An Interview with the National Retail Hobby Stores Association, bad drone legislation vetoed in California, UAS awards, and mass jackassery.
We wanted to know how hobby shop retailers feel about their responsibilities toward UAV buyers at point-of-sale. So we called Noel Bays, the president of the National Retail Hobby Stores Association (NRHSA), and asked him. He was happy to explain the position of NRHSA, and how he personally implements this at HobbyForce in Ontario, Ohio.
California Governor Jerry Brown vetoed the legislation that would have made it unlawful to fly drones at altitudes less than 350 feet over private property without the owner’s permission.
The Unmanned Air Systems Technology & Innovation Awards are open to any organization that is part of the unmanned aviation industry. Four awards will be issued:
- Start-up of the Year 2016
- The Innovation Award 2016
- Service Solution of the Year 2016
- The Award for Business Growth 2016
Nominations will be accepted up to December 20, 2015 and can be for organizations across the globe. Winners will be selected by a select panel of judges, and announced during the SkyTech 2016 trade show in London on January 27, 2016.
To submit a nomination, visit the Awards website.
Chris Anderson, co-founder and chief executive of 3D Robotics, is concerned about irresponsible flying by some multicopter operators. “[It’s] bad and it’s going to get worse. And if we don’t do something about it, no one’s been killed yet, but someone’s going to do something really stupid.” Anderson says the solution needs to come from manufacturers in the form of software-based geofencing.
Anderson also describes three eras of consumer drones. The first era was getting drones to fly. The second era was gimbal-mounted video cameras capable of producing high quality video. Now we have the third era: drone autonomy that removes the need for a pilot.
Video of the Week
Spring barley harvest in Kildare with a Claas Lexion 570C.
Drone Radio Show, a weekly podcast series about drones and the people who use them.
Guillermo from Valencia, Spain, tells us about the first Drone Pilot class from the Universitat Politècnica de València, offering theory and practice in a 320-hour course.
Demostración de vuelo: multicóptero AibotX6 (Flight demonstration: Aibot X6 Multicopter)
RPAS pilots from EASA
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