Matt Waite is getting close to receiving his pilot’s license so he can legally fly UAVs. He is a professor at University of Nebraska-Lincoln and head of the Drone Journalism Lab. Columbia Journalism Review have run an article about Matt’s endeavor to re-open the Drone Journalism lab. In 2011, he received a letter from the FAA telling him to shut it down, since the FAA did not have regulations. Now that the FAA is giving 333 exemptions, Matt is working on getting his pilot’s license to be able to fly UAVs as part of his class. It really is a lot of hoops to jump through, just to teach students about a technology that will likely impact their careers greatly in the years to come. Head over to the story and read more about it.Read More
So, I am not sure what the exclusion zone around a ferry is, but it seems that a UAV operator stumbled into it recently. The article talks about the 450 ft vessel takes six-tenths of a mile to stop, and some how, a 3lb UAV is dangerous to it. The last paragraph of the article mentions that they don’t know what the person is recording, from the UAV, and that even the reporter was not allowed to take photos of most of the controls in the wheelhouse.
I will come out and say, that if a UAV is IN the wheelhouse, the operator has screwed up. Being outside, with a wide-angle lens has nothing at all to do with photographing the controls in the wheelhouse.Read More
John Goglia broke the news on Forbes that the FAA has certified a paper airplane for UAV operations. The PowerUp powered paper airplane has a 180′ range and and a 10 minute flight time. Unfortunately, the individual that got the 333 exemption is not legally allowed to fly it commercially, since his helicopter pilot’s license is out of date.Read More
James Mulcahy penned a great article named DRONE OPERATORS DO NOT WANT TO SEE YOU NAKED. James goes through the what people are saying about UAVs and how they are out of touch with reality. And how UAV operators are being harassed by others. He touches on the legalities involved and brings to light the hypocrisy of some pilots calling to ban them. This is a very well-written article, and I highly recommend checking it out.Read More
It seems that Alon Sicherman has found a loop-hole of sorts, for getting a pilot’s license to fly a UAS. It costs 1/2 to 1/3 of a pilot’s license, and just like flying a plane, has very little to do with flying a multi-rotor for photography purposes. The article does point out that Alon has learned a lot of background information about flight, that will help him with his UAS flying. I would think Balloons (and possibly gliders) would be the closest to flying a UAV since they are greatly affected by the weather and small changes in the atmosphere.Read More