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Learn to use the Flight Services Website to show your presence in the air.

Posted by on Aug 21, 2015 in UAV News | 0 comments

Phantom 3 UAV

Popular Mecahnics features an interesting article from Chris Clarke about how to register your UAV flight. It explains how to use the Flight Services website to plan and publish your flight plan, to let other pilots know you are out there. This looks like a good resource to learn more tools to fully integrate UAVs into the sky with other manned aerial vehicles.

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The U.S. Government is working on counter drone technology

Posted by on Aug 20, 2015 in UAV News | 0 comments

Phantom 3 UAV

Here is a story going around talking about new technologies that the government is developing.  This new technology is less destructive than what others have been doing to UAVs they see.

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FAA updates on 8/16/2015

Posted by on Aug 20, 2015 in UAV News | 0 comments

FAA sign about not flying near wildfires
The FAA updated sUAV/Drone rules on 8/16. This article from the Provideo coalation goes through the changes and updates. This is an ongoing, updated document looking at the rules and regulations of the industry, and the latest (8/16/2015) post is near the bottom of the page. It also brings to light how the media is manipulating stories to make them more sensational.

Additional Links: Updated FAA rules

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Captain Sully talks Drone Rules

Posted by on Aug 19, 2015 in UAV News | 0 comments

Phantom in flight.

Credit: Kevin Dooley

Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger recently did an interview with Fortune magazine about UAVs and the regulations that will need to be created for them. I always find it interesting, it seems that safety experts talk about larger consumer UAVs (he talks about 25-55 lb UAVs), but the media reports on the small ones that weigh just a couple of pounds. When a news story actually mentions the size of the UAV (like the medical helicopter story I posted yesterday), the media rarely mentions the size of the UAV, and invariably, the photo next to the story is a Phantom.

If we are going to see meaningful and fair rules, everyone is going to have to come to the same page about the definitions. Drones, UAVs, UAS, all muddy the water. I’ve always considered a drone, a military device. Seems wrong to use the same term for a multi-rotor racer or camera platform.

Canada already splits out the much smaller UAVs from the larger consumer/pro models, in their regulations.

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Drone Racing League gets $1 million sponsorship

Posted by on Aug 19, 2015 in UAV News | 0 comments

Drone Racing League Logo

The Drone Racing League has raised $1 million thanks to Stephen Ross.  UAV Not Drone has the story talking about the infusion of capital and what it will be used for.  This definitely will help the sport be looked at more main stream.

To find out more about the Drone Racing League, go to : http://www.thedroneracingleague.com/

Another site to find other Drone Racers, and learn about it: https://fpvracing.tv/

There is even a racing Quad that is made here in Idaho: http://www.thrust-uav.com/

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What the FAA could do to greatly increase UAV safety

Posted by on Aug 19, 2015 in UAV News | 0 comments

A Phantom and the moon

Credit: Don McCullough

John Goglia takes aim at the FAA, pointing out that there is one thing they can do, that would greatly increase safety with UAVs. As it stands, you can only train people for free. Change this one aspect, and you can see UAV safety go up.

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