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Are you, like so many, unhappy with the FAA’s NPRM for Remote ID for drones? Well, the Drone Advocacy Kit can help! The Drone U and FPV FC have worked together to create this comprehensive guide that explains what’s wrong (hint a lot!) with the FAA’s NPRM and more importantly what you can do to help protect our hobby and for many our work.

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Drone hobbyists are to blame for most drone sightings, says Senator Deb Fischer (R-NE). According to Fischer, more than half of the drone sightings that have been reported over the last few weeks can be attributed to hobbyists flying their drones.

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The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has released drone video footage of NBA legend Kobe Bryant’s helicopter crash site near Calabasas, California. The video, released on YouTube, includes both drone footage as well as on-ground video. NTSB personnel are using a DJI Phantom series drone to map out the scene of the wreckage.

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Ahead of AUVSI’s XPONENTIAL 2020, which will take place from May 5th through 7th in Boston, the organization is calling for entries for the 2020 AUVSI XCELLENCE Awards.

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Animal rescue group WIRES has partnered with Australian UAV to get drones into the air to measure and track the wildlife that managed to survive the devastating Australian bushfires. The Ripper Rescue Alliance has also been created and has deployed its drones to help with the massive task ahead.

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Police in the United Kingdom will soon be able to police drones in a similar fashion to how cars are policed today. UK Police will be able to force people to land drones, which they are then able to inspect and seize if necessary.

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