All the Dreamy Drone Businesses the FAA's Proposed Rules Would Kill

There are plenty of very good, fun, and helpful things that drones can do—things like monitoring crops and delivering beer and saving lives. Unfortunately, over the weekend, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released the first draft of its rules for commercial drones, and guess what? The rules would make a… » 2/17/15 10:45am 2/17/15 10:45am

Is the DIY Drone Movement About to Launch a Billion-Dollar Industry?

Back in the 1970s, hobbyists like Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak built homebrew computers that eventually fueled the lucrative PC revolution. Now, a new movement of hobbyists is trying to imitate this DIY strategy to jumpstart the drone industry. But can today's calculated drone entrepreneurialism really be considered… » 2/10/15 12:30pm 2/10/15 12:30pm

The FAA's Drone Ban at the Super Bowl Is Absurd

You may have heard about the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) quietly declaring that this year's Super Bowl will be a "no drone zone." You may not have heard just how big that no drone zone will be. It's 60 miles wide. The no drone zone is larger than the city of Phoenix. Seems a little bit absurd, huh? » 1/29/15 7:20pm 1/29/15 7:20pm

This Footage of Ukrainian Aftermath Is Why We Need Drone Journalism

On Friday, January 16, The New York Times published a report detailing Ukrainian rebels' conflict to seize the Donetsk airport, now a bombed-out shell of its former self. Although the Ukrainian Army says it's rebuffed the attack, it would've been the rebels' first major advance in months since the cease fire on Sept.… » 1/18/15 11:28am 1/18/15 11:28am

First Drone Launches at FAA Test Site in Nevada, Crashes Immediately

Friday was a big day at the drone testing facility in Boulder City, Nevada. It was the day that the first drone authorized to fly without FAA approval would take to the air. The bright orange unmanned aircraft, Magpie, did just that—and then it crashed to the ground in an embarrassing cloud of dust two seconds later. » 12/20/14 3:00pm 12/20/14 3:00pm

The Government Admits Drone Rules Won't Be Ready Until at Least 2017

It looks like we'll have to wait a few more years before order can be restored to a sky increasingly full of drones. Despite having set a deadline for September 2015, the Federal Aviation Administration admitted it's going to take even longer than expected to finish its rules for commercial drones. The Government… » 12/10/14 12:55pm 12/10/14 12:55pm

Drones Fly Too Close to Airplanes 25 Times a Month

With more drones in the air than ever before, there are more chances for the unmanned, under-regulated flying machines to collide with planes and helicopters flying over U.S. airspace. Close encounters and even near-misses happen more often than you would think: about 25 times a month, in fact. » 12/08/14 3:25pm 12/08/14 3:25pm