China drone schools flourish as pilot demand soars

Feb 1, 2016

China drone schools flourish as pilot demand soars

Joysticks at their fingertips, the mostly male students packing the classroom lift their virtual helicopters into the air, part of a new cottage industry that’s sprung up in China: drone pilot schools. China is already the world’s biggest drone manufacturer, churning out remote-controlled flying ...

Iran flies unarmed military drone over U.S. aircraft carrier

Jan 30, 2016

Iran flies unarmed military drone over U.S. aircraft carrier

Iran flew a surveillance drone over a U.S. aircraft carrier and published video of the encounter Friday, the latest in a series of edgy naval incidents between the two countries in the Persian Gulf after the recent nuclear deal. While the U.S. Navy stressed ...

The rise of drones: Can nations control the spy in the sky?

Jan 19, 2016

The rise of drones: Can nations control the spy in the sky?

In India, it’s illegal for a civilian to use a drone, though you wouldn’t know it if you went to a Bollywood-style wedding. A remote-control flying camera is the latest must-have addition at the country’s opulent three-day ceremonies, according to photographer Vijay Tonk, whose ...

Police conduct drone-capturing drill ahead of Tokyo Marathon

Jan 18, 2016

Police conduct drone-capturing drill ahead of Tokyo Marathon

Tokyo police have conducted an anti-terrorism drill, including the seizure of a suspicious drone by using an interceptor drone, ahead of the Tokyo Marathon next month. The drill was conducted Sunday in a parking lot at the Tokyo Big Sight convention center in Koto ...

Jan 4, 2016

U.S. shuts down drone base in Ethiopia

The U.S. government has shut down its drone operation base in southern Ethiopia, an embassy official announced. A decision has been reached that the base in Arba Minch, 450 kilometers south of Addis Ababa, is no longer necessary, embassy spokesman David Kennedy said. “U.S. ...

FAA unveils drone registration rules, deadline, possible fine

Dec 15, 2015

FAA unveils drone registration rules, deadline, possible fine

That drone under the Christmas tree? If you are a U.S. resident, you will need to register it by Feb. 19 or face a possible fine. Rules released Monday by the Federal Aviation Administration require registration of small unmanned aircraft weighing more than 250 ...

Dec 11, 2015

Drones smuggle banned items to North Koreans

A South Korea-based organization says it has started using drones to smuggle banned information into North Korea. North Korean defector Jung Gwang Il says his organization No Chain began the deliveries in April. Human rights groups say this is the first time they have ...

Secom to start security service using drones on Friday

Dec 10, 2015

Secom to start security service using drones on Friday

Secom Co. said Thursday it will start using its purpose-built drone on Friday, in what it claims is the first use of unmanned aircraft in the world by a private security service. Equipped with a security camera and light-emitting diode lights, the drone will ...