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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 »

Matrice 200 Crash Has Training Opportunities for All of Us

The recent crash of a Matrice 200 aircraft presents training opportunities we can all learn from to be better pilots. See the accident report and my analysis and training suggestions over at DJI Matrice 200 – Accident – 2020-09-10 – Fatal Component. Read More »

Pilot Sent to Prison for Lying to Accident Investigators

An Alaska pilot convicted of lying to federal investigators after a fatal 2014 crash was sentenced to a 12-month prison term. Drone pilots have to abide by the same rules and regulations so beware, lying to investigators can send you to jail. According to the Anchorage Daily News, “Federal prosecutors said that Kirst lied to investigators by misleading them about ... Read More »

Urgent Alert Regarding Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual and Matric 210 Battery Issues

Critical Safety Alert I have now received reports from two experienced pilots from different agencies that were flying a DJI Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual or a Matrice 210 that developed a battery warning issue. My concern is that in a busy incident scene the conflicting displayed information regarding the battery may lead to a crash. I would urge you to ... 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 »

HobbyKing Hit With $2.8 Million Fine Over Transmitters

The Federal Communications Commission fined HobbyKing $2,861,128 for marketing drone transmitters which did not comply with FCC licensing rules. HobbyKing markets devices that provide a video link between transmitters mounted on unmanned aircraft systems and users flying drones. An FCC investigation found that dozens of devices marketed by the company transmitted in unauthorized radio frequency bands and, in some cases, ... Read More »

Military and Others Warn of More GPS Failures to Come

Drone fly away leads to goodbye.

Loss of control drone accidents have been a common theme in accident reports submitted to me at ReportDroneAccident.com. And by the way, don’t forget to report your drone accident there as well. But according to smarter people than me, a recent approval by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) might just lead to more GPS failures for drone aircraft. The issue ... Read More »

A Drone Crash Experience From the Pilot’s Point of View

A very conscientious pilot, Tim Strickland, recently experienced the DJI Matrice 210 he was piloting falling to the ground. The accident report he submitted is online here and the video of his accident is above. You read my ramblings and thoughts nearly all of the time so I asked Tim to describe the crash experience in his words. My name ... Read More »