N.W.T. man becomes first convicted under Criminal Code for unsafe drone use

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Toufic Chamas, left, leaves court in Yellowknife with his lawyer, Tracy Bock, earlier this month. For illegal drone flying, Chamas was fined $3,000, sentenced to five days in jail, which he has already served, and isn’t allowed to drive for two years. Source: CBC News Date: October 26th, 2018 Link: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/drone-flyer-convicted-yellowknife-1.4879016 Discussion 1) Are there technological ways to… Read more »

Drone Tests From Deliveries to Farming Unveiled by Government

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A who’s who of technology and aviation companies won U.S. approval to push the edge of the envelope in drone flights, from testing people’s tolerance for delivery devices hovering over their rooftops to ensuring farmers’ drones won’t hit crop dusters. Source: Bloomberg Technology News Date: May 9th, 2018 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-05-09/drone-tests-from-deliveries-to-farming-unveiled-by-government Discussion 1) What sort of company could you… Read more »

Drones, tractor hacks and robotic sprayers: the technology of farming

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Farming may not be the first industry that comes to mind when we think of technological advancement, but that’s changing — fast.  Agricultural giant John Deere, for instance, just spent $305 million to buy a robotics company. The farm machine manufacturer has been around for almost two centuries, but it too has felt the need to keep up with changing trends and tools, says… Read more »

Transport Canada proposing rigourous rules for recreational drone flyers

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Transport Canada is proposing that anyone flying a drone bigger than a tiny toy should have to register their devices, pass a knowledge test and pay for liability insurance.  The department is proposing that anyone operating a drone weighing more than 250 grams, including recreational users, should fall under more rigorous regulations expected to be introduced in 2017…. Read more »