InterDrone Las Vegas Welcomes Leading Venture Capitalists to Program. Accel Partners to Sponsor Start-Up Zone

Largest North American Drone Conference Creates Dynamic Environment Called The Hangar for Start-Ups to Connect With Leading Funding Companies; Adjoins Main Expo Hall, Includes Targeted Panel Sessions

Hendrix Consulting Group Granted FAA Section 333 Exemption to Operate UAS

The Federal Aviation Administration Grants Section 333 Exemption Status and a Certificate of Authorization to Hendrix Consulting Group, an aerial imaging solutions company.

DJI Releases Photography and Video Drone Designed for Beginner Pilots

DJI Phantom 3 Standard makes aerial imaging more accessible than ever before -- Includes intelligent flight functions that make cinematic shots easy to capture -- Integrated HD camera records video up to 2.7k -- Available for purchase today at US$799

Drone World Releases Phantom 3 Bundle Pro Upgrade Kit

The leading Phantom 3 kit retailer adds a professional-level Phantom 3 bundle to their line-up of exclusive drone kits.

The Hague to Host European Trade Fair on Drones

The exposition is expected to attract 2,500 international visitors.

Tayzu Robotics and Verizon Wireless Partner to make Large Scale Data Collection and Monetization from a UAV a Reality

Aerial drone developer Tayzu Robotics, through their Verizon Partnership Program (VPP), has integrated new technology into their Tayzu crafts. This advanced networking technology will enable Tayzu Unmanned Aerial Vehicles to collect large amounts of data from autonomous UAV flights via the Verizon Cellular Network.

New Website DroneLaw.Pro Focuses on the Use of Drones & FAA Regulations

Traverse Legal, PLC has recently launched its new website regarding Section 333 Exemptions and the use of drones (UAS/UAV) for commercial use under FAA regulations.

Why Drones are Ditching their DIY Roots

By AINSLEY O'CONNELL for FastCompany:  When hobbyist drone pilot Michael Kolowich ordered his Cinestar-8 octocopter in 2013, he traveled from Boston to Montana, where it had been assembled, to pick it up. "I went up there for four days of training in how to fly it safely, how to get great shots with it, the ins and outs of the platform," he says. "It really did take that much training to get the most out of it."

How the world has changed in just two years. "Almost every serious video drone then was somewhat custom-built," he says. Now, for a fraction of what Kolowich paid, aspiring drone pilots can pick up a "serious" drone at their local Best Buy. The drone community, circa 2015, is at an inflection point, with DIY tinkering giving way to mass-market distribution.

"A year or two ago it was far more custom builds. Now you see it standardizing quite a bit," says Dan Burton, CEO and cofounder of Dronebase, an online platform for booking commercial drone services. Burton was first introduced to drones while serving in the Marines; after returning to the U.S. and attending business school, he began helping commercial drone pilots manage their financials. Dronebase, which effectively allows pilots to outsource their sales and operations, is a natural extension of that hands-on experience.

Burton describes the drone community as comprised of "very passionate hobbyists." But increasingly, the community’s creative, maker mindset is directed toward the cinematics of operating the drone camera, rather than toward the construction of the flying robot itself.  Cont'd...

Drones Deliver New Vision to Films

Some big budget film/TV production houses are using these more expensive systems and still come in under budget, compared to using a big helicopter for just a few hours a day or multiple camera cranes/dollies.

Rapid Imaging Software Develops Augmented Reality App for Small Drones

SmartCam3D View augmented reality for small drones/unmanned systems will lead to safer and more effective drone use for the drone market.

Drone World Expo Provides a Sneak Peek at a Few of the Exciting Conference Sessions Being Planned for November Event

November 17-18, 2015, at the San Jose Convention Center

The Hague to Host European Trade Fair on Drones

The exposition is expected to attract 2,500 international visitors.

Olaeris Makes $5.7M Drone Deal with Macon, Georgia

County Commissioners unanimously approve a $5.7 million agreement to integrate the first county-wide Unmanned Aircraft System in the world performing robotic 911 emergency response.

FAA Approves Phoenix Arizona's First Complete Image Acquisition Drone Operation: HighGround Images, LLC

The Federal Aviation Administration has just approved the commercial use of drones for Phoenix Arizona based HighGround Images, LLC. The approval covers a broad range of UAS aerial image acquisition including: motion picture and television, real estate, short range inspection, mapping and survey, agriculture, and search and rescue.

Lake fire grew after private drone flights disrupted air drops

As a hot wind shifted north and drove the flames toward Onyx Peak east of Big Bear Lake, fire crews deployed to save homes scattered among brittle-dry pines — waiting for help from a DC-10 laden with 10,800 gallons of retardant.

It never came. Shortly before 6 p.m. on Wednesday, an incident commander on the ground spotted a hobby drone buzzing near the drop site at 11,000 feet. The air tanker had to turn back, as did two smaller planes following it.

“These folks who are handling these drones, I have to assume they have no idea what they're doing,” Chon Bribiescas, a spokesman for the U.S. Forest Service, said Thursday. “They not only endangered the folks on the ground, but they endanger the pilots.”

Officials fighting the Lake fire in the San Bernardino Mountains scrambled to warn the public that it is illegal and dangerous to fly drones in restricted airspace around a fire. Unmanned aircraft are particularly hazardous because authorities have no idea who is controlling them or how they might maneuver.  Cont'd...

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