KIEV, Ukraine — A haunting, abandoned amusement park. The tarnished Soviet hammer and sickle emblem atop an empty apartment complex. A forest rising from the cracks of a city square. Not a soul in sight. It’s a sprawling, decaying landscape overgrown with vegetation, a ghost city frozen in time View original article at Mashable

Despite the fact that drone flights are banned within five miles of U.S. airports, an alarming number of sightings have been reported by pilots in the last six months, with some coming perilously close to aircraft. The post Reports of drones flying close to aircraft on increase, FAA data reveals appeared first on Digital Trends. View original article at Digital Trends

[Ioannis Kedros] claims to be rather new to the game of building multi-rotor drones. You’d never know it looking at his latest creation. Yes, we’re talking about the quadcopter seen here, but it’s the core of the machine that’s so interesting. He came up with a PCB hub that allows multiple orientations to be used with the same board. These include tri-copter, and quadcopter with different strut angles for different applications View original article at Hack A Day

Slate MagazineFAA: Near-collisions between drones and airliners spikeFox NewsWASHINGTON – After decades of steady improvements in air travel, a new report from the Federal Aviation Administration shows a surge in near-collisions between commercial airliners and drones. Already this month, close calls have been reported from . View original article

Daily BeastFAA Finds Surge in Near-CollisionsDaily BeastA new report conducted by the Federal Aviation Administration shows a surge in small drones flying dangerously close to commercial airlines as they attempt to takeoff or land. Since July 1, pilots and air-traffic controllers have reported twenty-five instances.Drone Close Calls Near Airports Prompts FAA ActionABC News (blog)Reports of drone near-misses taking off, FAA records showThe HillConcern about drones as number of near misses surges in recent monthsTelegraph View original article

The Power Up 3.0 was the first paper airplane that actually let you steer and fly your folded creation like an RC toy, but in terms of durability it was still just made of paper. With the Carbon Flyer you lose the ability to fold your own craft, but since it’s made from incredibly strong and lightweight carbon fiber, crashes will never put your plane out of commission.Read more. View original article at Gizmodo

Devon-based documentary maker, Danny Cooke, has captured the city in decay by flying around the abandoned area using a DJI Phantom 2 quadcopter, a Canon 7D camera and a GoPro3+. View original article at Daily Mail Online

Once upon a time, if you wanted aerial footage from a GoPro, you had to attach the camcorder to a hobby drone from a company like Parrot or DJI. An eagle would also do in a pinch. Now, according to the Wall Street Journal, it looks like GoPro is developing its own line of of commercial drones to sell directly to consumers. Multi-rotor coptors could go on sale in the latter half of 2015, according to people familiar with the matter. The company is shooting to develop consumer…

GoPro is reportedly designing its own range of drones incorporating its HD video cameras, with a launch set for next year. The move comes as major quadcopter makers switch from bundling GoPro cameras with their flying machines to using their own cameras. The post GoPro developing consumer drones for 2015 launch, report says appeared first on Digital Trends. View original article at Digital Trends

Topics this week include Black Friday deals, robot revolutions, the dreaded Selfie Stick and drone mistletoe.  It goes off topic fast. #turkeyselfiestick This episode of Trends with Benefits features Caleb Denison, Drew Prindle and Dan Gaul along with Host, Greg Nibler. The post Trends with Benefits: Black Friday horror stories, the #turkeyselfiestick, and more appeared first on Digital Trends. View original article at Digital Trends