“Drones. Drones. Drones.” There! I said it. DRONES. As a member of the remote sensing and geospatial community I'm not to use this “bad” word.
Mike Tully 03 April 2014
At the recent ILMF Conference in Denver, the high level of interest in UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) continued as several new systems were introduced. One of the intriguing products demonstrated at the show was an Octocopter UAV carrying a Velodyne HDL-32E LiDAR sensor weighing only about 2 pounds.
Linda Duffy 27 March 2014
Proponents of UAS have seen the decision by the administrative law judge from the National Transportation Safety Board as permission to fly without any need for FAA oversight. However this is a simplification. First, the appeals process has not been exhausted. That doesn’t mean that the FAA will prevail, but the issues are not black and white.
Joseph V.R. Paiva, PhD, PS, PE 20 March 2014
Huerta v. Pirker involves a 2011 flight by Raphael Pirker, who used a remotely powered glider to take publicity pictures for a firm that was under contract to the University of Virginia. The FAA, a couple of years later, levied a $10,000 fine on Pirker, claiming he had operated an UAS for commercial purposes. Pirker appealed, and on March 6, the judge sided with Pirker.
Benita Mehta 17 March 2014
On Thursday, March 13, the Senate passed a controversial bill to change the FEMA flood insurance program. President Obama is expected to sign it into law.
Benita Mehta 14 March 2014
Nothing relaxes me more than kicking back after work watching sports competition. So the 17 days of the XXII Olympic Winter Games was almost as good as a vacation. Now that the flame has been extinguished in Sochi I wonder what subliminal message about my business of 3D data documentation these 88 nations and 2,871 athletes provided me.
Michael R. Frecks, LS 13 March 2014
Facing $24 billion in debt due to claims from Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy and other events, and complaints about premium increases from homeowners, Congress is struggling once again with the flood insurance program of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).