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August 28, 2017
  Several people from the Center went on a trip to the UC Riverside and UC Irvine campuses to assist in drone related activity as well as educate people on drone policy and opperation. The visit included meeting directly with current and prospective drone users in areas ranging from media...
August 2, 2017
Due to a recent change in requirements from the FAA, hobbyists are not required to register their drones.  A useful chart of requirements based on activity can be found here: https://www.faa.gov/uas/getting_started/.  Although people that fly for fun are not requited to register...
April 17, 2017
Conflicts with Local Law Many cities and counties have been creating legislation for drone operation in the absence FAA law on privacy and treaspassing. Currently, under Part 107, the FAA doesn't address any privacy concerns, leaving the pilot to excercise their best judgment while flying....
March 6, 2017
Oklahoma Bill would Permit Destruction of Drones Under a proposed bill in Oklahoma people would be given civil immunity for destroying a drone while its operating over their land. This includes the option to shoot down the UAS with firearms regardless of the altitude at which the drone is flying...
February 13, 2017
California Agriculture The University of California, Agriculture and Natural Resources has published its January through March edition of California Agriculture with an amazing article on drones in the UC system. The article introduces the many potential applications for Unmanned Aerial Systems...
January 23, 2017
DJI Kills Off the Phantom 3 DJI has announced that it will be phasing out the entire Phantom 3 line and staying with the Phantom 4 Pro, Phantom 4 Plus, and Mavic for their consumer drones. This, paired with the comming of Chinese New Year means that stock of the continuing lines of drones are...
November 28, 2016
In the United States today, only the FAA may manage air traffic across the country and that means states, companies, and cities must be inventive in managing potentially hazardous drone use. Of the current examples in use it can be broken up in to two categories, laws and repulsion.  ...
November 17, 2016
We are pleased to announce the release of UC Drones  1.0 – November 18, 2016 This new app will streamline our UAS Flight Request and Reporting process and enable us to achieve the highest levels of safety.  You can access the app at https://ehs.ucop.edu/, sign in and select the...
November 7, 2016
Recently the National League of Cities (NLC) released a report titled "Cities and Drones," and it covers a wide variety of issues, from the different licenses that are currently available and in use, to the legal limits that cities face when enforcing drone legislation. The report is one...
October 12, 2016
Responding to the Next Five Years Based on the predictions of UAS in the next five years on campus we discovered that there are some holes in our policy that need to be addressed. 1)      Swarms. Swarming drones can be done completely within the current law, but this...

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