Drones are not only for personal use or nurturing one’s hobby, these amazing high tech flying devices have changed the pace of most industries today. Some argue that the use of these miniature helicopters are just a passing trend, but they’ve actually turned into a key piece of equipment for use in agriculture, weather forecasting, filmmaking, infrastructure management, rescue operations and many more commercial industries.
If you fall into any of these enterprises and are looking for solid reasons to get a UAV for your company, then you’ve come to the right place. Here are some great examples of how drones became a huge asset to the development of Medium and Small Enterprises (MSEs) and large ones too.
Amazon Prime Air just started utilizing this kind of drone technology wherein they deliver a parcel weighing less 5 pounds in 30 minutes or less. This type of service is not regulated by human pilots but has a unique electrical powered drone that flies and lands safely in locations where there are Amazon Prime Development Centers. The tiny aircraft can only fly by day and only in low wind weather conditions. Amazon is also working on improving safety regulations through various free private customer delivery trials and coordinating with policymakers to expand their reach. UPS and NASA are also using this type of drone service.
Single and Fast Transport System
Forget helicopters and private jets, Dubai’s Road and Transportation agency just created drones that can carry one single person weighing up to 100 kilograms for about 30 minutes. This is a game changer for V.I.P.s who need to avoid crowds. The passenger can simply get inside the drone and control it using onboard screens.
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With unprecedented expediency – the FAA today issued the first FAA/DOT Announce Small UAS Rule, which will take effect in August 2016. As always, they’ve scattered the info about in a very confusing, illogical, and dispersed manner. So, I’ll break it down for you by webpage and I’ll also provide direct downloads of all documents released today (see below!).
Overall, this is a step in the right direction and good for all of us out in the business world. After quickly reading through portions of the rule, I can see that many adjustments are going to be needed. The FAA acknowledges this as “…just our first step” – and rightly so. As capabilities and technology change, well – so must the rules. Without further ado, I give you a bunch of links and 3 downloadable PDF files!
FAA Links Regarding the New Small UAS Rule – FAR Part 107:
Hope this helps everyone out & happy flying!
I’ve spent many years as a commercial photographer in New York City and have provided a varied array of businesses with photos and video for use in visual marketing and advertising. My goal with each client is to help their particular business build and maintain a strong visual presence on the web and in print by using a style and context that will touch their target audience.
This short article is written from this perspective and is meant to help anyone who is in need of hiring a professional FAA approved commercial drone operator for aerial photography or video – whether it be for business purposes or for personal applications such as a weddings and other events.
How to Hire a Commercial Drone Operator for Photography or Video
- Look at their Portfolio – Before hiring any visual media professional, you should look through their past work and be sure that you like what you see. Why? Well, you can expect that your final results will be very similar. This isn’t a scientific process, it is very subjective. Look over a portfolio and compare it to others. When you find one or more that you like, you’re ready to make contact with the drone photographer or videographer. Remember that just as in regular photography and video, anyone with the money to purchase equipment may run out and start selling you their services. For this reason, there is an enormous variance in the quality and professionalism of the work out in the market and it makes good sense to look over some media before wasting any time communicating with a drone operator.
- Check their FAA Certification – Unlike regular photographers and video professionals, a commercial drone operator must be certified by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to operate legally. The operator must hold paperwork known as an FAA Section 333 Exemption and they must also have a licensed pilot on staff to conduct the drone operation. While it may certainly sound like a bit of overkill to require a real pilot for the operation of a small drone, the FAA’s reasoning is quite simple. Having a licensed pilot present during drone operations insures that the flight(s) conducted are in accordance with all local airspace restrictions. A licensed pilot has something he can lose if he operates illegally or irresponsibly — his license. Hiring an FAA certified drone operator is important in order to help insure that they operate legally and will not expose you or your company to any unnecessary risk or liability. To find out whether the company you’d like to hire holds an FAA certification, just check the complete list of certified companies and individuals here: Authorizations Granted Via Section 333 Exemptions
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View from the cockpit of a Lockheed Martin C-5 Galaxy.
To avoid real aircraft with your drone, all you need to do is fly below 400 feet
Above Ground Level (AGL) and it’s all good, RIGHT?
Wrong. It is a little more complicated than that.
If you enjoy flying drones, even as a hobby – you’ve unwittingly thrown yourself into the world of aviation. As an aviator, there are certain responsibilities that inherently come with the territory. The moment you lift off and send your drone into the heavens, you become responsible for any damage or injury it may cause to property or people. This includes other aircraft, and is no small responsibility. It is important to understand how your actions can affect the lives of others both in the air and on the ground.
In this post I’ll run through some things drone pilots can do to minimize the risk of having a midair collision with full scale aircraft. I will also provide you with links to some helpful documents and online tools you can use to be a better, more knowledgeable drone pilot. I have flown both drones and normal aircraft which range in size/complexity – from a Cessna 152 to a C-5 Galaxy. Therefore this writing comes from a shared perspective.
How to reduce the risk of midair collisions with full scale aircraft:
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