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“Drone Slayer” cleared of charges: “I wish this had never happened”

William H. Meredith

The Kentucky man who was cited for criminal mischief and wanton endangerment after having shot down a drone over his property has now been cleared of all charges.

On Monday, a judge presiding over a Bullitt County District Court hearing dismissed all charges against William Merideth without prejudice, which means the Bullitt County prosecutor could refile the charges before a grand jury. John Wooldridge, the County Attorney, did not immediately respond to Ars’ request for comment.

According to local television station WDRB, Judge Rebecca Ward found that because three witnesses said that they saw the drone “below the tree line,” the drone flight was a violation of privacy. ”

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You Can Now Buy Drone Insurance From AIG

You Can Now Buy Drone Insurance From AIG

Nervous pilot? You might be able to command your UAV with a little more peace of mind now that AIG is willing to sell you drone insurance.

The insurance company has launched a series of policies that will cover you for all kind of accidents. Perhaps most importantly, it’ll provide third party liability in case you crash your drone into someone or something else. But it’ll also cover physical damage to the aircraft itself, including cameras and other hardware that you’re having it carry, and there aren’t any exclusions if something goes wrong with the on-board electronics.

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This Is The Drone Company Walmart Is Hoping To Use For Deliveries

Frank Wang Tao leads the world's largest consumer drone company in DJI, which is currently raising money at a $10 billion valuation. (Photo: David Hartung For Forbes)

The world’s largest retailer is hoping to work with the world’s biggest consumer drone manufacturer.

On Monday, Walmart said it filed paperwork with the Federal Aviation Administration to test outdoor drone delivery with devices made by China’s SZ DJI Technology Co. In documents first reported by Reuters, the retailer explained that it wants to research ”deliveries to customers at Walmart facilities, as well as to consumer homes” and that it had already experimented with unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) at its indoor facilities.

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Five Drones to Consider for Your Family This Holiday Season

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There is a drone for everyone, including the one who stays at home all the time.REUTERS/MIKE SEGAR

Christmas is in two months, but it’s never too early to brainstorm gift ideas for your family. With the surging popularity of hobbyist drones—more than a million drones are expected to be sold this holiday seaso—perhaps you are considering one for your loved ones.

One caveat: Someone will likely have to register the drone or face fines and other unspecified punishments from the government, which is trying to hammer out the details as this is being written. But for consumers, registering should be painless and should not detract from the experience.

Shopping for drones can be pretty intimidating. Here are five drones to consider, broken down by level of experience so that anyone—including your grandma—can grab a remote and take to the skies.

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RAF Drone Found On Scottish Beach

RAF Mirach 100/5 Training Target Drone

A Royal Air Force drone has been found in the surf of a Scottish beach.

Lying on the shoreline at Baleshare on North Uist the Mirach 100/5 target drone was found by a member of the public out for a walk.

They alerted the coastguard in Benbecula who in turn called in staff from the MoD rocket range at South Uist.

It’s not the first time such hardware has been found in the area, positioned as it is close to where the UK Armed Forces conduct much of their testing.

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Christchurch drone operator warned by NZTA after Western Belfast Bypass flight

A drone user who filmed progress of an under-construction national highway was warned by a government agency after posting the footage online.

Christchurch drone pilot Peter Perrim shot video earlier this month of the Western Belfast Bypass, a $122 million project to create a four-lane stretch of road linking the Christchurch Northern Motorway to Johns Rd.

He had permission from the Civil Aviation Authority and air traffic control to conduct the flight, but did not think he needed consent from the Crown-owned NZ Transport Agency (NZTA), which owned the land.

Several hours after his video appeared on Stuff, Perrim said he was questioned by NZTA about how he shot the footage.

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