U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao on Wednesday afternoon named Lee County‘s mosquito control outfit one of only 10 state, local and tribal government entities to be selected for the Federal Aviation Administration’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Pilot Program.
That means Lee County’s mosquito control operations will be able to incorporate drone technology under more relaxed standards than they would otherwise be required to adhere to under current law.
In the past year alone, media accounts from five continents have documented dozens of people saved from danger thanks to drones. Rescuers have used drones to drop buoys to struggling swimmers in Australia and Brazil; England and America; and find stranded people in farm fields, along rivers and on mountain trails.
From May 2017 through April 2018, DJI has counted 65 people who were rescued from peril by use of a drone.
A single incident involved 24 tourists lost at night on a mountain with no food or water. Searchers found them with a drone after three hours of effort, and needed hours more to carry them to safety. While it is unlikely that all 24 would have perished without the drone’s help, some were clearly saved from potential injury or death
Researchers flew a drone at varying heights above a flock of sheep, recording their reactions and behavior. The results point to little interference.
Researchers at Virginia Tech’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences have been studying the effects of drones on a variety of agricultural implementation, such as microbe analysis, and indeed, how drones affect the behavior of actual livestock such as sheep. According to Farmer’s Weekly, the evidence gathered seems to support the notion that sheep are largely undeterred from their regular patterns of behavior by nearby drones. Though some individual sheep may be put off at first by the unexpected presence of a whirring, aerial shepherd, adaptation occurs quickly and standard behavior resumes.
A police drone was able to locate a man who had been in a car crash unconscious in a 6ft deep ditch in the dead of night.
The drone was deployed just after 2am today after witnesses saw a man walking away from the scene of the accident on the A16 south of Grimsby where a car had flipped onto its side.
Desperate to find the driver of the car, Lincolnshire Police used their drone, equipped with thermal imaging, to search the scene as officers from Humberside Police searched by foot.
And within a few minutes the drone managed to find the driver unconscious in a 6ft deep ditch 160 metres from where the accident had happened.
The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue team has located missing aircraft pieces from a fatal plane crash.
Undersheriff Paul Howell says the SAR team used a UAV drone to search the area where a Piper PA-34 Seneca crashed east of Jacks Valley Road on Monday, February 21.
The pieces were located about a half mile south of the crash site.
The fatal plane crash claimed the life of 64-year-old Stephen Filice, of Minden.