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FAA Releases Airworthiness Criteria for 3DRobotics and Flirtey Models

The following airworthiness criteria were just released for the following models. 3DRobitics Model 3DR-GS H520-G Airworthiness Criteria 3DRobotics Government Services (3DR) applied to the FAA on May 1, 2019, for a special class type certificate under Title 14, Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) 21.17(b) for the Model 3DR-GS H520-G UAS. The Model 3DR-GS H520-G consists of an unmanned aircraft ... Read More »

What Should We Plan for in the Upcoming Drone Budget?

A reader asked me the following question: Question Steve, Our department is currently in the budget planning phase, and they’ve asked me to put in anything and everything I can think of we might need for our drone program. Currently, our program consists of the DJI Phantom 4 Pro, Mavic 2 Zoom, and Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual drones. Can you ... Read More »

Final Rule on Operation of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Over People

The Operation of Unmanned Aircraft Systems Over People Final Rule is the next incremental step towards further integration of unmanned aircraft (UA) in the National Airspace System. The final rule allows routine operations over people and routine operations at night under certain circumstances. The rule will eliminate the need for those operations to receive individual Part 107 waivers from the ... Read More »

My 2021 Public Safety Drone Predictions

As 2020 winds to a close I thought it would be a good time to share what I see coming for drones in 2021. More specifically, public safety drone operations, since that is my specialty. In working on this piece I had a chance to go back and read what I had written in 2014 and it seems to still be spot ... Read More »

What Are Your Thoughts on the New DJI Matrice 300 RTK?

This question from a pilot came in through my ReportDroneAccident.com website. You can ask me questions here or here. The Question Hey Steve, Just came across your website. It is very important to share this knowledge in the way you do. Thank you! I was wondering if you have any info regarding the Matrice 300 RTK recently launched. I own ... Read More »

FAA Announces Type Certification Policy for UAS

The Federal Aviation Administration has announced its policy for the type certification of certain unmanned aircraft systems as a special class of aircraft. This is obviously the first toe in the water and the FAA even says so in the announcement. “The FAA’s part 107 rulemaking on small UAS was only the first step in the FAA’s plan to integrate ... Read More »

Drone Repair and Parts Alert

This post is a safety alert I issued over here. Recently I’ve been receiving emails from public safety drone pilots with concerns over the quality of drone repairs or manufacturing. While these messages have centered around DJI issues, this is not exclusively a DJI problem and more reports will come in regarding DJI issues since to date they hold a ... Read More »

The Most Important Question You Need to Ask About New BVLOS Waivers

TBVLOS Messaging is Misleading If you are a public safety UAS pilot and read all of the exciting headlines coming out that the FAA is now allowing Tactical Beyond Visual Line of Sight (TBVLOS) operations, you need to land for a moment. The reality is the exciting news is really operations less than what you’ve been doing already. Here are ... Read More »