Sweden effectively bans camera drone flights

Engadget

Don't bring a drone with you to document your trip to Sweden -- you could find yourself in legal trouble. The country's Supreme Administrative Court has effectively banned camera drone flights through a ruling. Camera-equipped drones are surveillance cameras, the court argues, and that means they need a permit indicating that they'll be used to prevent crime or accidents. And since you probably aren't flying a drone to keep watch over your home, you're likely out of luck. It won't shock you to hear that local drone owners are upset.


Drone Training For Safe & Secure Flights In US – DEEP AERO DRONES – Medium

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Millions of Americans are now registered consumer drone owners. But have anyone given a thought to what kinds of skills people need to learn related to drones? What are all options available for those who do want to train? It takes a lot of training to operate it consistently and in different types of weather. The thing is not just operating and flying, but one needs to know how to react when different circumstances arise.


New drone regulations snare 37 violators in first year

The Japan Times

A total of 37 people are suspected of violating the national drone flight rules in the year since the revised Civil Aeronautics Law took effect in late 2015, the National Police Agency said Thursday. Of the 36 cases in which police had taken action by the end of last year, most involved unmanned flights over prohibited areas, with the rest concerning breaches of regulations on appropriate drone use. The law was revised to regulate unmanned flights after a small drone carrying radioactive material was found on the roof of the prime minister's office in Tokyo in April 2015. The law allows police officers to destroy drones, if necessary. The revision was first applied in Shikoku in January 2016 against a male photographer who flew a drone over a crowded residential area in Takamatsu without authorization.


CNN first to get FAA waiver to fly drones over crowds

The Japan Times

WASHINGTON – CNN received a waiver allowing routine drone flights above crowds, a milestone for the industry seeking greater use of the remote-controlled devices for everything from insurance inspections to covering news.


Niger Okays Armed Flights of US Drones

U.S. News

The U.S. official said armed drone flights could begin as early as next week or at least by the end of December. The memorandum of understanding limits the drones to defensive missions, the official said. The official was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly and so spoke on condition of anonymity.