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  1. Rubbish, these guys have obviously got it all under control
  2. It will be big change for the traditional RC aero-modeler. These hobbyists have been safely flying radio controlled planes, gliders and helicopters for decades and I believe that it was these pilots that section 336 was really meant to protect from unnecessary regulation. Having to register back in December of 2015 was a big deal for these RC aero modelers but at least only the owner/pilot needed to register which was good as most have a large collection of aircraft. Are they now going to have to register every model that they fly ?. It will be interesting to see how the FAA implement an aeronautical knowledge and safety test for hobbyists. I see that the bill states that it can be administered by a CBO so I would imagine that the AMA would handle that at least for its members.
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    In Search of Outback Joe - UAV Challenge

    A technical debrief of the OBC from Andrew Tridgell or rather "Tridge" as he is known from the CanberraUAV team. http://canberrauav.org.au/outback-challenge-2018-debrief/
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    FAA Approves Flight Over People w/ Parachute System

    @Isabella | UAV Coach - interesting subject, check out the last few posts in this thread from earlier this year. I don't have experience with using a parachute system but I did watch a failed demo earlier this year. It looked like the drone had insufficient altitude and so the chute did not have time to fully deploy but it did show the audience what a drone looks like when crashing to the ground.
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    InterDrone Keynote Speakers Include Over One Dozen UAV Visionaries

    and while we are on the subject of hardware manufactured in China...... https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2018-10-04/the-big-hack-how-china-used-a-tiny-chip-to-infiltrate-america-s-top-companies
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    In Search of Outback Joe - UAV Challenge

    A great write up of the event by CASA's (Australia's FAA) flight safety magazine. https://www.flightsafetyaustralia.com/2018/10/challenge-sums-up-years-of-drone-history-and-growth/
  7. The Senate signed the bill today. https://www.modelaircraft.org/about-ama/advocacy
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    In Search of Outback Joe - UAV Challenge

    With no teams completing the 2018 UAV challenge I've started to think what sort of aircraft I would have designed and built to attempt this challenge. https://www.cio.com.au/article/647575/outback-joe-speechless-after-no-team-wins-medical-express-uav-challenge/ For a start it would have had to be able to fly a 30 mile round trip within 60 mins which includes a precise landing near outback Joe to retrieve his blood sample. It also has to be capable of VTOL as there is no clear take off or landing area. The radio link is also a challenge as although the mission has to be autonomous, telemetry has to be maintained as well as command override in case of issues. A second aircraft can be used as a communication relay station. I believe most teams used a fixed wing aircraft to achieve the long flight distance although one team had a large multi rotor using an onboard generator. I think the latter was a good choice as its simpler than a VTOL fixed wing design and I would imagine that it could also handle the wind much better than a fixed wing especially during take off and landing. Here is a copy of the rules UAVC Medical Express 2018 Rules V3.pdf
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    InterDrone Keynote Speakers Include Over One Dozen UAV Visionaries

    I see that Lorenze Meier recently co-founded a company called Auterion https://auterion.com and raised $10M in a seed round https://techcrunch.com/2018/09/04/auterion/ Looks like they want to be to PX4 as Redhat is to Linux. I have always used Ardupilot/Arducopter in my UAV builds and actually have never tried the PX4 stack. There seems to be a much better community with Ardupilot. Also with their move from Nuttx to ChibiOS as the under lying RTOS its opened up a whole new set of hardware that Ardupilot can run on.
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    InterDrone Keynote Speakers Include Over One Dozen UAV Visionaries

    With 3DR's fire sale of the Solo at Best Buys sometime ago I agree it is a wonder that they have any left but this link was tweeted by them today. https://3dr.com/resources/customer-stories/us-department-of-the-interior/ Their joint venture with Yuneec has to be an attempt to keep these contracts and obviously replace the Solo with the H520-G https://3dr.com/blog/yuneec-government-services/ The H520 Flight Controller firmware is already based on the open source PX4 stack and it looks like this G version has been developed, assuming by 3DR, as a special secure version for the government and so possibly accepted by the DOI even though the hardware is Chinese.
  11. My understanding is that hobbyist will not need to have part 107 certification but they will need to pass some sort of aeronautical test. They mention that that this could be administered by the FAA or COB like the AMA. Hopefully this will have a low age limit unlike 16 for part 107 as I can't imagine that they want to discourage kids from this hobby. After all they are the future workforce for this industry. Also it looks like hobbyist will have to obtain airspace authorization in the same way as part 107 holders instead of simply notifying the airport and ATC if flying within 5 miles of the airport.
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    In Search of Outback Joe - UAV Challenge

    Its over and here are the final results. https://uavchallenge.org/2018/09/28/day-5-of-uav-challenge-2018-no-overall-winner-in-medical-express/
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    In Search of Outback Joe - UAV Challenge

    Team Dhaksha - it takes 2 people to carry their drones! ok, it takes 4 to carry team Jetstream's one.