Second guilty plea in New Jersey prison contraband drone drop scheme

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A few short months after an ex-convict received a sentence for making drone deliveries of contraband into the Fort Dix federal prison in New Jersey, a second former inmate has admitted to his role in the infamous aerial smuggling scheme.

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Malaysian airline AirAsia announces new remote drone pilot training program

Malaysian airline AirAsia says it has received a green light from the Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia (CAAM) to conduct remote drone pilot training programs. But why is one of the world’s largest budget airlines looking to create more drone operators?

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Michigan, Ontario partner in cross-border drone delivery study

The governments of Michigan and the Canadian province of Ontario have announced a joint feasibility study for a drone corridor permitting aerial transport of goods between the two neighbors – and, of course, over the international border between them.

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DroneDJ Weekly: Recap of 2021’s released drones and top stories

This week on the weekly DroneDJ live stream, Yifei, Seth, and site publisher Seth Weintraub discuss this year’s biggest stories and recap what happened in the crazy year that was 2021.

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Colombian prison guards use drones to fly contraband – and burgers – into their own jail

DroneDJ readers are familiar with stories about prisoners working with outside UAV pilots to stage aerial drops of prohibited matter into jails around the world. Now there’s a case of penitentiary guards themselves using drones to deliver not just the usual contraband phones, tobacco, and drugs to their prison, but also orders of hamburgers, fried rice, and booze.

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Alphabet’s Wing reports over 600% increase in drone delivery in 2021

Wing, the drone delivery unit of Google’s parent organization Alphabet, was first launched as an experimental program at the end of 2011. After a decade of development, testing, and trials, the company says it can finally call 2021 the year that drone delivery really took off.

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