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FAA Contemplating Whether Millions of Drones Will Fill Skies, SEP 16 2016, 6:04 PM

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WASHINGTON — 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 been registered with the agency, said Earl Lawrence, director of the FAA's drone office. Play Facebook Twitter Google Plus Embed Drones regulations are loosening, but don't expect deliveries 2:25 Speaking at the first meeting of a new government-industry drone advisory committee, Lawrence...

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Part 107 goes into effect today. Aug 29, 2016 1:52:02 PM

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The day has finally come. The Federal Aviation Administration's official commercial drone rule went into full effect today. The regulations were first announced on June 21. “People are captivated by the limitless possibilities unmanned aircraft offer, and they are already creating business opportunities in this exciting new field,” said Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “These new rules are our latest step toward transforming aviation and society with this technology in very profound ways.” The rule is designed to safely integrate the commercial use of unmanned aircraft systems into the national airspace. It addresses commercial drones that weigh less than 55 pounds....

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FAA For Immediate Release Date: August 29, 2016

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WASHINGTON – Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Michael Huerta today announced the implementation of the first operational rules for routine non-hobbyist use of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or “drones”). The regulations on June 21, 2016 officially take effect today. “People are captivated by the limitless possibilities unmanned aircraft offer, and they are already creating business opportunities in this exciting new field,” said Secretary Foxx. “These new rules are our latest step toward transforming aviation and society with this technology in very profound ways.” “The FAA’s role is to set a flexible framework of safety...

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Drones and Insurance: Capturing the data is only part of the solution

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There is nearly universal agreement that drones will have a major impact on the insurance industry, but there are still a lot of questions about how insurance companies will turn drone-captured data into actionable information that can be used to drive real business decisions that enhance service and prevent losses. The promise of how broadly drones will be used for the insurance industry has helped spur significant investment in commercial drone hardware and software companies over the past few years. This money has driven noticeable advancements in drone tech that powers data capture (the actual flight and capture of photos/video). It...

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What’s Next for Drones in Public Safety and First Responders

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What’s Next for Drones in Public Safety and First Responders

Up until recently the market for drone use by public safety and first responders was dominated by a few manufacturers like AeroVironment, Aeryon Labs, Boeing/Insitu, Draganfly, Lockheed Martin, and Microdrones – most of whom have repurposed their military drones for civilian use. But these are expensive solutions. Still, for many agencies, purchasing from these vendors make sense, especially if they want a solution that comes with training and support. For those that don’t have big budgets, there are other solutions. As mentioned above, smaller law enforcement agencies and volunteer fire departments with limited finances stand to benefit greatly because the...

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