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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Missing Idaho Hiker
5:03 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Search For Missing Idaho Hiker Turns To Drones, Crowdsourcing

A pair of searchers works across a lava field at Craters of the Moon National Monument near Arco, Idaho.
National Park Service

Originally published on Thu October 17, 2013 7:00 am

A search effort for a missing hiker at Craters of the Moon National Monument in Idaho is turning to drone technology for help.

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Drone Regulation
4:29 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Drone Restrictions Moving Forward At Oregon Capitol

A measure in the Oregon legislature would limit how law enforcement can use unmanned aerial vehicles.
Credit Chris Lehman / Northwest News Network

New restrictions on drones are moving forward in the Oregon legislature. Lawmakers reached an agreement Tuesday on a measure that would limit the way law enforcement can use unmanned aircraft.

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NOAA Drone
4:41 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

NOAA Drone Flying Experimentally Off Olympic Coast

Ed Bowlby NOAA

Originally published on Thu June 20, 2013 5:09 pm

Civilian use of aerial drones is still greatly restricted, but the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has won permission to test a small unmanned aircraft off the Olympic Coast of Washington. 

A two-week trial run by the federal science agency is now underway.

The NOAA drone looks like an oversized remote-control model airplane. It has a 9-foot wingspan and can fly for about two hours on battery power.

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Searching For Bigfoot
6:01 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Northwest Professor Turns To Drones In Quest For Sasquatch

Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

Originally published on Fri April 26, 2013 5:53 pm

A Northwest anthropologist has risked his career in pursuit of what the rest of science considers a myth. Jeff Meldrum of Idaho State University is the nation’s lone academic trying to make the scientific case for Bigfoot. It’s no joke. Now he's even raising money to launch an unmanned aircraft that would scan the Northwest's forests for the large, hairy creature.

Meldrum gets frustrated when he walks into Barnes and Noble. It's one of the stores that carries his book.

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Unmanned Aircraft
5:34 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

Hobbyists Welcome Proposed Changes To Drone Legislation

People who fly unmanned aircraft for fun say new changes to an Oregon drone bill have addressed their concerns. An Oregon Senate panel will consider the measure Wednesday.

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Wildlife Drone Monitoring
6:08 am
Tue July 24, 2012

ODFW to Launch Unmanned Drone on Oregon Coast

Wildlife officials plan to launch an unmanned aircraft on the Oregon coast. They hope the drone will allow them to monitor seabird populations on hard-to-reach rocky islands that serve as nesting grounds. KLCC’s Jes Burns reports.

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Drone Testing
6:28 am
Fri May 18, 2012

Central Oregon Considered For Drone Testing Area

For years now, the US military has flown unmanned drones over hotspots like Iraq and Afghanistan. Drones gather intelligence and at times conduct attacks on the battlefield. But here at home, drones have largely been absent from American skies. That however is about to change. The Federal Aviation Administration is preparing to select 6 areas throughout the US for drone testing. And as OPB's David Nogueras reports, there’s an effort underway in Oregon to compete for one of those spots.

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