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Whoop There It Is: Micro Drone Hovercraft Kit

Micro drift hovercrafts are tipped to be ‘the next big thing’ in the hobby community. So enthusiastic are the followers of this hobby that the first ever micro drift hovercraft championship has been announced. It will take place at the UK Drone & Technology show in December (and with a £500 cash prize!!!!). So now is your chance to dust off your old, broken tiny whoop that is probably still laying around because like most hobbyists do, we never throw anything away! But you’d certainly be glad that you held onto it now that you know of this new emerging trend that is likely to stick around for some time.

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Zipline Creates World’s Fastest Life-Saving Drones

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). Continue reading Zipline Creates World’s Fastest Life-Saving Drones


Commercial Drone Alliance Attempts to Repeal Section 336

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. Continue reading Commercial Drone Alliance Attempts to Repeal Section 336


Drone Used to Provide Mobile Service in Extreme Weather

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. Continue reading Drone Used to Provide Mobile Service in Extreme Weather


DJI & GoPro Among Those In Alliance for Drone Innovation

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’. Continue reading DJI & GoPro Among Those In Alliance for Drone Innovation


Walmart Applies for Patents on Drone Shopping Assistants

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. Continue reading Walmart Applies for Patents on Drone Shopping Assistants



Update: Horizon Hobby Purchases Hobbico

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. Continue reading Update: Horizon Hobby Purchases Hobbico


QUIZ: Guess The Year

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. Continue reading QUIZ: Guess The Year


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