Source: Outside By: Kelley McMillan On a windy day in March, Warren Linde, Robert Blank, and Brent Holbrook, the co-founders of Mountain Drones, partnered with members of the Telluride Ski Patrol to fly a UAV loaded with mock explosives above a secret location outside of Telluride, Colorado. Mountain Drones makes UAVs for avalanche mitigation and the prototype in the air… Read more →
Thank you to Samantha Minton and the Traplet Publications team for sending us a copy of their latest multirotor magazine, RC Flight Camera Action. Live in the UK and want to learn more about the local UAV industry? You might want to check out RC Flight Camera Action, a hefty print magazine that aims to update and inform all users of… Read more →
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Source: Inverse By: Ben Guarino Dubai, with its Akira-in-the-desert buildings and Gulf Futurism ethos, is welcoming the UAV entertainment complex with open arms and a World Drone Prix. If the World Drone Prix announcement this weekend veered toward the grandiose (“Dubai is no longer a city that dreams the future. It is a city from the future”), the purse is… Read more →
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Source: The Verge By: Ben Popper The Chinese startup DJI has established itself as the world’s most popular brand of drone for consumers and cinematographers. Because its units are powerful enough for professionals but simple enough for beginners, it has also emerged as the number one choice of commercial operators applying for exemptions to fly in the US. And over… Read more →
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Source: Popular Mechanics By: David Hambling You’re more likely to see drones flying around rooftops than reindeer this Christmas. Camera-carrying multicopters were popular last Christmas, and this year sales are spiking even higher, with a million set to be sold during this holiday season. If that thought makes you cringe, then the man to blame is probably Frank Wang. He’s… Read more →
Source: sUAS News By: Colin Snow What a difference a year makes. Last year at this time, I reflected back on the news and trends of the commercial drone markets of 2014 and wrote about the mixed state of affairs in the U.S. Back then, drones got considerable media hype and you would have thought that drones could do anything… Read more →
Source: Bidness Etc By: Larry Darrell GoPro Inc. (NASDAQ:GPRO) is set to launch its first-ever drone-based camera device, which we now know will be called “Karma.” The device was rumored to be in production since around 2014, and will mark the company’s entry into the fast-growing consumer drone market. However, the company—whose stock has tumbled recently—is in for some intense… Read more →
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Well folks, it’s happening. Starting Monday, 12/21/15, U.S. pilots are required to register their model aircraft (drones/multirotors/UAVs) with the FAA. I hopped on a call with Jake Efstration over at DroneTech to chat about how this is all going to look. We’re steering clear of opinions, of which I have many, and just sticking to the facts. Watch this video and… Read more →
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Source: TechCrunch By: Cat Zakrzewski Parrot on Tuesday unveiled its Bebop Drone 2, a smaller version of its popular consumer model that has a 25-minute battery life — twice that of its predecessor. The Bebop 2 will hit stores and the skies on December 14 and retail at $550. Like the first Bebop drone, this model will be able to… Read more →
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Source: TechCrunch By: Matt Burns Flying a drone can be tough. Where are you allowed to fly? Is there an airport within 5 miles? What about a hospital or U.S. national park that has restricted airspace? AirMap is one of the best services to determine a safe flying zone and its data will now be built into the 3DR Solo… Read more →
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Source: sUAS News DJI, the world leader in drone technology, Tuesday announced a new geofencing system featuring continually updated airspace information. Geospatial Environment Online (GEO) will provide DJI drone users with up-to-date guidance on locations where flight may be restricted by regulation or raise safety concerns. For the first time, drone operators will have, at the time of flight, access… Read more →
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Yuneec Announces Collaboration with Ocean Alliance to Aid Groundbreaking Whale Research Typhoon and Tornado Multicopters Will Collect Data By Flying Into “Cloud of Snot” ONTARIO, Calif. (November 16, 2015) – Yuneec International, the world leader in electric aviation, today announced an exciting collaboration with Ocean Alliance, an organization dedicated to promoting ocean and human health. Ocean Alliance will use Yuneec’s… Read more →
Source: DIGITAL TRENDS By: Chloe Olewitz Although drone technology has come a long way in the past few years, a common obstacle among the many new designs is the need to land. Currently, drones are more or less required to come down to Earth for a recharge after a certain length of time — but Boston-based UAV upstart CyPhy Works… Read more →
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Source: arstechnica By: Cyrus Farivar Local media reported Wednesday evening that a drone crashed into the Seattle Great Wheel, then crashed through a plastic dining table on a patio nearby. Drone bounced off the great wheel and smashed through a plastic table pic.twitter.com/TmMvVAmLEJ — Henry Rosoff (@HenryKIRO7) November 12, 2015 The incident at the local Ferris wheel took place just… Read more →
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Source: Reuters By: David Morgan The DJI Phantom 3, a consumer drone, takes flight after it was unveiled at a launch event in Manhattan, New York April 8, 2015. A federal task force is expected to recommend a Web-based registry for drone owners that would impose no registration fees, two people familiar with the matter said on Friday. The 25-member… Read more →
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Source: Business Insider By: Matt Weinberger Capt. Ryan Jodoi, a UAV pilot, flies an MQ-9 Reaper while Airman 1st Class Patrick Snyder controls a full motion video camera at Kandahar Air Base, Afghanistan, March 13, 2009, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. If you’re ready to fly the Google skies, the search giant is hiring test pilots for its two… Read more →
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THANK YOU. So, it’s been a little over a year since I launched UAV Coach, and while I’ve been fortunate enough to communicate with so many of you one-on-one, either over the phone or via email, I still felt like I didn’t really know you. Where you’re from. What you fly. Why you’re all here and what you’re hoping to get… Read more →
Today, Yuneec’s Typhoon family has a new addition: the ActionCam, a handheld gimbal and camera built to produce professional quality video content for all of life’s spontaneous moments. Whether you are at the beach, riding a skateboard, or filming your kids opening presents, the ActionCam ensures ground shots are as smooth as the ones taken from the air. The ActionCam comes… Read more →
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“Worldwide, about a third of all crops are destroyed. It’s easy to blame bugs, but really, a lack of information is destroying these plants.” Nikhil Vadhavkar, CEO Raptor Maps And it’s that lack of information that’s vital to a farmer. Crop disease, pests, weeds, and weather damage are just a few areas where timely data can help save large swaths of… Read more →
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Source: SkyPixels On the occasion of SkyPixel’s one year anniversary, we’re celebrating our community’s incredible creativity with the 2015 SkyPixel Photo Contest. With this competition, we aim to show the world why aerial imaging is the next evolution of photographic art, and highlight new talent with our platform. As the world’s largest contest dedicated to aerial photography, the 2015 SkyPixel… Read more →
The below post comes from Merryn Wilderspin, one of our UAV Boot Camp students and a UK-based drone pilot finishing up her CAA training in order to get her Permission For Aerial Work (PFAW) license. You can learn more about Merryn on her website, Ashcroft Interactive. Well it’s now November already and I’ve been flying a DJI Phantom 3… Read more →
Source: Cedar Valley BUSINESS (monthly online) By: Jim Offner Jonathan Zeissler, owner of Illuminate Home Inspections, uses a drone in his business. Jonathan Zeissler thought it odd that a house could pass an inspection, even if it had a bad roof. “I know first-hand, I’ve had the paid inspector come out and didn’t inspect my roof because it was too… Read more →
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Source: sUAS News By: Colin Snow These days it seems just about anyone can get an FAA Section 333 Exemption that allows them to legally use small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) for commercial purposes in the U.S. As of October 20, 2015, almost 71% of all Section 333 grants have gone to firms claiming that their primary operation/mission is Film/Photo/Video… Read more →
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White Paper Published by Global Aerospace, Inc. and Dentons A guide for companies seeking professional drone services and drone companies looking to safely and legally transact business Parsippany, New Jersey – Numerous businesses today are choosing to outsource their drone operations to professional operators. This is one of the significant observations in a new white paper, “Contracting With and Between… Read more →
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Professional drone pilot or company looking to build a UAV program internally? It’s probably a good idea to get drone insurance. You know, since you’re effectively bringing a flying lawnmower into the sky each time you take-off with a multirotor system. Thing is, for the longest time none of the larger insurance companies wanted to touch an unmanned aerial system liability… Read more →
Earlier this year, GoPro announced plans to release a quadcopter in the first half of 2016. The above video was captured with a developmental prototype of GoPro’s quadcopter and stabilization system. No post-production stabilization was implemented; this is an example of the incredible image quality GoPro is already able to capture at this advanced prototype stage. Remember, the GoPro drone is… Read more →
Source: Outside By: Anna Callaghan In 2010, Jackson Hole ski patroller Mark “Big Wally” Wolling was using hand charges to set off controlled avalanches when the slope above him broke free. He was carried over a cliff, buried, and died three days later. Though it’s rare for the job to be fatal—since 2009, one ski patroller has died each year… Read more →
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Source: Computerworld By: Michael deAgonia Aerial video and photography is growing ever more popular as UAVs — Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, better known as “drones” — become easier to control and fly. These days, drone come in all shapes, sizes, and configurations, with most designs falling under the quad-copter format. Most UAVs worth their money pretty much fly themselves, unlike radio-controlled… Read more →
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Source: The Guardian Three British companies have teamed up to create an anti-drone ‘death ray’. The device uses a directional antenna to ‘shoot’ interference at a remote-operated drone, causing it to fall from the sky. Engineered by UK firms Blighter, Enterprise and Chess, the device is distributed in the US by Colorado-based Liteye, which hopes to sell it to the… Read more →
Source: The Atlantic Civilian drone technology has outpaced government regulations, as Amanda Ripley explains in her Atlantic story, “Playing Defense Against the Drones.” What are the pressures that drone enthusiasts feel to cultivate their love of flying robots responsibly? We went inside the world of drone-racers to get their perspective: “We know we’re ambassadors,” says Dale Settle in this documentary by The… Read more →
Source: MOTHERBOARD By: JASON KOEBLER Tuesday, the Federal Aviation Administration hit a Chicago-based aerial photography company with an unprecedented $1.9 million fine for flying drones unsafely over the course of some 65 unauthorized flights in crowded airspace. For many drone pilots, the news was unexpected and raised two important questions: How did the FAA conduct its investigation, and are there… Read more →
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On October 19th, 2015 at 12:30am ET, the Department of Transportation (DOT) and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) held a press conference concerning a new announcement on the future of small unmanned aerial vehicle regulations. Also present? Representatives from AMA, AUVSI, APOA, PrecisionHawk, AirMap, and a handful of other organizations. I tuned into the live press release as it streamed online to… Read more →
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Handheld mini GPS-tracking device provides one-handed flight control for Typhoon series of drones. ONTARIO, CA (October 13, 2015) – Yuneec International, the world leader in electric aviation, today announced the launch of the Typhoon Wizard, an ultra-lightweight remote control that will revolutionize the way multicopters are flown. The ultra-lightweight and compact Typhoon Wizard allows users to pilot their Typhoon multicopter… Read more →
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Hexo+ Drone is the first autonomous flying system, and it’s getting very close to shipping; it’s scheduled to be available in October. Some footage from Xavier De Le Rue in Alaska: The project started off as a Kickstarter campaign, raised over $1.3m USD and funded by more than 2,000 backers from across the world. It was so successful that it… Read more →
Meet James Crawshaw. I asked James if I could feature his aerial videography work in an interview here, because I liked the footage he sent me, and he’s setting a great example as far as safety and professionalism and getting into the UAV industry the right way. James pilots a DJI Inspire 1 and originally got into the UAV industry with… Read more →
Aviator launches a platform to fill the need of professional drone pilots getting found, booked and paid by clients. A fully-featured dashboard helps you strengthen the credibility of your profile. You can maintain your drone fleet, log historical flights, and discuss a project’s scope with potential clients. The payment processing is also handled for you, so that you always… Read more →
Source: Boston Herald By: Brian Dowling A fleet of self-flying drones is being developed by local researchers that could soon swoop around wildfires and gather invaluable real-time intelligence for fire crews battling out-of-control blazes. Professors from Olin College and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are working on the autonomous drones with Woburn’s Scientific Systems Company under a NASA contract designed… Read more →
Source: FreeSkies By: Jay MENLO PARK – Available Oct 1st on the App Store, the FreeSkies CoPilot app will offer DJI Phantom 3 and Inspire 1 owners an intuitive way to visualize and plan flight paths in 3D, enabling commercial drone pilots and hobbyists to safely and reliably capture high quality video. CoPilot leverages the new 3D flyover capabilities, unique to… Read more →
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Startup Emerges Stealth with Products using AI on Sensor Data LAS VEGAS (October 4, 2015) – Commercial UAV Expo, Las Vegas, Nev. – Reality Analytics, Inc. today announced UAV Sensor RevolutionTM, a set of tools for drone companies and operators to detect and classify terrain, identify ground features and calculate key measures. These tools were originally created for the US… Read more →
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Demonstrator technology takes to the skies to collect data for field trials. Following the revelation that English Premiership football club Everton FC is using drones to monitor player training sessions, it seems there’s nothing these Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) aren’t being primed to do: everything from delivering post (and pizza!) to security, defence and recording home movies and major sporting… Read more →
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Submission Date: 17.09.2015 Summary: Bathawk Recon, a Tanzanian UAV Anti Poaching surveillance company, has hosted UAV trials at Mkomazi National Park. The trials featured the American made Super Bat DA-50 and were held on the 12th to the 16th September. They were set up to determine if the gas powered long endurance drone could meet Bathawk’s anti poaching concept requirements.… Read more →
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Source: Behance (Hat tip to USAToyz.com for the find) By: Fraser Leid Introducing the Tesla Drone: A Unique Reinterpretation of Drone Ingenuity. The common issue with personal drones today is their lack of battery capacity, which in turn, limits their flight time to 20 minutes and their charging time to an hour. With that in mind, I associated the drone… Read more →
Source: The Cam Critic By: Brandon With talk of China’s slowing economy and talks of a trade war between China and the US intensifying, we decided to take a look at the state of consumer drone manufacturing in each country to see who is currently on top. The answer may surprise you… Read more →
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Been looking to pick up one of the UAV industry’s hottest new drone models? You’re in the right place! In this limited-time raffle, we’re bringing you a ready-to-fly GHOST Aerial Drone from Ehang, valued at $799. (Note: Big discount over at Value Basket for $469.99) Ehang just raised $42M in funding and is making waves in the UAV industry. We’re beyond… Read more →
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Source: ADVENTURE JOURNAL By: STEVE CASIMIRO It fits in a daypack, weighs about a pound, costs the same as a Phantom, and won’t chop your finger off. Much as the DJI Phantom is changing the landscape of aerial photography, it makes the noise of a flying weed whacker and, with its exposed propellers, sometimes seems about as safe. If a… Read more →
Source: POPULAR SCIENCE By: Kelsey D. Atherton Know Before You Fly Video Still Drones are more common than ever, but the rules governing drones don’t come included in the packaging of quadcopters, so it can be a little tricky to figure out how, exactly, one can fly without breaking the law. “Know Before You Fly” is a campaign launched by… Read more →
Source: Silicon Valley Business Journal By: Gina Hall Google and Amazon have helped to halt a California bill that might have grounded their ambitious drone programs. California Governor Jerry Brown vetoed the latest drone bill on Wednesday evening. The legislation, which passed both California houses in August, would have banned unmanned aircraft from flying 350 above property without the property… Read more →
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Last week, I was fortunate enough to attend InterDrone 2015, the world’s largest commercial drone industry event. I represented the good ‘ole UAV Coach team, one of 150 media partners present. Tack on another 75+ exhibiting companies, three days of speakers, a film festival, and 3,000 attendees, and you’ve got yourself a whopping-fun get together of drone geeks. Wanted to… Read more →
Source: REUTERS By: David Morgan A police helicopter flies past a UAV drone Quadcopter which in west Baltimore, Maryland May 2, 2015. The Federal Aviation Administration on Wednesday named two new officials to lead its effort to incorporate commercial unmanned aerial systems, or drones, into the U.S. airspace. Hoot Gibson, an aviation expert who has been involved in development of… Read more →
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High-end aerial and ground capturing solution pairs perfectly with the all-new CGO4 professional gimbal camera. LAS VEGAS (September 10, 2015) – Yuneec International, the world leader in electric aviation, today announced the launch of the Tornado H920 hexacopter and the CGO4 professional gimbal camera. The Tornado H920, the first release from the highly-anticipated Tornado series, is an aerial photography and videography… Read more →
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