Drone manufacturer Skydio recently published footage of a person gliding on rollerblades at Yellowstone’s West Thumb Geyser Basin boardwalk. Using a drone is illegal in national parks, so the footage put the California-based company under investigation. What’s more, inline skating on national park boardwalks is forbidden too, so this aerial footage sparked tons of negative comments online.
We’ve seen all kinds of weird methods for taking down drones. But if you’ve been wondering what the most dangerous one may be – I think I’ve just found it. Russian defense manufacturer JSC Almaz Antey has created a monster: a drone that flies around and literally shoots at other drones with a shotgun.
In December 2018, drone sightings shut down Gatwick Airport in London and left more than 100,000 passengers stranded. Three months after this major incident, the UK government has decided to expand drone no-fly zones around all major airports. From now on, instead of 0.6 miles (1km), it will be illegal to fly a drone within 3 miles (5km) around airports.
When flying a drone, you must know what your limitations are. When traveling with it, this knowledge expands to the drone laws of the country you’re visiting. If you choose to stay ignorant, you may end up in jail, and this is exactly what happened to a French tourist in Myanmar. Thanks to his ignorance of the country’s drone law, he was arrested and sentenced to a whole month in jail just because he was taking some aerial shots with a drone.
We’ve seen some… creative ways of knocking down drones out of the sky: from shooting them down to using trained eagles. But a Utah-based company Fortem Technologies is turning the drone against its own kind. It modifies the DJI Matrice 600 and turns into a lean, mean, drone killing machine.
After a recent drone incident at Gatwick Airport, DJI has decided to tighten up its geofencing system and give it a third dimension. The Geospatial Environment Online (GEO) 2.0 geofencing system will be launched across Europe, covering a total of 32 European countries. It creates “bow tie” safety zones around runway flight paths, expanding the restricted zone from a two-dimensional circle to a three-dimensional zone.
If you’re a drone pilot, you know that FAA doesn’t allow flying drones above crowds or at night, unless you have a special waiver. But a new proposed could make it possible to fly drones at night and over crowds in the USA without the need for the waiver.
In most cases, commercial and personal drones aren’t allowed to fly over crowds of people for safety reasons. You never know when a drone might crash and hurt someone, so it sounds reasonable. However, Indemnis’ drone parachute lets you legally fly drones over small groups of people. It’s the first time a drone parachute receives certification that allows drone operators to fly over crowds.