All drones have to take off and land, so what is sitting under them will make a difference in the long run. Senior Editor, John Reid, talks about what you should know and have at your takeoff and landing locations.
Finding the right position to stand when flying your drone can make the difference between a great aerial video and a crashed drone. Here are a few quick tips on finding the perfect location to make it easy to see your drone and any obstacles that may hinder your flight.
FAA Registration Required! Congress has just finalized legislation that will reverse the earlier court ruling in the John Taylor case that restores the FAA’s UAS registration requirement, and on December 12, 2017, President Trump signed the legislation into law. This legislation—the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018— requires pilots of drones and RC aircraft to register with the FAA at registermyuas.faa.gov and pay a $5 fee. If you already registered, you will not have to […]
Here are some more winners from the Inaugural Los Angeles Drone Film Festival that was this past weekend. WINNER of the EXTREME SPORTS CATEGORY UNITED WE RIDE Amanda West of Four oh Four Film Factory WINNER of FEATURING DRONES CATEGORY MERRY CRASHMAS This is Tilt & Animasjonsdepartementet Merry Crashmas from This Is Tilt on Vimeo. WINNER […]
The Academy of Model Aeronautics is now serving the commercial drone community and pilots by offering membership benefits for those who fly for business. Now AMA members can purchase commercial drone insurance at a special low rate. “For more than 40 years, AMA has provided its members with liability insurance for recreational flying. Our new […]
When first starting out as a commercial unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) operator, many business owners and pilots do not know where to begin to locate an insurance provider. Many “standard” insurance companies do not insure—and may specifically exclude from their policies—an unmanned aircraft system (UAS). To properly insure your commercial operations, start by contacting aviation-specific […]
Expert keys to a successful small business As the demand for the unique capabilities of drones soars ever higher, even as the advances in drone tech lower the barriers to meeting those demands, the chance for pilots to turn their skills and enthusiasm for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) into business opportunities is exploding. But with […]
Precision agriculture gets a boost from multirotors Here at the Roswell Flight Test Crew, we typically focus on the “sexy” applications for rotor drones: flying a First-Person View (FPV) machine over a burning building to support firefighters battling the blaze on the ground below, or using an aerial cinema rig to capture a dynamic shot […]
One simple pro mod for better aerial images Multirotors and sports cameras are very nearly synonymous at this point in time. The popularity of one has undoubtedly boosted the popularity of the other. I bought my first DJI Phantom in part because I already owned a GoPro and wanted to see if I could make […]
There is no denying that the consumer 3D printer is quickly coming of age. There is growing competition among companies to find new and less expensive ways of automating the process of making real world objects out of virtual ones. But while for some companies the imperative is to improve quality and performance, others focus […]