Inside | Real news, curated by real humans
Inside Drones

Inside Drones (Jan 2nd, 2019)

1. The U.K. has withdrawn military measures after multiple drones were spotted at Gatwick Airport in late December. The country's second busiest airport was temporarily shut down as a result of the sightings, which occurred from Dec. 19 - 21 and grounded more than 1,000 flights. According to the BBC, Gatwick has since spent £5 million ($6.3 million) on a system or systems designed to prevent future drone attacks at the airport. Police have yet to track down any drones or suspects related to the sightings, which have prompted concerns about drones throughout the country. - BBC

  • Email gray
  • Permalink gray

2. Rainy weather forced the New York Police Department (NYPD) to cancel its use of drones to monitor New Year's Eve celebrations in Times Square. The camera-equipped quadcopters were supposed to be deployed over the city as part of a new security procedure to monitor crowds during events. However, poor weather posed a risk to the stability of the drones, police said. It would have been the first time that the department has used drones to surveil people at a large public event. - WAPO

  • Email gray
  • Permalink gray

3. A man was arrested after illegally flying his drone off of a bridge in the U.K. The M48 Severn bridge connecting England and Wales was temporarily closed over concerns about the man's welfare. According to police, the man climbed one of the bridge's towers and was seen flying a drone around on Monday. The pilot voluntarily surrendered to police and was arrested on suspicion of causing a public nuisance. "The incident was quickly spotted on our security cameras and reported to police and thankfully there was no injury or worse on this occasion," Highways England said. - THE GUARDIAN

  • Email gray
  • Permalink gray

4. A Massachusetts woman became stuck in a tree after trying to rescue her drone. Police and fire officials and a technical rescue team were called in to respond to Enid Diaz, who was unable to climb down from the tree in Milford, about 40 miles southwest of Boston. Witnesses said they heard the woman "hooing like an owl" before she was rescued. "I was tired and cold, so there were times I felt I couldn’t hold on, but I did," Diaz told Boston 25 News. Diaz said she found her drone and it still works. - AJC

  • Email gray
  • Permalink gray

5. President Trump said drones are not sufficient enough to monitor the U.S.-Mexico border and a wall is still needed. The president said he believes this because he knows "more about drones than anybody."

6. The FAA unveiled new plans to test out the airborne identification of drones. The government plans to partner with industry sources to conduct pilot projects, which could help expand the use of UAVs nationwide.

7. A drone nearly collided with a police helicopter in Auckland, New Zealand. The UAS reportedly flew within 10 meters of the Eagle helicopter, and "evasive action was taken," police said in a statement.

8. Pojoaque Pueblo plans to use solar-powered drones to monitor its land in New Mexico.

9. Drones are being used to help locate "butterfly" land mines in Afghanistan. More than a million of the land mines still litter the country, where mostly children have been killed or maimed by them in recent years.

10. Colorado's Oil and Gas Conservation Commission will use drones to inspect oil and gas well sites. Ten staff members received FAA certification to pilot drones for the agency.

  • Email gray
  • Permalink gray

Written and curated by Beth Duckett in Orange County. Beth is a former reporter for The Arizona Republic who has written for USA Today, Get Out magazine, and other publications. Follow her tweets about breaking news in southern California here. 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).

  • Email gray
  • Permalink gray

Subscribe to Inside Drones

MORE NEWSLETTERS

Everything you need to know about the resurgence of the spoken word

Inside Podcasting

Everything you need to know about the resurgence of the spoken word

DAILY
Everything you need to know about the resurgence of the spoken word

Inside Podcasting

DAILY

SUBSCRIBED!

Share via

Digging into the Trump Presidency, issue by issue

Inside Trump

Digging into the Trump Presidency, issue by issue

DAILY
Digging into the Trump Presidency, issue by issue

Inside Trump

DAILY

SUBSCRIBED!

Share via

A hand-picked selection of products, deals, and ways to save money.

Inside Deals

A hand-picked selection of products, deals, and ways to save money.

DAILY
A hand-picked selection of products, deals, and ways to save money.

Inside Deals

DAILY

SUBSCRIBED!

Share via

David Strom's in-depth cybersecurity news and analysis

Inside Security

David Strom's in-depth cybersecurity news and analysis

DAILY
David Strom's in-depth cybersecurity news and analysis

Inside Security

DAILY

SUBSCRIBED!

Share via