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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

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 »

Commercial Structure Fire Thermal | Flight Debrief and Lessons Learned

Wake Forest Fire Department Firebird 1 Flight Debrief Incident: Commercial Structure Fire Location: Chili’s Flight Time: 60 minutes Mission Goals: To assist with commercial structure fire by checking the roof of the building to determine any thermal activity as the result of the fire. What Went Well: The following items were conducted without incident: It was a safe flight operation ... Read More »

Can Public Safety UAS Pilots be Held Personally Liable? More Than We May Know. Part 4

In this last article, I will discuss what we drone pilots face and can do to minimize our liability exposure. See the entire series, here. First let’s start with the FAA’s definition of Pilot In Command (PIC). The PIC is and has the final authority and responsibility for the operation and safety of the flight, has been designated as pilot ... Read More »