Drone Crashes Into Empire State Building

A man charged with crashing a drone into the Empire State Building has apparently tweeted that a policeman had told him it was “fine” to fly there. Police say a drone hit the New York skyscraper’s 40th floor and then fell on to a ledge five levels lower. Sean Riddle […]

NOAA Uses Drones to Capture Killer Whales on Film

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) and the Vancouver Aquarium have joined together to use drones to capture the most detailed footage of killer whale behavior ever seen on film. Following a group of killer whales known as the Southern Resident killer whales, scientists captured amazing photographs providing significant […]

You Can Now Buy Drone Insurance From AIG

Nervous pilot? You might be able to command your UAV with a little more peace of mind now that AIG is willing to sell you drone insurance. The insurance company has launched a series of policies that will cover you for all kind of accidents. Perhaps most importantly, it’ll provide […]

U.S. Offers More Specifics On Drone Registration Initiative

Federal regulators have laid out a few more details about efforts to fast-track registration of recreational drones, though the document also highlights uncertainties about the idea’s scope and implementation concerning drone registration. The government is likely to mandate some type of visual identification markings on many drones, akin to the […]

Don’t Be a Drone Jerk

Mounting a gun on a home-built quadcopter. Attaching Roman candles to a pricey DJI Inspire 1, then posting the explosive results on the internet. Flying camera-carrying drones around the scene of a devastating Southern California fire, hampering disaster-response helicopters (for which San Bernadino County, California, is now offering $75,000 for information […]

Tech Firms Collaborating to Make Drone Air Traffic Safe

Google Inc., the company that brought order to the Internet, has set its sights on doing the same for the flocks of commercial drones expected to someday clog the skies. The search-engine pioneer is joining some of the biggest companies in technology, communications and aviation — including Amazon.com Inc., Verizon […]

The 7 Deadly Sins When Flying a Drone

In today’s ultra-politically correct climate, there’s etiquette – or certain expected behaviors – for nearly every situation under the sun. Sure, golf etiquette has been around for hundreds of years now, but there’s also internet dating etiquette (stop with the shirtless selfies in the dirty mirror, bro), office etiquette (no […]

Drone pilots warned after close call with passenger jet

A “near miss” between a passenger jet and a drone has prompted warnings about safe use of the hobby aircraft. An Airbus A320’s wing passed 6m (20ft) below a drone hovering at Heathrow, said the Civil Aviation Authority. It said drone pilots would face prosecution if they put the safety […]