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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

The Flying Floating Diving Loon Copter for Underwater Inspection and Study

 At Gizmag, Ben Coxworth reports that the Loon Copter drone flies, floats and dives underwater and could potentially be used for "... search-and-rescue operations, bridge foundation inspections, underwater pipeline inspections, tracking of oil spills at different depths, and marine life studies."

Monday, January 25, 2016

Delivery Drones May Be Grounded By Law Due to Safety Concerns

Why Amazon's and Google's Delivery Drones Can't Get Off the Ground is the title of a story by Graham Winfrey at, reporting that "delivery drones" may be grounded by law for the foreseeable future due to safety concerns.

Drone Registration USA Legal Requirements in 2016: Reposted from LawPundit

Drone Registration Legal Requirements in 2016: Reposted from LawPundit __________________________

FAA Announces Mandatory Drone Registration
Effective Virtually Immediately ! Get it Done !

We refer here to a very important article by Nick Lavars at Gizmag in

US government announces mandatory drone registration.

This is an urgent posting relating to mandatory drone registration, so that if you get one of these unmanned small flying "aircraft" called DRONES for Christmas, for example, then you are required to register the drone with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) before flying it and also to stick a unique identification number on the aircraft. Failure to do so can result in immense fines or even prison sentences, so this is no small potatoes.  If you register the drone prior to January 20, 2016, the FAA waives the registration fee. Get it done!
If you have anything to do with drones, make sure you read that article at Gizmag:

US government announces mandatory drone registration.


FAA Requires Modelers and Hobbyists to Make Drone Registration as Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Starting December 21, 2015 Also for Drones Already in Possession

As regards our previous posting on drone registration, please now read the official FAA announcement concerning the drone registration requirement, starting December 21, that drones (also those used by modelers and hobbyists) must be registered with the FAA as Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS). See their FAQ for the definition of UAS.

Anyone who has made, purchased or otherwise obtained a drone prior to that date has 60 days to register. Yes, Christmas gifts and homemade drones also fall under the registration requirement.

When operating a drone, the operator must have his or her drone registration certificate in their possession.

Civil fines for non-registration can reach $27500 and "criminal penalties include fines of up to $250,000 and/or imprisonment for up to three years".

As one sees, the registration requirement must be taken seriously by all.

No drone registration is required for drones below a certain weight (250 gm viz. 0.55 lb. or less) which are regarded to be unmanned aircraft systems viewed in the category of "toys".

Also excluded from the drone registration requirement are "paper airplanes, toy balloons, Frisbees, and similar items" which are not connected to control systems for the unmanned aircraft.

Make sure to check out the FAA Drone Registration FAQ for all the details.


Quadcopter How-To Postings at Gizmag
in the Loz Blain Drone School Series

Quadcopters and similar drones have not only legal aspects such as the requirement of FAA registration in the United States, but also require enhanced tech savvy on the part of the user, especially for safety reasons.

Gizmag has a series of "how to" postings on drones by Loz Blain:
We do not know how many "how to" "schools" there will ultimately be.

See also for general information on mandatory registration in the USA:

FAA Drone Registration Website Now Operational

TechCrunch reports that The FAA’s Drone Registration Site Is Now Up And Running. Lots of info there, take a look.


Quadcopters and More: Where Can You Fly Your Drone? The Legal Answers are Not Clear

Santa, Santa, what hast thou wrought!? The problems that are coming with the proliferation of cheap and ubiquitous recreational and other drones such as quadcopters are immense while the legal answers for privacy rights are unclear. Annie Sneed discusses the issues at Scientific American So Your Neighbor Got a Drone for Christmas.

300000 Drones and Counting: FAA Drone Registration Takes Off

Nearly 300,000 Drones Have Been Registered With FAA in the first Month

according to Personal Tech at the Tech Times by Anu Passary who writes:

"The registration is valid for three years. Those who do not register their UAV could be subject to fines of $27,500, possible criminal penalties of $250,000, as well as three years in prison if the offense is serious."

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Hermes 450 UAV to Check Crops from the Sky: A Game-Changer in Farming and Agriculture

Checking crops from the sky: Hermes 450 UAV to be escorted by manned plane is a report by Sue Roesler at the Farm and Ranch Guide which shows that drone use will be a "game-changer" in farming and agriculture.

Positive Drone Use: Climate Change Being Mapped by Citizens Using Drones

'Citizen scientists' use drones to map El Nino flooding in a report at Phys.Org by Gillian Flaccus showing that positive use of drones by citizens can be of assistance in mapping climate change.

Sky Earth Drones Started as a Blog -- "Sky Earth Drones" & "SkyEarthDrones" Trademarked

On 24 January 2016 21:30 Berlin time,
Sky Earth Drones
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was started as a blog and trademarked as
Sky Earth Drones(TM)

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via Google Search, giving the following results:

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