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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 …

Insurers Urge Faster OK for Drones in Disaster Response

U.S. companies including insurers and aerospace manufacturers urged federal aviation regulators on Tuesday to speed up the use of drones in disaster response and relief operations in the United States. A report sponsored by the groups and released by the …

Insurance Market Evolves for Drone Pilots Unwilling to Wait on Federal Regulations

Thousands of drones flown without government approval by real estate companies, movie studios and other businesses are getting coverage by insurers writing their own safety rules to fill a void left by regulators. One insurance broker in Colorado has already …