Thousands of drone enthusiasts, pilots and hobbyists around the globe are expected to participate in the 2nd annual International Drone Day event on Saturday, May 7, spearheaded by David & Sarah Oneal with That Drone Show. Events are meant to educate and demonstrate how useful, practical, fun and safe drones are for interested attendees wishing to learn more.
Another year at the NAB show in Las Vegas has come and gone and those of us in the UAS/drone community are still recovering from a grueling, yet exciting week. It was an action-packed 6 full days of workshops, demonstrations, training, panels, presentations, new product demos and even drone sports!
Author ( Andrew Baker)
The DJI Phantom 4 is one of the most advanced consumer drones to hit the market to date. DJI has been a leader in this technology for close to 10 years. They continue to push the boundaries of innovation. One of the most talked about innovations of the P4 is the inclusion of optical sensors. Using a separate VPU (Vision Processing Unit) along with computer vision software, sense and avoid capabilities are now a reality. In this series I’ll dissect the P4 piece by piece and give an in depth analysis of the various systems.
In this industry there’s a lot of information that’s constantly being updated and you can find a ton of resources on various drone-related sites, links and forums with open discussions about the latest state of commercial and hobby UAS regulations and rules. But the folks at AllDigital have created a simplified and easy to follow infographic chart that touches on the basic points both nationally and in certain states that have developed their own laws. [Read more…]
With all the confusion and rampant discussions from the hobbyist drone industry these past few weeks, on the announcement of the FAA’s recent drone registry requirements, I’d like to try to provide some information and walk you through the typical process that takes only about 5 minutes to complete online.
Starting today, December 21, 2015, the FAA requires registration of personal drones or sUAS (small Unmanned Aircraft Systems) for both recreational and commercial use. Commercial use will still need to file for the Section 333 Exemption process, but all hobbyists flying outdoors with anything larger than .55 lbs (250 gr) will need to comply, according to the FAA. They have extended a rebate period of 30 days for anyone who put a drone into service prior to todays’ date so your $5 fee will refunded after January 21, 2016 and the cutoff date to register is February 19, 2016. [Read more…]
I’ve been following the folks at B Go Beyond for awhile now as I’ve seen their “flying car” concepts evolve to what is now a crowdfunding campaign to get their latest concept to production. The B-Unstoppable TankCopter is a radio-controlled hybrid land & air craft that quickly transforms from a dual tracked tank on the ground to an airborne quadcopter at the flick of a switch on the remote. [Read more…]
STEMI is a Hexapod Robot you can make on your own at home. Create Your Robot while learning STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math education). [Read more…]
Want to fly FPV in Los Angeles? There is a new proposed ruling by the LA city council that would completely ban all FPV flights including those done with a VLOS spotter and even in AMA sanctioned flying fields. If you are found flying FPV in Los Angeles you risk a $1,000 fine and/or 6 months in jail.
The FlyBi drone is a crowdfunding project on IndiGoGo. At first I ignored this concept when I saw it about a month ago and I still don’t understand who exactly FlyBi is trying to market to, which is a little off-putting. The company is using flashy words like “VR” and “Autonomous” to gain traction while sporting a very high promise of features mixed a very low project funding goal goal. I find it hard to believe they will deliver the on the features they are promising. I give my comprehensive review and explain why I think so. [Read more…]