October 20

During the last two weeks, the video we reported on earlier, in which a DJI Phantom 2 is ‘fired’ at an airplane wing of a Mooney M20 aircraft during tests performed at the University of Dayton Research Institute’s Impact Physics Lab was picked up by major news channels, including CNN. The tests were designed to mimic a midair collision at 238 mph between a drone and an aircraft, however many people have pointed out that the test did not resemble a real-life situation and made it seem that drones are more dangerous than they really are. Now, DJI has responded to the test video as well and demands the video to be taken down. See their official press release below.

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October 19

SwellPro waterproof drones are $150 off + get a free battery w/ our exclusive code

Wellbots partnered with 9to5Toys to run an exclusive sale on select SwellPro waterproof drones when you use our exclusive promo code. When you checkout with code 9TO5TOYSWET you’ll receive $150 off and a free extra battery ($99 value). Our top pick would be the Splash Drone 3 Fishing Edition which will drop to $1,249 shipped when you use the above code. Regularly $1,400, this is a rare occasion to save on these high-end drones. Keep reading to learn more.

Investigations are ongoing after drone near miss at Albury Airport in England last Wednesday afternoon. A passenger jet with 62 passengers on board approached Newquay Airport in the UK when it narrowly missed a drone. The drone incident showed a ‘complete disregard for human safety’ according to the police.

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Two youngsters in New Zealand disturb six endangered dotterels during the breeding season with their drone. Their actions have been labeled ”stupid and foolish”. According to a spokeswoman of the Department of Conservation, the boys were standing a mere 60 feet away from a dotterel nesting site.

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Score Autel Robotics’ EVO Quadcopter for $899 with this exclusive discount, more

Wellbots has kicked off an exclusive discount for 9to5Toys readers, taking 10% off the Autel Robotics EVO Quadcopter Drone when using code 9TO5TOYSat checkout. That drops the price to $899.10 shipped and is the lowest direct discount we’ve tracked. Newegg shoppers will also be able to get in on the savings, as purchasing the drone at full price will score you a free $100 gift card plus an addition $50 credit on December 1st. Headlined by 4K video recording, this drone has a 4.4-mile range and more. So far it carries a 4.9/5 star rating and you can check out our hands-on of the drone for a closer look.

Normally, fixed-wing drones when they have completed a mapping or surveying assignment land on their bellies on the ground. The Aeromapper Talon Amphibious drone ads another option to possible landing sites, namely water.

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