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japan pushes forward with countrywide drone delivery services


rakuten rakuten and airmap have formed a joint venture to propel drone usage for japanese delivery services forward.the country has a long history with unmanned aerial vehicles (uavs) and has used the devices for everything from land surveys to farming, security, construction and even as town mascots.now, thanks to a new joint venture between e-commerce firm rakuten and us-based drone airspace management platform provider airmap, drones may become a common sight in the skies.announced on wednesday, the companies said the jv aims to "open the skies for japan's growing drone ecosystem."no financial details have been disclosed. however, under the terms of the agreement, rakuten will hold a 51 percent stake while airmap owns 49 percent of the new firm.the joint venture, dubbed rakuten airmap,






faa reports 27 airspace violations near trump's florida estate


fort lauderdale, fla. -- federal officials say more than two dozen aircraft have violated airspace restrictions near president trump’s estate in florida.the sun sentinel reports that last month, the federal aviation administration reported 27 violations of the airspace restrictions near mr. trump’s mar-a-lago estate in palm beach.in one instance, air force jets speeding to intercept an aircraft caused a sonic boom that rattled palm beach and broward counties.the names of the pilots who received the violations weren’t released. agency officials told the newspaper they’re investigating each case.the faa said it will reach out to south florida pilots to educate them about the restrictions activated within 30 miles of the estate when mr. trump visits. the agency recently held briefings for pil






faa: 27 airspace violations near trump's florida estate


fort lauderdale, fla. — federal officials say more than two dozen aircraft have violated airspace restrictions near president donald trump's estate in florida.the sun sentinel reports (http://bit.ly/2me0iqv ) that last month, the federal aviation administration reported 27 violations of the airspace restrictions near trump's mar-a-lago estate in palm beach.in one instance, air force jets speeding to intercept an aircraft caused a sonic boom that rattled palm beach and broward counties.the names of the pilots who received the violations weren't released. agency officials told the newspaper they're investigating each case.the faa said it will reach out to south florida pilots to educate them about the restrictions activated within 30 miles of the estate when trump visits. the agency recently






airmap raises $26m in series b round led by microsoft


airmap has raised $26 million in a series b round led by microsoft ventures. the investment arms of airbus, qualcomm, rakuten, sony, and yuneec also contributed to the round, as well as existing investors general catalyst and lux capital. the latest round brings the total amount raised by the santa monica, california-based startup to $43.6 million. the internet of things 10 types of enterprise deployments as businesses continue to experiment with the internet of things, interesting use cases are emerging. here are some of the most common ways iot is deployed in the enterprise.founded in 2015, airmap's airspace management platform calculates safe routes for drones, taking into consideration weather information and first-responder activity. using the platform, drones can broadcast their flig






turkey rescues pilot of syrian jet that crashed on border


istanbul — the decision on whether or not to return the syrian pilot who ejected into turkey will be made following his treatment, a turkish cabinet minister said sunday.deputy prime minister nurettin canikli spoke with reporters in the southern border province of hatay, where a syrian military jet crashed on saturday. canikli said the pilot had "a few" broken bones and was receiving treatment at a local hospital, but wasn't in critical condition.the pilot was found in an exhausted state after a nine-hour overnight search and rescue operation in the rain.asked whether he would be returned to syria, canikli said "the decision will be made in the coming days" after the pilot's duties and activities have been "clarified."hatay governor erdal ata told state-run anadolu news agency saturday tha






faa: 27 airspace violations near trump’s florida estate


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plane believed to be syrian crashes near turkey-syria border – the denver post


istanbul (ap) — turkish officials said that an aircraft believed to belong to the syrian military crashed near the turkey-syria border saturday, with the syrian opposition claiming to turkish media they were responsible for shooting the plane down.prime minister binali yildirim told reporters that “we have information that a mig model plane belonging to the syrian regime” had crashed near the town of samandag in hatay province.hatay governor erdal ata told state-run anadolu news agency that rescue teams had arrived at the wreckage and reported that the cockpit was empty, confirming earlier reports by local villagers who claimed to have observed the pilots ejecting.ata added that there had been no airspace violation and no intervention by turkish forces.syrian helicopters were shot down for






plane believed to be syrian crashes near turkey-syria border


istanbul (ap) — turkish officials said that an aircraft believed to belong to the syrian military crashed near the turkey-syria border saturday, with the syrian opposition claiming to turkish media they were responsible for shooting the plane down.prime minister binali yildirim told reporters that “we have information that a mig model plane belonging to the syrian regime” had crashed near the town of samandag in hatay province.hatay governor erdal ata told state-run anadolu news agency that rescue teams had arrived at the wreckage and reported that the cockpit was empty, confirming earlier reports by local villagers who claimed to have observed the pilots ejecting.ata added that there had been no airspace violation and no intervention by turkish forces.most read storiesunlimited digital ac






it’s drone vs. drone as airspace systems takes flight


on a recent afternoon, a large white van parked outside the battery, a private club for tech elites in san francisco. passersby stared at the cumbersome vehicle on the busy city block, some snapping photos of the large antennas emerging from its trailer that suggested something out of a spy movie. that wasn’t far off—the van acts as a...






raf jets escort romanian plane to birmingham airport


image copyrightmod/crownraf jets intercepted a romanian plane after the aircraft lost communications, the ministry of defence has said.the typhoons were dispatched from raf coningsby in lincolnshire following the alert involving a civilian aircraft with three crew.the romanian plane was escorted to birmingham international airport, where the runway was closed for half an hour.a spokesman said the response was routine and part of the raf's air defence role to protect uk airspace.one plane from dublin was diverted to east midlands airport while the runway was closed.the saab 340 plane travelling from bucharest landed in birmingham at about 07:30 gmt.the typhoons were dispatched on a "quick reaction alert", which is used to intercept unidentified aircraft because they cannot be identified any






raf jets escort romanian plane to birmingham airport


image copyrightmod/crownraf jets intercepted a romanian plane after the aircraft lost communications, the ministry of defence has said.the typhoons were dispatched from raf coningsby in lincolnshire following the alert involving a civilian aircraft with three crew.the romanian plane was escorted to birmingham international airport, where the runway was closed for half an hour.a spokesman said the response was routine and part of the raf's air defence role to protect uk airspace.one plane from dublin was diverted to east midlands airport while the runway was closed.the saab 340 plane travelling from bucharest landed in birmingham at about 07:30 gmt.the typhoons were dispatched on a "quick reaction alert", which is used to intercept unidentified aircraft because they cannot be identified any






sweden reinstates military draft over concerns about russian aggression


soldiers from the swedish army's skaraborg armoured regiment patroli outside visby's 13th century city wall during a military maneuver in visby, on the island of gotland, sept. 14, 2016.(photo: soren andersson, epa) 65 connect 1 linkedinemailmoresweden is reinstating the military draft — for men and women — because of dwindling volunteers and growing concerns over a more assertive russia in the baltic and ukraine."the security environment in europe and in sweden's vicinity has deteriorated and the all-volunteer recruitment hasn't provided the armed forces with enough trained personnel," the swedish defense ministry said thursday. "the re-activating of the conscription is needed for military readiness."a defense ministry spokesperson says 4,000 men and women will be called up in july for se






sweden reinstates military draft over concerns about russian aggression


soldiers from the swedish army's skaraborg armoured regiment patroli outside visby's 13th century city wall during a military maneuver in visby, on the island of gotland, sept. 14, 2016.(photo: soren andersson, epa) 1797 connect 1 linkedinemailmoresweden is reinstating the military draft — for men and women — because of dwindling volunteers and growing concerns over a more assertive russia in the baltic and ukraine."the security environment in europe and in sweden's vicinity has deteriorated and the all-volunteer recruitment hasn't provided the armed forces with enough trained personnel," the swedish defense ministry said thursday. "the re-activating of the conscription is needed for military readiness."a defense ministry spokesperson says 4,000 men and women will be called up in july for






leaked tsa documents reveal security lapses at new york airport


new york -- sensitive documents leaked after a data exposure at an upstate new york airport have revealed several major security lapses in recent years.dozens of files seen by zdnet list a catalog of security failings over the past few years at stewart international airport, about 60 miles north of manhattan, which serves hundreds of thousands of passengers each year, including high-profile guests and private charter flights.the cache build up a unique picture of insider threats, breaches, and lapses that acknowledge the difficulty in keeping airside security to a high standard, even at smaller airports.in one such instance, documents seen by zdnet show how airport staff was for an unknown period in 2010 unable to screen names against the u.s. government’s watchlist of suspected terrorists






leaked documents reveal airport's catalog of security lapses


new york -- sensitive documents leaked after a data exposure at an upstate new york airport have revealed several major security lapses in recent years.dozens of files seen by zdnet list a catalog of security failings over the past few years at stewart international airport, about 60 miles north of manhattan, which serves hundreds of thousands of passengers each year, including high-profile guests and private charter flights.the cache build up a unique picture of insider threats, breaches, and lapses that acknowledge the difficulty in keeping airside security to a high standard, even at smaller airports.in one such instance, documents seen by zdnet show how airport staff was for an unknown period in 2010 unable to screen names against the us government's watchlist of suspected terrorists w






leaked: tsa documents reveal new york airport's wave of security lapses


new york -- sensitive documents leaked after a data exposure at an upstate new york airport have revealed several major security lapses in recent years.dozens of files seen by zdnet list a catalog of security failings over the past few years at stewart international airport, about 60 miles north of manhattan, which serves hundreds of thousands of passengers each year, including high-profile guests and private charter flights.the cache build up a unique picture of insider threats, breaches, and lapses that acknowledge the difficulty in keeping airside security to a high standard, even at smaller airports.in one such instance, documents seen by zdnet show how airport staff was for an unknown period in 2010 unable to screen names against the us government's watchlist of suspected terrorists w






sweden reinstates military draft over concerns about russian aggression


soldiers from the swedish army's skaraborg armoured regiment patroli outside visby's 13th century city wall during a military maneuver in visby, on the island of gotland, sept. 14, 2016.(photo: soren andersson, epa)connectlinkedinemailmoresweden is reinstating the military draft — for men and women — because of dwindling volunteers and growing concerns over a more assertive russia in the baltic and ukraine."the security environment in europe and in sweden's vicinity has deteriorated and the all-volunteer recruitment hasn't provided the armed forces with enough trained personnel," the swedish defense ministry said thursday. "the re-activating of the conscription is needed for military readiness."a defense ministry spokesperson says 4,000 men and women will be called up in july for service b






oklahoma bill won't penalize homeowners who shoot drones out of the sky


why it matters to you oklahoma's new bill to allow homeowners to shoot down drones could open the door for other states to pass similar legislation.drone owners in oklahoma may soon be forced to keep their unmanned aerial vehicles on a short lease or risk losing them to rifle-wielding homeowners. a new bill, sponsored by oklahoma state senator ralph shortey, makes it easier for a homeowner to shoot down or otherwise immobilize a drone that is flying over their private property.as it is written, oklahoma senate bill 660, removes any civil liability for a property owner who damages or destroys a drone that is flying in the airspace above their premises. the bill states, “any person owning or controlling real estate or other premises who voluntarily damages or destroys a drone located on the






the strange route benjamin netanyahu took to get from singapore to sydney – the


adam taylor, the washington postfor many people flying from singapore to sydney, the flight can take as little as seven hours or so. but not if you are benjamin netanyahu. in the israeli prime minister’s case, it can take more than 11 hours.the israeli leader took an unusual detour when traveling from singapore to australia overnight. the guardian newspaper also confirmed this unusual route with netanyahu’s delegation.this detour added several hours to his journey.netanyahu’s plane wasn’t taking the scenic route by choice. instead, the carrier – el al, israel’s national airline – was deliberately avoiding the airspace of indonesia.indonesia has the world’s largest muslim population. like other muslim-majority nations, the country has no formal diplomatic relations with israel because of th






the latest: iran to allow russian jets to fly over airspace


beirut — the latest on the war in syria (all times local):2:15 p.m.the semi-official tasnim news agency is reporting that iran will allow russian jetfighters to fly over its airspace to support military operations in syria.the saturday report quotes ali shamkhami, secretary of iran's supreme national security council. he says: "cooperation between iran and russia to fight against terrorism in syria has wide and comprehensive dimensions."in august, iran confirmed that russian bombers had launched airstrikes from near the iranian city of hamedan, 280 kilometers (175 miles) southwest of the iranian capital tehran to hit targets in in eastern syria.___2:05 p.m.syrian opposition forces say they have advanced inside the islamic state-held town of al-bab, in northern syria.the turkish-backed ahra






to detect prying eyes in the sky, dedrone raises $15 million


for better or worse, drones are about to become a lot more prevalent in us airspace. the faa expects sales of drones to spike domestically from 2.5 million last year to 7 million by 2020. now, a startup that detects drones and helps prevent unwanted aerial intrusions, dedrone, has closed a $15 million series b round of venture funding.investors in san francisco-based dedrone included cisco executive chairman john chambers, and felicis ventures, which led the round. the founder and managing director of felicis ventures, aydin senkut, said the deal represents the largest check his firm has cut in a single round to-date.dedrone works with physical security companies to set up sensors, cameras and rf scanners on the ground and on rooftops at a given venue. its technology has been used to monit






officials ban drones and other aircraft from oroville dam airspace


the federal aviation administration has issued a temporary ban on flights around the oroville dam to allow emergency aircraft to operate safely. “we implemented temporary flight restrictions that prohibit aircraft operations from the ground up to 4,500 feet altitude within a trapezoidal area around the dam,” said ian gregor, a spokesman for the faa in los angeles. the flight restriction includes recreational drones, according to the california department of water resources. the restriction is scheduled to end may 17. the ban comes as crews continue to conduct aerial surveys of the erosion on the emergency spillway.






violence breaks out at pro-trump rally in berkeley


supporters gather for 'march 4 trump' rallies around u.s.citing no evidence, trump accuses obama of tapping his phones during the electionsouth florida pilots learning that skies are less friendly with airspace restrictions during trump visitsupdates:march 5, 8 a.m.: this story has been updated with a quote from berkeley councilman.6:45 p.m: this article was updated with a new top and tweaks throughout.5:55 p.m.: this article was updated with the number of arrests and injuries and comments from a city official.4:55 p.m.: this article was updated with new information from authorities about the rally.4:20 p.m.: this article was updated with new details on the march.this article was originally published march 4 at 4 p.m.






raf typhoons intercept romanian plane


image copyrightmod/crownraf typhoons have intercepted a romanian plane after the aircraft lost communications, the ministry of defence has said.the aircraft were dispatched from raf coningsby in lincolnshire on tuesday morning following the alert.the romanian plane, which was a civilian aircraft, was escorted to birmingham international airport.a spokesman said the response was routine and part of the raf's air defence role to protect uk airspace.the raf's fighter jets were dispatched on a "quick reaction alert", which are used to intercept unidentified aircraft because they cannot be identified any other way.this can be when the plane is not communicating with air traffic control, there is no flight path filed, or the plane is not transmitting a recognisable radar code for surveillance.






waiting for invasion | | al jazeera


only 25 years after gaining independence from russia, lithuania is fearful of occupation again. the airspace above the baltic states has seen regular incursions by russian military aircraft since russia annexed the crimea. and the armed conflict that has been raging in eastern ukraine for nearly three years has left people wondering if lithuania could be next. this documentary tells the story of two young lithuanians getting ready to defend their country in case the unimaginable happens and russia invades. but the film is not about the war, it is about peace and the people who are willing to fight to preserve it. source: al jazeera






plane crashes near turkey-syria border, reports say


istanbul — a turkish official says a plane has crashed in the countryside near the syrian border with preliminary information suggesting the aircraft belonged to syria.hatay province governor erdal ata told state-run anadolu news agency that it was "likely" a military aircraft, but that there was no airspace violation and no intervention by turkish forces, adding that it might have been a technical problem.rescue teams have been dispatched to the area.private dogan news agency reported nearby villagers had called authorities reporting a crash at around 6:30 p.m. local time (1530 gmt) on saturday. they also told authorities that the pilots had allegedly ejected before the crash.






south florida pilots learning that skies are less friendly with airspace restric


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mouse forces 4-hour delay of london-san francisco flight


san francisco -- how he squeaked through security is anyone’s guess.a little mouse made for a big delay on a british airways flight from london to san francisco.the passengers were all buckled up and ready to go when the crew told them that a mouse-spotting meant they couldn’t take off.      the crew joked that the mouse couldn’t enter us airspace without a passport, and told everyone they needed a whole new plane. that meant a four-hour delay.an airline official issued a tongue-in-cheek response to cbs san francisco bay area when asked about the delay.“with service and prices this good, we know almost everyone wants to fly with us to san francisco . … but on this occasion, there was one very small customer who we had to send back to the gate,” airline spokesperson liza ravenscourt said in






mouse delays london-to-san francisco flight for 4 hours


san francisco — how he squeaked through security is anyone's guess.a little mouse made for a big delay on a british airways flight from london to san francisco.the passengers were all buckled up and ready to go when the crew told them that a mouse-spotting meant they couldn't take off.the crew joked that the mouse couldn't enter us airspace without a passport, and told everyone they needed a whole new plane. that meant a four-hour delay.they told kgo-tv in san francisco after the flight arrived wednesday that despite the delay most passengers were happy to be on a mouse-free aircraft, especially knowing they'd be eating on the flight.british airways apologized and said they were satisfied that only two-legged passengers were on the flight once it took off.






eek! mouse delays london-to-san francisco flight for 4 hours


san francisco — how he squeaked through security is anyone's guess.a little mouse made for a big delay on a british airways flight from london to san francisco.the passengers were all buckled up and ready to go when the crew told them that a mouse-spotting meant they couldn't take off.the crew joked that the mouse couldn't enter us airspace without a passport, and told everyone they needed a whole new plane. that meant a four-hour delay.they told kgo-tv in san francisco after the flight arrived wednesday that despite the delay most passengers were happy to be on a mouse-free aircraft, especially knowing they'd be eating on the flight.british airways apologized and said they were satisfied that only two-legged passengers were on the flight once it took off.






us, chinese aircraft in 'unsafe' encounter over s. china sea


beijing — the u.s. pacific command says a chinese jet and a u.s. navy patrol plane had an "unsafe" encounter over the south china sea this week, raising concerns.pacific command spokesman robert shuford said friday that the "interaction" between a chinese kj-200 early warning aircraft and a u.s. navy p-3c plane took place on wednesday in international airspace over the waters. he did not say what was unsafe about the encounter.shuford says the u.s. plane was on a routine mission and operating according to international law.he said the department of defense and the pacific command "are always concerned about unsafe interactions with chinese military forces."the chinese defense ministry has not responded to a faxed request for comment.






to detect prying eyes in the sky, dedrone raises $15 million


for better or worse, drones are about to become a lot more prevalent in us airspace. the faa expects sales of drones to spike domestically from 2.5 million last year to 7 million by 2020. now, a startup that detects drones and helps prevent unwanted aerial intrusions, dedrone, has closed a $15 million series b round of venture funding.investors in san francisco-based dedrone included cisco executive chairman john chambers, and felicis ventures, which led the round. the founder and managing director of felicis ventures, aydin senkut, said the deal represents the largest check his firm has cut in a single round to-date.dedrone works with physical security companies to set up sensors, cameras and rf scanners on the ground and on rooftops at a given venue. its technology has been used to monit






us, chinese aircraft in 'unsafe' encounter over s. china sea


beijing — a chinese early warning aircraft and a u.s. navy patrol plane had an "unsafe" encounter over the south china sea this week, the u.s. pacific command said friday, in the first such incident known to have taken place under president donald trump's administration.the interaction between a chinese kj-200 and a u.s. navy p-3c plane took place on wednesday in international airspace, pacific command spokesman robert shuford said. he did not say what was unsafe about the encounter, although the term usually implies planes flying too close to one another.shuford says the u.s. plane was on a routine mission and operating according to international law. the department of defense and the pacific command "are always concerned about unsafe interactions with chinese military forces," he said.th






news agency: iran successfully tests ballistic missile


tehran, iran (ap) — iran’s semi-official fars news agency is reporting that the country’s revolutionary guard has successfully tested a ballistic missile.the thursday report quotes gen. amir ali hajizadeh, chief of the guard’s airspace division, as saying the missile destroyed target from a distance of 250 kilometers (155 miles). the report says the sea-launched ballistic missile dubbed hormoz 2 was tested last week. the report provided no additional details.earlier this month, u.s. president donald trump imposed new sanctions on entities and individuals who support iran’s ballistic missile program.last month, iranian media reported the revolutionary guard launched several sophisticated rockets during military exercises in the country’s central desert.most read storiesunlimited digital acc






iran bans use of private drones over its capital


tehran, iran — iran has banned use of drones in its capital because of security concerns after authorities opened fire on at least two unmanned aerial vehicles that flew too close to sensitive areas in recent months.gen. ali reza rabiee, who is in charge of securing tehran's airspace, was quoted by the semi-official tasnim news agency on monday as citing concerns that drones carrying cameras could spy on sensitive installations or private citizens.in december, the authorities used anti-aircraft guns to shoot down a state tv drone that ventured too close to the residence of supreme leader ayatollah ali khamenei.last month the anti-aircraft guns targeted a drone flying near what authorities said was a restricted area. it was not clear who was operating the drone, which flew away, apparently






us, chinese aircraft in ‘unsafe’ encounter over s. china sea


beijing (ap) — a chinese early warning aircraft and a u.s. navy patrol plane had an “unsafe” encounter over the south china sea this week, the u.s. pacific command said friday, in the first such incident known to have taken place under president donald trump’s administration.the interaction between a chinese kj-200 and a u.s. navy p-3c plane took place on wednesday in international airspace, pacific command spokesman robert shuford said. he did not say what was unsafe about the encounter, although the term usually implies planes flying too close to one another.shuford says the u.s. plane was on a routine mission and operating according to international law. the department of defense and the pacific command “are always concerned about unsafe interactions with chinese military forces,” he sa






airmap raises $26 million to manage air traffic as drone use surges


lower airspace isn’t crowded with drones quite yet. but as drones become more pervasive, a startup called airmap is building software and systems to help drone operators fly only where it’s safe and legal to do so.the task will prove completely different than that of managing airliners as we do today, says airmap ceo and cofounder ben marcus who is also serving as the co-chair for the faa’s industry unmanned aircraft safety team. “there are about 10,000 airplane flights happening at once on any given day. human beings are able to manage all the traffic. but that won’t scale to manage millions of drones and billions of flights.” there are already an estimated 100,000 drone flights taking place per day.additionally, drones are becoming more and more autonomous. when they are technologically






airmap raises $26 million to manage air traffic as drone use surges


lower airspace isn’t crowded with drones quite yet. but as drones become more pervasive, a startup called airmap is building software and systems to help drone operators fly only where it’s safe and legal to do so.the task will prove completely different from that of managing airliners as we do today, says airmap ceo and cofounder ben marcus who is also serving as the co-chair for the faa’s industry unmanned aircraft safety team. “there are about 10,000 airplane flights happening at once on any given day. human beings are able to manage all the traffic. but that won’t scale to manage millions of drones and billions of flights.” there are already an estimated 100,000 drone flights taking place per day.additionally, drones are becoming more and more autonomous. when they are technologically






let jerry brown turn california into a socialist utopia


california gov. jerry brown is worried a too-powerful federal government will interfere with the good governance of his state, dictate policy from faraway washington dc, and bring ruination to his people.now he knows how conservatives feel.in his state of the state address on tuesday, brown struck a defiant pose against the trump administration, vowing to resist “climate deniers” and any federal reforms that might affect california’s progressive policies. “we must prepare for uncertain times,” he said, citing threats to environmental regulations, obamacare, and illegal immigrant policies.“i recognize that under the constitution, federal law is supreme and that washington determines immigration policy,” he said. “but as a state we can and have had a role to play.”brown is right, states do h