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February 3, 2021
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DJI Care Refresh Flyaway Coverage: Is It Worth It?

Worried that your drone will suddenly fall from your command and fly on its own, never to return? It’s a scary possibility, but the fact is that it is a possibility. Flyaways are never good. The drone will inevitably crash somewhere, which could create a dangerous situation on its own. […]
December 16, 2020
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DJI Mavic 2 Enterprise Advanced: Who it’s for and when you can get your hands on it

DJI’s newest drone is going all in on thermal an RGB sensors — a crucial component for use-cases like using drones for thermal inspections. DJI today launched the Mavic 2 Enterprise Advanced, improving on the Mavic 2 Enterprise which launched in 2018. With the Mavic 2 Enterprise Advanced, DJI improved […]
December 4, 2020

Altavian Acquisition Sets Stage For FLIR’s Move Deeper Into Drones

Thermal-sensor maker FLIR has long been one of the most important, drone-adjacent companies out there — providing the tech needed to enable drones to use thermal cameras for purposes like finding missing people in remote areas, sensing the hottest spots in fires, or testing solar panels, among other use-cases. But […]
November 19, 2020
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The Top Drone Manufacturers Of 2020

To probably no one’s surprise, the top commercial drone manufacturer of 2020 is DJI, which has an estimated 70-80% market share. The numbers are based on a report from German analytics firm Drone Industry Insights, which analyzed 430 global companies whose core business is to manufacture drones. “(DJI) is the […]
November 18, 2020

Flying Under the Midnight Sun – High Arctic drone operations

“This is a crevasse minefield!” yelled Louise. In flat light I was skiing in front, trying to pick the safest way forward. Bumps of blue glacier ice were all around me. My ski tails would settle, leaving behind holes of blackness. Louise moved left to avoid one of my holes. […]
November 18, 2020
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Drone Mapping Versus Terrestrial Laser Scanners

In the drone industry, it is taken nearly as gospel that small uncrewed aircraft systems (UAS) will allow people to do their jobs better, safer, and faster than whatever the traditional method happens to be—especially when it comes to public safety. However, if you are making decisions that have financial […]
November 18, 2020

Night Photography 101

Once you receive your daylight waiver from the FAA, no doubt you will be anxious to exercise your hard-won privilege. Night-time aerial photography is a great way to begin your exploration into darkness while capturing some dramatic images that you can add to your portfolio. From a photographer’s perspective, the […]
November 5, 2020
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DJI Mini 2 Maintains 249g Weight, While Improving On Video

DJI’s newest drone is a tie for smallest drone yet, but it wins the award for tiniest drone with 4K video. The DJI Mini 2 launched on Nov. 4 as an ultra-light (249 grams, to be exact), portable drone that’s capable of recording 4K video — particularly impressive given the […]
November 5, 2020

Amazing Aerials: Pro Photography Advice From The World’s Best

Aerial photos and videos produced using drones has developed into a major industry. There are literally thousands of enthusiasts snapping digital images with their drone hoping to turn their exciting pastime into a money making proposition. The cameras and equipment available today are top shelf and image quality is constantly […]
October 7, 2020
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10 Easy Steps to Better Aerial Photos

01. HDR merge your AEB shots for more dynamic range If you’ve read my 10 drone photography tips, you already know how to take AEB photos (Automatic Exposure Bracketing). In short this will take 5 photos instead of just one. 2 will be underexposed to include more details in the highlights […]
September 28, 2020

Real Estate Drones Get Their Moment With Coronavirus Restrictions

Can’t tour your future dream home in-person due to local limitations on real estate showings — or because you just don’t want to travel to see a potential home? Real estate drones can help. 45% of homebuyers said they made a bid on a home without first seeing it in […]
September 22, 2020

Starting a Drone Service Business – Ten Steps to Success

There are few events in your professional life more rewarding than starting your own business. The ability to take an idea and grow it into a thriving entity is a dream many people share. Unlike some business endeavors that require large amounts of capital or extensive training, drones offer a […]
September 22, 2020
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High-Risk Operations: Embry-Riddle bridge-inspection challenges

Pilot Report To any person who has ever uttered the phrase, “Those who can’t do, teach,” I’d like to extend an invitation: spend a day on the flight line with Dr. Scott Burgess of the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Worldwide Campus Department of Flight. For myself, I’ve always had the utmost […]
September 10, 2020

Flying After Dark

As a professional drone pilot, conquering the hours of darkness means acquiring new knowledge, thinking seriously about safety and clearing bureaucratic hurdles—but it opens up a whole new world that only a few have begun to explore. According to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), there are 180,000 certified commercial drone […]
September 10, 2020

Eyes Over the World: Aerial Photo Secrets from Around the Globe

Editor’s Note: Getting an aerial perspective on your subject is terrific, but it doesn’t guarantee that the resulting photograph will be interesting or engaging. Drone photographer Dirk Dallas knows what it takes to capture an image that stops viewers in their tracks, and his new coffee-table compilation of drone photos, […]