An article in The Sacramento Bee touts the potential of drone technology in fighting back against California wildfires. "Drones are another tool to consider; with trained pilots, unmanned drones can operate in high temperatures, fly at night and in heavy smoke and get to the scene quicker than a fire engine. The Interior Department flew nearly 5,000 drone missions over public land last year to minimize danger to human lives. One drone model drops flammable spheres to set controlled fires to reduce the spread of a wildfire. Mark Bathrick, director of the department’s Office of Aviation Services, told The Wall Street Journal that drones in Oregon detected a fire before it was reported and responders extinguished the blaze before it became a threat. Rep. Doug LaMalfa, R-Richvale, told a congressional hearing that drones are a great tool in remote and rugged terrain. More than 910 U.S. law enforcement, fire and emergency agencies have acquired drones, including several in California."
An article in the New York Times overviews a drone damage survey of the Fuentidueña apse, which dates to the 12th century. "The drone survey will let Ms. Kargère compare the drone photographs to images taken in the 1990s. The drone made it easier to see into high-up crevices and peer at the figures on the corbels, the brackets just under the roofline. Sunny weather helped, too. The survey in the 1990s was done in late winter. 'Everyone was freezing,' Barbara Bridgers, the head of imaging for the Met, recalled. This time around, the drone was sitting in the cobblestone driveway behind the apse, not far from a tent that had been set up as Mission Control. 'It’s like you’re walking into a James Bond set,' one Met official said, looking at the paraphernalia — a laptop, a portable monitor and extra batteries for the drone and the camera. A fully charged battery keeps the drone flying for about 20 minutes."
In article in UAS Magazine highlighted the Alliance for Drone Innovation's (ADI) support for the recently passed FAA Reauthorization bill. The article points out that the legislation received a favorable response from organizations associated with the UAS industry, including ADI.
An article in DroneDJ covered the Alliance for Drone Innovation's (ADI) statement on passage of the FAA Reauthorization Act. In addition to promotion of ADI's statement, the article highlights ADI's gratitude toward House and Senate lawmakers for working tirelessly to pass legislation that provides a long-term FAA reauthorization.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 3, 2018
Contact: Jenny Rosenberg
Washington D.C. — The Alliance for Drone Innovation congratulated and thanked the House and Senate today after final passage of the 2018 FAA Reauthorization Act, which provides funding for the FAA for five years and takes important steps to further integrate unmanned aircraft into the national airspace system.