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Daily Drone News – Tuesday December 22, 2020

Here are today’s most important drone news articles. We publish this post every weekday at 5:30 p.m. Some of these stories are from DroneXL.co and some of them will be from other sources. If you’d like to receive this in an email going forward, be sure to subscribe using the form below.

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DJI's response to being placed on economic blacklist

DJI’S RESPONSE TO BEING PLACED ON ECONOMIC BLACKLIST – Last Friday, DJI was placed on the economic blacklist, officially known as the ‘Entity List’, by the U.S. Department of Commerce. DJI had already issued a short response on the same day, but just now they added a slightly more detailed reply on Twitter.

Girl chased by drone

GIRL CHASED BY DRONE WHILE ON HER WAY HOME AT NIGHT – Last weekend, a girl was chased while on her way home at night. the drone incident took place in the municipality of Midden-Drenthe, in The Netherlands. The police reported the news on Facebook. The drone flew after the girl for some time on Sunday night. After she arrived home, the drone hovered above the house for a while. The drone pilot could not be traced by police officers who responded to the incident.

Germany postpones registration requirement drone pilots for four months

GERMANY POSTPONES REGISTRATION REQUIREMENT DRONE PILOTS FOR FOUR MONTHS – The German aviation authority LBA has postponed the upcoming registration requirement for drone pilots by four months. According to the European regulation, which comes into force on December 31, all pilots of drones and model airplanes must be registered from that day before flying. However, the LBA states that this is “technically and administratively not possible.”

Dutch government tests with autonomous drone operations

DUTCH GOVERNMENT TESTS WITH AUTONOMOUS DRONE OPERATIONS – In the future, we will increasingly see that drones perform certain missions completely independently, such as routine inspection flights or ad hoc missions during calamities. But that can only take place safely if the drone is able to independently detect and avoid static and moving obstacles in varying conditions. For this reason, the Directorate-General for Public Works, part of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management of the Netherlands, asked a number of companies to come up with innovative solutions.

German emergency response organization orders Volocopter air ambulances

GERMAN EMERGENCY RESPONSE ORGANIZATION ORDERS VOLOCOPTER AIR AMBULANCES – The German emergency response organization ADAC Luftrettung has placed an order for two electrically powered VoloCity air taxis with Volocopter. These are two-person aircraft that can take off and land vertically, just like a helicopter or drone. The first test flights are planned for 2023. The air ambulances are expected to be operational from 2025 onwards.

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