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Amazon Drones Out to Kill

Date:
December 2, 2013
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Summary:
Amazon's splashy drone story on CBS' 60 Minutes puts UPS and FedEx in its crosshairs.


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FAA Stalls Amazon's Plans By Restricting Commercial Drones

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TheStreet (June 25, 2014) — Amazon's hopes of launching "Prime Air" were put on hold this week by the Federal Aviation Administration. On Monday, the FAA published a document addressing the operation of model airplanes. Buried within the document were regulations that apply to drones, prohibiting their operation. "Any operation not conducted strictly for hobby or recreation purposes could not be operated under the special rule for model aircraft. Clearly, commercial operations would not be hobby or recreation flights. Likewise, flights that are in furtherance of a business, or incidental to a person's business, would not be a hobby or recreation flight" the document stated. In the fall 2013, the FAA said it would aim to come up with a plan to safely integrate drones into airspace by September of 2015 but will likely push that deadline back. For now, Amazon will have to stick with Snail Mail. Video provided by TheStreet
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Peru Uses Drones to Research Crop, Ancient Ruins

Peru Uses Drones to Research Crop, Ancient Ruins

AFP (Aug. 13, 2013) — Unmanned drones often bring up images of targeted killings in remote regions of Pakistan and Yemen. But in Peru, drones are being successfully used to monitor crops and study ancient ruins.
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Nepal Using Drones in Fight Against Poaching

Nepal Using Drones in Fight Against Poaching

AP (Mar. 24, 2014) — When it comes to tracking poachers, drones are giving wildlife teams a sky-high advantage in Nepal. Illegal poaching in the country has dramatically declined since the GPS-enabled drones were introduced as part of a pilot program in 2012. (March 24) Video provided by AP
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FAA Considers Letting Film/TV Companies Use Drones for First Time

FAA Considers Letting Film/TV Companies Use Drones for First Time

TheStreet (June 3, 2014) — The FAA is reviewing a request by seven film and television companies to use drones when filming. The companies hope to use drones to achieve creative aerial shots, but they also can be less expensive than manned aircraft and some believe, safer. The FAA prohibits the use of unmanned aircraft systems for commercial purposes due to safety and privacy concerns. The FAA acknowledged that granting the exemptions could have "tangible economic benefits." In order to receive permission, the FAA said the companies must show that their drone operations won't be a safety hazard and would be in the public interest. Video provided by TheStreet
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