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Antonelli Law Successfully Defends Part 107 Pilot in Chicago Drone Ordinance Case

Antonelli Law Successfully Defends Part 107 Pilot in Chicago Drone Ordinance Case

Good news for all drone pilots   By Jeffrey Antonelli In June, licensed drone pilot Jerrick Hakim flew his DJI Inspire 2 for one solitary flight on Chicago’s lakefront. A slow, cinematic flight, the drone flew above Lake Michigan perhaps several hundred feet from shore. After about 15 minutes, the professional photographer landed his drone […]
UAV Education Programs Reach New Heights

UAV Education Programs Reach New Heights

We devote pages and pages in every issue of RotorDrone to the ever-expanding role that unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) of all types play in our world. Much of our focus is recreational, but increasingly you see us documenting (and celebrating!) the commercial, environmental, and public-safety advancements that drones are ushering in. UAS is far and […]

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A Guide to NOTAMs, TFRs and Airspace Classification

A Guide to NOTAMs, TFRs and Airspace Classification

If flying a drone/UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) commercially under Part 107 of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) rules is your first foray into the aviation world, the alphabet soup of information you need to know can be intimidating. Reading sectional charts or deciphering NOTAMs (Notices to Airmen) and TFRs (Temporary Flight Restrictions) can send chills […]
Part 107 Study Guide

Part 107 Study Guide

This video is part of a free comprehensive study guide for the FAA Part 107 sUAS Drone Certification offered by Tony &Chelsea Northrup.  Be sure to check out their website for more information.  http://sdp.io/107

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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 […]
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 […]

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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 […]
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 […]

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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, […]
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 […]
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