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Hotspot Testing and What You Should Do to Make Your Video Upload Speeds Fly

This article is the result of my frustration trying to get good upload speeds for video from the UAS to transmit back to the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) or Command Post (CP). I talked about dealing with video transmission in my article for AOPA. Let me say I am not a radio frequency engineer, although a great Ph.D. brainiac, Mike ... Read More »

Matrice 210s Falling Out of Sky Warns UK Aviation Authority

The UK Civil Aviation Authority, think FAA, just sent out a warning regarding the Matrice 210 falling out of the sky. In the U.S. we don’t have any similar mandatory reporting requirement so there is no way to know if others have been experiencing similar issues here. But in the much smaller UK there are concerns. The CAA says, “The ... Read More »

Much Easier Night Flight Approvals Coming Sooner Than You Think

I’ve been working on my next webinar on night flight and in doing my research there is good news on the horizon when it comes to getting approval to fly at night. In the not too distant future, all Part 107 pilots may be eligible for night flight. But both COA and Part 107 pilots will require additional training to ... Read More »

Slow the Bus Down When it Comes to BVLOS Public Safety Flight

There have been recent marketing efforts and press releases from vendors praising the Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) flight operations that will allow public safety pilots to fly further. Before anyone gets excited about purchasing such technology, I invite you to ask more questions and get more facts. At present such highly regulated flight may be available under a ... Read More »

Expanded UAS Oversight for 2019-2020

For about a year now I’ve been talking about additional UAS oversight from the FAA. A recent document most would never see talks specifically about how a special focus on some oversight activities. Here are the highlights. “The analysis indicates UAS do pose potential risks to air transport due to UAS sightings in communities bordering airport approach and departure paths. ... Read More »

North Carolina SHP Crash Reconstruction & Drones: The Gateway Drug

By Brian Leventhal NCSHP If you were a child of the ’80s and grew up during the “War on Drugs” era of Nancy Reagan “Just say no” slogans and Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) programs spreading through schools in the U.S., then you’re no stranger to what a gateway drug is. In case you aren’t familiar with the definition of ... Read More »

What You Need to Know About Getting Your Handheld Aviation Radio License

Drone pilots should have an aviation handheld radio to communicate with nearby aircraft, transmit blind announcements about operations near an uncontrolled airport, and most importantly, to communicate with helicopters flying above incident scenes. I regularly communicate with news helicopters when they are on the scene to coordinate the airspace and provide an awareness I’m operating below them. You can be ... Read More »

Pilot Incident Reports – It Happens to All of Us

Nobody is perfect. Even very experienced pilots face issues all the time. The NASA Aviation Safety Reporting System (ASRS) is a good window into issues that happen. Reporting aviation issues to the ASRS portal is also a good way to reduce liability since voluntary gives you some immunity from prosecution and “although a finding of violation may be made, neither ... Read More »

UAS Traffic Management in Urban Environments Testing

NASA picked the Lone Star UAS Center for Excellence & Innovation and the Nevada Institute for Autonomous Systems to hold demonstrations of the agency’s drone traffic management system. The testing is slated for March and June in Reno, Nev., and July and August in Corpus Christi, Texas. NASA is trying to “help the commercial drone industry understand the challenges posed ... Read More »