Unmanned Aircraft See Hype At Northern Ag Expo

Story by Mikkel Pates, Agweek FARGO, N.D. — With the 2016 crops in the bin, and farms buttoned down for the winter, the 2017 crop was a hot topic at the Northern Ag Expo, which started Tuesday and continues through Wednesday in Fargo, N.D. The show, which typically brings in 4,000 to 6,000 attendees in…
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FAA Reminds Public Of Drone Safety Ahead Of Gift-giving Season

Black Friday kicked off the holiday shopping season this past weekend, and it’s likely many shopping bags included at least one drone. From inexpensive toys to professional-grade aircraft, it’s likely millions of drones will fly off store shelves before the new year. Last year, the Federal Aviation Administration estimated 1 million drones would be bought…
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Drone Use At DAPL Site Sparking Headlines, Drawing National Attention

Drone use at the site of protests over the Dakota Access Pipeline’s route through North Dakota first made headlines last month when law enforcement, protesters and journalists began deploying the aircraft. Reports of  civilian drones being shot down and the Federal Aviation Administration’s declaration of a second temporary flight restriction over the site has since added fuel…
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Hoeven Highlights Beyond Line Of Sight, Other Initiatives At Drone Focus

Speaking at the Drone Focus monthly meetup earlier this month in Fargo, Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., stressed that beyond-line-of-sight operations and unmanned traffic management are key to demonstrating that unmanned aircraft systems can be safely integrated into the national airspace. Hoeven also noted the two initiatives vital in advancing the UAS industry in North Dakota,…
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Flying Forward: New N.D. UAS Test Site Director Sees Great Opportunities Ahead

In 1998, Nicholas Flom stepped onto the University of North Dakota campus with a plan to get a degree and leave with a job as a commercial pilot. During his last semester, the tragedy of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks shook the nation and his career plans. “It took off my blinders and showed me…
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