Manning unmanned aerial vehicles

Furquan Moharkan

Though experts believe that the new draft guidelines on UAVs is  a welcome step,  there are grey areas that need to addressed

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), commonly known as drones, have of late changed the concept of warfare. They have reduced the number of casualties that used to take place in a ‘manned platform’.  An aerial vehicle can be remotely controlled from thousands of kilometres away.

But, in India, there was a concern with regard to the use of drones. Drones, being unregulated earlier, posed a tremendous threat to security along with the coherent treat of espionage and snooping. “We call it Special Technical Help (STH) in the army. It provides a lot of aid to the foot soldier with technical assistance,” says war veteran Colonel Mir Ziauddin. Continue reading

GET READY FOR THE ‘DRONE NATION’, THE MARKET EXPENDS RAPIDLY

The drone sales have been increasing tremendously for the past couple years. Though the drones have been a recent invention, they proved to be a most popular holiday purchase.Get ready for 'Drone Nation', The Drone Market Is Expending Rapidly

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 The drone sales have been increasing tremendously for the past couple years. Though the drones have been a recent invention, they proved to be a most popular holiday purchase.  According to a report from the retail research firm, NPD group – the world’s most successful brands turn to –   the sales skyrocketed almost to 445 percent just in the month of December done over a year (2015-2016).

Additionally, the NPD research also mentioned that the drone purchase has improved about 224 percent year-over-year to $200 million from the month of April 2015 i.e. almost $550 per drone. Moreover, the drones that cost more than $500 constituted for almost 56% of the total sales during the period of the 12 months.

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Chicopee, Mass., Officials Want To Put Limits On Use Of Drones

A 'Parrot Bebop' drone, used to take images, flies during a demo in San Francisco.

HOW IS PRIVATE PROPERTY DEFINED IN THE AIR?

The Chicopee City Council recently called for a new law that would determine how close drones can fly to private property, after a woman in nearby Agawam called the police when she saw a drone outside her bedroom window. Chicopee would join other cities and towns across the country that have passed similar restrictions.

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Donington farmer says drones would be a big help to police

Farmer Chris Wray uses drones to check growth of his field crops. ANL-160520-093149001

Farmer Chris Wray uses drones to check growth of his field crops. ANL-160520-093149001

A Donington farmer would like to see Lincolnshire Police using drones in the fight against crime, including hare coursing.

Several forces are trialling airborne camera drones, using them in searches for missing people and “scene captures” of serious incidents.

Own a drone? Here’s what you need to know about the DGCA’s guidelines for operating them

man walking and carrying uav flying drone

The DGCA requires drone operators to fulfill several requirements, many of these tedious but with the purported intent of safer and more regulated use.

In a recent circular from the Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), the government body has outlined several requirements around the ownership and operation of an Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS). Continue reading