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Drone Christmas Sales Predicted to Break Record

The FAA predicts 2.5 million drones to sell in total during 2016 (The Washington Post). More than a million of the 2.5 are predicted to sell during the Christmas season (KSNV News); twice as many as last year’s sales. The FAA predicts sales to double again next year with 4.8 million drones sold (Tampa Bay Times). With sales number …


Australia to use Drone Surveillance to Watch for Sharks

While the United States has had more shark attacks compared to the rest of the country, Australia has suffered the most deaths from attacks. The Sydney Morning Herald reports in the last 100 years just Western Australia has had 23 shark-related deaths. 14 of which occurred in the last sixteen years. As a result,  Western Australia has …


DJI Launches Film Contest for U.S. College Students

Have a heart for creativity and happen to be a college student? This short film contest might be for you. DJI launched their first short film contest this month, called “Campus Stories”. As the name suggests, the contest is open exclusively to college students (located in the U.S.). The contest will span a two month …


Paris Hosts Drone Festival with Race and Lessons

This past Sunday, Paris hosted its first drone festival at the Champs-Elysses boulevard. The festival included a drone race through an obstacle course, drone demonstrations, and educating attendees about drone safety. The Champs-Elysses closes to cars on the first Sunday of every month (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). The closure provided a safe opportunity for the drone …


Unlikely Drone Uses: Drone Pizza Delivery

Sorry Amazon, Domino’s Pizza may be the first company to make commercial drone deliveries – in New Zealand at least. The international pizza company plans to launch a drone pizza delivery service later this year in the country according to Reuters. The company is working with Australian drone company, Flirtey. Fortune reports that the drone company had its …


DJI Opens Public Drone Arena

On Wednesday in Korea, DJI opened its first drone arena. The arena consists of an adjustable course covered in LED lights. TVs are set up to broadcast the drone’s view from their cameras. The warehouse type facility is open to the public as a place for drone hobbyists to come together and as a practice venue. …


Drone Racing Heads to International Championship

Last weekend the sport of drone racing held it’s national championship before the world championship this October. The race was held on Governor’s Island in New York and was broadcast for the first time on ESPN3. The network reports there were 150 participating pilots. The sport is quickly growing and has the potential to grow further …


DJI and SkyPixel Host Aerial Photo Contest

Leading drone manufacturer, DJI, and SkyPixel, an online community where users can share their aerial photos from around the world, have joined together to host the “Elevate Yourself” aerial photo contest. On SkyPixel’s website they write: SkyPixel’s Elevate Yourself contest is designed as a recognition of the intense efforts of our members and will celebrate their …


New Details on Amazon's Drone Delivery Plans

USA Today reports that Amazon received a patent for their “Multi-use Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Docking Station System”. The patent request reveals what their drone delivery system could look like. The delivery company would like to create a series of docking stations for their drones in high out of reach places, such as “cell towers, church steeples, …


Underwater Drones Are on Their Way

The Detroit Free Press recently published a feature on underwater drone startup company, Fathom. The Michigan based company is in the process of releasing a consumer friendly underwater drone. The company’s website announces the drone’s release this summer, but contains little details about the exciting technology. The Detroit Free Press reported that the idea of the underwater …


Drone Delivery Trial Begins in Japan

According to Fortune and local reports, Japan has begun testing the use of drones for home deliveries. The tests took place in Chiba, Japan and included transporting bottles of wine, cartons of milk, and medical supplies to a park, shopping center and an apartment roof (TechStory and Fortune). All of the drones in the trial …


2015 AMGEN Tour of California - Pismo Beach, CA

On May 13th, 2015, we had the pleasure of having our city, Pismo Beach, CA, be a host city for the 10th annual AMGEN Tour of California. This year, the race started in Sacramento, CA and went along the coast of California where it had its finish in Pasadena, CA.

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