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How Far Can I Legally Fly My Drone and Maintain VLOS? – Ask Steve

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Here is a question I get on a regular basis. Question: How far can we fly our drone at the incident scenes and how far beyond the line of sight can we go? Answer: You would think there would be a simple answer to this question. There actually is but the facts get clouded with a lot of incorrect assumptions …

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What is Your Experience With Time Between Failure of Matrice Drones? – Ask Steve

Question: We are in Europe and flying a DJI Matrice 600 for delivery of items. I love your ambition and the work you are doing with reportdroneaccident.com! Since I consider you a very well-informed person with great subject matter expertise, I’d like to ask the following: As you know, DJI are more than reluctant to disclose any Meantime Between Failure …

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How Do I Deal With Flying the Drone Near Uncontrolled Airports? – Ask Steve

Question: Dear Steve, I am a Part 107 licensed UAS pilot and, like you, have difficulty understanding exactly what is expected of me as a pilot regarding radio communications. I operate mostly in orthomosaic / photogrammetry mapping flights. Some of them are in rural areas near grass strips and uncontrolled airports. I listen on CTAF freqs and have been in …

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What Should We Plan for in the Upcoming Drone Budget? – Ask Steve

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 …

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

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 …

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What Should I Do About My Swelling Drone Batteries? – Ask Steve

I received the following question from a drone pilot and I thought I’d take the time to share this great question with everyone. If you have a question you’d like to ask, click here. Drone Battery Question “Hi, I don’t have a new problem to report and am still waiting on DJI for a report/assessment on the stuck Battery percentage …

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