gatwick and Heathrow have opened their wallets to make sure it doesn't happen again. Never mind that in the wake of releasing the only two suspects without charge, the police briefly indicated that the dro...
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by on December 29, 2018
Drones can be used for good, but it depends on who's flying them. The recent drama at London's Gatwick Airport is a real-life example of how even an amateur drone pilot can disrupt major infrastructure. Now that suspects have been arrested and a drone has been captured, what's next? Drone forensics is an emerging field that finds hidden clues inside these popular flying gadgets. The New York Times reports that British authorities arrested a couple for allegedly flying drones that forced Gatw...
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by on December 27, 2018
Drone owners who got the gadgets for Christmas are being warned about the dangers of flying the devices. Security minister Ben Wallace said that there are "no easy solutions". Aviation authorities urged gadget-lovers to read up on strict rules about the remote-controlled devices before taking them for a spin. National Police Chiefs' Council lead for criminal misuse of drones Deputy Chief Constable Serena Kennedy said: "If you break any of these and act irresponsibly you could face char...
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by on December 21, 2018
It's no wonder drones have a bad reputation. Whether it’s shutting down airports or sneaking drugs into prisons, it seems barely a week goes by without the technology being blamed for causing havoc. The disruption at Gatwick Airport today, where tens of thousands of passengers are suffering travel chaos due to the appearance of two drones, has left many questioning whether the unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) should be used at all. But while there is understandable concern about the securi...
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by on December 21, 2018
Drone Major Group - Barry Jenkins speaks about Counter Drone Technology as one of the UK's busiest airports have caused travel chaos for tens of thousands of passengers. Gatwick's runway has since reopened and a limited number of planes have arrived and departed, after the airport was shut for almost 36 hours by drone sightings, however, the reopening comes despite no confirmation from police that a drone has been brought down or that there have been any arrests. Watch the interview here h...
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by on December 17, 2018
Authorities haven’t determined whether an Aeromexico jet was damaged by an unmanned aircraft U.S. government and industry efforts to prevent accidents between planes and drones are receiving heightened attention in the wake of a possible collision last week between an Aeromexico jetliner and an unmanned aircraft. Days after one of the carrier’s planes touched down in Tijuana with a large dent and an adjoining gash in its nose, investigators and airline officials on both sides of the borde...
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by on December 17, 2018
A Boeing 737 passenger jetliner has reportedly struck a drone while landing in Tijuana, Mexico, causing a considerable amount of damage to its nose. Social media reports of the incident, which were later confirmed by the airline Grupo Aeromexico SAB, say that Flight 773 from Guadalajara was approaching the airport when the crew heard a “very strong blow” to the aircraft. Local reports are stating that it was a drone that caused the impact. The pilots requested assistance from air traffic c...
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by on November 30, 2018
The drones, overseen by NATS air traffic controllers communicating with drone operators via Altitude Angel’s GuardianUTM Airspace Management Operating System, successfully performed a series of on-airfield tasks without endangering or disrupting airport operations, according to reports published last week. The carefully-planned unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) scenarios, which included an equipment delivery, runway inspections and obeying an automated instruction to clear the skies for an “emerg...
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by on November 29, 2018
In India, the first notification regulating the drone industry came as a public notice issued by India’s Civil Aviation regulator, Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on 7 October 2014. The notification laid down the need for potential operators to take “approval from the Air Navigation Service provider ie the Airport Authority of India, Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Home Affairs, and other security agencies, besides the DGCA.” The list of approvals and prerequisites were conditio...
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by on November 25, 2018
Operation Zenith, an ambitious drone demonstration at Manchester Airport, has shown that drones can be flown safely alongside manned aircraft in controlled airspace. The drones, overseen by NATS air traffic controllers communicating with drone operators via Altitude Angel’s GuardianUTM Airspace Management Operating System, successfully demonstrated how a series of on-airfield tasks can be performed without endangering or disrupting airport operations. The carefully-planned unmanned aerial ...
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