No Delivery Drones Yet

Forbes Magazine just put out an article that highlights why "…the skies aren’t filled with delivery drones…” and it is an interesting read. The FAA recently approved UPS and Google’s Project Wing permissions for being an “air carrier”, but the zones they can delivery to is still relatively restricted. It is a Part 135 certification that allows these companies “air carrier” status. The main concern is the safety aspect of the drones themselves. They have to be without a shadow of a doubt “Type Certified” (the worthiness of an aircraft based on standards and practices of the FAA) for any of these drones to be allowed in the airspace.

Similar networks and companies already exist in highly populated areas, such as Zing. Drones are steadily increasing in reliability, however they aren’t truly held to the highest of standards. Especially considering that drones can hold up to 55lbs., you really want to make sure no preventable disasters sneak their way into production.


American Security Drone Act of 2019

A piece of legislation by both sides was recently introduced earlier this month that would put a hard ban on the purchase and use of DJI Drones by federal agencies. It also prevents other law enforcement agencies from using federal money to buy said Chinese made drones. The United States government is worried that constant dependence on and continued use of Chinese drones will cripple the U.S. in multiple ways, siting security concerns. If the bill, the American Security Drone Act of 2019, were passed, federal officials would have 180 days to cease use of the drones. The upside to this bill would be domesticating drone production and innovation for the United States.

The problem that arises with this bill is that agencies like the Interior Department rely heavily on the use of DJI drones. Not to mention all the local and state agencies that use these drones for search and rescue, fire, and other critical conditions that only a proven drone can handle.

To read more on this story, check out the full article on the Wall Street Journal.

Beginning of the Year!

After a great summer the Ithaca College Drone Squadron is finally ready to get back in action.

This coming week is the college’s semester Org Fair. The Org Fair is held at Ithaca College and is open to all clubs and programs on campus and allows perspective students to browse from a variety of clubs. The school encourages students to attend the fair and find a club that matches their ideals, interests, and skillsets. It is also a way of getting outside your comfort zone and gain a more diverse mindset of the people around you.