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November 8, 2019
UC Merced is hosting Merced County Drone Day in conjunction with the FAA’s National Drone Safety Awareness Week. Come join us as UC Merced and Merced College welcome all to the drone community, sustain the safety dialogue, and spread drone safety awareness. Learn to fly drones, learn...
March 13, 2018
The University of Calfornia has been awarded a grant of $2.2 million to study the hydrology across various landscapes throughout the U.C's Natural Reserve System. The California Heartbeat Initiative is a project that will equip reserves with wireless sensors. From tracking sap flow...
February 9, 2018
The UC UAS Policy has finally been finalized and released. Thank you everyone who has provided comments and feedback throughout this process. Short recap: Applies to all UC-owned UAS, all UAS used for University Business and all UAS operated at University Locations Everyone must ‘...
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.  ...

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