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FAA checklist for drone piloting safety

http://www.faa.gov/news/updates/media/2015-FAA-383-UAS_Holiday_Pre-flight-checklist_1200x627_ae05.pdf



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Thanks for posting this.

I sure hope that people who wish to fly drones read this very carefully and take it seriously. I mean that on a very personal level ever since I learned the truth as to why the waterbombers couldn't do much about the fire that would eventually reach my hometown and destroy my house: some idiot was flying a drone right over the disaster area just to get a good view of the fire.

Thanks for that, whoever you are. Thanks to you I lost a majority of my life's work, a decent home in a decent location, and hundreds of family pictures and documents, as well as rare collectibles and antiques. All of that now lost forever. All because you wanted to fly your little drone over the mountains to see the fire, thus obstructing the firecrews trying desperately to contain it. If that isn't enough, two people died in that fire! Innocent people actually lost their lives. Let that sink in real good.

All you other drone pilots out there, don't be like that a**hole. Be a safe and responsible pilot, or you may just put hundreds to thousands of people at risk.



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It looks like there was more than one being flown out there.

 

http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-34254328



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FAA released a detailed fact sheet for American laws regrding drone operations... http://www.faa.gov/uas/regulations_policies/media/UAS_Fact_Sheet_Final.pdf



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FAA to address drone registration at CES show

http://helihub.com/2016/01/06/faa-to-address-drone-registration-at-ces-show/

6 Jan, 16, Source: FAA

FAA Administrator Michael Huerta will discuss unmanned aircraft registration and provide updates on the agency’s work to safely integrate them into the National Airspace System (NAS). He will be joined by four key UAS Registration Task Force members.

In moving ahead with safely integrating UAS into the world’s busiest and most complex airspace, the FAA is constantly looking to identify new education outreach opportunities and leverage the energy and creativity of our safety partners.



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FAA launches B4U Fly app at CES show

http://helihub.com/2016/01/07/faa-launches-b4u-fly-app-at-ces-show/

7 Jan, 16, Source: FAA

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Michael Huerta today announced the public release of the B4UFLY mobile application following an initial beta testing period.

B4UFLY tells users about current or upcoming requirements and restrictions in areas of the National Airspace System (NAS) where they may want to operate their unmanned aircraft system (UAS). The app is now available for Apple devices and can be downloaded from the App Store.

The FAA also is releasing a beta version of B4UFLY for Android devices, which can be downloaded from Google.

“We expect B4UFLY will help raise public awareness about what it means to operate unmanned aircraft safely,” Huerta said at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, NV. “It is another important part of our education and awareness efforts to foster a culture of safety and accountability for the UAS community.”

The B4UFLY app includes a number of enhancements the FAA developed as a result of user feedback during the beta testing announced in May 2015 . Within two taps, users know if it is safe to fly at their current location. The app provides a status indicator that tells users: “Proceed with Caution,” “Warning – Action Required,” or “Flight Prohibited.” The app also features a planner mode that allows users to select a different time and location for an upcoming flight and determine if there are any restrictions at that place and time.

By law, hobbyists who want to fly within five miles of an airport must notify the airport operator and the air traffic control facility (if there is one) prior to flying. For now, B4UFLY will ask users who are supposed to notify the airport before flying for voluntary information about their planned flight. This will not meet the statutory requirement to notify the airport and air traffic control facility, but the data will help the agency make informed policy decisions related to notification. This information will not be publicly available.



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181,000 drones now registered

http://thehill.com/policy/transportation/264994-feds-cite-181000-drone-registrations

Federal Aviation Administration chief Michael Huerta said Wednesday that 181,000 drones have been recorded thus far under new rules that require users to pay a fee and register their devices with the federal government. 

The Department of Transportation (DOT) is requiring drone users to register their devices by Feb. 19 in a new Web-based tracking system that went online on Dec. 21, 2015. 

The agency is imposing a $5 fee for drone registrations, over the objections of drone advocates, but the FAA is waiving the charge for the first 30 days.

Huerta said Tuesday in a speech at the CES convention in Las Vegas that the pace so far looked promising.

"We’re encouraged by the registration numbers we’re seeing so far. As of today, about 181,000 aircraft have been registered," he said. 

"But this is just the beginning," Huerta continued. "Now that we have set up the registration system, our challenge is to make sure everyone is aware of the requirement and registers." 

Drone users have complained about the fees, labeling them a "drone tax." A drone hobbyist in Silver Spring, Md. has sued the FAA over the rules, arguing the mandate violates a federal law prohibiting the FAA from regulating recreational drones.



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Did you guys see that new drone in Japan that catches rogue drones with a big net? Local law enforcement sure could use a few of those during emergency situations like wildfires......catch all the lookyloo idiots getting in the way of their hard work. Sory about your home Stingray, cant imagine how terrible that can be.



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Did you guys see that new drone in Japan that catches rogue drones with a big net? Local law enforcement sure could use a few of those during emergency situations like wildfires......catch all the lookyloo idiots getting in the way of their hard work. Sory about your home Stingray, cant imagine how terrible that can be.


 Lolz yeah.



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FAA Evaluates Drone Detection Systems Around Denver

http://helihub.com/2016/11/18/faa-evaluates-drone-detection-systems-around-denver/

18 Nov, 16, Source: FAA

Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) that enter the protected airspace around airports can pose serious threats to safety. The FAA is coordinating with our government and industry partners to evaluate technologies that can be used safely to detect drones near airports.

 This week, the the FAA and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) are conducting drone-detection research in the vicinity of Denver International Airport. This work is part of the FAA’s Pathfinder Program for UAS Detection at Airports and Critical Infrastructure.

 The work in Denver is one of six technical evaluations scheduled over an 18-month period.

 The State of Nevada and State of North Dakota UAS Test Sites conducted flight operations for the Denver evaluations. Industry partners involved in the Denver flights included CACI International, Liteye Systems and Sensofusion.

 The FAA plans to capture the data and findings from the evaluations and draft recommendations for standards. These standards will guide the selection of drone-detection systems for airports nationwide.

 Other evaluation sites include Atlantic City International Airport, JFK International Airport, Eglin Air Force Base, Helsinki Airport, and Dallas-Ft. Worth International Airport.

 In addition to DHS, the FAA’s federal research partners include the Department of Defense, FBI, Federal Communications Commission, Department of the Interior, Department of Energy, NASA, Department of Justice, Bureau of Prisons, US Secret Service and US Capitol Police.

 The House Report accompanying the Fiscal Year 2016 federal appropriations law and the FAA Extension, Safety, and Security Act of 2016 both directed the FAA to continue research into detecting unmanned aircraft in airport environments.



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In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic drone technology is gaining an even larger appeal. China is experimenting with aerial disinfection via agricultural drones to spray disinfecting chemicals over public areas and to transport medical supplies. Consumers could benefit from drone delivery to their house to minimize exposure outside.



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In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic drone technology is gaining an even larger appeal. China is experimenting with aerial disinfection via agricultural drones to spray disinfecting chemicals over public areas and to transport medical supplies. Consumers could benefit from drone delivery to their house to minimize exposure outside.


 EHang Applies AAVs in Flood Emergency Response Exercise in China

https://helihub.com/2020/05/12/ehang-applies-aavs-in-flood-emergency-response-exercise-in-china/

12 May, 20, Source: EHang

EHang Holdings Limited (Nasdaq: EH) (“EHang” or the “Company”), the world’s leading autonomous aerial vehicle (“AAV”) technology platform company, announced that it participated in a flood emergency response exercise recently organized by the local government in Shaoguan, China. EHang fully demonstrated the efficiency, automation, and centralized management of its AAV technology in an emergency application by exercising large-scale and centralized AAV operations. This demonstration further promotes smart city management.

In order to effectively prepare for the upcoming flood season, the exercise assumed that the banks of the Wujiang River collapsed, threatening the safety of the township and its schools. In this exercise, the local authority promptly launched the warning and carried out ten measures to combat the flood including the transfer of people at risk, sending an emergency rescue team, rescuing drowning people with boats and delivering relief supplies.

As a supporting partner, EHang responded quickly by sending ten remotely-managed AAVs to four emergency sites. Controlled from a remote command-and-control center, EHang AAVs livestreamed the process of emergency repair, flood discharge, and staff transfer via built-in high definition cameras. Furthermore, EHang AAVs were able to accurately drop life jackets and other relief materials to the victims, which was one of the critical emergency response capabilities needed for flood relief.

During the exercise, EHang demonstrated the technical advantages of preset routes and centralized management of its AAVs, which can be equipped with different task modules and connected with the command-and-control center in real-time through 4G or 5G networks. EHang provided strong support for local authorities to exchange real-time information and make timely decisions in the face of fast-changing situations during a flood, thereby greatly improving the effectiveness of an emergency reaction.

“In the future, city management will be more intelligent, integrated and data-oriented. I am thrilled that EHang joined hands with the Shaoguan city government to lead this trend of smart city management. We will continue to contribute our technological advantages toward building Shaoguan as a model of a smart city utilizing comprehensive AAV applications,” said Mr. Hu Huazhi, the Founder, Chairman and CEO of EHang.

EHang formed a strategic partnership with the Shaoguan government on October 16, 2017, in order to develop an AAV command-and-control center. So far, EHang has worked with both the Public Security Bureau and the Health Bureau to utilize its AAVs for emergency response and epidemic prevention after floods and typhoons, which greatly improves the government’s management of emergency situations.

In 2018, EHang launched the command-and-control center in Shaoguan and went through trial operation. With capacity for over 60 staff, the command-and-control center integrates multiple government functions for emergency response and smart city management, including the five core functions of monitoring, scheduling, controlling, early warning and centralized management.

Since May 2019, the command-and-control center has responded to the needs of different authorities such as the Shaoguan Emergency Management Bureau, the Water Affairs Bureau, Forestry Bureau, the Environmental Protection Bureau and the Traffic Police Detachment for smart city management. Based on actual conditions, EHang put forward a customized plan, conducted regular air inspections on illegal construction, river, forestry, water resources, achieving the desired results.

In the current fight against COVID-19, EHang cooperated with local government departments to conduct air inspections on key industrial parks, roads, food markets and reservoirs with megaphones and high-definition cameras, which enabled “all-round” broadcasting and “non-contact” inspections to ensure the safety of frontline epidemic prevention staff.

After a year of trial operations and multiple successful emergency exercises, four departments of Shaoguan government (namely the Water Affairs Bureau, the Environmental Protection Bureau, the Transportation Bureau and the Forestry Bureau) will formally enter the command-and-control center for daily operations. To date, EHang has delivered two command-and-control centers in China, one in Shaoguan and the other in Lianyungang.



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