Drunk Droning is Now Illegal in Japan


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If you’re planning to do any drone photography in Japan, make sure you stay away from alcohol. The country has just outlawed drunk droning, making it an offense that’s punishable by up to a year in prison.

Japan’s parliament passed the law on Thursday in an effort to exert more government control and oversight over drones, which have exploded in popularity around the world in recent years.

If you’re caught flying drunk and your drone weighs over 7 ounces (200g), you could be fined up to $2,750 (¥300,000) and face some harsh time behind bars.

“We believe operating drones after

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As Expected, No Drone Ever Collided with a Boeing 737 in Mexico, Official Investigation Concludes


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As Expected, No Drone Ever Collided with a Boeing 737 in Mexico, Official Investigation Concludes

Last December, Fstoppers emitted serious doubt about a potential collision between a drone and a Boeing 737. Six months later, a Boeing investigation on behalf of the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board concluded that the radome damage on the airliner was most likely cause by an improper installation and had nothing to do with drone.

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DJI AirSense Adds Aircraft Detection to Consumer Drones


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DJI has just announced that it will be building aircraft detection into all of its consumer drones weighing over 250 grams starting in 2020. Called AirSense, the technology will allow drone pilots to be made aware of airplanes and helicopters miles away.

The FAA is requiring that essentially all airplanes and helicopters be equipped with ADS-B transmitters, which broadcasts an aircraft’s position to allow for detection and tracking, starting on January 1st, 2020. Although there’s no requirement for drones to be equipped with ADS-B receivers, DJI says it’s leading the charge in order to “ensure the world’s skies remain safe

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US Warns That Chinese-Made Drones Could Steal Data for China


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The US government is warning that Chinese-made consumer drones could pose a data theft threat, sending data back to company headquarters in China that could then be accessed by the Chinese government.

CNN reports that the warning came in an alert issued by the US Department of Homeland Security on Monday.

Chinese drones pose a “potential risk to an organization’s information” and “contain components that can compromise your data and share your information on a server accessed beyond the company itself,” the alert obtained by CNN reads. “The United States government has strong concerns about any technology product that takes

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The Filmtools Podcast Eps. 3 with Drone Operator Mike Fortin


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Each week The Filmtools Podcast will talk with industry professionals in a candid conversation about their career, relevant news within the industry, and about the art and gear behind filmmaking.

This week we had a fascinating conversation with drone operator and founder/CEO of Cinedrones Mike Fortin. Hear about Mikes path from flying RC helicopters for fun in Florida to capturing some of the most breathtaking aerial shots for shows like “Ozark” on Netflix, “9-1-1” on FOX, and “Goliath” on Amazon. Check out the episode below:

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