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CAA proposes UK rules to permit scalable BVLOS drone operations

The UK’s  Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) regulatory body has taken an important step toward enabling UAV activities to scale, with its proposals to loosen rules for beyond visual line of sight drone operation (BVLOS). The CAA presented the proposals as part of a consultation process aiming to permit more frequent BVLOS flights by drone service companies, security and first responder organizations, and other sector actors. […]

Israel systematically uses quadcopter drones to kill Palestinians: Euro-Med – TRT World

Deliberately targeting civilians Israel also employed quadcopters in attacks on refugee camps on February 12, refugee schools on February 8, and the Palestinian Red Crescent Society headquarters on December 24. The organisation documented an attack on February 12 in which two siblings, Muhib Osama Ezz el Din Abu Jama, aged 19, and Elyas Osama Ezz […]

RigiTech starts medical drone delivery activity in the Netherlands

Swiss drone manufacturing and aerial services company RigiTech is expanding its geographical and healthcare footprint with a new partnership in the Netherlands, where it will trial deployment and eventual integration of its UAVs into routine operation by medical transport and response units. The new partnership in the Netherlands builds on RigiTech’s established track record in medical operations elsewhere in […]

Wildlife Drones: Using Innovative Technology to Track Elusive Species

Company uses drone technology to track animals in the wild The third in a trilogy of articles on innovative drones for conservation.  Explore the first article, on drones saving island ecosystems here: and the second, on drones for whale research, here.   By DRONELIFE Features Editor Jim Magill Images courtesy Wildlife Drones. Dr. Debbie Saunders, Wildlife […]

Cali startup delivers first electric cargo plane for US Air Force with up to 200 mi range

Pyka, a Silicon Valley startup, delivered its first electric autonomous cargo plane to AFWERX, the US Air Force’s network of innovators. Founded in 2017 in CEO Michael Norcia’s parent’s garage in Silicon Valley, the startup is now handing over electric planes for US Air Force use. Pyka initially focused on crop spraying with fewer regulations […]