Student Engagement: Teachers across the state are using drones as classroom supplement

By Mike Marsee Special to KyForward Anne Lopez has seen what drones can do for students. She has seen her students’ eyes light up when a drone whirrs to life, and she has seen those students throw themselves into a project in which they design and build their own drones. Drones are circling around an increasing number of Kentucky schools as teachers like Lopez, a STEM instructor at Eastside Middle...

Keven Moore: Modern technology advances making speeders, traffic offenders think twice on the roads

It was inevitable with today’s advanced technology that our local and state police departments would catch on and make use of it to monitor and enforce traffic laws. Speed and red light cameras are showing up all across the United States. Even if you have the means to employ stealth technology, it’s likely Big Brother will always remain one step ahead. If you grew up in my generation, many...

Commentary: A leader in aerospace industry, Kentucky can be an important player in drone business

By Ron Daley Special to KyForward A team of six eastern Kentuckians braved the new frontier of unmanned and robotic systems to announce ambitious plans for Kentucky to be a player in this emerging and exploding industry during the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) Conference in Dallas, Texas last week. The team unveiled their plans for the USA Drone Port: National Unmanned...

Keven Moore: FAA rulings on drones, keeping skies safe, new guidelines for Small Unmanned Aircraft

The United States has the safest and most complex airspace in the world. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has authority over this airspace from the ground up and is responsible for making sure air traffic flies smoothly and efficiently. In June, the FAA finally finalized its Small Unmanned Aircraft (UA) Rule at 14 CFR Part 107 regulating the operation of small UA that do not meet the definition...

Mike Denham: Consumer protection grabs center spotlight during last week’s legislative session

When it comes to the public’s safety and well-being, consumer protection may not always grab the headlines, but that doesn’t diminish its importance. It was the key theme last week in the Kentucky House, which moved forward not one but four bills touching on this issue. On Tuesday, for example, the House overwhelmingly approved a bill that would regulate ziplines. These aerial rides and tours...

Legislative Briefs: Drone legislation clears House, heads to Senate; firefighters’ benefits bill advances

A bill that would define what a drone is and what unlawful use of a drone means passed the House Thursday by a vote of 87-3. House Bill 120, sponsored by Rep. Linda Belcher, D-Shepherdsville, would define a drone as an unmanned aircraft that must be registered with and identified by the Federal Aviation Administration. Unlawful use of a drone would include using a drone to harass someone or for acts...

Rural Blog: Downing of drone in Kentucky prompts federal lawsuit that could lead to clearer privacy rules

When a Kentucky man with a shotgun brought down a drone near his home last summer, it set off a dispute that “could settle an issue that experts say has never before been addressed by the courts: the conflict between a homeowner’s right to privacy and the federal government’s exclusive sovereignty over the skies,” Andrew Wolfson reports for The Courier-Journal in Louisville. Charges...

Keven Moore on Insurance: Drones may be coming to a fender-bender or storm near you

Unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, are commonly used by the military, but they are now being developed for much broader uses in the civilian world.(Photo form Wikimedia Commons)   It’s a bird, it’s a plane …no …it’s a drone? More specifically, it’s an insurance drone?   Imagine in the future, as you are driving to work, you rear-end the car in front of you when it stopped...

Sen. Paul touches on drones, hemp, marriage, presidential ambitions, more at UK event

By Josh James WUKY reporter   Kentucky’s junior senator, Rand Paul, talked to students at the University of Kentucky Wednesday about his recent filibuster over the use of drones, the passage of a state hemp bill and the Supreme Court arguments on marriage.   Sen. Rand Paul (Photo from WUKY) Paul’s presentation “Restoring Economic Freedom” was part of a UK Gatton College of...

Tom Block: Thank you, Sen. Paul, for leading the charge on an issue of major importance

I for one am very proud of Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and the strong stance he has taken on the policy of drone targeting of American citizens, especially on American soil. Diminishing our rights under the constitution is a very slippery slope, and this to me seems like a pretty clear case of executive branch overreach.   The reason drone strikes in overseas locations has fairly broad support is...