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Josh Spires

@JoshSpires_

Josh started in the drone community in 2012 with a drone news Twitter account. Over the years Josh has gained mass exposure from his aerial photography work and spends his days writing drone content for DroneDJ as well as pursuing his business. You can view Josh’s photography work on here.

Josh can be contacted by email at josh@dronedj.com or @drone_nr.

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We have now hit November, which means Black Friday is approaching, and there are less than 60 days until Christmas. So, it’s time to start gift shopping. Here are a few of the best drones to put under the tree this year for the tech junkie in your life or yourself.

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India has received two U.S. Predator drones for its Navy in an emergency leasing plan as tensions continue to rise with neighboring China in the region of Ladakh. The addition of the two U.S.-made drones is continuing what looks to be a U.S. proxy war with China.

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Earlier this week, the top German court said U.S. drone operations based in Germany aren’t required to comply with international law. The decision falls back onto a 2015 decision that found Germany to have satisfied its legal duties and ensure it fulfills “foreign and defense policy interests.”

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Vodafone and Ericsson have hit a milestone with their network-backed drone delivery service after completing successful test flights in Germany. The testing was completed at Vodafone’s innovation center in Aldenhoven, Germany.

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A recent survey conducted by RS Components has shed light on the general public’s opinions on drones, including privacy, deliveries, and threats. The answers collected suggest that drones still have a long way to go before they are widely accepted and aren’t looked at negatively.

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November 25

DJI has just sent out an update for the DJI RS 2 that adds new features, fixes bugs, and adds improved support for a wide range of cameras. The new firmware version for the gimbal is v01.02.00.30, the RavenEye Image transmission system is v01.01.00.10, and the Ronin app is v1.4.4 for both iOS and Android.

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The FAA has just made its airworthiness criteria public for 10 companies that will allow more complex drone operations to take place. The comment period for the criteria is still open, allowing you to get your say and sway the future of commercial drone operations in the U.S.

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A new report from RS Components has taken a look at various key factors of the worldwide drone market, ranking the top countries and companies. For this post, we’ll be taking a look a the countries with the most drone headquarters (HQs) and the drone companies making the most headlines in the media.

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Percepto has announced it has secured $45 million in funding led by Koch Disruptive Technologies and is partnering with Boston Dynamics to introduce autonomous ground and aerial inspections to industrial sites.

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Google’s drone delivery company Wing Aviation has turned its focus to construction site deliveries in Australia as workers continue to share the benefits they would bring to construction sites around the country.

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November 24

Aerodyne Group has announced it’s acquired a majority stake in Australian drone surveying and inspection company Sensorem. The move will allow Aerodyne to expand its operations in Australia and get its products in more customers’ hands.

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Retail giant Walmart has partnered with Intel to bring drone light shows to eight locations around the US after a very tough year. The drone light shows will be holiday-themed and will allow up to five people per car to attend.

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British drone provider COPTRZ has handed out a free DJI Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual to the Holme Valley Mountain Rescue Team to advance its operations. The company is also giving out free online drone training for emergency services teams across the country.

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Network Rail has turned to drones and LiDAR to create a photo-realistic 3D scan of North Yorkshire’s Ribblehead viaduct in the UK to assist in the restoration of the iconic rail structure. The high-tech restoration is a part of Network Rail’s £2.1 ($2.8) million Great North Rail Project.

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A recent update to the DJI Mini 2 and Mavic Air 2’s controller has allowed it to be used with both drones. Let’s take a look at how to do it and something cool I found while testing the process for this post and attached video.

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November 23

Drones from the UK Ministry of Defense (MOD) could be ready to hit the skies in six months, according to drone company Blue Bear. The company has also stated that it would take around an extra £5 ($6.6) million for a fleet of 20 drones.

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The Drone Racing League (DRL) has announced it’s DRL drone racing SIM is getting the Black Friday treatment with 30% off for Xbox players. If you’ve always wanted to fly a racing drone, this is the perfect deal for you!

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The Greenville City Council in Texas has given the local fire and police departments the go-ahead to purchase six drones to improve safety and efficiency. The money needed to purchase the new high tech equipment comes from seized funds and the Texas Intrastate Fire Mutual Aid System (TIFMAS).

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An illegal drone has grounded aerial firefighting efforts at the Cameron Peak Fire over in Colorado, resulting in authorities sending out an urgent warning message.

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The Drone Racing League (DRL) has announced a new wave of partnerships with BODYARMOR, Champion, and RESPAWN, just in time for the 2020 racing season. The new partnerships will allow DRL to take drone racing to bring drone racing into the limelight.

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