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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 »

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 »

Listen to the Pro UAS Pilots at FDNY When it Comes to Drone Safety

The following guest post was written by FDNY Firefighter and Pilot -John Wakie, John is also the co-founder of Aerosponse, a public safety consulting company that I would highly recommend. You can’t imagine how proud I am to hear him share the foundational lessons all professional UAS pilots need to hear. Fly Safe – Stay Safe I know we have ... Read More »

Thermal Data in Pilot App Said to Produce Poor Results

A reader that saw my webinar on the use of the thermal camera asked me a very technical question and I had to turn to a leading thermal camera company for an answer. An unnamed expert source said this about the current implementation of the thermal camera in the Pilot app; “Here’s the last point to keep in mind: the ... Read More »

Drone Accident Database Online Now at ReportDroneAccident.com

I got frustrated trying to hunt down actual data on drone accidents, issues, and crashes after my April 2020 inflight emergency with the drone. What I discovered were some disappointing facts. Actual crash data is hard to come by. Drone failure information is not widely available to help you better understand the safety risks your aircraft may have. Manufacturers are ... Read More »

More Airports Added to LAANC for UAS Flight

Starting today more than 100 control towers and airports will be added to the hundreds of Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) air traffic facilities and airports that currently use the Low Altitude Authorization and Capability (LAANC) system. LAANC is a collaboration between the FAA and industry that directly supports the safe integration of Unmanned Aircraft Systems into the nation’s airspace. LAANC ... Read More »

Garage Structure Fire – Public Safety UAS Flight Debrief with Lessons Learned

Wake Forest Fire Department Firebird 1 Flight Debrief Incident: Garage Structure Fire Location: Wake Forest Flight Time: 30 minutes Mission Goals: Since this was a joint department event and Northern Wake was in command the goal became to use the incident as a data gathering flight and be ready to provide any information Northern Wake Command may need. What Went ... Read More »

Matrice 210 Homegrown FoxFury Lighting Solution

Rob Herrington from Jefferson County 911 in Ohio wanted to share this great tip on how to get some inexpensive lighting on the Matrice 210. Rob said, “Like everyone flying drones for Public Safety, Jefferson County 911 has been frustrated with the problem of not enough scene lighting on our Matrice 210. We had tried several solutions but we still ... Read More »