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Inside Drones (Nov 21st, 2018)

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1. The International Standards Organization (ISO) has introduced proposed rules to govern drones. The voluntary code could become the first international standards for UAVs if they are passed in 2019. The rules call for geo-fencing technology to prevent flights in restricted areas, a proposed "etiquette" for flying around no-fly zones, and training and maintenance standards. "Everybody across the industry believes drones can be safe and of great benefit to mankind. Operators and service providers alike are keen to establish a baseline," ISO drone expert Robert Garbett said. - TELEGRAPH

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2. An audit by the U.S. Office of the Inspector General (OIG) found that the FAA has problems in its drone waiver process. The performance audit specifically looked at the FAA's waiver under the Part 107 rule, as well as the agency's oversight of drone pilots with waivers. In a summary, the OIG said the FAA has "experienced difficulties obtaining sufficient information, managing the volume of requests and communicating with applicants, particularly in explaining reasons for denying requests.” The audit lists eight recommendations for the FAA to address the issues. - UNMANNED AERIAL

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3. Two graduate students at the University of South Florida are searching for fellow students to take part in "brain-controlled" drone races. The technology uses sensors that measure brainwaves, which are transmitted to a drone and can make it move in different directions. Students can participate beforehand in a simulator game designed by USF graduate students Dante Tezza and Sarah Garcia. "It doesn't matter if you are a man or a woman, or if you're in a wheelchair. All that matters is how much you can focus your brainwaves," Tezza said. - FOX 13

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4. Rutherford County, Tenn., received permission from the FAA to fly drones over people. The local government plans to use its Part 107 waiver to fly Vantage Robotics' Snap drone for emergency and non-emergency situations. The county has "a need to be able to capture data and imagery of events, like a controversial rally and counter-protest in downtown Murfreesboro October of 2017,” said Mike Curtis, GIS manager for Rutherford County’s IT office. Rutherford is the first and only county government to receive a Part 107 waiver. - FSTOPPERS

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5. Former U.S. Forest Service employee Kristin Swoboda was hired as the UAS specialist for the National Park Service's aviation program.

6. Hyundai Motor Co. has partnered with Top Flight Technologies Inc. to explore ways to jump-start commercial drones across industries. Top Flight, a Boston-based startup, develops hybrid-electric drone technology.

7. DJI's latest firmware update resolves battery issues for the Inspire 2 drone and controller. According to Drone DJ, the update includes other fixes including “the X7’s inability to hold a straight horizon."

8. Yuneec unveiled its drone promotions for Black Friday. The Chinese manufacturer will discount its Typhoon H and Typhoon 4K starting this Thursday through Dec. 1.

9. The Sheriff’s Office in Travis County, Texas arrested a man who admitted to firing a shotgun at his neighbor's drone.

10. Deloitte, a consulting firm, has launched a new drone advisory program. Deloitte US Global Drone Solutions aims to help clients with drone-related businesses and operations.

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Written and curated by Beth Duckett in California. Editing team: Lon Harris (editor-in-chief at Inside.com, game-master at Screen Junkies), Krystle Vermes (Breaking news editor at Inside, B2B marketing news reporter, host of the "All Day Paranormal" podcast), and Susmita Baral (editor at Inside, recent bylines in NatGeo, Teen Vogue, and Quartz. Runs the biggest mac and cheese account on Instagram).

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