2015 was a year filled with mishaps on airplanes: drunk passengers, brawls, weird items being confiscated by TSA. But one Southwest Airlines passenger is ending 2015 on a positive note. A New York mom posted on Southwest’s Facebook page on Tuesday, thanking a flight attendant on her last flight who went above and beyond the call of duty. See also: The best drone photography of 2015, from all over the world Heather Gooch was on a flight from Fort Lauderdale to New York with her husband and nine-month-old…

The Axis Aerius is considered to be the smallest RC quadcopter you can buy, even smaller than the company’s new Vidius drone. But that’s because Axis has managed to fit a live-streaming wi-fi video camera inside the new Vidius, giving pilots a first-person view of their flights.Read more.. View original article at Gizmodo

A few hours from now, the ball will drop in Times Square. 2015 is over, and the good news is you can easily turn a handwritten ‘5’ into a ‘6’. Keep that in mind for the next few weeks. It’s time for a retrospective of everything that happened in 2015. That’s rather boring, though, and it’s usually better to put the most outrageous items in the lede View original article at Hack A Day

A new unmanned aerial system program developed by DARPA and the U.S. Navy aims to launch and land on small Navy ships completely autonomously. The program just entered its next phase of research and testing. The post DARPA’s new drone will be able to take off and land on small Navy ships autonomously appeared first on Digital Trends View original article at Digital Trends

Ice is not safe! Did we learn nothing from the photographer who watched $1500 in fancy equipment splash into freezing cold Icelandic waters ? Evidently not.Read more… View original article at Gizmodo

The commercial drone business is taking off across rural states to aid in firefighting, data collection, agriculture and other tasks. Original article at nytimes.com

Northrop Grumman will build a full-scale demonstrator system of the craft under a new US Navy and Darpa contract. It will turn any Navy ship into an aircraft carrier. View original article at Daily Mail Online

In recent weeks, the FAA has solicited input from hobbyists and companies in the ‘drone’ industry, produced rules and regulations, and set up a registration system for all the quadcopters and flying toys being gifted over the holiday season. Whether or not the FAA is allowed to do this is a question being left to the courts, but for now, the FAA has assuredly killed a hobby for more than six million people. The FAA has introduced an updated Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) for a 30-mile radius around Washington,…

Nowadays, drones are found nearly everywhere: Farms , fields , even underwater . They could soon be found on the decks of a new kind of aircraft carrier combing the vast oceans for valuable intel.Read more.. View original article at Gizmodo

On Christmas , the Federal Aviation Administration decided to further extend the drone ban further into Virginia and Maryland, increasing the radius of the “no-drone zone” by 30 miles outside Washington, D.C. The post Washington D.C.’s ‘no fly zone’ for drones just got extended by 30 miles appeared first on Digital Trends View original article at Digital Trends