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How the Draganfly pandemic drone trial in Westport, CT ended abruptly

How the Draganfly pandemic drone trial in Westport,CT ended abruptly

Last week, in Westport, CT the Draganfly pandemic drone trial came to an abrupt end when concerned citizens saw video footage showing how AI was able to identify people displaying symptoms of possible coronavirus Infection. A detailed article in Venture Beat provides great insight in the test and why it was abruptly ended. Below are some of the highlights.

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FAA updates Part 107 knowledge exam rules for drone pilots

FAA updates Part 107 knowledge exam rules for drone pilots line-of-sight

The coronavirus has closed federal testing centers across the United States, leaving drone pilots unable to renew their Part 107 Certificates. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released an update to the knowledge exam testing protocols according to Drone U’s most recent investigative find, allowing drone pilots to complete the exam online.

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New drone video shows continued mass burials at Hart Island

New drone video shows continued mass burials at Hart Island

Almost two weeks ago, we first reported on George Steinmetz’ DJI Mavic 2 Pro drone that was confiscated by NYPD officers in plainclothes. The officers appeared from an unmarked van when Steinmetz used his drone to take aerial footage of the mass burials at Hart Island in New York. We thought that we would not see any new aerial videos or photos of the island for a while, but today a new drone video surfaced.

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Italian police with Anafi drone fine sunbather on deserted beach

Italian police with Anafi drone fine sunbather on deserted beach

Italian police used a Parrot Anafi drone to monitor the beaches in Rimini for people who defy the stay at home order. On a deserted stretch of beach, they found a sunbather who was illegally enjoying the beautiful weather. They spotted the man with a drone and in this video you can see how two police officers on quads approach him and issue a fine.

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NYPD seizes George Steinmetz’s DJI Mavic 2 Pro after Hart Island photo

George Steinmetz's DJI Mavic 2 Pro drone confiscated by NYPD after Hart Island photo

By now, many people will have seen drone videos or photos of the mass burials of unclaimed COVID-19 victims at Hart Island in New York. We reported on that about a week ago, but so did many other news outlets. Today we learn on Instagram that George Steinmetz’s DJI Mavic 2 Pro drone has been confiscated by the New York Police Department (NYPD) after the famous aerial photographer tried to capture some photos of the burial scene on the island.

Article updated on April 17th, 2020 with a comment that Steinmetz provided to DPReview.

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