The Drive notes that a firefighter in New Mexico used his personal camera drone in a search-an-rescure mission that ended up saving lives. "Fortunately, one member had taken his personal drone along, as he was coincidentally showing it off earlier to a commander. 'That was forward thinking by our guys,' said Lujan. This is where teamwork, strategy, and drone tech came into play, and resulted in every person involved getting to live another day. The drone whirred off, provided a bird’s-eye view for command, who then in turn directed the search party and the located hikers how to navigate out of their situation. The dog was reportedly the biggest hurdle to overcome, as the 14-year-old animal weighted a hearty 60 pounds. He had become immobile during the hike, presumably due to dehydration and general exhaustion."
KOAT Action News reports on the use of drone technology in a rescue situation. The Bernalillo County Fire Department was dispatched to the area of Otero and Tunnel Canyons around 5 p.m. Saturday, May 12, 2018 to rescue two stranded hikers. Crews were able to pinpoint the hikers’ location using a ping from their cell phone call to 911, a spokesperson for BCFD says. The rescue team hiked about a mile-and-a-half into the woods to find the hikers and their injured dog who couldn’t walk. But the team got disoriented as well. 'Because of the terrain, it makes it that much more difficult so you can potentially just be doing circles if you're trying to find that trail again,' said Lt. David Lujan, a spokesperson for the department. A firefighter used his personal drone to help find the hikers and rescue team and lead them back to the command post."
CBS News highlights the potential use of drones to deliver blood in emergency situations. "Palo Alto, California, hopes to become the first U.S. city to use unmanned aircraft to deliver blood from a blood bank to a hospital. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is reviewing the city's proposal, along with about 150 others. The agency will approve 10 projects to move forward next month. Drones delivering blood in emergencies could be the future of health care. At the Stanford Blood Center in the heart of Silicon Valley, Dr. Tho Pham's team collects about 200 pints of blood each day. Most of that supply is stored at the hospital, reports CBS News correspondent Mireya Villarreal. But sometimes, there's a need for more."
Josh Haner discusses how he uses drone technology is impacting his line of work and personal life in an article for the New York Times. "The main concern with drones is safety. It’s imperative that people understand the laws in their country and in any country where they are considering using a drone. This is one of the most important parts of my job — applying for permission from international governments to safely use a drone in their airspace. Beyond the official legal approval, which varies from country to country, many times I’m bringing a drone into a small community and I want to address potential ethical concerns. For example, in Bolivia, our journalists made multiple trips to a remote village to familiarize the community with the idea of what a drone is, and to get permission from the village leaders before bringing this new technology into their community."
WWSB reports on the use of drones in hazmat situations. "Southern Manatee Fire Rescue is using drones to determine the risk associated with some hazmat situations. The technology takes the place of the first in entry teams and the drone determines if there are any hazardous materials in the area. Then, the teams know how to properly and safely respond without putting crews in danger. 'Anything we can do to help the public, that's why we're here.'"
DJI has released a new report that highlights how drone technology is being used in critical public safety missions. "At least 65 people have been rescued by drones in the last year, according to a new report issued Monday by DJI, the world’s leader in civilian drones and aerial imaging technology. The report gathers accounts from news outlets and public safety agencies around the world, and includes 27 separate incidents on five continents."
The Press of Atlantic City highlights the benefits of drone education classes on local entrepreneurs. "Adam Greco, who teaches drone classes at Atlantic Cape, and Rowan and Stockton universities, said just as the automobile changed the way the world moved, drones are changing the way just about any industry operates. With that change comes hesitance, but also innovation, he said. 'They are doing things that humans used to do safer, cheaper and quicker,” said Greco. “It’s very hard to keep up with the UAS world.' Regulations on the drone industry are still being tweaked, and so is the technology, he said. Greco said he reads every day about drones to keep ahead of the changes — and for his students’ benefit, too. He said many of his students have gone on to start their own drone-related businesses or apply them to their profession."
CBS News highlights the use of drone technology at the United Nation's World Food Program. "Enrica Porcari, head of WFP's Technology Division told CBS News that the use of drones in humanitarian responses is groundbreaking because 'it could reduce humanitarian response time from days to hours to even minutes and make delivery of assistance more efficient, accurate and cost-effective.' 'Drones can allow humanitarian agencies to mitigate risks before they turn to disasters,'Porcari said. The example she gave was Mozambique, where the WFP-supplied drones were able to send data to analyze flood-prone areas and allowed the government's disaster management agency to move people in areas that will be affected by the floods before it actually reached them, greatly reducing potential loss of life."
In a Medium post, Jon Hegranes breaks down the potential of Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC). "LAANC was developed over the last year in a collaboration with government and private industry to open the national airspace to drone operators, replacing a ~90-day manual process to receive authorization to fly in controlled airspace, down to seconds via an API. This is a critical step in evolving the airspace and automating processes, without sacrificing safety for manned or unammned flights. What LAANC really means for commercial drone operators is a quick and unambiguous method to request flight authorizations in controlled airspace. The FAA has essentially replaced a blackbox method that took months to a precise method that happens immediately. For commercial pilots, the airspace will start to look a lot different."
Unmanned Aerial Online highlights the UPS Foundation's work in expanding the use of drone technology in Rwanda. "The expanded support comes as The UPS Foundation awards 2018 grants and in-kind support totaling more than $16 million to nonprofit, non-governmental organizations and United Nations agencies for humanitarian relief, community resilience and safety programs worldwide. The global partnership with Zipline and Gavi, which formed in May 2016 and formally launched the first drone deliveries in October 2016, has resulted in more than 4,000 drone deliveries expediting over 7,000 units of blood to remote hospitals across Rwanda. The drone delivery network has proven so successful that in 2018, it’s being expanded across all of Rwanda, says The UPS Foundation."