Opportunity for Public Input on Drones: The Good, The Bad, and The Amazing!

The League of Women Voters of San Diego will be hosting a luncheon, Drones: “The Good, The Bad, and The Amazing,” on October 16, 2014, to discuss the pros and cons related to the issues on the November ballot. “As you probably know, the League’s mission is to educate ourselves and our communities about important…

California Bill Won’t Nullify Drone Spying

They’re coming. Drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), have been cleared to use the public airspace since the Federal Aviation Administration Modernization and Reform Act passed last year. It is now up to the states to integrate this emerging technology with handouts to pay for them from the Department of Homeland Security. In California, Assembly…

San Diego’s Second Chance at Drone Domination

San Diego missed out last year on a shot to become a national drone testing hub. Now, leaders have another chance to be at the forefront of drone research, and they’re taking pains to ensure they don’t repeat the mistakes they believe doomed their first bid. A handful of San Diego and state-level officials attended…

Insurance Coverage for Commercial Drones: Sky’s the Limit

Though the use of small, unmanned aircraft systems (UAS)—more familiarly known as “drones”—is in its infancy, commercial growth is predicted to significantly increase in the next 10 years as businesses such as Amazon and UPS explore using them for deliveries and enthusiasts adopt them for commercial and recreational purposes. Drones will require insurance coverage, which can…

Drones: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know

Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch released two separate new reports on civilian deaths in US drone strikes. Amnesty‘s report examines 45 strikes in North Waziristan in northwestern Pakistan between January 2012 and August 2013, and HRW‘s examines six examples of targeted killing in Yemen. “The drones are like the angels of death,” says Nazeer Gul,…

Feds Announce Test Sites For Drone Aircraft

The Federal Aviation Administration announced six states on Monday that will develop test sites for drones, a critical next step for the march of the unmanned aircraft into U.S. skies. Alaska, Nevada, New York, North Dakota, Texas and Virginia will host the research sites, the agency said. “This is a HUGE win for citizens action…

SoCal Drone Zone

It’s not just novice surfers and medi-weed connoisseurs that thrive in Southern California’s impeccably chill weather. The region’s climate and universities, specifically in and around San Diego, are perfectly suited for the research and development of unmanned aerial vehicles, commonly known as drones. That’s according to Kelly Cunningham, a National Institute for Policy Research economist…