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Public Safety Drone Training

What is Important?

Sometimes, like today, I honestly feel like my drone flying duties are like juggling six flaming bowling balls and trying not to injure anyone. It can all become overwhelming balancing mission requests, the federal aviation regulations, and supervisors’ expectations. As a public safety flight educator, I recognize a giant difference between always flying within the rules or getting the mission …

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FLIR Drops Support for UAS Duo Pro-R Thermal Camera

FLIR has just announced the end of support for their UAS camera the Duo Pro R high-resolution thermal camera system. The announcement says, “The end-of-sale date to order the affected product is June 10, 2022. Customers who acquire new products will continue to receive support from Teledyne FLIR until July 1, 2023, one year after the date of sale, or …

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The Data and Facts About VLOS Flight Distance for UAS

The purpose of this article is to highlight the actual limits of flying small unmanned aerial vehicles (sUAVs), specifically multi-rotors, under the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Visual Line of Sight (VLOS) regulations. This time-consuming research began with a simple question: how far you can see and fly while still meeting the regulations under 14 CFR § 107.31 that defines legal …

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LAANC Allows Some Drone Pilots to Fly at Night – Sort Of

The FAA has just announced the ability to get approval to fly at night in controlled airspace through the Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC) system. Don’t get all excited before you dive into the details. COA and recreational flyers are not covered and excluded from this new rule that only applies to Part 107 pilots. Currently, the LAANC …

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New Drone Rules Take Effect Today

Final rules take effect today for remotely identifying drones and allowing operators of small drones to fly over people and at night under certain conditions. “Today’s rules are an important first step in safely and securely managing the growing use of drones in our airspace, though more work remains on the journey to full integration of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS),” …

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New FAA Get Out of Jail Free Portal for UAS Pilots

The FAA has extended the Aviation Safety Reporting Program (ASRP) to UAS operators, including the protections offered through the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) Aviation Safety Reporting System (ASRS). NASA’s ASRS has a reporting form tailored to the UAS community. This will ensure that the safety data that is collected will result in actionable information for the entire aviation …

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All Public Safety Pilots Should Take the Latest 107 Recurrent Class – Eye Opener

The FAA just came out with the new, free, online recurrence class for all Part 107 Non-Part-61 pilots. I don’t care if you are a pilot for a COA agency or flying under Part 107, the new updated information is a great refresher. I just did my updated recurrent training online yesterday for Part-61 pilots and I was surprised about …

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Remote Pilot – Small UAS – Airman Certification Standards – April 2021

The FAA has just released the newest UAS testing standards for remote commercial pilots. These standards have not been updated since 2018 and include new information. The complete ACS document can be downloaded here. For information on taking the test in-person or online, click here. Major Enhancements to Version FAA-S-ACS-10B Section Action Description Introduction Updated "Airman Certification Standards Concept" subsection …

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Updated Drone Training – Available Now!

Part 107 Pilots: The updated remote pilot recurrent online training is available today on the FAA Safety Team website. The training ensures Part 107 remote pilots have the knowledge necessary to operate in accordance with the Operations Over People rule when it becomes effective on April 21, 2021. There are multiple training options, depending on your current status: If you …

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FAA Wings Program: Becoming a Better Drone Pilot, in Small Bites

The FAA Wings program has been around for a long time, helping aviators to improve their flight skills. The FAA Safety Team (FAAST) also offers free classes that benefit drone operators – an excellent resource for public safety professionals and others to keep learning. There are classes focused specifically on drones – and classes that benefit aviators of all types. …

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