In case you missed it: Here are some of the most talked about stories in drone news this week:
The biggest news of the week was the announcement that the FAA’s first official UAS test site, located in North Dakota, was ready to begin operations. Whether or not the FAA will have the final say on drone regulation in the the US, the site is a major step forward for collecting official data on small unmanned aerial systems.
Texas search and rescue group EquuSearch filed a lawsuit against the FAA after the volunteer organization received a letter ordering them to stop using drones in their rescue ops.
UAV manufacturer Precision Hawk hired Jason San Souci as their new VP of GeoSpatial Applications.
A bill that would legalize the commercial use of drones both privately and by municipal law enforcement made progress in the North Carolina state legislature. But a similar bill was defeated in Louisiana.
The BBC published a story about a man who keeps his drone on a leash, which poses an interesting solution to a lot of peoples’ concerns about using drones in public places.
Finally, here are some of our favorite drone videos from this week:
Finally, don’t miss this video by CineChopper. The UK-based company was hired by Animal Planet to shoot aerial footage in the Amazon. The footage they captured was pretty amazing. Their drone must have thought so too because it got a little carried away…
Alan is serial entrepreneur, active angel investor, and a drone enthusiast. He co-founded DRONELIFE.com to address the emerging commercial market for drones and drone technology. Prior to DRONELIFE.com, Alan co-founded Where.com, ThinkingScreen Media, and Nurse.com. Recently, Alan has co-founded Crowditz.com, a leader in Equity Crowdfunding Data, Analytics, and Insights. Alan can be reached at alan(at)dronelife.com