Till we get to the point we are wearing jetpacks, operating a drone is the nearest most people will come to flying.
Since the software and hardware technologies such as mobile phones, lithium-ion batteries, and cameras have emerged, the features and layouts which were limited to Hollywood movies are now available at your electronic retailer. You can now spend less than $1,000 to get a drone that shoots 4K video, pilots itself automatically, and stays in the air for thirty minutes.
Even better, the low end of the market has also grown; today, $50 is enough to buy a quadcopter drone with an integrated camera.
There could be as many as150,000 drone jobs in Europe by the year 2050, says a report out from the EU Committee of Britain’s House of Lords. Those jobs include manufacturing and other support work in addition to piloting. In the United States, the drone business has claimed there will be a similar bonanza. But there are a few catches.
People will need to learn how to fly them. In the United Kingdom, commercial drone pilots require a type of aviation permit; regulations ban them from being flown over built-up regions or crowds, or out of sight. But the aviation sector is still worried. It’s said that “leisure” users may at some time cause “a catastrophic accident,” which could harm the development of the business, the report states.
On appeal by the European Commission, Member States, and other stakeholders, EASA developed a proposal for proportionate, an operation centric, risk- and performance-related regulatory framework for all uncrewed aircraft (UA). A general idea, setting three sections of UAS operations (‘open,’ ‘specific’ and ‘certified’) with different security provisions, proportionate to the threat, was introduced with the publication of Advance Notice of Proposed Amendment (A-NPA 2015-10) in July 2015 and a Technical Opinion in December 2015.
The main classes of UAS operations are:
- The ‘open’ class is a category of UAS operation that, considering the risks involved, do not require a prior authorization from the competent authority nor a statement by the UAS operator before the operation takes place;
- The ‘specific’ class is a division of UAS operation which, considering the risks involved, requires an authorization from the competent authority before the process occurs, taking into consideration the mitigation measures identified in an operational risk assessment, except for specific regular scenarios where a statement by the operator is adequate or if the operator holds a light UAS operator certification (LUC) with the suitable rights;
- The ‘certified’ category is a kind of UA operation which, considering the risks involved requires the certificate of the UAS, a certified remote pilot and an operator approved by the competent authority, to be able to guarantee an appropriate level of security.
Ultralight flying signifies one of the fastest and surest ways to experience the joys of aviation. From powered-parachutes and trikes to conventional fixed wings and even rotorcraft and amphibians, ultralights are enjoyable, exciting, and typically, remarkably affordable. Flying ultralights isn’t a step-down or up, however, a step into a totally different and thrilling sector of the flying community.
In the U.S., Flying an ultralight does not need a medical certification or license of any type or a permit, providing the aircraft in compliance with the Federal Aviation Regulation called Part 103. Part 103 defines an ultralight as an aircraft that meets the following criteria: Continue reading
Camera drones play pivotal roles in aerial imaging, and they also serve various other purposes. The latest advancements in drone technology can go a long way in revolutionizing the way multiple organizations conduct their business. Drone technology can also improve the operations of numerous sectors like security, film, construction, and photography among others.
The new Mavic 2 Enterprise features a foldable and ultra-compact design with advanced controls. The drone also has accessories that help the users to perform critical missions under challenging conditions. For example, this drone enhances operations such as firefighting, law enforcement, emergency response as well as infrastructure inspections. The drone’s compact design helps it to sustain different kinds of weather conditions while maintaining its efficiency.
The drone’s powerful features are designed for educators, governments, business, and other professionals. The UAV is reliable, and it can help different people to do their work better. The new Mavic 2 makes technology accessible to various enterprises. It also allows businesses to revolutionize the way they do their job. Companies that are ready to embrace the drone technology in their operations can immensely benefit from using DJI’s Mavic 2 Enterprise. Continue reading
We all have great ambitions when we buy our first drones. We can visualize the perfect flight with our new quadcopter gliding effortlessly through the sky. We consider all the great shots we can take from this new vantage point. But, it is far to easy to get ahead of ourselves. You may have the means to get airborne, but you also need plenty of skill and drone pilot training to do so in style.
It can take hours of study and careful drone pilot training to get to grips with these machines. They are intricate pieces of technology that demand respect. Therefore, you need to master some of the basics of flight before you start showing off.
Ideally, you need to understand the following before you set off on any grand adventure.
- The basic specifications and jargon associated with your machine
- The fundamental controls for flight
- Safety considerations and checklists that are essential before any flight
- Some of the most important flight patterns
The popularity of drones in the United States as well as in other countries is on a rapid increase. Indeed, drones are now used in some applications which are categorized into recreational and nonrecreational (commercial) applications. In addition to that, the regulatory framework guiding the use of drones in the United States has gradually changed.
One of the most recent of these changes is the introduction of what is popularly known as Part 107 regulations which make it mandatory for those who fly their drones for commercial purposes to get certified.
Certification is received when commercial drone pilots take and pass the FAA remote pilot test also known as the FAA Airman/ Aeronautical Knowledge Test. It is important to note that drone pilots who strictly fly for recreational purposes do not require certification under Part 107.
This guide is meant to help prepare those planning on taking the FAA aeronautical knowledge test and to set them up to pass the test.
To the untrained eye, ultralight aircraft, with their small body and minimal construction can seem like a dangerous option for pilots. There are plenty of scary stories about how these seemingly flimsy planes are deathtraps that all respectable pilots should avoid.
However, many experienced fliers insist that these machines don’t deserve their bad reputation as a dangerous craft. Many are eager to highlight that any blame for accidents lies with the pilot, not the plane. Continue reading
Popular Ultralight Aircraft
A microlight is a type of an aircraft designed to carry not more than two persons. Although the operating weight and speed differ depending on countries, the maximum take-off operating limit is 450kg in Europe.
There are several aircraft which qualifies as ultralights and this depends on their constructional design. In fact, with the advancement in technology, an ultra-light drone has recently been developed with a fixed wing and with a digitally stabilized HD camera. Keep on reading!