As you may have heard the war on hobby flyers is on, as the major corporations such as Google, Amazon and the Commercial Drone Alliance (which includes ford motor company, CNN and many more) have called to repeal a law known as Section 336. For the full story recap, click here.
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As HobbyKing News has previously reported, drones have been used to benefit society in a number of ways. But arguably the most important use of drones has been their ability to save a life. Last week, we reported that Verizon was working on a drone that would be able to transmit cell phone service in times of crisis and natural disaster. This is so that victims of such events would be able to contact emergency services where they otherwise were not able to (read more, here). Now, Silicon-Valley based startup Zipline is finding a new innovative way to combine medicine with drone technology by using drones to deliver blood to patients in rural areas of the world.
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Many major drone operators, including those who are part of the Commercial Drone Alliance (not be mistaken for the Alliance for Drone Innovation) have called for a repeal of Section 336. The law that the alliance is trying to repeal currently protects the hobbyist from some formidable rules and regulations that would not massively be effective in improving safety or security. Rather it will make recreational flying more inaccessible, as it will become more difficult and more expensive.
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In the case of a natural disaster or similar extreme weather conditions such as hurricanes, tornadoes and earthquakes, it can be really hard to get power or mobile service to call a family member or other services for assistance for many days after the initial devastation.
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With rules and regulations surrounding drone safety and its use constantly changing, it is forcing manufacturing and distribution companies of drones to become wary of its effects. This has lead to a group of industry-leading companies announcing that they will come together to form what is known as Alliance for Drone Innovation (ADI). The idea for this alliance is to be a ‘leading policy voice for manufacturers, suppliers, and software developers of professional and personal drones’.Among the alliance members are drone manufacturing giant DJI, as well as GoPro, FatShark and more.
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Giant US retailer Walmart has reportedly filed a host of patents that could potentially change the way consumers shop in store for good. According to Gizmodo, the technologies in the patents will not only change the consumer shopping experience but will also be able to more accurately measure and keep track of inventory.
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You read that title correctly – HobbyKing’s batteries were used on the set of Hollywood film ‘Alien: Covenant’. The film, which was released last year, is a prequel to the cult classic ‘Alien’.
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Last week, we reported that Horizon Hobby had was set to make a bid on several of Hobbico’s assets, including Great Planes, Axial and Tower Hobbies with a combined value of $18.8 million. To read our full story on this, click here.
A couple of days this was made official as a bankruptcy court judge approved the purchase of Hobbico’s business.
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In a recent article on HobbyKing News, we explored the evolution and history of FPV and the development of FPV goggles throughout the years. In case you missed it, you can read its full history here. Now, we want to test your knowledge to see how well you know your hobby history. Take our quiz to see what year each of your favourite HobbyKing products was released.
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Throttle Safety Switch – Throttle Cut – Why do I need it?
If you have ever seen someone struck by a prop, it’s not pretty. If you do get struck by a prop you might be lucky and get away with a few stitches, a scar and a medical bill. The other end of the spectrum is death or serious debilitating injuries. We all know that large models can do serious harm, however, we don’t tend to be as nervous about the bulk of electric powered models. We see them as less dangerous than glow or gas-powered models however this is not correct. A glow or gas engine cannot start itself and so if you bump the throttle, very little happens. Bump the throttle on an electric aircraft with the battery connected and the propeller will start spinning.
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