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Drone, Drone on the Range!

Drone, Drone on the Range!

  The first FAA-approved drone test range located on sovereign Native American territory This summ er, 10,000 years of history and culture met the cutting edge of the next great technological revolution in the high desert of central Oregon. “What we’re creating here is a destination training center,” said Aurolyn Stwyer, the Test Range Manager […]
Kitty Hawk Flyer

Kitty Hawk Flyer

Want to fly your own drone, now you can with the Kitty Hawk Flyer.   This bird was unveiled in April and will be available by the end of the year. No price has been announced but if you become a member of their community ($100 one time fee) you will get access to behind-the-scenes action, […]

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Raphael “Trappy” Pirker, midflight
in Venice. Testing and
incorporating new technology is
key to building better products,
but sometimes that involves
modifying what’s available—including
ski masks, apparently.

Aerial rebels with a cause

Raphael Pirker and Team BlackSheep Back in 2003, first-person view (FPV) was little more than a half-baked idea in the mind of a young Swiss- Austrian student studying at the University of Zurich. But it was a potent mixture of “why not” attitude, plenty of spare time, and living in a scenic area that led […]
Five valuable lessons learned about drones in Mining

Five valuable lessons learned about drones in Mining

This is the third in a new series of Drone Analyst white papers intended to share lessons learned within specific industries. These reports will help you as a business owner in those industries maximize the value that drones can deliver. This year we are building on the analysis we did for the 2016 “Truth About” […]

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GoPro Karma, will it be the most versatile drone yet?

GoPro Karma, will it be the most versatile drone yet?

GoPro just announced its long-awaited (and long-delayed) flying camera platform: Karma. The folding drone comes in a backpack and features a removable stabilizer as well as a simple controller with a built-in display. It all costs $800 and will be available in a month. Depending on who is looking at it, it is very cool […]
Commerical UAVs: what you need to know

Commerical UAVs: what you need to know

Essential info for anyone looking to fly a UAV for commercial purposes under Part 107 On August 29th, 2016 the commercial drone industry changed forever. That’s the day the new Small UAS Rule, aka Part 107, went into effect. Although the details around Part 107 were announced back in June, August 29th represents a critical moment […]

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Flying Close to Airports

Flying Close to Airports

How do I know if I am flying my drone too close to an airport?   Answer: In a perfect world, all of your flight planning should be done well ahead of time. Finding out if you are near an airport environment should be your first priority. According to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), hobbyists who want to fly drones […]
Pilot training, does it help?

Pilot training, does it help?

How would pilot training help me fly my drone more safely?   Answer: Every day, we see new products and new technology that promise to improve flight safety. Despite all these advancements, one thing remains the same: the human factor. In the world of manned aviation, the human factor leads to errors and accounts for […]

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Drone Flying Erratically, what could cause that?

Drone Flying Erratically, what could cause that?

Question: I was flying my drone the other day when it started flying erratically. What could have caused that?   Answer: Experiencing a sudden loss of control while flying your drone is not uncommon. Sometimes while navigating your drone, you might have seen it drift in the opposite direction and fly erratically. If your drone refuses to respond to your […]
FPV Essentials – The Pilots View

FPV Essentials – The Pilots View

I’m sure that most of us have wished that there was a way to shrink ourselves down so that we could just hop on our multirotor and go fly it around. Unfortunately, that technology isn’t quite here yet, but luckily there is something that’s almost as good: first-person-view (FPV) flight. Within the last couple of years, the explosion of […]
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