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Inside Drones (Jan 3rd, 2019)

ICYMI: Check out Inside Drones' roundup of what we believe are the top 35 drone stories of 2018.

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1. More than 100 witnesses reported seeing drones at England's Gatwick Airport in late December, according to police. The updated figures come two weeks after the airport temporarily shut down due to the drone sightings, which disrupted about 1,000 flights affecting more than 130,000 people. Authorities said they are now looking into "relevant sightings" from 115 witnesses, including 93 sightings from pilots, airport staff and other "credible witnesses." Police did not say how many drones were involved, or where they were launched from. - SKY NEWS

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2. Pennsylvania's drone-privacy law is set to take effect on Jan. 12. The law prohibits people from using drones to film or otherwise gather surveillance on a person in private locations. Fines will depend on if the drone pilot knowingly or intentionally used the UAV to gather footage, as determined by police. “What our officers will have to do is they’ll have to follow up and investigate, have we ever seen this drone before, do we know who may operate this drone," said Sergeant Braxton Ditty of the Newberry Township Police Department. - WHTM

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3. Drone DJ reports that DJI's Mavic 2 ‘Pro’ Remote Controller might not be released until after CES 2019. The consumer electronics show takes place Jan. 8 - 11 in Las Vegas. While rumors swirled that the remote controller would debut at the event, several issues have reportedly caused a delay, including a component failure in the touch-screen and a price point ($700) that's considered too high. - DRONEDJ

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4. New drone registration laws will take effect in Ireland this year. Currently, people who own drones weighing 1 kg or more and less than 25 kg have to register their devices with the Irish Aviation Authority. The updated law will change the minimum weight for required registration to 250 grams. Nearly 12,000 drones are currently registered in Ireland, up from about 8,500 a year ago. - BUZZ.IE

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5. Some residents are complaining about the noise emanating from Wing's drone trials in Australia. One resident said the delivery drones sound like an "F1 racing car."

6. CBS4' Rick Sallinger published an article about how the Gatwick drone scare spoiled his vacation.

7. Spanish authorities are using drones to fight off nests of Asian hornets.

8. The trailer is out for the spoof horror film "The Drone," which is about a DJI Phantom 4 that kills people.

9. Android Central is offering tips on how to extend the range of the Ryze Tello drone.

10. Mid Michigan College in Harrison, Michigan has launched a drone training program for potential pilots.

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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).

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