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  1. Parrot announced their ANAFI Thermal Drone earlier to today. Price is $1900.
  2. I recently came across this company https://werobotics.org and they partner with Flying Labs which have a location in Tanzania https://flyinglabs.org/tanzania/ It looks like they provide training.
  3. Parrot just announced the "ANAFI Thermal" which from the name is obviously an ANAFI drone equipped with a thermal camera https://www.parrot.com/us/drones/anafi-thermal
  4. Welcome @joshatwell to this forum. I just replied to your other post on renovating your old drones Cheers Richard - California
  5. I am sure that they could be made to fly again but it would be difficult to say what the cost would be. Do you still have the controllers or just the drones ?.
  6. Thanks to the https://www.dronepilotgroundschool.com I passed in the first week that the FAA introduced the certification back in 2016 but since then I have only flown recreational and so haven't found the need to take the recurrent test. Also since I learn't that my FAA part 107 certification never actually expires (unless the FAA revokes it for a good reason) and so I can take the recurrent test if I need to be operational commercially again. I imagine that I am a typical case and as Patrick points out the number of "operational pilots" has likely dropped. https://www.suasnews.com/2019/04/did-the-bottom-fall-out-of-the-sky-part-107-pilots-plummet/
  7. Welcome @Grunter53 to this forum. If you get hooked on this hobby, particularly FPV racing, you might want to consider building your own mini quads as you learn a lot and it makes repairs easier WHEN you crash. Here is an excellent build guide for beginners https://oscarliang.com/build-racing-drone-fpv-quadcopter/
  8. This is an excellent guide on building a mini FPV racing quad and although I've not built it myself I have used some of the parts that Oscar recommends in my drones. https://oscarliang.com/build-racing-drone-fpv-quadcopter/
  9. The Lake Victoria Challenge is open for registration and their competition manager was a guest on "Drone Stuff this Week" outlining the the competition rules.
  10. (Reuters) - Google parent Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOGL) Inc's drone service made its first air delivery in North Canberra, Australia, on Tuesday after getting approval from the country's civil aviation authority. https://wing.com/australia/canberra Interesting design of their VTOL UAV. Looks like it has 12 vertical lift motors and 2 for forward flight. Also the video show that the package delivery is performed by lowering the package by a winch mechanism rather than the UAV landing. Even using a fixed wing design I'm sure that the batteries can't last that long so would really restrict the distance it can fly.
  11. I thought that this recent post on diydrones from WeRobotics must be of interest to some. https://diydrones.com/profiles/blogs/new-online-course-on-cargo-drones-in-public-health
  12. The outline of the 2020 UAV Challenge medical rescue has been posted. This competition is held every 2 years and are opened to adult teams from around the world. https://uavchallenge.org/medical-rescue/ Also the UAV challenge rules for high school age students have been posted. This part of the UAV Challenge was started in 2018 and looks like it will happen again this year. https://uavchallenge.org/high-school/
  13. Welcome @Lane Liber to this forum. I can vouch that this is a great hobby for retirement. Personally I like to build my own UAVs as I get as much enjoyment building and tinkering as I do flying - Richard, California