Sunday, March 18, 2012

Drones, safety and the FAA

GPS drone (UAS) with GoPro camera

GPS drone (UAS) with GoPro camera; Creative Commons image courtesy Don McCullough

A few recent news reports about drones have got me thinking about drone regulation. The FAA has basically banned commercial use of drones for the time being (although an NTSB administrative law judge recently cast doubt of the legality of the ban). That doesn’t seem to have deterred the feds though, who are even issuing cease and desist orders for non-commercial use. read more

This week in GPS — April 12th, 2014

This week in GPS is a weekly link roundup of (mostly) GPS related odds and ends, from GPS Tracklog and other places around the Web. To get a few of the biggest stories as they break, follow me on Twitter. This week’s lead video is a beginner’s guide to hiding your first geocache.

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This week in GPS — April 5th, 2014

TomTom GO 50 and 60 series

The TomTom GO 50 and 60 series hits US shores

This week in GPS is a weekly link roundup of (mostly) GPS related odds and ends, from GPS Tracklog and other places around the Web. To get a few of the biggest stories as they break, follow me on Twitter. This week’s lead image is of a surprise US introduction of the TomTom GO 50/60 series (more info below).

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No fooling: April 1 GNSS fix issue returns

GNSS GLONASS fail

The entire GLONASS constellation suffered a major disruption Tuesday

It’s happened again. Two years ago a significant number of TomTom units started having problems acquiring GPS satellites on April 1. It took a full week to roll out a fix (punny, huh?). Well it appears that the April 1 GNSS jinx has struck again, as the entire GLONASS constellation started providing erroneous information just after midnight, Russian time, this past Tuesday.  read more

Best selling GPS for March 2014

Top ten GPS for March 2014

The Garmin nuvi 2597LMT, Oregon 450 & eTrex 30 were our most popular auto & handheld units last month

It’s that time again — when we look back to see which GPS models were purchased by our readers last month.
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This week in GPS — March 29th, 2014

Garmin nuvi 2798LMT backup camera

The Garmin nuvi 2798LMT’s backup camera in action

This week in GPS is a weekly link roundup of (mostly) GPS related odds and ends, from GPS Tracklog and other places around the Web. To get a few of the biggest stories as they break, follow me on Twitter. This week’s lead photo is from a Garmin blog post on the nuvi 2798LMT backup camera.

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This week in GPS — March 22nd, 2014

Garmin Dash Cam 20 box

This week in GPS is a weekly link roundup of (mostly) GPS related odds and ends, from GPS Tracklog and other places around the Web. To get a few of the biggest stories as they break, follow me on Twitter. This week’s lead image (above) should give you a pretty good clue as to my next review.

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This week in GPS — March 15th, 2014

The Sigma Rox 10.0 cycling GPS and the Satmap Active 12

The Sigma Rox 10.0 cycling GPS and the Satmap Active 12

This week in GPS is a weekly link roundup of (mostly) GPS related odds and ends, from GPS Tracklog and other places around the Web. To get a few of the biggest stories as they break, follow me on Twitter. read more

This week in GPS — March 8th, 2014

TomTom GO 600 US

Looks like the TomTom GO 600 may hit the US market at the end of March

This week in GPS is a weekly link roundup of (mostly) GPS related odds and ends, from GPS Tracklog and other places around the Web. To get a few of the biggest stories as they break, follow me on Twitter.

Our lead image this week is of the TomTom GO 600; looks like it and the GO 500 may be available in the US by the end of this month

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Commercial use of drones now legal?

GPS drone (UAS) with GoPro camera

GPS drone (UAS) with GoPro camera; Creative Commons image courtesy Don McCullough

Well, it is for at least one person. Back in 2011, Raphael Pirker operated an unmanned aircraft system (UAS) at the University of Virginia. The FAA said he couldn’t do that and levied a $10,000 fine. His attorney claimed that the “FAA’s position is based on policy statement and not an enforceable regulation.” And now a National Transportation Safetey Board (NTSB) Administrative Law Judge has agreed, saying that: read more