Antonelli Law Successfully Defends Part 107 Pilot in Chicago Drone Ordinance Case

Good news for all drone pilots   By Jeffrey Antonelli In June, licensed drone pilot Jerrick Hakim flew his DJI Inspire 2 for one solitary flight on Chicago’s lakefront. A slow, cinematic flight, the drone flew above Lake Michigan perhaps several hundred feet from shore. After about 15 minutes, the professional photographer landed his drone […]

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UAV Education Programs Reach New Heights

We devote pages and pages in every issue of RotorDrone to the ever-expanding role that unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) of all types play in our world. Much of our focus is recreational, but increasingly you see us documenting (and celebrating!) the commercial, environmental, and public-safety advancements that drones are ushering in. UAS is far and […]

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A Guide to NOTAMs, TFRs and Airspace Classification

If flying a drone/UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) commercially under Part 107 of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) rules is your first foray into the aviation world, the alphabet soup of information you need to know can be intimidating. Reading sectional charts or deciphering NOTAMs (Notices to Airmen) and TFRs (Temporary Flight Restrictions) can send chills […]

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UAS for Search and Rescue

Looking through the Trees When an autistic 11-year-old on his bike went missing with his dad’s rifle this past August, Alaska State Troopers had a problem. They couldn’t activate their normal search-and-rescue protocols because a gun was involved; they didn’t want to take a chance of putting search crews in danger. They instead called the […]

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Have DartGun, Will Travel!

South Africa’s Super Drone Advanced drones armed with double-barrel dart guns—that sounds like a scifi movie if ever I heard one. But it’s true—and not in a sinister way. In fact, such helpful drones could actually be coming to the United States very soon. The aptly named DartGun is the latest development from Haevic, a […]

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Composition Aerial Photography

Taking photos from dizzying heights doesn’t necessarily mean that they will be interesting or effective. Once you’ve located yourself on a high altitude with a drone, aimlessly shooting will not guarantee you any visually pleasing results. In fact, the most common problem I’ve observed with amateur photographers is that, once they’ve made their drone airborne, […]

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DRL Racer sets new world speed record!

Earlier this month, the Drone Racing League (DRL) set a world record while testing one of their new racing drones! With a top speed of 163.5mph, the 1.76-pound DRL RacerX set the Guinness World Record for the Fastest Ground Speed by a battery-powered remote-controlled quadcopter.  Drones used for the DRL racing league are all build by hand, just […]

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Intro to Thermal Imageing

See the World in a Different Light   Equipping your drone with a thermal-imaging camera is exactly the same as mounting an ordinary visible-light camera, with one crucial difference: the wavelengths of the photons its sensor detects. Apart from that, everything else works exactly the same, even though you are seeing the world in a […]

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ImiTec’s Radiation-Mapping Drones

At 3:46 p.m. (local time) on March 11, 2011, a 14-meter, earthquake-triggered tsunami hit land in Japan. Unfortunately for the residents of Fukushima Prefecture, it struck the coastal nuclear-power station, Fukushima Daiichi, causing huge volumes of radiation to be released into the environment. The disaster was quickly compared in scale to that of the 1986 […]

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Getting Your First Pair of Drone Goggles

The Question:  I am getting ready to buy my first pair of drone goggles. What should I look for so that I don’t have to upgrade in the very near future? Answer: First-person-view (FPV) goggles enable drone enthusiasts to experience a first-person view in exciting new ways. When drone pilots, whether professional or hobbyist, are […]

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Using Left- and Right-Hand Antennae

Some antennae have LHCP and other have RHCP. What does that mean? Can they be used together, and is one better than the other?   “LHCP” stands for “left-hand circular polarized,” and “RHCP” stands for “right-hand circular polarized.” A LHCP antenna will produce a left-hand corkscrew pattern from the wire lobes, and a RHCP antenna […]

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What to look for when choosing how to protect your drone

First and foremost, look for a drone case. It will give your drone the best all-around protection during storage and transport. Ideally, you want to find a case that’s designed specifically for your drone’s model; this ensures the best fit (and the best overall protection). Then you need to decide whether to go with a […]

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Cloverleaf and Helical antenna explained

A cloverleaf antenna is considered omnidirectional and a helical is directional. An omni-directional antenna sends and receives signals in all directions, so it’s a great choice for video transmitters. A helical antenna produces a cone-shaped signal in front of it and has a small pocket behind it to receive a signal. It will provide better […]

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Drone, Drone on the Range!

  The first FAA-approved drone test range located on sovereign Native American territory This summ er, 10,000 years of history and culture met the cutting edge of the next great technological revolution in the high desert of central Oregon. “What we’re creating here is a destination training center,” said Aurolyn Stwyer, the Test Range Manager […]

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Hollywood director using a drone for music video filming

Here is a good example of a Hollywood director using a drone to film a music video. Brad Byrd’s new music video “Highest Mountain” was shot and directed by Dylan Kussman (Dead Poets Society, Jack Reacher, X-men) using a DJI Zenmuse X5 Video Drone. All aerial footage was shot over the Los Angeles Mountains.

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