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Public Safety Drone News

DJI Drags Feet Providing Accident Assistance to Investigators

A Drone Crash Experience From The Pilot’s Point Of View

For the first time that I’ve seen, the UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) has published a public statement regarding DJI not cooperating on a timely basis in an accident investigation. I don’t believe an accident report has been released yet. But apparently, it has been at least a year. The UK AAIB statement says: “The DJI Matrice M210 was …

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DJI Matrice 300 Three Motor Crash

Dji Matrice 300 Crash

From the sounds of this post, a Matrice 300 augered in after receiving a couple of errors. The issue with many quadcopters is they are not designed to fly on three motors. We also don’t know the reliability of the motors being used. I’ve never seen any Mean Time Between Failure (MTBF) data from manufacturers. In public safety, we need …

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FAA Now Says Limited PAO Training is Doable Under a COA

Faa Now Says Limited Pao Training Is Doable Under A Coa

Up until now training flights by COA pilots that were engaged with non-federal entities have not been allowed under a COA. As of November 12, 2021, this has changed. Non-federal entities flying a UAS under a COA can now legally conduct limited training flights under the adjusted FAA interpretation. The limitation is the training flights can only be conducted with …

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Police Drone Strikes Airplane Causing Major Damage

Police Drone Strikes Airplane Causing Major Damage

On August 10, 2021, near Markham in Ontario, Canada, a police drone was involved in an operation or investigation near the Buttonville Airport. Transportation officials stated the drone was flying in controlled airspace without authorization when the drone struck the Cessna 172 with two pilots aboard. One pilot was a flight instructor, and the second was a student pilot. The …

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You Better Get Used to Airworthiness Requirements

You Better Get Used To Airworthiness Requirements

In a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, the NTSB made a statement that has confirmed my position that Airworthiness Certification will play a bigger role moving forward in drone operations. The NTSB said, “The NTSB believes that an updated definition is necessary given the changing UAS industry. Pursuant to section 44807 of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Act of 2018 …

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FTC Pass Policy to Make it Easier to Repair Drones

Ftc Pass Policy To Make It Easier To Repair Drones

The Federal Trade Commission today unanimously voted to ramp up law enforcement against repair restrictions that prevent small businesses, workers, consumers, and even government entities from fixing their own products. The policy statement adopted today is aimed at manufacturers’ practices that make it extremely difficult for purchasers to repair their products or shop around for other service providers to do it for …

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Don’t Blindly Fall for Made in USA Drone Marketing Fraud

Don’t Blindly Fall For Made In Usa Drone Marketing Fraud

The Federal Trade Commission finalized a new rule that will crack down on marketers who make false, unqualified claims that their products are Made in the USA. Under the rule, marketers making unqualified Made in USA claims on labels should be able to prove that their products are “all or virtually all” made in the United States. This will impact …

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Is Your Parrot Anafi Part of the Bad Batch?

Is Your Parrot Anafi Part Of The Bad Batch?

One of the issues with drone companies considering themselves tech companies and not aircraft manufacturers and making sure their drones have an Airworthiness Certification is the lack of notification when things go wrong. An accident in the UK had a very interesting statement in it by the investigation board. In this accident, the drone came falling out of the sky. …

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Drones That Can See Around Trees With Thermal – Code Available

Oak Island Water Rescue Helps Save Kayaker

I previously interviewed Oliver Bimber regarding his work with Airborne Optical Sectioning. This software solution allows drones to fly autonomously and using AI it can piece together glimpses of thermal responses and then identify those that are humans below tree canopies. It is a revolutionary piece of software and when drones that are authorized to fly long and further become …

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You Got Fluxed Again

Matrice 210 Grounded – Uas Map Feature – Survey Results

The public safety drone space, and maybe the entire drone niche, is in a state of flux. An important issue I’ve run into recently is working with departments and pilots to overcome assumptions. When presented with a different perspective, the typical response is that it can’t be right. But what I’m finding is a combination of new aviators that might …

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