With all the fear of personal information released with the latest public drone registry for UAS (multirotors and model aircraft) weighing more than .55lbs and under 55lbs for hobbyist/non-hobbyist use has once again popped up when the FAA released a downloadable Excel spreadsheet showing a list of drone registrations in the US by city. [Read 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!
The UAS industry has long awaited a rule that will broadly authorize commercial UAS operations in the United States. We are now at an extremely important step in the rulemaking process. In a major new development, described in more detail here, the FAA has sent the Small UAS NPRM to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) at the White House for one final interagency review. This means that a final small UAS rule is coming soon. This also means that now is the last opportunity to influence the rule before it is released. [Read more…]
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.
The FAA started posting amendments on 3/7/2016 which are different from what the FAA has been previously doing. In the past, the FAA was granting amendments to petitions to add aircraft or to add on closed-set TV/movie filming. This created a super backlog because many of the petitioners were repeats. [Read more…]
The millions of miles high tension lines in the US are very time consuming and dangerous to inspect. These lines need yearly inspections and currently the only reliable method is via helicopter or very slow moving “line bots.” That’s all about to change in the near future. [Read more…]
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…]
Learn to fly a drone or enhance your videography skills at the 3rd annual NAB 2016 Aerial Videography Field Workshops in the Nelson Nevada Ghost Town. It’s a great way to get hands-on instruction, improve your flying/shooting skills and get your questions answered in person by some of the top flight trainers in the country. You can even bring your own drone and get some help in understanding it better or how to improve on its performance. Whether you’re a beginner who has never touched the controls of a quadcopter or an experienced pilot who wants help getting better photos or video shots, or to learn more about flying commercially, then these live hands-on workshops are the perfect way to kick off your NAB Show 2016 experience! [Read more…]
Of all the professions or industries in the world, the one society can ill afford to lose is agriculture. Without food society cannot exist, especially in cities. The reason cities are becoming larger and larger is due to the efficiency of farmers and ranchers the world over. There is a huge disconnect however between agriculturists and their city cousins that creates a detrimental atmosphere for farmers and ranchers to do their job. Pressures placed on agriculture, either realized or unrealized has created a rift to protecting the most essential industry I love… agriculture. [Read more…]