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Allianz, Insurtech Startup Flock to Launch Pay-As-You-Fly Drone Cover in UK

Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS) has partnered with insurtech startup Flock to launch on-demand drone insurance in the UK market through a mobile app for commercial and recreational users. To be available in the UK market later this year, …

UK to Tighten Drone Regulations After Numerous Near-Misses in Past Year

British officials announced plans Saturday [July 22] to further regulate drone use in a bid to prevent accidents and threats to commercial aviation. The new rules will require drones that weigh eight ounces (226.79 grams) or more to be registered …

Portugal Accelerates Drone Law After 8 Close Encounters with Aircraft

Portugal is expediting a law that will introduce mandatory registration and insurance for drones weighing more than 250 grams (8.8 ounces). The measure follows eight near-misses between drones and commercial aircraft at Portuguese airports in June. Airlines have warned of …

U.S. Releases ‘Do-Not-Fly-Zone’ App for Drone Operators: B4UFLY

Drone operators who want to know if it’s safe and legal to operate their unmanned aircraft in a particular spot learned this week that there’s now an app for that from the government. The Federal Aviation Administration has released a …

Chinese Drones Perform Well in Analyzing Tianjin Damage Estimates

When an explosion devastated parts of China’s Tianjin port in August, one insurance company turned to Chinese-made drones to help analyze the rubble and estimate the damages. Comparing satellite photographs of the site ahead of the blast with high-resolution images …

Drone Registry Could Be Paper-Free and Fee-Free for Owners

A federal task force is expected to recommend a Web-based registry for drone owners that would impose no registration fees, two people familiar with the matter said. The 25-member task force reached no final decisions after three days of meetings …

Obama Administration Considers Drone Registry

The Obama administration is taking the first steps to require that buyers of drones register the unmanned aircraft with the government to combat a growing safety threat, according to a person familiar with the proposal. The U.S. Transportation Department will …

Drone Supporters Clash with Georgia Over Capitol Airspace Ban

Drone enthusiasts are calling a ban on the unmanned vehicles within five miles of Georgia’s Capitol an overreach of authority by state officials, while agency officials argue the change is necessary and follows federal guidelines. It’s the latest clash between …

ISO Drone Insurance Coverage Options Now Available to Insurers

ISO’s new coverage and exclusion options for commercial drones took effect this month in most ISO jurisdictions. The options were designed to provide insurers with tools to help develop insurance programs for businesses that may use drones. The new options, …

Google Drone Prototype Crashes

A prototype of the massive solar-powered drone Google Inc. plans to build as a platform for delivering Internet service from the sky was destroyed in a crash at a New Mexico test site. The unmanned Solara 50 fell to the …