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The Flying Donkey Challenge is on hold!

The Flying Donkey Challenge idea started almost two years ago and for the past year we have been planning the first edition in Kenya.We have had tremendous support from Kenyan partners including: IBM Research, University of Nairobi – FabLab, Lewa & NRT Conservancy, SGS, Sandstorm, and many friends of the FDC. The Kenya Civil Aviation […]

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Africa’s First Drone Journalism Team

The curious case of a ‘mysterious flying object’ that dropped from the sky. Posted By dickens on Mar 7, 2014 Kenyan newspapers today published a picture of a UAV which crashed in a farm in Naivasha causing panic among the locals. The police retrieved the unclaimed equipment which has sparked conversation and curiosity. The Star newspaper published […]

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FAA Lacks Authority to Ground Small UAVs Used for Commercial Purposes

A victory for a small commercial unmanned aerial vehicle operator demonstrates the Federal Aviation Administration’s struggle to keep pace with new technologies. On March 6, 2014, an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) vacated a civil penalty issued by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) against a commercial user of a […]

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33 Applications!

33 teams from Africa, Australia, Europe, India and North America have applied for the 2014 edition of the Flying Donkey Challenge. An amazing endorsement. Thanks. Press Release – 14th March 2014

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Technology sub challenges application deadline: Friday 28th February 2014

The descriptions of 2014 Flying Donkey Challenge technology sub-challenges are available. Teams can register, and apply for grants, online until 28th February 2014. Legal, Logistics and Design (e.g. Business Plan Competition) sub-challenges will be published later this month. The first edition of the Flying Donkey Challenge will take place in Kenya between the 8th and 16th […]

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US Federal Aviation Administration names 6 sites for testing drones

Congress envisions unmanned aircraft sharing the skies with passenger planes by the end of 2015. Bart Jansen, USA TODAY 4:44 p.m. EST December 30, 2013

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Season Greetings

Even Father Christmas would like to have a Flying Donkey… Happy holidays to all and thanks to www.ifj.ch for their inspiring greetings card.

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Jetman flies over Japan’s Mount Fuji

Yves Rossy, a Swiss pilot who has been dubbed “Jetman”, completes a flight over Japan’s Mount Fuji with the use of jet-powered wings strapped to his back. Rossy, 54, averaged 125mph and compared the feeling of viewing the volcano from the air to being in the palms of a giant hand. www.theguardian.com  

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Aéropostale to Flying Donkeys

Fondation Latécoère and Fondation Bundi celebrate visionary flight together Pierre-Georges Latécoère (1883-1943) laid the foundation for the modern European aerospace industry. He introduced airplane manufacture to Toulouse. He built up what is now Aerospatiale. But his most visionary contribution was to imagine and build into existence the first intercontinental airmail service – the legendary Aéropostale […]

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Rise of the drone hobbyists

By Tara McKelvey, BBC News Magazine People around the world are building their own drones. They offer a glimpse of what life will be like when the skies are filled with small, flying robots – and drones become as common as smartphones.