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New FAA Recreational Drone Operator Test

New FAA Recreational Drone Operator Test

The FAA has announced a list of approved organization to administer a recreational drone test, designed to provide recreational drone pilots with “aeronautical safety knowledge and an overview of the rules for operating drones in the National Airspace System,” says the FAA press release: All recreational flyers must pass an aeronautical knowledge and safety test […]
Sony Airpeak S1

Sony Airpeak S1

The Airpeak S1 is still under development, but Sony has announced some information before their fall launch. It’s a larger aircraft, similar in size and shape to the DJI Inspire 2, but with more power for beefier payloads, quicker acceleration, and full remote camera control. Onboard cameras map the surrounding environment to brake when obstacles […]

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Mid-Air at the Beach

Mid-Air at the Beach

It isn’t all aerial imaging and crop surveys; sometimes, people use drones to do bad things. Through a partnership with DroneSec—a private drone security intelligence firm with offices in Australia and Singapore—RotorDrone Pro is able to offer these briefings regarding the nefarious use of small UAS worldwide. A Bad Day at the Beach Incident Type: […]
Counting Penguins

Counting Penguins

Counting penguins is harder than it sounds. With freezing rain, snow, and chilling winds that limit the flight windows for the surveys, it takes scientists using three full days to map the location of 300,000 nesting pairs of Adélie penguins on Antarctica’s Cape Crozier. Now, UgCS software by SPH Engineering has helped scientists to cut […]

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Getting Started in Drone Photography

Getting Started in Drone Photography

In this article, I’ll share with you some of my experiences doing drone photography with my new flying camera. I learned on a DJI Mavic Pro, but the principles here apply to any newer camera drone as well. You’ll see how learning to use and fly a drone can help you improve all your photography […]
Augmented Reality: A benefit or a burden for drone operators?

Augmented Reality: A benefit or a burden for drone operators?

The next time you are out flying, ask yourself: what am I looking at? According to a study by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, there’s a pretty good chance that it isn’t your drone—but augmented reality has the potential to help you do a better job of focusing on your aircraft, which is really important, as this […]

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DJI FPV Drone

DJI FPV Drone

DJI’s new cinematic first-person view drone, aptly named “FPV,” comes bundled with DJI’s goggles and a controller for the price of $1,299. The DJI press release notes that it’s suitable for FPV professionals and newcomers to FPV. With 20-minute flight times, the new FPV has a 1/2.3-inch sensor and can film 4K at 60fps and […]
You Can Be a Drone Test Administrator

You Can Be a Drone Test Administrator

Collaborate with the FAA on an exciting new program to help recreational flyers fly safely! Today, the FAA opened applications for people interested in serving as test administrators for The Recreational UAS Safety Test (TRUST). The test offers recreational flyers safety training tips, best practices and educational resources. We encourage eligible candidates to apply before […]

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

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

Gaining buy-in from your executive team is an essential first step that can make or break any company’s drone program. While a boots on the ground professional or a business manager is interested in new use cases, increased efficiency, hiring pilots, and processing data, your executives may not care about any of those things until […]
Rules & Regulations: A history of drone laws in the United States

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

Editor’s Note: In May 2020, the American Bar Association held its 34th Land Use Institute—an annual forum aimed at educating attorneys, planners, and government officials about recent developments in the law regarding zoning, permitting, property development, conservation, and environmental protection. With the increasing use of drones to address many of these questions, as well as […]
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