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DJI tracks the number of people that have been saved with the help of drones and the last time I have heard that number it was well over 300 people. To help spread the news of drones doing good and helping our society a new Facebook group has recently been launched by L. Donauer. DroneDJ was one of the first members to come on board and help push this initiative. Throughout the year stories of drones doing good will be posted on this page and once a year a special event will be organized to promote Drones for GOOD. This year that day will be June 7th. Please be sure to check out, like, share and follow this page on Facebook and support it if you feel the same way we do, that drones can make a difference for the better and make our world a better place!

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If you feel that leaving a comment on this website is not enough to express your concerns with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) about their proposed rules for Remote ID for Drones you can join the friendly and peaceful protests at the FAA headquarters in Washington D.C. today and tomorrow.

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With DJI being under fire from various angles (data security, tariffs, and new competition), Skydio is not sitting still. The Redwood City-based company has hired Brendan Groves to act as their new head of policy affairs to help “stretch the regulatory framework in ways it’s never been stretched,” to allow for new use cases for autonomous drones such as flying beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS). Groves says it will be a good stretch, “like yoga for the regulatory system.”

Even though I agree with Groves, I wonder if the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is ready for some hot yoga stretching exercises. It seems that for now, the agency will have enough of a workout dealing with the almost 31,500 comments in reaction to their NPRM for Remote ID for Drones.

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Micro racing drones will be taking over the National Museum of the US Air Force in Riverside, Ohio, this Saturday in a race open to registered drone-racing pilots. Spectators will also be able to fly a drone in a designated area along with having a go at the Drone Racing League‘s simulator.

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February 27

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) is a UN specialized agency that was set up in 1944 to organize the administration and governance of the Convention on International Civil Aviation. The agency works with the 193 Member States and industry groups reach consensus on international civil aviation Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs) and policies in support of a safe, efficient, secure, economically sustainable and environmentally responsible civil aviation sector. The Member States implement the SARPs and other policies to make sure that their local civil aviation operations and regulations conform to global standards and that international air travel can function safely and reliably in every part of the world. To get to a point where drones and traditional manned aircraft can operate together safely in the same airspace, ICAO now calls for innovative solutions for drone airspace management, also known as unmanned traffic management (UTM). This year the ICAO DRONE ENABLE event will take place from September 9-11 in Rio de Janeiro.

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In a smart move, DJI decided to point out the additional costs and restrictions that come with the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) NPRM for Remote ID for Drones directly in the DJI Go 4 app. One of the challenges has always been to reach out to as many drone pilots as possible to keep them informed of changing rules and regulations. With DJI’s market share of more than 70%, displaying a pop-up message in the DJI Go 4 app is a very effective method to reach these pilots.

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