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You Better Get Used to Airworthiness Requirements

In a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, the NTSB made a statement that has confirmed my position that Airworthiness Certification will play a bigger role moving forward in drone operations. The NTSB said, “The NTSB believes that an updated definition is necessary given the changing UAS industry. Pursuant to section 44807 of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Act of 2018 …

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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 …

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Stop Way Over Paying for Drones Not Proven Safe

None of the drones being sold today have passed any sort of FAA safety test and proven themselves to be safe to fly. They are not even built to approved aeronautical standards. So we do we continue to spend so much money on these drones? What if Your Drone Was Disposible? Instead of spending thousands on drones that are built …

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What the FAA Expects to Maintain a Public Aircraft Drone Operation

A friend at the FAA forwarded me a document that applies to all public safety drone operations that fly under a COA as a public aircraft operation. While the guidance was issued a while ago, it is the guidance specifically related to public aircraft operations and that sucks in drones. Unless someone can find an FAA exemption for Public Aircraft …

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Is Your Parrot Anafi Part of the Bad Batch?

Parrot Anafi Failure and Crash

One of the issues with drone companies considering themselves tech companies and not aircraft manufacturers and making sure their drones have an Airworthiness Certification is the lack of notification when things go wrong. An accident in the UK had a very interesting statement in it by the investigation board. In this accident, the drone came falling out of the sky. …

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You Got Fluxed Again

The public safety drone space, and maybe the entire drone niche, is in a state of flux. An important issue I’ve run into recently is working with departments and pilots to overcome assumptions. When presented with a different perspective, the typical response is that it can’t be right. But what I’m finding is a combination of new aviators that might …

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Finally the DJI Witch Hunt is Over – Pentagon Approved


It appears the Pentagon has put an end to the ridiculous fear and knee-jerk reaction of so many people over DJI software issues. Don’t get me wrong, I have serious concerns about the operation of the DJI aircraft that have never applied for or achieved an Airworthiness Certification. And now that support and development are ending for models, I think …

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We Can Learn a Lot From This DJI Phantom Accident

A December 2, 2020 accident in the UK neatly ties up many of the concerns I’ve been writing about over the past couple of years. I wish the US had a similar detailed accident examination process but the UK leads in this effort with the Air Accidents Investigation Branch. A DJI Phantom 4 RTK was being operated by a pilot …

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I Was Wrong and DJI Issue Worse Than I Expected.

Before you read this I need to make sure you understand my goal here is to provide advice, guidance, experience, and opinions to public safety pilots to help them fly safely and to reduce unnecessary and avoidable personal liability for aviation activities. I sent out an email to my list subscribers about DJI Pulls the Plug on Your Big Drone …

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DJI Pulls the Plug on Your Big Drone Investments and Leaves You Hanging

May 24, 2021 – See my update at the bottom of this post. My condolences to your investment in DJI products costing tens of thousands of dollars. The plug has been officially pulled by DJI on a number of products. This has been a problem brewing for at least a year. My advice was to avoid the expensive products and …

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