California’s commercial drone industry is taking off

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by By W.J. HENNIGAN AND MELODY PETERSEN As the largest American maker of consumer drones, 3D Robotics Inc. sees big opportunities in selling mini-helicopters with cameras, sensors and whirling propellers that buzz like angry hornets. The Berkeley company expects to sell thousands of…

SkySkopes approved to fly UAS nationwide

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by Snowy Owl Productions, doing business as SkySkopes, will launch its commercial unmanned systems program immediately, following FAA approval (333 exemption) granted June 5th.  Skyskopes is the third company in North Dakota to secure a 333 exemption for commercial operations,…

Seven insights from the FAA’s former leader on drones

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by Matt McFarland Jim Williams, who managed the FAA office to integrate drones into the U.S. airspace, retired last week. Before departing for a vacation of visiting ballparks with his family, Williams spoke Thursday at McKenna Long & Aldrige’s unmanned aircraft systems symposium…

Why GoPro Decided To Build A Drone

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by Ryan Mac GoPro CEO Nicholas Woodman, a 39-year-old billionaire with a flair for the dramatic, usually has a way of pumping up crowds. Last month though, as he was set to make one of the most significant announcements in his…

Drone company CEO on self-regulating safety measures

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by Drones are expected to be hot sellers this summer through the holidays and the FAA is testing the tech to find common ground between safety and fun. As the government continues to develop new guidelines, 3D Robotics CEO Chris Anderson said the safety issue…

Survey company takes on top jobs

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by By Simon Hartley Drone aerial imagery is taking the world by storm, and for an enterprising Dunedin surveyor the opportunity to incorporate flights into surveying and 3-D imagery has taken off. Whole townships, state highways, mines, quarries, mountains and bridges…