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My Blue Valentine: A cold day and a hard choice

Eyes Over the World: Aerial photo secrets from around the globe

Rules & Regulations: A history of drone laws in the United States

Ready, Set, Launch! 30 pro tips to incorporate drones into your business

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My Blue Valentine: A cold day and a hard choice

My Blue Valentine: A cold day and a hard choice

Pilot Report As a pilot, the most important decision you will ever make is whether or not to go flying in the first place. When you commit a machine to the air, the only absolute guarantee you have is that it will return to the ground, and where, when, and how are variables that you […]
NO HUMANS REQUIRED!

NO HUMANS REQUIRED!

In the first approval of its kind, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is allowing American Robotics to operated automated drones without human operators on site. The company’s Scout System features advanced acoustic Detect-and-Avoid technology that enables its drones to maintain a safe distance from other aircraft at all times. By developing a layered, redundant system […]

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ABCs of UAS

ABCs of UAS

Whether you’re dealing with the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) or a RPIC (Remote Pilot In Command), it’s important to know what the dozens of acronyms in U.S. aerospace mean. Here’s a rundown of the most common ones you’ll come across. AAO: Acronym for “Authorized Area of Operation” A volume of airspace that will require aircraft […]
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My mission here was to capture the beautiful contrasting colors and textures of the lily pads, water, and wharf. Hence, I decided to elevate the drone to about 45 to 60 feet as it allowed me encapsulate every part of the scene I wanted to. It also helped me crop out other potential distractions, such as grassy banks, that could have crept into the scene. Cropping out the grassy banks also added a dark sense of mystery. I also tilted the frame by positioning the wharf at 45 degrees just to break the overall horizontality of the composition.

The Art of a Drone Selfie

Generally speaking, I always thought of selfies as being harmless fun. However, the idea of people becoming obsessed with the manufacturing of their own self-portraits came across as somewhat narcissistic. Because of that I always steered away from taking pictures of myself, and never in a million years would I have imagined writing a feature […]

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Precision Agriculture: A Day on the Farm

Drones are often touted for their ability to benefit farmers through precision agriculture, but solving real-world problems requires a more carefully considered approach—and spinning propellers only represents a small fraction of the work to be done. Even within the professional uncrewed aircraft systems (UAS) industry, there is a tendency to regard precision agriculture applications as […]

FAA’s New Remote ID Rules

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today announced final rules for Unmanned Aircraft (UA), commonly known as drones. The new rules will require Remote Identification (Remote ID) of drones and allow operators of small drones to fly over people and at night under certain conditions. These rules come at a time when […]

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USAF Security Drones

USAF Security Drones

The 60th Air Mobility Wing, 60th Security Forces Squadron, in conjunction with  Easy Aerial, a commercial provider of autonomous drone-based monitoring solutions, has developed and deployed the first automated drone-based monitoring and perimeter security system for a United States Air Force (USAF) installation. The Smart Air Force Monitoring System (SAFMS) free-flight drone-in-a-box solution, along with […]
DroneSeed Replants Burned Forests

DroneSeed Replants Burned Forests

Seattle-based DroneSeed uses sUAS to reforest areas devastated by wildfires. Their 8-foot-span drones fly in groups of up to five drones, using preprogammed routes and dropping “seed vessels” into areas where they have the best chance of growing back. Each sUAS can carry as much as 57 pounds of seed vessels. DroneSeed CEO Grant Canary […]

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911 Drone Deployment

911 Drone Deployment

Archer Unmanned Air Systems (Archer UAS), technology company with a 911-integrated drone deployment system, has announced a partnership with RapidDeploy as part of its Lightning Partner Program. Archer’s lifesaving drone deployment software, Archer First Response Systems (AFRS), will be integrated into the RapidDeploy SaaS platform, enabling 911 agencies to better locate victims and dispatch time-sensitive, […]
LiDAR Mapping a Gold Mine

LiDAR Mapping a Gold Mine

When Consolidated Gold Mine in Dahlonega, Georgia, wanted to open more of its areas to public tours, they asked Inspired Intelligence, a family owned and operated drone business in Buford, Georgia, to help. Inspired Intelligence CEO and founder Nir Pe’er explained, “Besides drone technology, we also used new, amazing cutting-edge technology called LiDAR. We were […]
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