Sarah Nilsson, JD, PhD, MAS
Sarah Nilsson, JD, PhD, MAS

UAS Risky Bu$ine$$?

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May 2017 - FAA - UAS Sightings Report 


International Helicopter Safety Team - Learn how to implement an SMS Program


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Sep 06, 2016

New Training Programs Educate Law Enforcement on How to Respond to Illegal Drone Activity

The Unmanned Safety Institute, a professional organization dedicated to the safe and responsible integration of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) into the U.S. National Airspace System, today announced a joint partnership with the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) to provide innovative training on the safety and security of UAS to the law enforcement community throughout the State of Florida. The purpose of the educational workshops will be to train law enforcement officers who are FOP members on proper techniques for responding to unauthorized or unlawful UAS flight operations. 

The workshop, "Responding to UAS Intrusions" will cover a variety of topics related to the UAS and its components, threats posed by UAS to critical infrastructure, types of UAS users, response protocols and best practices, and federal and state legal enforcement authorities. The first workshop will be held at the FOP Orlando Lodge on November 18, 2016. To request further information or to attend this workshop, please call 1-877-525-SAFE, or e-mail 

In recent years, unlawful drone activity has rattled communities around the world. In 2015, an operator lost control of their drone and crashed onto the White House lawn triggering a large response by law enforcement. In that same year, a drone was used to transport a radioactive substance onto the roof of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's office building prompting a large security response and a review of legislation governing the use of drones in Japan. 

"With over three million drones projected to be flying in the United States this year, the threat of an incident occurring increases exponentially," said Aaron Greenwald, President of the Unmanned Safety Institute. "We think it is absolutely vital that all law enforcement officers across the country have a deep understanding of this technology and how to appropriately respond to unauthorized activity in the event an incident occurs." Shawn Dunlap, President of the FOP Chapter in Orlando, Florida, stated how this training program will provide important education and training on the enforcement of unauthorized UAS activity to his membership. "This partnership between FOP and USI allows us to offer innovative and real-world training to law enforcement officers throughout Florida who encounter this threat every day. We are thrilled to have partnered with USI as the industry’s recognized best-in-class provider of safety and security training. Drone use continues to proliferate, and we are ready to support our law enforcement community with training that is relevant and practical." 

About Unmanned Safety Institute 

Founded in 2014, the Unmanned Safety Institute is a professional flight safety organization for operators, enterprises, and organizations focused on integrating and operating UAS safely for civil or commercial purposes. The Unmanned Safety Institute provides UAS flight safety standards and training through the adoption and modification of time-honored aviation safety and training practices. USI certifications are recognized by many leading aviation insurance providers to include Global Aerospace, which selected USI as its official and exclusive UAS training provider under its SM4 Safety Initiative. To learn more about USI, please visit USI was acquired by ARGUS International, Inc. in 2016. 

About ARGUS 

ARGUS International, Inc. (ARGUS) is a specialized aviation services company whose mission is to provide the aviation marketplace with data and information necessary to make informed decisions and manage risk. ARGUS provides world-class aviation software and business management solutions, including AVMOSYS business management software, TRAQPak, CHEQ, and ARMOR SMS. ARGUS Charter operator ratings are the most recognized and requested independent source of overall operator quality. TRAQPak provides industry leading market intelligence data and research services, as well as expert aviation consulting. 

Founded in 1995, ARGUS is headquartered in Cincinnati, OH, and actively engaged with business activities in North America, Europe, Australia, Asia, South America and the Middle East and Africa. 

About FOP 

The Fraternal Order of Police is the world's largest organization of sworn law enforcement officers, with more than 330,000 members in more than 2,200 lodges. They are the voice of those who dedicate their lives to protecting and serving our communities. They are committed to improving the working conditions of law enforcement officers and the safety of those we serve through education, legislation, information, community involvement, and employee representation. No one knows the dangers and the difficulties faced by today's police officers better than another officer, and no one knows police officers better than the FOP.




Sept 1, 2016 - Shields Up! New Device Promises to Ward Off Unwanted Drones

ApolloShield’s $30,000 box enters a market that includes anti-drone ray guns, cargo nets, and–yes–trained attack birds.

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Insect-sized drones

The following excerpt from "The Future of Violence" by Benjamin Wittes and Gabriella Blum.


You walk into your shower and find a spider. You are not an arachnologist. You do, however, know that the tiny crawling octopod could be, at a minimum, one of FOUR things.


1. The spider could be real and harmless.


2. The spider could be real and venomous.


3. It could, conversely, be a personal surveillance spider, purchased from "Drones R Us" for $49.95 and set loose by your next-door neighbor, who dislikes your noisy dog and is monitoring the spider on her iPhone form a sports bar downtown. The pictures of you undressed, taken by the spider, are now being relayed on several screens during a break in an NFL game at a local bar for the neighborhood's amusement.


4. You also harbor some small, perhaps paranoid concern about a more menacing possibility: your business competitor may have just sent a drone attack spider, purchased from a bankrupt military contractor, to take you out. There has been a rash of these killings in recent years, by organized crime and even by some ruthless elements of the business world. Upon spotting you with its sensors, before you have time to weigh your options, the spider - if it is, indeed, an attack spider - shoots an infinitesimally thin needle into your left leg and takes a blood sample. As you beat a retreat out of the shower, your competitor tests the sample on his smartphone for a DNA match to ascertain your identity. He compares the blood sample against a DNA profile of you that is already on file at (Everything about Everybody), an international DNA database (with access available for $179.99). Once the match is confirmed, (a matter of seconds), the spider will follow you into your bedroom, pausing only long enough to dart another needle, this time containing a lethal dose of a synthetically produced poison. Your assassin, who is on a summer vacation in Provence, will then direct his spider under the crack of your bedroom door and out of the house and initiate its  self-destruct function. No tract of the spider will ever be found by law enforcement authorities. 



micro air vehicle (MAV), or micro aerial vehicle, is a class of Miniature UAVs that has a size restriction and may be autonomous. Modern craft can be as small as 15 centimetres. 

PlayStation mentality refers to the disassociation between combatants and the consequences of their actions, as a result of the use of weapon interfaces which resemble video games. The effect is named after the PlayStation games console, and is commonly cited in discussions of the problems of drone warfare, such as that conducted by the CIA in the Pakistan tribal areas, typically using predator drones.

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2012 James Bond Film Skyfall

Features 007 fighting a former agent turned all-powerful hacker who is out for revenge against M, the head of M16

A subplot has M, facing a commission of inquiry for operational failures on her watch, while the hacker launches an armed attack on the hearing at which she is testifying

M gives this short speech in repsonse to her critics, contemptuously schooling her inquisitors about the state of the world she confronts...

You decide if this was a deep, forward-looking question of political theory....

where the individual actor is empowered to wreck havoc because such technology is readily available to us all...

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