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A Look at Search and Rescue Drones in Action and Measured Results

In just a few years, civilian drone technology has revolutionized a wide range of pursuits – from adventure photography and filmmaking to agriculture, construction, science, infrastructure inspection and more. Unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) allow people to accomplish tasks faster, more efficiently, at a lower cost, and in many cases more safely than in the past. Yet the most consequential use ... Read More »

The Three Best Approaches to Finding Your Fire Department Drone Pilot

You would think getting a drone into service with a fire department would be a simple matter. But as with every other issue there can be more factors to consider when planning your department’s flight strategy and drone use. There are three primary options for deciding who is best to operate a UAS (Unmanned Aircraft System) or drone for your ... Read More »

Why Christmas Hurts Professional UAS Pilots

I’ve now had two friends call me up and tell me about their UAS gifts from the past holidays. I’m happy for them but concerned for those that want UAS flight to be accessible to more people. The rush to fly by those who are unaware of what the rules are is going to lead to more infractions and we ... Read More »

Why Flying a Drone as a Hobbyist is Currently a Mine Field for Public Safety Agencies

I’ve seen more and more news stories pop up where some police of fire department is quoted as they are flying their UAS as hobbyists and not FAA approved agency or pilot. This is a mine field. I understand the hobbyist exemption very well and it is not just a causal wide loophole for people who want to fly a ... Read More »

Is There Even a Role for Drones in the Fire Service?

There has been much talk about the use of and Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS), or drones as some people like to call them. This is all new technology and while there is a rush to accept this technology as beneficial the final results are not in yet for fire and rescue services. And the reason the final results are not ... Read More »

FAA Tips Its Hand on Drone Pilot Requirements

There has been so much uncertainty what the FAA will require to pilot a commercial operator of a UAS, UAV, or drone to operate the craft. Some say requiring a pilot license is completely unnecessary. Recently I wrote FAA Ground School and Pilot License Requirements for UAS Pilots and just today I received some FAA documentation on this issue. In ... Read More »

Why the DJI Phantom is the Best and Worst Public Safety Drone to Use

The DJI Phantom has become an ubiquitous UAS that many are jumping into. In fact I have three myself and hundreds of hours flying them. If you want to buy one, use this link so I get some credit for it. Here on the Public Safety Flight website I’ve already covered a number of stories where local departments have a ... Read More »

Let’s Look at Logbook Programs for UAS Pilots

If you are not a licensed pilot you might be unfamiliar with the importance of keeping a detailed record of all your flight experience. Maintaining a logbook of time, flights, and missions is going to be critical for UAS pilots in the future to document experience. As a FAA pilot the act of recording my flights is almost an autonomic ... Read More »