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  1. Guys, this is one of the coolest things I've seen in a long time. Reuben Wu, creator of the mountain halo shots (the technique featured in the photo below), just released a new series of photos called Light Storm. And he gave us permission to share them. Read today's post to see all the photos from Light Storm, and to learn a little more about Reuben's creative process.
  2. Drone videos featuring sharks swimming dangerously close to beachgoers have become fairly common over the last few years. These videos are enthralling—not to mention disturbing—but new research is taking the potential of drone technology for capturing sharks beyond the realm of entertainment, using it as a tool to spot great whites and other dangerous sharks to help keep people safe. A project called SharkEye is one of the leaders in this effort, but a research initiative out of Australia may actually be at the head of the pack. Read our recent article on how drones are bei
  3. This week the FAA published airworthiness criteria for certifying 10 different drones as special aircraft. According to the FAA, the criteria proposed for these 10 drones provide a level of safety equivalent to the level of safety provided by existing airworthiness standards for other types of aircraft. The criteria create a clear path for other drone companies to follow in trying to secure type certification for their drones. Read today's post to learn more about the 10 drones proposed for type certification, and why this step forward could be significant for the drone ind
  4. InterDrone 2020 is now less than one month away, and we're starting to get pretty excited. In a recent blog post we took at the five co-located events happening at the conference this year. If you've been wanting to learn more about a specific aspect of the drone industry, attending one of these events could be a good way to fast track your knowledge—read on to learn about each of the five co-located events InterDrone is offering this year. The five events this year are: GeoDrone—Surveying & Mapping AECDrone—Construction UAS First Responder Summit—Public S
  5. InterDrone 2020 is now less than one month away, and we're starting to get pretty excited. In a recent blog post we took at the five co-located events happening at the conference this year. If you've been wanting to learn more about a specific aspect of the drone industry, attending one of these events could be a good way to fast track your knowledge—read on to learn about each of the five co-located events InterDrone is offering this year. The five events this year are: 1. GeoDrone—Surveying & Mapping2. AECDrone—Construction 3. UAS First Responder Summit—Public Sa
  6. DJI is opening up its Black Friday deals this year on November 20, and will keep them available for ten days, until November 30. Leading up to the launch of those deals you can enter a daily giveaway of each item that will be for sale during the ten-day period: Read today's post to see all the Black Friday deals that will go live this Friday on the DJI website.
  7. Cheers to productive dialogue! We always want to hear about ways we can do better. Related to my writing about the drone industry, I've heard from people before saying "How much are [insert drone company's name] paying you to say X, Y, or Z"—and the answer is, nothing. Honestly, there aren't any conspiracies, just sometimes a shortage of knowledge or an unintentional lack of perspective. All we're trying to do is report and we can have blind spots. Your notes really helped w/ this piece, and I appreciated the exchange. Breath of fresh air, frankly! Have a great weekend Chuck, a
  8. @Av8ChuckFyi, I've updated the article w/ the information I got from Everdrone's CEO (which was prompted by your comment), and updated the article w/ a note thanking you for the nudge:
  9. Hey @Av8Chuck, totally agree that the drone industry can sometimes inflate the importance of an event just for the sake of a press release, and this has especially been the case with drone delivery (remember that press release about Flirtey delivering donuts in 2016?). But I think you're off base here. After reading your comment I emailed the CEO of Everdrone asking for data around actual deployments/lives saved/any other relevant stats and he let me know that the researchers who are running the study are keeping that data private until they can share it in a medical journal article,
  10. A research project out of San Jose State University’s Fire Weather Research Laboratory has been using drones to study both the influence the atmosphere has on wildfires and that wildfires have on the atmosphere Wildfires move erratically, which can make them very hard to fight. But with nuanced meteorological information collected by drone, firefighters might be able to have a better sense for the ways a wildfire might behave, which could help them fight them more successfully. Read today's article to learn more about how drones can help us better understand wildfire mete
  11. Since June, EverDrone has been delivering Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) by drone to people experiencing cardiac arrest. The deliveries are part of a clinical study taking place in the Gothenburg area of Sweden, where they’re available to over 80,000 residents. The study is using three drone systems from EverDrone, placed strategically in a 3.7 mile (6 kilometer) radius throughout the city. A remarkable aspect of the defibrillator drone delivery program is that it is fully integrated with emergency dispatch. This integration is enabled by the delivery program’s partner
  12. After completing its stipulated three year period, the UAS IPP (UAS Integration Pilot Program) ended on October 25th. The next day, on October 26th, the FAA announced the launch of the BEYOND program, a new initiative that will continue the work started by the IPP. If you’re wondering what the name of the FAA’s new program signifies, from what we’ve found it’s not an acronym but rather an emphasis on the FAA’s prioritization of normalizing Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) operations in the U.S. Stakeholders in the commercial drone sector have been vocal for some time abo
  13. InterDrone 2020 is just six weeks away, and we’re pumped. Keynote talks from big names are always a big draw for conferences, which is why we’re going to devote this post to highlighting nine of the major speakers that will be featured at the annual InterDrone event this year. Read today's post to see our picks for the top 9 keynotes speakers at InterDrone 2020. Know you want to attend? Register now to save your spot for InterDrone 2020. Use promo code UAVCoach15 to get 15% off the cost of registration.
  14. A recent YouTube video shows a man stumbling across the DJI Mavic Mini 2 at a BestBuy and, well, just buying it—even though DJI hasn't officially released it yet. As of writing this article, the story and video have been shared on several drone news and tech outlets. Since we first saw it two days ago, it has climbed from a few hundred views to well over 80,000, and that number is sure to keep rising in the coming days. And, as you might expect, the internet is buzzing with speculation—several comments on the video accuse the maker of faking it, but even more point out that this
  15. @Archangel DronesI don't think so, but I haven't gotten to speak directly to any of these fire fighters so I don't really know. The impression I get is that they're so busy dealing with the fire that all they know is there's something in the sky making it so they can't use their manned aircraft to help with the fire. Probably DJI would be a majority though, definitely sounds likely!