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Think Autonomous Flight is Not Coming to Drones?

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As I wrote in my 2021 drone prediction piece, a greater autonomous flight capability is coming to drones with less need for a skilled stick pusher. This video on the Xwing airplane should persuade you the technology is coming fast for airworthy aircraft. These advanced levels of autonomous flight aren’t new. Testing has been undergoing for years now and some ... 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 »

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 »

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 »