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Now This is a Giant COA Agency Drone Problem

If you are flying under a Certificate of Waiver or Authorization (COA), you should go and look at your COA approval document and see if it has the following statement in it. Most do. “Airworthiness. All aircraft flying in the NAS must be airworthy. Under Part 107.15, the Remote Pilot in Command is responsible for ensuring the UAS is airworthy. ... Read More »

I Dug Through the Drone Remote ID Regs and You Need to Read This

The FAA recently passed rulemaking for the remote identification of Unmanned Aircraft (UA). I’ve seen so much written about the new rules. Some say it is no big deal. Others say not to worry about it since it won’t go into effect right away. But I’m going to do the deep dive for you and go through the 470 pages ... Read More »

How to Create a UAS Operational Risk Assessment Document

Don’t get me wrong, I love to research and write but a recent site visitor asked me about creating an Operational Risk Assessment document for public safety Part 107 waiver UAS operations. Jarrett Larrow put together this amazing presentation in 2019 that does a better job than I could do with an ORA presentation. Jarrett deserves a giant hat tip. ... 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 »

Why an Irresponsible UAS Pilot With $182K in Fines Should Concern You

Let me start by saying that on issues like these, I try to provide a point of view that you can consider to do public safety flights with less liability. At first glance, the fact an unlicensed UAS pilot was flying over Philadelphia and live-streaming his flights does not seem like it has any relation to the flying you do ... Read More »

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

This question from a pilot came in through my 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 »

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 ... 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 »

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 »