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Shooting a drone is a federal offense, FAA confirms

Shooting a drone is a federal offense, FAA confirms

When a new piece of technology comes out and radically changes the market, there will always be people who are afraid of it. With the case of drones, this has lead to people having serious concerns about privacy. And in some cases, people have resorted to shooting down the flying gadgets to prove their point.

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Committee recommendations pave way for drone deliveries

Committee recommendations pave way for drone deliveries

The FAA has been working for months to iron out drone regulations, being forced to toe the line between public safety and the needs of innovation. Drones hold a lot of promise in many fields, but current restrictions mean many companies aren’t able to use them — forcing some like Amazon to head to other countries for testing. According to a new report, that could change soon, as the government is said to be working on changes that could allow commercial drone flights over populated regions.

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FAA: 300,000 drones registered in first 30 days

FAA: 300,000 drones registered in first 30 days

In the first 30 days since the drone registration requirement went public, the FAA has announced about 300,000 drones were registered in the US. To help encourage drone owners to register, the FAA had offered to wave the $5 registration fee for the first month, perhaps leading to the very high number of registrations. New registrations pour in regularly.

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Axis Vidius drone is so small it doesn’t require FAA registration

Axis Vidius drone is so small it doesn’t require FAA registration

Drone-maker Axis has just unveiled its new Vidius quadcopter, a device so small it can fit in the palm of your hand, even with a camera inside. Measuring just 1.7 inches and with a weight of less than .55 pounds, Axis is likely right when they say it's the world's smallest camera-equipped drone. Besides being lightweight and taking up almost no space, the biggest benefit of the Vidius is that it doesn't meet the new Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) guidelines that require registration.

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FAA Drone registry has launched for any drone weighing over 0.55 pounds

FAA Drone registry has launched for any drone weighing over 0.55 pounds

The FAA has announced the launch of its federal drone registration website. Anyone living in the US who owns any kind of drone that weighs more than 0.55 pounds and less than 55 pounds must go and register their drone on the FAA website. That wide range of weights covers just about every drone out there this side of little toys like the Parrot MiniDrone.

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FAA: your name, home address will be public in drone registry

FAA: your name, home address will be public in drone registry

The Federal Aviation Administration has stated that information in its drone registry will be made publicly available in searches — including names and home addresses. The registry, which went live today, is part of the FAA’s attempt to enforce proper drone usage and, when necessary, make it easier to find violators. Privacy concerns were raised, though, when a snippet of text from a Department of Transportation document revealed that registry information would largely be made public.

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FAA gets tough on drones with mandatory UAV registration

FAA gets tough on drones with mandatory UAV registration

Drone pilots in the US have until February 19, 2016 to register their aircraft, with the FAA announcing mandatory licensing with fines or even prison time for those who refuse. The database, which opened its digital doors today, is the Federal Aviation Administration's response to the huge upswing in UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) ownership, with increasingly capable drones able to travel long distances, carry payloads, and potentially interfere with security forces or commercial aviation.

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Drone incident leaves toddler partially blind

Drone incident leaves toddler partially blind

A new tragic accident highlights an issue that some fear will become a trend: out-of-control drones injuring individuals who happen to be nearby. Oscar Webb was 16 month old when he fell victim to one such drone, which belonged to a family friend who lost control of the device after it clipped a tree. The drone ultimately struck Webb in the face, irreparably severing one of his eyes.

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We’re one step closer to mandatory drone pilot registration

We’re one step closer to mandatory drone pilot registration

Mandatory drone pilot registration is one step closer in the US, with the FAA mulling database proposals from a number of UAV makers, retailers, and more. The FAA Drone-Registration Task Force was established in October, with unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) manufacturers like 3D Robotics, DJI, GoogleX, GoPro, Parrot, along with retailers looking to use drones for deliveries like Amazon Prime Air, Best Buy, and Walmart, joining forces to develop a framework for safer flying.

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Drone crashes into Seattle’s giant ferris wheel

Drone crashes into Seattle’s giant ferris wheel

If you’ve visited Seattle, you’re likely familiar with the giant ferris wheel situated on its waterfront. The wheel is beautiful to look at, and is a prime tourist attraction, giving visitors a sky-high look at one of the finer sides of the city. Fortunately, none of those tourists (or others) were injured when a drone crashed into the ferris wheel yesterday evening, the latest in a growing number of incidents involving drones used in improper places.

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FAA will soon require drones to be registered

FAA will soon require drones to be registered

Following rumors of such, the Federal Aviation Administration has announced that it will require most drones to be registered. If sources are correct, the registration system and requirement will be in place by the end of the year, just in time for all the drones bought over the holiday season to be properly tagged. This follows several instances of drones being operated in an unsafe manner, crashes, and dangerous behavior, including flying too closely to planes and helicopters.

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FAA to airlines: ban lithium batteries in checked bags

FAA to airlines: ban lithium batteries in checked bags

When it comes to recharging gadgets, sometimes your only option is spare pre-charged batteries. That’s all fine and well, only now the FAA doesn’t want you checking them into your checked baggage, citing concerns about security and safety. According to a new report, the FAA has advised airlines to ban lithium bags from checked luggage, something that will force passengers to put them in carry-ons instead.

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