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Inside Drones (Nov 28th, 2018)

1. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is behind on its plans to introduce new drone rules, the Wall Street Journal reported. The rules, which would require drones to have proper identification, could come as late as 2022 — which is three years after the FAA predicted. The agency could require that each drone have an "electronic license plate" for national security and law enforcement officials to identify it in the air. Future rules that would allow pilots to fly over people and beyond their line of sight could be delayed until the ID rules take effect, the Journal noted. - WSJ

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2. A malfunction caused an unidentified number of drones to fall from the sky during the Hainan International Tourism Carnival in Haikou, Hainan, China. No one was injured during the light show, which was negatively affected by electromagnetic interference, according to technicians. A video shows a single drone dropping to the ground before dozens more begin to fly in different directions. Chinese technology firm High Tech, based in Shenzhen, provided the drones. - COMMERCIAL DRONE PROFESSIONAL

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3. The drone manufacturer Parrot said it will cut 100 jobs following a slowdown in the consumer drone market. The French company released its earnings report for the third quarter, which showed that its revenue dropped 45 percent compared to the same time period last year. Parrot attributed the slowdown to "a consumer drone market that is experiencing a growth crisis," as well as changes to its product portfolio. - DRONELIFE

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4. A California engineer has created a nine-piece drone capable of pterodactyl-like flight. Ran D. St. Clair based his "Flex-Plane" on Boeing's solar-powered Odysseus drone. St. Clair said his aircraft, which has flexible joints capable of wing flapping, is "extremely simple and inexpensive, made of hobby-grade parts and foam board." In addition, St. Clair and a friend developed open-source firmware, called Open Aero VTOL, that allows for communication between the modules so they can fly in tandem. "The various flapping and oscillation modes make the video more interesting, but the goal is to make it fly smoothly and well damped, even in modest turbulence," he said. - POPULAR MECHANICS

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5. Drone DJ got it hands on the DJI Osmo Pocket ahead of Wednesday's DJI product launch event. The handheld gimbal camera can shoot 12 MP still photos and 4Kp60 video, according to the Chinese manufacturer.

6. DroneLife recently interviewed Helena Samsioe, CEO and founder of the Swedish drone services provider GLOBHE. The company provides drone technology for medical supply deliveries, as well as disaster relief planning.

7. “No Drone Zone” signs in Sedona, Arizona have raised concerns among drone enthusiasts who note that only the FAA has the right to regulate airspace.

8. Hawaiian photographer Clark Little captured some new footage of breaking waves with his DJI Mavic 2.

9. Researchers successfully demonstrated a drone detect-and-avoid system at Griffiss Airport in New York. The airport is a federal drone test site that's managed by the Northeast UAS Airspace Integration Research Alliance.

10. Tim Strauss, VP of Cargo for Air Canada, has joined the advisory board of Drone Delivery Canada.

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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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