Rescue

Surf Lifesaving UAV wins innovation award

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by Simon Chester Two students from University of Wollongong have won an innovation award for using a quadcopter UAV to quickly deliver a floatation device to a distressed swimmer. The UAV, designed by Nicolas Roach and Leo Stevens, uses magnets to carry a…

Northport Fire Rescue’s new drone takes flight

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By Stephanie Taylor Northport Fire Rescue has added a drone to its arsenal of emergency response tools. The department’s new UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) is remotely piloted and transmits high-quality images to personnel on the ground. Firefighters can view the…

Drone Enthusiasts Demand Clearance to Fly

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By Daniel Wheaton The 2-year-old boy was missing for five days in southwest Texas in March 2012, and the Davis family called on the search and rescue organization Texas EquuSearch to help find the child. A member of EquuSearch decided to…

Personal drones grounded while FAA plays catch up

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by SEBASTIAN ROBERTSON WFAA WIMBERLEY — A small remote-controlled aircraft mounted with a camera. For Gene Robinson of RP Flight Systems it has proven to be an invaluable tool for search and rescue missions. Since 2005, Robinson has flown hundreds missions…