New Australian drone laws “won’t stop crashes” experts say

New Australian drone laws “won’t stop crashes” experts say

Australia’s drone laws will change next week, letting more people fly them for profit. Photo: AFP / JOSH EDELSON. ANYONE will be able to fly drones for profit in Australia from next week under a shake-up to aviation rules removing requirements for pilot licences. But while industry experts say changes are overdue, they warn the new aviation laws will not address increasingly dangerous and illegal drone activity in Australia, and users should be forced to…

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Paris Drone Festival: Races, demonstrations held for high-tech …

Paris Drone Festival: Races, demonstrations held for high-tech …

The Champs-Elysees was the setting of a mini-air show as amateur drone enthusiasts flew their high-tech toys over the famed Paris avenue in the city’s first festival celebrating the gadgets. Key points: Festival included a drone race Part of the Champs-Elysees converted into drone aviary France is the world leader in the market for civilian drones The afternoon festival included a race and demonstrations of the remote-controlled devices, which are increasingly used as toys as…

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A Beginner’s Guide To Buying A Drone

A Beginner’s Guide To Buying A Drone

Image: Parrot You’ve decided it’s time to plunk some cash down on a drone, but where do even you begin? There are so many different types to choose from, and each has its own set of set of strengths and weakness. They can also be really expensive. This guide will help you choose the perfect drone within you budget.   For the sake of completeness, we’ve even included a few small quadcopters in addition to…

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Here’s what drone you should buy

Here’s what drone you should buy

A FEW years ago if the word ‘drone’ was mentioned, you’d be forgiven for immediately thinking of a war zone. But these days the unmanned aircraft are involved in so much more than war and have become a hugely popular hobby for thousands across the nation. Just recently Queensland hosted the 2016 Australian Drone Nationals with more than 60 competitors vying to become the national champ. The winner, Thomas Bitmatta, is just 17 and, together…

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You Don’t Need Waves When Surfing With A Drone

You Don’t Need Waves When Surfing With A Drone

The more propellers and motors you add to a drone, the more weight it can lift. Freefly Systems’ Alta 8, designed to carry heavy video equipment, has eight rotors making it strong enough to tow a surfer on a wakeboard. Say hello to the new sport of dronesurfing where waves aren’t necessary. Is this even possible? Standing on the beach the drone probably isn’t strong enough to pull the surfer off his feet. But as…

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Drone racing champions target Gold Coast

Drone racing champions target Gold Coast

A group of Australia’s top professional drone racers wants to make south-east Queensland the world’s centre for the sport. External Link:Facebook: drone racing video Drone racing is taking off across the globe. It is a sport that requires skill, concentration and precision as competitors guide tiny, high-powered, model flying machines through tight obstacle courses at speeds up to 100 kilometres per hour. It is fast becoming a popular pastime and the inaugural Australian Drone Racing…

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UK criminals use drones to smuggle drugs, mobile phones into prison

UK criminals use drones to smuggle drugs, mobile phones into prison

While Britain looks into the possibility of drone-based delivery services, criminals are already exploiting the technology to send drugs to accomplices in prison. Key points: Police stop drone mid-flight after it was spotted at low altitude near prison Drugs, mobile phones found in drone delivery At least 30 incidents last year of drones carrying goods found near prisons London Metropolitan Police said they recovered two drones carrying mobile phones and drugs near the city’s Pentonville…

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Drone accidents mostly caused by technical problems, not operator

Drone accidents mostly caused by technical problems, not operator

Most small drones accidents are caused by faulty equipment rather than operator error, according to a world-first study looking at the causes of civil drone accidents. Key points: Technical problems are behind most civilian drone incidents Current air safety regulations need to be reviewed, researchers say Drones expected to be used often for deliveries, surveying, firefighting The research found technical problems were the cause of 64 per cent of civilian incidents which occurred between 2006…

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Drones banned from national parks in South Australia to protect …

Drones banned from national parks in South Australia to protect …

Related Story: Calls to protect animals from drones Drones have been banned from South Australia’s national parks in an effort to curb their impact upon animal behaviour. SA Environment Department Regional Programs director Grant Pelton said anyone operating a drone without a permit would be fined $75. “We’ve seen an increasing trend in use particularly in places like the Eyre Peninsula and over on Kangaroo Island,” he said. “As a result of that, we’ve received…

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Drones in science: Rising beyond pretty pictures – Science News …

Drones in science: Rising beyond pretty pictures – Science News …

Drones are revolutionising environmental science. Four scientists explain how they are using drones, what challenges they face and how the technology is changing our understanding of the world around us. Sixteen years ago, when Dr Karen Joyce was a PhD student, she dreamed of having a helicopter to help her map coral on the Great Barrier Reef. “We were doing a lot of work on the reef taking our equipment out in small towed boxes…

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