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California Kicks Paparazzi Drones to the Curb

Gov. Jerry Brown bans flying drones taking pics, recordings in private airspace

(Newser) - If you've been thinking of firing up the ol' Blade Chroma Quadcopter to take some snapshots of Sandra Bullock's supposed new baby , you'll have to wait until she leaves her California home. Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill Tuesday that effectively bans flying drones over private property... More »

1M New Drones Could Buzz Skies This Christmas

The FAA is very worried

(Newser) - Santa better be extra careful during his rounds this year or Rudolph is going to get a faceful of drone. The FAA expects up to 1 million small unmanned aerial vehicles—from cheap toys to high-end quadcopters—to be sold for Christmas this year, and it's extremely concerned about... More »

Student's Drone Crashes Kentucky's Season Opener

Second time a sporting event crashed in a week

(Newser) - A student's drone crashed into a part of newly renovated Commonwealth Stadium before the Wildcats faced Louisiana-Lafayette in the season opener, Kentucky officials confirmed yesterday. School spokesman Jay Blanton said via email that the unmanned aircraft was recovered near the suite level. He added that there were no injuries... More »

Why This Swipe at a Drone Says a Lot About Chimps

Tushi planned and executed her attack, say researchers

(Newser) - A chimpanzee that famously knocked a flying drone out of the air with a stick earlier this year wasn't reacting out of fear or annoyance but rather executing a pre-planned and deliberate attack. That's according to a new study in Primates . "This episode adds to the indications... More »

Drone Crashes Into US Open Stands

Player thought she was going to die

(Newser) - A drone buzzed over the court during a US Open match in New York City's Louis Armstrong Stadium last night and crashed into an empty section of seats. A US Tennis Association spokesman says no one was injured and the New York Police Department is "conducting an ongoing... More »

North Dakota Lets Police Drones Fire Rubber Bullets

One expert says it's 'one of the worst' ideas ever about drones

(Newser) - Watch the skies in North Dakota: The state has passed a first-of-its-kind law legalizing the use of armed police drones, though they must carry "less than lethal" weapons like tear gas, rubber bullets, beanbags, pepper spray, and Tasers, reports NPR . Interestingly, the law was first introduced as legislation prohibiting... More »

Cops Bust Drone Delivery of Porn DVDs, Drugs to Prison

2 men face charges; charges also expected against an inmate

(Newser) - Someone inside Maryland's Western Correctional Institution will be waiting a long time for his porn delivery. Officials say two men have become the first in the state to be charged with attempting to deliver contraband items to a prison via drone after they were found with a Yuneec Typhoon... More »

US Quietly Working on Ways to Commandeer Drones

A test was even attempted on New Year's Eve, says a source

(Newser) - Federal regulations state that drones fly no higher than 400 feet and keep at least five miles from an airport. But violations abound , and police and federal agencies fear their potential for a nefarious use—against an airplane, or on a Times Square crowd, for instance. Sources tell Reuters those... More »

We Don't Know What Happens If a Jet Engine Sucks in a Drone

Pilot drone sightings have already more than doubled last year's total

(Newser) - In July, the Department of Homeland Security said it counted more than 500 incidents of drones passing near "critical" sites such as airports since 2012. And the Federal Aviation Administration said the number of pilot sightings of unmanned aircraft as of Aug. 9 is more than double the number... More »

$75K Reward Offered to Find Drone Pilots at Wildfires

California county is fed up with interference of firefighters

(Newser) - Firefighters battling California wildfires keep running into the same problem over and over —drones. Specifically, hobbyist drones being flown by someone presumably looking to take great images of the fire. The problem is that the drones prevent airdrops, and now authorities are banking on an old-fashioned solution: fat rewards.... More »

Amazon: Devote 200 Feet of Airspace to Drones

Company thinks it will be necessary for safety (and deliveries) in the near future

(Newser) - Amazon is thinking in more tangible terms about the future of delivery drones : It's floating the idea that 200 feet of airspace be designated a drone-only zone over cities. The company thinks that aviation officials should set aside the space between 200 and 400 feet above ground to safely... More »

$21M US Drone Crashes in Iraq, Guy Gets a Selfie

Spy drone conducting surveillance went down due to 'technical complications'

(Newser) - Pictures started circulating online this week of what looked like a US Army drone sitting in the middle of the Iraqi desert, and yesterday the Pentagon confirmed that's indeed what it is, the Verge reports. A US Central Command spokesman told BuzzFeed that an MQ-1 surveillance drone crashed on... More »

Recreational Drones Hindered Air Drops on Freeway Wildfire

It's becoming a familiar refrain

(Newser) - California's Interstate 15 was looking a little "post-apocalyptic" today in the aftermath of a wildfire that swept across the road yesterday and left burnt-out cars in its wake, notes Gizmodo . Nobody was hurt, fortunately, but those drivers will be thrilled to learn that firefighters were once again stymied... More »

Hobbyist's Drone Interferes With Air Drops on Wildfire

Forest Service says 3 planes had to scrap mission in California

(Newser) - Somebody flying a drone over a raging California wildfire this week probably got some awesome photos. The problem for everyone else is that the 4-foot drone forced three planes that planned to drop retardant to scrap their missions, reports the Los Angeles Times . One was a DC-10 with about 11,... More »

Burnout Rate Forces Cut in Drone Flights

Military is losing more pilots than it trains

(Newser) - Doing a job where you kill strangers on the other side of the world and then go home to your family every night is the kind of thing that can grind people down, the military admits. Drone operators have a high burnout rate , and the Air Force says it expects... More »

How a T-Shirt Took Down a $1K Drone

That's one way to tell the world you're fed-up with drones

(Newser) - Mike Luzanksy, owner of Lucky 7 Drones—an online company that sells drones and accessories and just moved from Las Vegas to Huntington Beach, Calif.—was on a quiet residential street filming a demonstration video of the small DJI Phantom 3 Professional Quadcopter last week around 6pm when a... More »

200-Pound Drone Gets OK to Spray Pesticides

FAA approves Yamaha's RMAX

(Newser) - A drone large enough to carry tanks of fertilizers and pesticides has won rare approval from federal authorities to spray crops in the US, officials say. The drone, called the RMAX, is a remotely piloted helicopter that weighs 207 pounds, according to Steve Markofski of Yamaha, which developed the aircraft.... More »

Dad Tased After Flying Drone at Park

Travis Sanders says he didn't know flying tiny 'aircraft' was illegal

(Newser) - Travis Sanders expected a fun night when he took his family to Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park on Saturday. But things took an unexpected turn when the 35-year-old Pahoa resident was Tased by a park ranger and arrested after sending up a 3-inch quadcopter drone to take video of the... More »

Suck It, FAA: Amazon Drone Tests Move North

Prime Air experiments carried out feet from US border in BC

(Newser) - Amazon has followed up on its threat to deploy drones outside of the US after new rules dampened its dream of drone deliveries. Though the company was just granted an FAA certificate allowing it to carry out certain tests for Prime Air, the Guardian reports Amazon moved its drone operations... More »

Amazon Drones Cleared to Fly

But FAA says test operator will need a pilot's license

(Newser) - Amazon's dream of door-to-door delivery by drone might not be dead after all. The Federal Aviation Administration has granted the company an "experimental airworthiness certificate" to test drones outdoors, but it comes with some pretty tough restrictions: The tests must take place below 400 feet during daylight hours... More »

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