Category: UAVs

Gatwick Airport closed by rogue drone flights

Someone flying industrial drones over Gatwick Airport has caused the airport to be shut down. ‘She said the amount of time the drone had been above the airport supported the idea that it was being flown there deliberately. “This very much points to this being planned and not just some rogue hobbyist,” she said.’

The impact of this will be draconian new regulations (many of which are already in the works) that will make the flying of model aircraft (especially away from a certified model airfield) expensive, effectively cutting out most recreational flights.

In September, Mexico issued rules banning operation of drones by non-Mexicans, nationwide #drones #quadcopters #UAS

In September, 2018, Mexico issued new regulations that prohibit the operation of all “drones” (literally all model aircraft) by anyone who is not a Mexican national. This means that visitors from other countries are now prohibited from flying quadcopters or other model aircraft anywhere in Mexico.

New UK drone restrictions start today #Drones #Quadcopters

Camera drones must stay at least 150 feet away from people All drones weighing more than 250g must be registered with the government All drone pilots must pass a drone safety test before allowed to fly Drone pilots must use “safety apps” to plan their flights “Recreational drone users must: Always keep the drone within sight Keep 500 ft away from crowds and/or built up areas, if your drone is equipped...

“Drones” and telepresence for the mobility limited

Last night I thought of a novel application for “drones”. (“Drone” is a bad word – R/C aircraft, UAV or remotely piloted model aircraft are all benign and accurate terms and have been used to describe civilian applications for a long time.) Some of the new R/C n-copters (quad, hex or octo-copters) have very advanced flight control systems that simplify flying and provide safety features (like automatic return in case of loss...