DJI discounts cert. refurb drones via official eBay: Mavic Air 2 $679, Air 2S $1,099, more from $379

DJI’s official eBay storefront is now taking 15% off a selection of its certified refurbished quadcopters with free shipping across the board. Headlining this time around is the DJI Mavic Air 2 Drone at $679. Down from the original $799 price tag, this is marking the third-best price of the year. Mavic Air 2 delivers a folding design with 34-minute flight time and plenty of compelling features for those who want something a bit more capable than DJI’s more entry-level offerings. That’s on top of added features like ActiveTrack 3.0 for automatically following a subject, a built-in 48MP camera for capturing 4K60 aerial footage, and upgraded APAS mapping functionality. At this price, you’re effectively getting a flagship drone for the price of a starter quadcopter. I personally bought one of these the last time the quadcopter went on sale and have been enjoying the higher-end experience. You can learn more in our hands-on review and then head below for additional deals and info on the warranty.

Overhead Intelligence and Iris Automation avionics enable EVLOS-BVLOS drone surveys

Aerial geophysical mapping specialist Overhead Intelligence has used a drone equipped with Iris Automation safety avionics tech to operate a combined extended visual line of sight (EVLOS) and beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) magnetometer survey mission over a wide area of Canadian mineral deposits.

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Zipline drones begin on-demand healthcare deliveries in NC

Less than a week after it received Federal Aviation Administration Part 135 certification allowing it to operate in the US as a commercial airline, instant logistics specialist Zipline launched regular drone delivery service of medical supplies and prescriptions in North Carolina, in support of its three major healthcare partners.

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The Buzz Podcast 28: Inspire 3 leak, tethered drones and more

Join Yifei and Seth for this week’s weekly round-up of news from the drone industry. Each week they discuss the top stories and pick a drone video of the week.

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Drone piloted from Florida inspects industrial plant in Italy [Video]

Red Cat Holdings subsidiary Skypersonic says it has successfully completed the world’s first transcontinental drone inspection relying only on an internet connection from a normal mobile phone. A fully operational utility plant in Turin was inspected using an indoor drone controlled from Orlando, some 4,800 miles away.

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Moves afoot to create Russia’s first ‘mass produced’ commercial drone

Moves are under way to create the first mass-scale UAV manufacturing operation in Russia, though details of that effort make it unlikely it will compensate for the worsening shortage of commercial drones in the country, as store-bought craft continue being snapped up and sent off to the war effort in Ukraine.

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