Drones Are Changing Our Relationship With Flight

Will unpredicted results set off civic outrage as aircraft’s sound and sight become more integrated into everyday life? Apart from the Jetsons-like’ look in the cool technologies,’ you will find policy discussions that must be had.

That is easier said than done. Even people with a financial stake in these emerging technologies aren’t sure how everything will play out. Some impacts can be planned for others, especially those that influence people’s lives and social behavior. Trying to envision what people do is tough.

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In The Market For A Drone? Here Is What To Buy!

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.

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Trained To Fly Drones – Now Where Do You Find A Job?

Drone Pilot Jobs

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.

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EU Announces New Rules For Drone Operators

Background

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.

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How To Get Started Flying Ultralight Aircrafts

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

Latest Advancements In Camera Drones

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.

Mavic 2 Enterprise from DJI

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

Drone Pilot Training Tips For Those Learning To Fly

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

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A Guide to Drone Regulations in Selected European Countries

There is no denying that Europe is one of the smallest continents in the world. It is also home to some of the most breathtaking and memorable sites in the world including the Alps, Stonehenge and the Eiffel Tower among other attractions.

It is no wonder then that Europe is one of the most popular destinations for American tourists with up to 12.6 million Americans visiting the continent in 2015. Countries such as Spain, France, and the United Kingdom are ranked among the top ten tourism ready economies in the world.

Given the increasing popularity of drones, it comes as no surprise that more travelers are carrying their unmanned systems with them. While some carry them to capture the scenes and sites, others carry them for other professional purposes such as business, research, aerial photography and even film shooting. Continue reading

10 Of The Best Commercial Drone Pilot Training Institutions

In 2013, the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International projected that drones would create at least 100,000 new jobs by the year 2025.

In 2016, the importance of drones to the economy of the United States was illustrated when new regulations were introduced allowing the commercial use of drones albeit under certain conditions.

Drones are used for a wide range of purposes and in a wide range of non-military industries. For example, in making deliveries, in the media industry, for scientific research/conservation, law enforcement, photography/film, utility industries, entertainment and also disaster management. Continue reading

Detailed How-To-Guide on Getting Part 107 Remote Pilot Certificate

If you are familiar with the FAA certification and other aviation laws, you probably may have come across the term “Part 107 Remote Pilot Certificate or Drone Permit”.

It has various names including, UAV certificate, drone permit, commercial drone license, drone license, and drone pilot license. Nevertheless, the correct term to be used is a Remote Pilot Certificate (RPC). It is a must-have for individuals who operate drones on a commercial scale of for state purposes. Continue reading

Are Ultralight Aircrafts Safe to Fly?

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

Here is the List of Popular Ultralight Aircraft

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!