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Drone Defender

Drone Defender

A conversation with 3D Robotics’ Colin Guinn Currently the chief revenue officer at 3D Robotics (3DR), Colin Guinn is a major advocate of the drone industry and has held positions at DJI North America and testified before Congress. He paused from his busy schedule at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Show in Las Vegas, […]
Monitoring Arctic Sea Ice

Monitoring Arctic Sea Ice

Flying the Ptarmigan hexacopter in challenging conditions Springtime in northern Alaska is the right time for a whale hunt. Vast sheets of sea ice crumble together into huge masses that grind into the ocean floor, anchoring it for a time. To get to open water to hunt whales, Inupiat whaling crews will break miles of […]

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FAA Administrator Michael Huerta to Deliver Keynote at InterDrone

FAA Administrator Michael Huerta to Deliver Keynote at InterDrone

BZ Media LLC today announced that Michael P. Huerta, administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration, will give the Grand Opening Keynote address at InterDrone, September 6 at 10:00 am. He will be joined at InterDrone by a high-level lineup of commercial drone thought leaders who will frame the state of the industry at the conference, […]
UAS for Search and Rescue

UAS for Search and Rescue

Looking through the Trees When an autistic 11-year-old on his bike went missing with his dad’s rifle this past August, Alaska State Troopers had a problem. They couldn’t activate their normal search-and-rescue protocols because a gun was involved; they didn’t want to take a chance of putting search crews in danger. They instead called the […]

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Have DartGun, Will Travel!

Have DartGun, Will Travel!

South Africa’s Super Drone Advanced drones armed with double-barrel dart guns—that sounds like a scifi movie if ever I heard one. But it’s true—and not in a sinister way. In fact, such helpful drones could actually be coming to the United States very soon. The aptly named DartGun is the latest development from Haevic, a […]
The Drone Racing League (DRL) built the fastest racing drone, DRL RacerX (PRNewsfoto/Drone Racing League)

DRL Racer sets new world speed record!

Earlier this month, the Drone Racing League (DRL) set a world record while testing one of their new racing drones! With a top speed of 163.5mph, the 1.76-pound DRL RacerX set the Guinness World Record for the Fastest Ground Speed by a battery-powered remote-controlled quadcopter.  Drones used for the DRL racing league are all build by hand, just […]

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The Modern Blanket Toss

The Modern Blanket Toss

Drones in the Alaska Classroom On a dirt runway 60 miles outside of Fairbanks, Alaska, Wally Flynn kneels over a DJI Phantom drone. He checks its gimbals, notes the conditions of the propellers and the camera attachment, listens for any alert sounds, and backs away. At each step, he recites what he has just done, […]
ImiTec’s Radiation-Mapping Drones

ImiTec’s Radiation-Mapping Drones

At 3:46 p.m. (local time) on March 11, 2011, a 14-meter, earthquake-triggered tsunami hit land in Japan. Unfortunately for the residents of Fukushima Prefecture, it struck the coastal nuclear-power station, Fukushima Daiichi, causing huge volumes of radiation to be released into the environment. The disaster was quickly compared in scale to that of the 1986 […]

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The Drone Cowboys

The Drone Cowboys

Recently, we got a chance to talk to Nick Swartzendruber, who owns a successful drone company out of California: Drone Cowboys. Nick is also a part-time drone instructor at Drone Universities, which helps new pilots prepare for the FAA 107 test. Nick tells us a little about his company and what it is like behind […]
Get your $5 back from the FAA

Get your $5 back from the FAA

  Now that drone pilots no longer have to register with the FAA, for those of you who did register, you can opt to delete your registration and receive a refund for the $5 fee you paid.  According to the FAA website, “If you are an owner operating exclusively in compliance with section 336 and […]
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