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FAA Part 107 Improvement for sUAS?

The FAA has been developing regulations for small UAS (sUAS) (between .55 lbs and 55 lbs), the sUAS regulations are currently going through an executive level review and barring any unforeseen issues they are anticipate to be published in June of 2016. The new regulations governing sUAS operation will be in 14 CFR Part 107. Until the new rule is actually published its release date and the content of Part 107 can change. One of the things this new rules does is changes the requirements for operating sUAS. Once it goes into effect a pilot’s license will not be required, instead the folks in D.C. are developing a standalone sUAS Operators Certificate, to qualify for the certificate you will have to pass a written test. The understanding is that the test will be administered via computer testing centers, just like the pilots certificate. There will be an Online prep course available. As far as flight time qualification, there will be no flight training or flight experience required.
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Debunking the Drone Versus Plane Hysteria

Debunking the Drone Versus Plane Hysteria

The mass media are funny in the way they deal with new technology. First it’s all “Wow, that’s Cool!”, then it’s “Ooh, that’s scary”, and finally it’s “BURN THE WITCH!”. Then a year or so later it’s part of normal life and they treat it as such. We’ve seen the same pattern repeated time and time again over the years.
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Nelson Ghost Town, NAB & Valley of Fire

Nelson Ghost Town, NAB & Valley of Fire

Despite gusty winds, the Aerial Videography Field Workshop taking place in the picturesque desert landscapes surrounding the old mining town of Nelson, NV, was a huge success. Participants had the opportunity to enhance their skills as advanced pilots under the guidance of some of the top aerial videography instructors and seasoned drone pilots in the U.S. The instructors helped participants master drone flying and gave one-on-one advice on how to get the most out of your hobby or commercial aerial production experience.
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NAB 2016 & UAV Events

NAB 2016 & UAV Events

Come See Quadrocopter in Outdoor/Mobile Media - Booth #OE1340
(Next to the Beer Garden) 

This year at NAB we have a lot of exciting events scheduled. 
  • Sunday April 16th, join us for the Aerial Videography Field Trip to the Nelson Nevada Ghost Town.  
    Sun. April 17| 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM | N260 - Field Trip
  • Monday 17-21 NAB Trade show event
  • Friday April 22nd, Travel to The Valley of Fire for The Alta 8 Showcase,
    Morning $650 (Fly via Buddy Box) 9-12 or
    Afternoon Session $350 (Operate the Movi Camera Gimbal in flight) 12-4
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FAA Doubles "Blanket" Altitude for Many UAS Flights

March 29- After a comprehensive risk analysis, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has raised the unmanned aircraft (UAS) “blanket” altitude authorization for Section 333 exemption holders and government aircraft operators to 400 feet. Previously, the agency had put in place a nationwide Certificate of Waiver or Authorization (COA) for such flights up to 200 feet.
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CAMERA DRONES TO DOMINATE NAB SHOW 2016

CAMERA DRONES TO DOMINATE NAB SHOW 2016

I’ve been lucky enough to be part of the original group of people to bring drone imaging and technology to NAB over the past few years, through conference sessions with Post Production World and remote off-site Field Workshops out in the Nelson Nevada Ghost Town (which is returning again this year – read below). Last year, with my partner Mannie Frances with Drone Media Group launched the first Aerial Robotics & Drone Pavilion in the upper South Hall at the NAB Show 2015 Expo. 
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New research suggests the FAA exaggerates the threat that drones pose to planes

New research suggests the FAA exaggerates the threat that drones pose to planes

In response to the dramatic rise in popularity of the drone industry, the Federal Aviation Administration instituted a mandatory registration requirement for any UAV weighing more than roughly half a pound. The FAA wanted to keep consistent tabs on the growing hobby, particularly to assure none get in the way of the everyday operations of commercial and civilian aircraft. While that’s no doubt a worthwhile and warranted plan, recent research shows the FAA is vastly overestimating the threat small unmanned aircraft actually pose.


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FAA B4UFLY Smartphone App

FAA B4UFLY Smartphone App

B4UFLY is available for free download in the App Store for iOS and Google Play store for Android.

B4UFLY is an easy-to-use smartphone app that helps unmanned aircraft operators determine whether there are any restrictions or requirements in effect at the location where they want to fly.

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New York Drone Film Festival Aims to Win Over Skeptical Public

NEW YORK — For most Americans, hobby drones are about as welcome in their neighborhoods as car alarms.

A growing chorus of drone enthusiasts has been fighting an uphill battle for public acceptance for years now, but the victories have been few and far between.



When the film won its category, Johnson said, "my heart was pounding."

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