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  1. DJI just announced their Black Friday deals for 2019. The sale will start next Friday, November 24, and run through December 4. And if you miss that window, they'll be running another promotion from December 13 through January 1, so there will be plenty of time to shop DJI drones at reduced prices between now and the end of the year. Want some highlights? The DJI Mavic 2 Pro bundle is going for $470 off and the Osmo Action camera is $100 off. Read today's post to see our top deals from DJI this holiday season.
  2. This week marks the FAA’s first-ever National Drone Safety Awareness Week. Every day of the week the FAA has prepared events around different segments of the drone industry. Today's focus is on Infrastructure and Agriculture—read today's article to learn more about how drones are being used in these two areas of the commercial drone industry, and to learn more about National Drone Safety Awareness Week. Are you participating in National Drone Safety Awareness Week? Chime in here to let us know!
  3. Scared of tests? Don’t be, says the FAA. At least not when it comes to the knowledge test currently in the works for recreational drone pilots. In a recent meeting of the Drone Advisory Committee (DAC) Jay Merkle, the Executive Director of the FAA’s UAS Integration Office, said that the new test should be fun and presented in an enjoyable format. Read today's article to learn everything we currently know about the new knowledge test, as well as some information on the RFI (Request for Information) process the FAA went through to get advice and feedback from private companies on various aspects of making the test.
  4. A new startup based in Florida called UAV Turbines has developed a small jet engine, or microturbine, that can be used to power UAVs. These small jet engines could be used to power drone taxis. They could also be used in larger delivery drones capable of flying farther for longer distances in order to do inspections or other commercial drone work. Read today's article to learn more about UAV Turbines and the work they're doing to find new ways to make drones stay in the air longer.
  5. Airbus recently announced plans to partner with San Francisco-based 3D-printing startup Local Motors Industries (LMI) to make drones and self-driving cars using 3D printers. The new venture is called Neorizon, and its first project will be to run a “microfactory” building new transportation products like drones and self-driving cars—also called “mobility solutions”—to test the use of 3D printing for creating vehicles. Read today's article to learn more about Neorizon and Airbus' investment in the future of transportation, including drone taxis and modular 3D-printed cars.
  6. Two travel vloggers who were jailed over the summer in Iran for flying a drone near a military installation without permission have just been released. The vloggers are Jolie King and Mark Firkin, of Perth, Australia, and their vlog is called “The Way Overland.” Read today's article to learn more about why they were arrested and how Australia may have negotiated their release.
  7. This week the FAA granted the broadest approvals for drone delivery they have ever issued to Flight Forward, a subsidiary of the United Parcel Service (UPS). The approvals come in the form of a Part 135 certification, which gives Flight Forward the permission to operate a “drone airline.” Part 135 certification is the same certification smaller airlines, such as charter airlines, receive from the FAA and the U.S. Department of Transportation in order to operate. Alphabet Inc.’s Wing (originally Project Wing) was the first drone company ever to receive a Part 135 certification back in April of this year. However, Wing’s certification is limited in scope. Read today's article to learn about the difference between Wing's and Flight Forward's Part 135 certifications, as well as requirements for any drone company that wants to get into the delivery business.
  8. Beagle Drones is a drone company that sells a modular plug and play drone kit that educators have been using in different STEM education scenarios. The drone is so easy to make that the company boasts you can go “from building to flying in less than 30 minutes.” But Beagle Drones started out making their kit primarily for FPV racing. Read today's article to learn about how their drone kit was adopted for education, and to get the story of how its being used in STEM by students as far-ranging as those in an elementary school robotics club to those in a college sUAS class. Love the idea of drones in STEM? Chime in here to share your thoughts.
  9. Wing, Google’s drone company, will be putting its new air carrier certification to use in a drone delivery pilot program starting next month in Virginia. This will be Wing’s first time conducting a drone delivery program in the U.S. As part of the pilot, Wing has partnered with Walgreens, FedEx, and Sugar Magnolia—a local gift purveyor—to deliver food, over-the-counter healthcare products, and small gift items in the town of Christianburg, VA. Read today's article to learn more about the delivery program, and hop in here to share your thoughts.
  10. Irish musician Bono of U2 fame recently joined the board of Zipline, the first time he has accepted a position on the board of any private company. Zipline has been making headlines lately, and not just for having a rock star on its board. Recently a new report from DroneII found Zipline to be at the top of the list of drone service providers in the world and not too long ago the company launched the largest drone delivery network in the world. Read today's article to learn more about how Bono came to join Zipline's board, recent successes from the company, as well as a list of other celebrities who are into drones. Excited to hear about celebrity interest in drones? Share your thoughts here on this thread.
  11. DJI has raised its prices by about 13% for sales in the U.S. as a result of U.S. tariffs currently in place for Chinese goods. But don’t worry—if you’re on the market for a DJI drone, Amazon still has them for sale at their original prices. You can shop DJI drones on Amazon for their original lower prices right now. It's also worth noting that DJI isn’t the only drone company that has passed off tariff costs to its customers. Last month both GetFPV and NewBeeDrone announced a price increase of 2.9% on all products to offset the costs imposed by tariffs on Chinese goods. Read today's article to get the full story on DJI's price hike in the U.S., and chime in here to share your thoughts on how they're handling the tariffs.
  12. Drone industry research group Drone Industry Insights (DroneII), recently released two reports, one that ranks global drone service providers and one that ranks global drone manufacturers. Big takeaways? Zipline leads the pack among drone service providers and DJI is still securely at the top when it comes to making drones. Read today's article to learn more the findings in each report, including a list of the Top 20 drone service providers in the world.
  13. News recently broke that Walmart has filed a patent for a blockchain-based drone delivery system, putting the retail giant in the news again for its drone patents. The patent describes technology that would allow delivery drones located near each other to exchange information. Using blockchain-based keys, the drones would exchange authenticating signals to confirm they belong to Walmart and are in the same fleet. Once the drones have identified themselves, they would be able to pass packages between each other for delivery. Read today's article to learn more about what blockchain is and how Walmart plans to use it. One thing to call out is that even though Walmart has been stacking up drone delivery patents like crazy lately we’re not aware of the company holding any FAA approvals for drone delivery or having plans to begin testing drone deliveries any time soon. What do you think—are they holding onto these patents "just in case" or are they serious about using drone delivery for shipping?
  14. Israeli-based drone delivery company Flytrex has received approval from the FAA to begin making food deliveries by drone in Holly Springs, North Carolina next month. Flytrex’s FAA approval is the result of their partnership with North Carolina’s IPP—read today's article to learn more about the proposed delivery route and how North Carolina has been helping to push the drone industry forward. Flytrex has already been making drone deliveries in Iceland for one year and in North Dakota for almost a year without incident. If the Holly Springs delivery program is a success, it will mean one more step forward toward making drone deliveries a reality in the U.S. What do you think—are you excited about this new drone delivery program in North Carolina? Share your thoughts and opinions here on this thread.
  15. Just in time for the 2019 season kickoff, the Drone Racing League (DRL) recently launched their new racing drone, the DRL Racer4. Read today's article to learn more about the Racer4, the Racer4 Street—the first consumer FPV drone that DRL has ever released—and about the 2019 season. With DJI recently entering the FPV racing drone fray, it looks like things are heating up on the drone racing front this year. Are you excited for DRL's new season? Chime in here to share your thoughts.