Our biggest story this week is about the 2021 National Defense Authorization Act. This act will ban the use of Chinese drones as well as Chinese-made drone parts for federal use. The passage of this act will not just affect DJI but also other popular manufacturers like Skydio, 3DR and GoPro. With manufacturing being the Chinese’s strong suit, do you think that this ban is a wise move? Do you think an American competitor can step up to cater to the needs of the drone industry?
Our next story is about drone deliveries. Archaic drone regulations means that we cannot fly over people or fly BVLOS. Because of these and many more restrictions, the drone delivery industry in US has failed to truly take flight. Additionally, because of this, American drone manufacturers are setting up shop in Australia and even Africa where the drone laws are far more progressive. Is the FAA failing to move in tandem with the changing times? Do we need a dedicated agency for unmanned aviation? Let us know what you think.
Other topics discussed in today’s show include drone search and rescue and drones for transporting human organs. Enjoy!
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- [01:34] 2021 National Defense Authorization Act to ban the use of Chinese drone for federal use
- [03:40] With so many disadvantages, why is the FAA still going ahead with remote-id?
- [05:59] Wing Aviation, Google’s subsidiary makes sees a 500% surge in drone delivery orders in Australia
- [07:23] Drone delivery test flights in Christiansburg, VA
- [09:02] Has an utter failure to understand the needs of the small drone provider resulted in archaic and regressive drone laws?
- [12:10] Is there a pressing need for a dedicated agency for unmanned aviation?
- [15:32] How American drone delivery companies are setting up shop outside the country
- [23:39] Drone with thermal camera finds 16-year old in Vancouver after massive search and rescue
- [27:25] Drones used to transport a human kidney in Las Vegas, United States