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Amazon Drones
6:08 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Frustrated Amazon Ponders Taking Drone Delivery Testing Abroad

Amazon told the Federal Aviation Administration if it doesn’t get the green light to test delivery drones, it could mean a relocation of jobs from the Seattle area.
Credit Amazon / Associated Press

A new letter from Amazon to the Federal Aviation Administration indicated the e-commerce giant is getting frustrated with the wait for approval to test package delivery drones.

An Amazon vice president wrote that drone engineering and testing could soon be relocated abroad from the Seattle area.

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Drones
4:09 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Pilots In Northwest Reporting More 'Near Misses' With Drones

There have been a number of close calls between manned aircraft and small drones in Northwest skies.
Credit Chris Lehman / Northwest News Network

New data from the FAA shows the frequency of close calls between manned aircraft and small drones is soaring. Pilots or air traffic controllers logged ten disconcerting incidents in Northwest skies since April. The head of a local pilots group says "near misses" are bound to increase as hobby drones gain in popularity.

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Drones
7:37 am
Wed December 3, 2014

Pilots In Northwest Reporting More 'Near Misses' With Drones

The increasing affordability and popularity of drones creates concerns for future near misses.
Credit AP Images

Judging from holiday advertising, lots of teenagers and grownups will find a drone under the Christmas tree this year. The increasing affordability and popularity of remotely piloted airplanes and choppers is leading to conflict in Northwest skies. 

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Drone Regulations
5:23 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

State Drone Regulations Not Cleared For Liftoff In Olympia

In conjunction with his April veto, Governor Inslee declared a 15-month moratorium on state agency purchases of drones and asked local police to follow suit.
Credit Chris Lehman / Northwest News Network

The Washington governor's office unveiled draft rules for government use of drones Monday. This would replace drone legislation that Democrat Jay Inslee vetoed earlier this year. 

The state's chief information officer presented the draft bill to a task force convened by Washington's governor. Michael Cockrill said the Inslee Administration's preferred approach is "to be permissive, not restrictive."

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Drone Regulation
5:56 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Washington State Police Push Back Against Limits On Drones

Police groups are worried the second attempt to regulate the government use of drones will handcuff their ability to take advantage of the new technology.
Credit Chris Lehman / Northwest News Network

Law enforcement groups in Washington state are pushing back against possible limits on police use of drones. That happened as a task force convened by the governor wrestled some more Monday about how to regulate small unmanned aircraft.

In April, Democratic Governor Jay Inslee vetoed the Washington Legislature's first attempt to regulate government use of drones. Now police groups are worried the planned second try will handcuff their ability to take advantage of the new technology. Mitch Barker directs the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs.

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Drones
4:43 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

Amazon Asks FAA For Permission To Test Aerial Delivery Drones Near Seattle

Amazon.com has asked the FAA for permission to test drones outdoors.

Originally published on Fri October 3, 2014 2:50 pm

When Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos unveiled plans for aerial drone delivery of packages last year, many observers dismissed the concept as science fiction or pie-in-the-sky.

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Drones
7:47 am
Fri October 3, 2014

Oregon, Washington Hope To Use Drones For Wildfire Recon In 2015

File photo of a ScanEagle unmanned aerial vehicle

Originally published on Thu October 2, 2014 9:12 pm

Both Oregon and Washington’s state forestry departments had hoped to try out drones this summer to provide reconnaissance at wildfire scenes. But neither firefighting agency managed to pull it off. Now both plan to try again next year.

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Drones For Forests
6:57 am
Wed August 6, 2014

How Drones Could Make Forest Restoration Easier

Rheno Prajadipta tests out a drone he helped build with Yakima Valley Community College classmates. The drone will survey the health of the forest. The hope is that drones will speed up restoration efforts and save some money.
Credit Courtney Flatt / Northwest News Network

Drones could soon be the newest gadgets in forest conservation. A group of Washington college students recently built and tested a drone that will survey the health of the forest. The hope is that drones will speed up restoration efforts and save some money. For EarthFix, Courtney Flatt has more.

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Drone Regulations
5:31 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Task Force Starts Work On New State Drone Regulations in Wash.

A Washington state task force convened for the first time Monday to develop privacy rules for drones.
Credit Chris Lehman / Northwest News Network

Imagine looking out your window to see a drone hovering outside. That happened earlier this month to a partially-dressed Seattle woman who was startled and outraged. That incident came up Monday as a Washington state task force convened for the first time to develop privacy rules for drones – something Oregon and Idaho have already done. The Washington task force quickly narrowed its focus.

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Oregon Drones
3:43 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

FAA Decision Clears The Way For Testing Of Drones In Oregon

The Federal Aviation Administration will soon allow the testing of unmanned aerial vehicles - or drones - in the skies above Oregon. This morning the FAA announced it had selected a joint proposal from Oregon, Alaska and Hawaii to be among six newly designated drone testing sites across the US. Oregon Public Broadcasting's David Nogueras reports.

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