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How Technology Improves Commercial Drones

DR1 Race at Mohave Boneyard – Behind the Scenes

Air Traffic Control for Drones

FPV Racing Drone Super-Fast Fixes

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Air Traffic Control for Drones

Within the next few years, millions of drones may be regularly flying over U.S. skies, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, better known as NASA, is working with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and industry partners on developing a system for managing drone air traffic. We recently spoke with NASA’s Parimal Kopardekar, Ph.D., manager […]
DR1 Race at Mojave Boneyard – Behind the Scenes

DR1 Race at Mojave Boneyard – Behind the Scenes

Setting up a single, highly competitive first-person-view (FPV) race is a lot of work. You need a location and a course setup, and you need to get the word out to competitors. Then you need to pull together your crew, lay down the rules, and get the video signals locked in so that each pilot […]

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Racing Drone Super Fast Fixes

Racing Drone Super Fast Fixes

FPV drone racing is unlike anything else I have ever tried, and it is extremely addictive. But to be competitive, you have to push it to the limits, and that means crashes—and more crashes. While these drones are pretty tough, there are times that repairs are needed. We visited with Daniel Sandoval, who does maintenance […]
How Technology Improves Commercial Drones

How Technology Improves Commercial Drones

A new industrial revolution is underway, and drones are a major catalyst. These airborne machines are being embraced by industries ranging from agriculture to energy and even insurance. In some instances, the capabilities afforded by drones are forcing companies to completely rethink the ways they do business. The current widespread employment of commercial drones was […]

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Drone News: Flyability Used in Law Enforcement

Drone News: Flyability Used in Law Enforcement

Watch out! This basketball-size drone is being used by one of the most prestigious special law enforcement units in the world, RAID (Research, Assistance, Intervention, Deterrence), to perform indoor reconnaissance and intelligence in complex enclosed spaces. The Elios drone can bounce off walls and objects, so it’s ideal for use in situations inside buildings, and […]
Commercial Drone Insurance for AMA Members — Interview with Jeff Nance

Commercial Drone Insurance for AMA Members — Interview with Jeff Nance

For over 40 years, the Academy of Model Aeronautics, (the world’s largest model aviation association), has offered its membership liability insurance for recreational flying of model aircraft.  Recently, the AMA announced that it is now officially serving the commercial drone community and pilots by offering commercial drone insurance benefits for those who fly for business. […]

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Act Now to Save Section 336!

Act Now to Save Section 336!

Many people today who are involved professionally in aviation, both manned and unmanned, started as hobby flyers of model aircraft. And many of these professionals still fly as hobbyists in addition to their professional capacities. Section 336 is the part of the FAA Act that allows hobbyist and recreational model aircraft flights without the burden […]
Drone News: AUVSI

Drone News: AUVSI

The AUVSI XPONENTIAL is one of the leading drone expos, and it will be happening from April 30 – May 3 in Denver, Colorado.  If you are looking forward to cutting-edge content of unmanned use within the aerospace on topics like UAS in the NAS integration efforts, cyber security vulnerabilities then this is the show […]

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DIY Drone Racer  – Kit Building Made Easy

DIY Drone Racer – Kit Building Made Easy

First-person-view (FPV) racing has changed the face of radio control. World-class race events and network TV coverage have combined to pull in huge numbers of racers with no prior background in traditional aeromodeling. While there are some nice ready-to-fly quadcopters on the market, FPV racing is ideal for those who like to build their machines. […]
Blade Inductrix FPV + RTF With Headset Conversion [VIDEO]

Blade Inductrix FPV + RTF With Headset Conversion [VIDEO]

From Blade: The Blade® Inductrix® FPV + quadcopter is the next generation of micro FPV drones. Building on the success of the Inductrix and Inductrix Pro, this 8mm motor version comes ready to FPV right out of the box with zero fuss. With its integrated camera/video transmitter, Spektrum™ 4.3″ monitor with Digital Video Recording, and […]
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