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Alphabet Has High Hopes for Its Drone Traffic Control App OpenSky

The company that brought you free digital maps and email wants to do the same thing for your drone. Wing LLC, an offshoot of Alphabet Inc.’s Google, on Tuesday unveiled a new app it calls OpenSky that it hopes will …

UK to Extend No-Fly Zone for Drones Flying Near Airports

Britain will impose a 5 kilometer (3.1 mile) drone exclusion zone around its runways as the government responds to illegal incursions that closed London Gatwick airport for 36 hours in December, disrupting travel for more than 120,000 people. The measures, …

Dubai International Airport Suspends Flights over Suspected Drones

Flights from Dubai International Airport were suspended for half an hour starting from 10:13 a.m. local time over “suspected drone activity,” a Dubai Airports spokesperson said in an emailed statement. A hub for Emirates airlines, the airport in Dubai is …

London’s Heathrow Briefly Halts Flights After Drone Sighting

The Heathrow airport was partially shut for more than an hour after drone sightings near runways raised safety concerns, the second time in a month a London airport had to suspend flights because of dangers from modern-day gadgets. Departures were …

London’s Gatwick Airport Reopens After Drones Cause 36 Hours of Travel Chaos

London’s Gatwick Airport reopened on Friday after a saboteur wrought 36 hours of travel chaos for over a hundred thousand Christmas travelers by using drones to play cat-and-mouse with police snipers and the army. After the biggest disruption at Gatwick, …

London’s Gatwick Airport Suspends Flights on Multiple Drone Sightings

London’s Gatwick airport is closed to aircraft following multiple sightings of illegal drones, disrupting flights for as many as 115,000 people on one of the busiest travel days of the year. Lines of passengers circled Gatwick’s two terminals Thursday and …

Driverless Ships Could Offer Significant Growth Area for London Market: IUA Survey

Autonomous ships could offer significant growth potential for the London market, according to the findings of a survey conducted by the International Underwriting Association (IUA). Indeed, 25 percent of IUA members who responded to the survey stated they are considering …

Authorities Fail to Investigate Near-Miss of Drone and Air New Zealand Plane

When a drone flew within meters of a landing plane last week, endangering 278 passengers and crew, Air New Zealand responded by saying that such reckless drone operators should be thrown in prison. Other agencies also chimed in. Air traffic …

China’s Largest Courier Firm, SF Holding, Wins License to Deliver Parcels by Drone

Chinese courier company SF Holding Co. says it’s won a license to operate drones, opening up a new potential frontier for package delivery in the world’s second-largest economy. SF, the nation’s largest listed courier provider by market value, said late …

UK Insurtech Flock Launches Pay-As-You-Fly Drone Insurance

Flock, a London based startup, has launched Europe’s first “pay-as-you-fly” drone insurance solution. The “Flock Cover” smartphone app provides on-demand insurance for commercial drone pilots in the UK, with policies starting from just £5 ($7) for up to eight hours …