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Beyond the Hype Cycle: Choosing the Right Drone Hardware for Public Safety Applications

Getting Real Results from Public Safety Drone Operations I recently learned about the Hype Cycle. It certainly seems to fit to what many early adopters have experienced in public safety drone operations. According to the Hype Cycle hypothesis, the advent of new technology is followed by a steep uptick that eventually crests in a “peak of inflated expectations” only to ... Read More »

Airborne Optical Sectioning – We Can See Through Trees

I recently wrote a post about FLIR clearly saying thermal cameras can’t see through foliage. See this post. My research for that post led to a developing drone artificial intelligence (AI) solution to effectively see through trees with current thermal cameras to find people below tree canopies. I had the pleasure of tracking down the principal investigator developing this technology ... Read More »

Five Airports Selected to Test and Evaluate Unmanned Aircraft Detection

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today selected five host airports to evaluate technologies and systems that could detect and mitigate potential safety risks posed by unmanned aircraft. The effort is part of the agency’s Airport Unmanned Aircraft Systems Detection and Mitigation Research Program. The FAA selected the following airports: Atlantic City International Airport in Atlantic City, New Jersey Syracuse Hancock ... Read More »

This Drone is Absolutely Out of This World

Drones have been around for many decades, but this latest drone is truly out of this world. The NASA Ingenuity drone is currently tucked away on the bottom of the Perseverence rover that recently landed on Mars. When this drone takes flight, it will be limited to a bit less flight time than we have to deal with. The total ... Read More »

Manufacturer Clearly States Thermal Camera Can’t See Through Trees

This is one of the most open and honest messages you will see from a thermal camera manufacturer. FLIR says, “Finding a hiker lost in the woods is a challenging mission—if the person is lost in densely forested terrain, then sunlight is largely blocked by trees and other vegetation, and the ground reflects very little light. Because of this, thermal ... Read More »

Operation of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Over People – Rule Delayed

Just announced. The new rules for flight over people has a new effective date of March 16, 2021 from March 1, 2021. “The Agency has decided to delay until March 16, 2021, the effective date of the final rule, Operation of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Over People (RIN 2120-AK85), including the amendments to §§ 107.61, 107.63, 107.65, 107.73, and 107.74.” ... Read More »

2nd Pilot Facing Criminal for Violating TFR

A second FAA licensed pilot is facing criminal charges after flying inside the TFR for the Super Bowl. The other day I wrote about this other pilot who was charged. The second pilot is identified as Kevin Jonathan Canty, 33, of West Palm Beach, Florida. According to ABC News, “According to the complaint, FBI agents saw a drone flying Saturday ... Read More »

Part 107 Pilot Arrested for Violating Flight Restrictions

An alleged FAA certificated UAS pilot, Henry Jimenez, was arrested and charged by federal authorities for violating a number of Federal Aviation Regulations (FAR). If convicted, Jimenez could face up to one year in federal prison. Jimenez was observed by FBI agents flying his drone in the Tampa TFR, approximately 3.5 miles from the Super Bowl stadium. The pilot was ... Read More »

What do Tesla and Drones Have in Common – This Guy

I’m a big fan of Tesla and the bleeding edge cars they produce. In fact, I just bought one. But I was overjoyed to read that one of the smart engineers at Tesla has made the leap and joined the drone delivery company Zipline. Now former Tesla Engineering Director Joseph Mardall recently announced: “After 10 wonderful years at Tesla, I’m ... Read More »

One Department Deals With Drone Battery Problems This Way

A great reader sent in this advice and permitted me to share it. His department has been dealing with DJIbattery issues now, but the advice applies to all pilots flying rechargeable batteries. I wrote about DJI battery problems before and shared what the official language said about dealing with battery problems. Read What Should I Do About My Swelling Drone ... Read More »