DRONE BIZ: February Event To Feature ND Test Site, Its Beyond-line-of-sight Permissions

GRAND FORKS, N.D. — With innovative permissions from the Federal Aviation Administration at their disposal, local researchers are set to begin exploring operations for flying drones beyond the line of visual sight. Staff from the Northern Plains Unmanned Aircraft Systems Test Site will present on the topic at this month’s Drone Biz event. Executive Director Nick Flom…
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RDO Equipment Explores Drone Use In Agriculture, Construction

GRAND FORKS, N.D. — A swarm of bees outfitted with cameras descending on a field of corn might be part of the future of agricultural data collection. The bees in this case aren’t insects but rather eBees, a type of fixed-wing drone manufactured by senseFly and sold regionally by RDO Equipment. The drone are used to…
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Bill Seeks To Remove Option For Nonlethal Use Of Force From ND Drone Law

BISMARCK, N.D. — A law that caused a stir two years ago when it left an option for North Dakota law enforcement to outfit drones with nonlethal weapons is back under the microscope. A bill has been introduced in the North Dakota Legislature to change the law and add nonlethal and less-than-lethal weapons to a list of…
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Drone Biz: January Event To Feature RDO Equipment

Dozens of industries have integrated unmanned aircraft into their operations, and this month’s Drone Biz event will feature a company that has embraced the technology for agriculture and construction. Staff members from RDO Equipment Co. will share their experiences with commercial drone use, including outlining projects they have undertaken. The presenters are: Adam Gilbertson, General…
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FAA Administrator Recaps Year Of Progress, Acknowledges Challenges Ahead For Drones

LAS VEGAS — It was a landmark year for unmanned aircraft with commercial operations cleared for takeoff, but the head of  the Federal Aviation Administration says his agency has more left to do. FAA Administrator Michael Huerta outlined a year of accomplishments and challenges during his Jan. 6 address at the Consumer Electronics Show. Though the launch of Part…
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