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No. 261: Diamonds, Riptides, origami skeletons and Comtech, in an emergency

And you were there: Congratulations, dear readers (including new subscribers Sue, Rod, Jessie and Sergio), on surviving Thanksgiving with the family, Black Friday at the mall and Cyber Monday on the ’net – the largest online-shopping day in U.S. history, it turns out, with some $6.59 billion in digital transactions counted by our friends at Adobe. Tell us all about your contribution to the record – and any story tips, calendar items or eggnog recipes…


FSC: How to (safely) earn a commercial drone license

By GREGORY ZELLER // As the nation’s skies clog with Unmanned Aerial Systems, the Federal Aviation Administration is ratcheting up its licensing protocols – and Farmingdale State College is ready for takeoff. The college has announced a new, six-week Remote Pilot Certification Program, starting April 15 at the Farmingdale State College Aviation Center. Meeting weekly for intensive three-hour sessions, the program prepares students for the FAA’s Part 107 licensing examination, which authorizes UAS operations for…


Suffolk establishes a beachhead in drone debate

By GREGORY ZELLER // Drone operators are not only looking over your shoulder, they’re looking over their own. A bill approved Tuesday by the Suffolk County Legislature outlawing drone flights over county beaches between May and September and requiring special licensing to operate drones over county parks isn’t likely to significantly impact commercial drone operators. But with the FAA formulating new drone regulations and unmanned aerial vehicle use steadily rising, commercial drone pioneers see a…


Many ways to bring home the bacon

By GREGORY ZELLER // It may be the most unique professional trifecta in Long Island history. Radiological technologist Patrick Gaeta, an X-ray technician at Port Jefferson’s Long Island Bone and Joint, is also co-owner of Wading River barbecue joint North Fork Bacon & Smokehouse. And last month, the ever-entrepreneurial Gaeta launched a second private business: an aerial photography enterprise using an imported Chinese drone. Combining healthcare, high-tech gadgetry and finger-licking gastronomy is the perfect amalgam…