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Drones helping to fight wildfires

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

Soda Fire

UAV capture of the Soda Fire from South Boise.

Drones are being looked at to help fight wildfires. An Arizona bill has been introduced to help look at how drones can be used to help firefighters, and save lives.

“The bill, the Protecting Firefighters and Promoting Innovation Act, establishes a group led by officials from the Federal Aviation Administration and Department of the Interior to study drone use in fighting wildfires. The group also includes representatives from local firefighting departments, national environmental agencies and the National Guard.”

When the sensationalism is ignored, the great things that UAVs can do come to light.

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Drone nearly hits medical helicopter

Posted by on Aug 18, 2015 in UAV News | 0 comments

Skylife Helicopter
This news comes to us from Fresno, Ca. A medical helicopter nearly collided with a drone at 1000′. What is interesting about this story, is we hear about the drone. This one was 4-6′ wide. That is huge, much larger than the hobby UAVs most of us fly. Another story of the same incident completely omits the size of the drone. In the comments people go on to call for drone regulation, and comment about DJI consumer UAVs, not realizing that is not even close to what nearly collided with the helicopter. ABC 30’s headline intially read that it was a collision, as well.

I keep seeing stories about drones at 1000 feet, another at 7000 feet. Lets maybe create some sort of standard. Not all “drones” are created equal. Numbers are just data. We need actual context to turn that data into information.

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Hooking a UAV

Posted by on Aug 18, 2015 in UAV News | 0 comments

A few weeks ago, Tice Ledbetter was recording a public Pier near him. He flew his UAV around, had several people look at it, a few wave, and finally one fisherman decided that 30 seconds of flying was too much, and attempted to destroy the UAV. Luckily, his line broke, and Tice was able to return his UAV safely.

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Story about UAV shooter from Kentucky.

Posted by on Aug 18, 2015 in UAV News | 0 comments

Phantom 3 UAV
Here is a series of links about the confrontation between a Kentucky gunman and a UAV pilot that had his UAV shot down.

Gunman shooting down UAV in Kentucky.

Raw Video of William Merideth being arrested after shooting down a UAV.

UAV Operator’s version of what occured.

Ars Technica story about drone shooter.

Ars Technica: UAV pilot comes forward with further information.

Ars Technica: Further reading about the conflict between the Gunman and UAV Operator.

TNT interview with William Merideth: this shows a lot of ignorance from both the radio show and the gunman.


Mirror of cached video from UAV operator’s application showing how high and where the UAV was when shot down. It’s kind of obvious it is WAY over the 10 feet above the backyard that Meredith claimed.

Judge dismisses all charges against shooter. In a tragedy of justice, Judge Rebecca Ward, dismisses all charges against the shooter, William Merideth. The case was dismissed on the word of three of Merideth’s friends, and the flight data and other evidence against Meredith was not even reviewed. It sounds like this will be taken before a grand jury by the state prosecutor.

Ars Technica article about the charges being dismissed. Good read.

David Boggs had an interview on the Drone Zone. David discusses what happened in the trial, what actually occurred, and the lies being told by the shooter, among other topics. Skip to 23:20 for the actual interview.

Here is the video from the victim of the attack on the drone. This is the in-app recording, not the actual recording from the aircraft, because the SD card vanished by the time one of Merideth’s neighbors grabbed the downed UAV and gave it to police.

Here is another article about the Kentucky gunman not being held accountable to his actions. This article, though, features a photo of the UAV after it was shot. You can clearly see that only 1 blade, on one prop was destroyed, again showing that birdshot can do that. It wasn’t the blast that damaged the UAV, it was a pellet getting in the way of a blade spinning at close to 10,000 RPM.

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The many uses for UAVs

Posted by on Aug 18, 2015 in UAV News | 1 comment

Fire Burning in the Owyhees

This is a photo of the Soda Fire, in Western Idaho/Eastern Oregon.

Drone Buff has an interesting article.  This one concerns “10 Incredibly interesting uses for Drones”.  The article starts with Real Estate Photography (and area I am working on getting into eventually), and ends with News sand Sports.  As someone that has worked in the media industry, I agree with the assessment of News and Sports.  A UAV is easy to operate and much less expensive than aircraft.  It is also a lot more versatile and quick to get into the air.

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UAV operator finds missing man, alive and well.

Posted by on Aug 18, 2015 in Happy Story, UAV News | 0 comments

David Lesh's UAV

David Lesh’s UAV from NBC 15

This article from NBC 15 is about a drone operator that found a missing man in 20 minutes. David Lesh, his girlfriend Katie Gorman and her father went out to a soybean field to search. Twenty minutes after they started, they found Guillermo DeVenecia standing in one of the bean rows. They were able to safely retrieve the elderly man, and reunite him with his thankful wife at the local search command center.

“To get a hug from someone’s wife when they’ve been missing, just a tear-filled hug, is a feeling I won’t forget for a long time,” Katie Gorman told reporters.

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