Can Public Safety UAS Pilots be Held Personally Liable? More Than We May Know. Part 3

Can Public Safety Uas Pilots Be Held Personally Liable? More Than We May Know. Part 1

To read Part 2 of this series, click here. Let’s take a look at a few examples of what can go wrong, knowingly or not. The first involves Cecil the Lion, the infamous animal who was killed by a big game hunter from Minnesota that sparked an international uproar. See the entire series, here. Mical … Read more

Retention Pond Wall Damage Assessment | Flight Debrief and Lessons Learned

Retention Pond Wall Damage Assessment | Flight Debrief And Lessons Learned

Flight Time: 30 minutes Mission Goals: To assist in determining the location and extent of the root cause of the water overflowing the retention wall of Marshall Pond on Forestville Rd. What Went Well: The following items were conducted without incident: It was a safe flight operation within normal limits. A solution was discovered that … Read more

Can Public Safety UAS Pilots be Held Personally Liable? More Than We May Know. Part 2

Can Public Safety Uas Pilots Be Held Personally Liable? More Than We May Know. Part 1

During Part 1, I briefly covered the Causby case to help set the stage for situations we drone pilots may confront. Here are two more to consider. The first is Boggs versus Merideth, United States District Court Western District of Kentucky at Louisville, Civil Action N. 3:16-CV-00006-TBR (W.D. Ky. Mar. 21, 2017) Don’t miss future … Read more

Can Public Safety UAS Pilots be Held Personally Liable? More Than We May Know. Part 1

Can Public Safety Uas Pilots Be Held Personally Liable? More Than We May Know. Part 1

We Part 107 pilots share some of the same airspace that our manned aircraft brethren do, just closer to the ground. It takes a lot of research, planning and proficiency to conduct safe drone flights; maybe more than our manned flight counterparts do because of our proximity to mother earth. The rules for manned aircraft … Read more

AOPA Talks About Chula Vista Police BVLOS and Lack of Matrice Safety Information

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This article on the AOPA website is an excellent summary of the issues facing primarily DJI pilots. But the peripheral issues apply to all UAS pilots. More information is supplied in the piece regarding two topics I’ve written about before. The most recent was the caution message out from the UK Civil Aviation Authority on … Read more

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

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 … Read more

How Software Complexity Impacts sUAV Pilots and What Can be Done About It

How Software Complexity Impacts Suav Pilots And What Can Be Done About It

We unmanned pilots have a lot in common with our manned aircraft brethren sans the luxury of sitting onboard the aircraft. As such, taking advantage of systems that help our piloting capabilities are welcome. Remember forgetting to turn on the GoPro camera of your Phantom 2 only to learn after landing that nothing was recorded? … Read more

North Carolina SHP Crash Reconstruction & Drones: The Gateway Drug

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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 … Read more