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December 12, 2018

Going Beyond Visual Line Of Sight (BVLOS)

Beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) is the most talked about concept in the commercial-drone world today—and for good reason. Many of the most lucrative opportunities for introducing drones into real-world commercial use are based on inspecting and gathering data over large swaths of land, such as railroads, utility lines, […]
December 12, 2018
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A Day In the Life of a Commercial Drone Operator

Within the past few years, drones have become just another tool in the toolbox for movie creators, both big and small. The next time you finish watching your favorite feature film or TV show, pay attention to the credits at the end. More than likely, you will see the names […]
December 7, 2018

Graupner Droneball Sweeper — Review Coming Soon!

We just received the new Rotorball Sweeper quadcopter from Graupner USA. This fun and unusual rotordrone is very rugged and crash proof with its built-in dome like cage. Ideal for the beginner as well as experienced drone pilots, the Sweeper is about the size of a basketball. Watch for a […]
November 30, 2018

6 Drone Startups To Follow In 2019

The following is a guest post by Mark Sheehan, founder of My Drone Authority. Drone companies have come and gone over the past few years. Many notable ones left us in 2018, including Airware, which unexpectedly shut down in September. Others aren’t gone for good, but left us in the […]
November 29, 2018

DJI Osmo Pocket Is An Adorably Tiny Gimbal Camera

The DJI Osmo Pocket is a teeny, tiny, gimbal camera that shoots 4K footage, and it’s only a few hundred dollars. The Chinese manufacturer known for its drones, including the Mavic, Phantom and Spark, today launched the DJI Osmo Pocket. The Osmo is a lineup of 3-axis gimbal stabilized handheld […]
November 17, 2018

Why The Australian Military Is Making A Big Bet On Drone Racing

This article was originally written by Sally French for Slate. As first published in Slate’s Future Tense: In 2017, the Australian military drone-racing team made its competitive debut during the Australian Drone Nationals. Given the technology’s long history within the military, you might think they would have an edge. But that’s […]
November 5, 2018

Fluidity Technologies FT Aviator Drone Controller

Drone pilots, from commercial experts to novices, can now increase their flight precision and improve their image/video quality with a first-of-its-kind single-handed controller from Fluidity Technologies. The FT Aviator drone controller was conceptualized and designed by former NASA  astronaut, pilot and physician Scott Parazynski, who has applied spaceflight and robotics […]
November 3, 2018

DJI Is Pretty Pissed About That Phantom 2 Drone Collision Research Video

Last month, the University of Dayton Research Institute (UDRI) released a video illustrating its research on the impact of a potential drone collision with manned aircraft. It’s a pretty alarming video that has conjured up frightening headlines that don’t exactly put anyone who has ever ridden in a manned aircraft at […]
October 31, 2018

Scottish Team Uses Drones for Mountain Rescues

Drones are taking life-saving in Scotland to pioneering new heights. For the newly-formed Search and Rescue Aerial Association Scotland (SARAA-Scotland) is to use the remote-controlled craft to save people who are lost, missing or injured. It is thought to be one of the most significant developments in mountain rescue since […]
October 20, 2018

These Freelance Drone Pilots Say They Make 6 Figures Annually: Here’s How

This article was originally written by Sally French for MarketWatch. As first published in MarketWatch: Looking for a gig that pays six figures? Consider being a freelance drone pilot. It worked for Andrew Dean, who had been working as a waiter after leaving his job with the U.S. Air Force. Four years […]
October 13, 2018

Wingsland Drones Emerge Onto Market With Range Of Toy, Camera Drones

Over the last few years, it’s no secret that the drone industry has been dominated by DJI. So just who are the other drone companies out there? This week, we’re looking at another company that has been around for a fair amount of time and is starting to step up […]
October 11, 2018
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Teen-led Company’s Flagship Teal One Drone Is Now On Sale, Two Years After Launch

When Teal made its public debut in the drone industry back in 2016, the company generated a lot of buzz. It was unusual in a lot of ways: the company was one of the few drone manufacturers based in the U.S. (Teal is headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah with […]
October 10, 2018

Getting Great Aerial Shots Over Water

Very early on, I became fascinated with the possibility of using drones to create island-wide panoramas and unique perspectives of the beautiful Hawaiian Islands. I learned some hard lessons about how to research and prepare for each flight, when I would fly my drone into the very unforgiving environment of […]
October 10, 2018
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Disney’s Spray Painting Drones

We’ve seen some pretty interesting work come out of Disney Research in the past, like techniques for digitally recreating teeth, makeup-projecting lamps, a group AR experience and a stick-like robot that can perform backflips. One of its latest projects is PaintCopter — a drone that can autonomously spray paint both […]
October 5, 2018

Drone Travel Tips From A Pilot Who Has Flown Her Drone In Over 20 Countries

Meet Heather Butler, a drone pilot who started flying a few years ago, and for the last 13 months has been living out of a suitcase traveling the world and flying her DJI Mavic Pro. She shares her tips for traveling the world with a drone. Do you know an […]