Just published is “Build A Drone: A Step-by-Step Guide to Designing, Constructing, and Flying Your Very Own Drone,” by Barry Davies. [Read more…]
It has been a LONG time since I’ve added a rating or certificate to my pilot qualifications. But I’ve just added the easiest certificate ever.
If I understand it correctly — and that’s a big if — I’ve just earned a Remote Pilot Certificate with a Small Unmanned Aircraft System Rating. [Read more…]
Leave the flying to the professionals. That’s the message coming from the International Council of Air Shows (ICAS) out of concern for spectator safety and the safety of air show pilots who fly nearly 10,000 performances at over 300 North American events annually.
Supporting the FAA’s “No Drone Zone,” “Leave Your Drone at Home,” and “Know Before You Fly” initiatives, ICAS wants air show spectators and those in an air show venue’s surrounding area to understand that flying an unmanned aircraft in unauthorized air space is not just illegal, but unnecessarily puts people at risk. [Read more…]
The Unmanned Safety Institute, a professional organization dedicated to the safe integration of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) into the U.S. National Airspace System, has partnered with the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) to provide training on the safety and security of UAS to the law enforcement community throughout the State of Florida.
The educational workshops are designed to train law enforcement officers on proper techniques for responding to unauthorized or unlawful UAS flight operations. [Read more…]
The FAA’s new regulations went into effect Aug. 29 for routine commercial use of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), more popularly known as drones or remotely piloted aircraft. [Read more…]
The new FAA rule governing commercial operations of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) — also known as drones or remotely piloted aircraft — means more businesses and innovators will be able to fly, unlocking the “tremendous economic benefits of the new technology,” according to the top official of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI). [Read more…]
A new story at Mashable reports that researchers in Australia have found that most drone accidents were caused by technology issues, rather than human error.
Led by Graham Wild, a senior lecturer in aviation at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia, the researchers reviewed a sample of 152 global drone event reports between 2006 and 2015. The most common cause of accidents was a loss of communication or radio signal between the drone and controls, Wild told Mashable Australia.
The researcher also told Mashable that far more drone accidents occur, but few are reported. And when they are the reports don’t have sufficient details.
“It’s not mandated that you report all these details as it would be if you were flying at a general aviation airport,” he told Mashable. “A lot of the stuff with drones is literally just voluntary and sometimes people put in the bare minimum.”
Read the full story here.