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  1. Exactly. One of the great things about Skydio 2 is that the same technologies that enable it to avoid obstacles also enable operators to navigate more accurately in GPS denied environments.
  2. Good one. Guess I'll just cancel that contest I was going to run But, to chime in, I echo the sentiment about the obstacle avoidance being a "problem solver," particularly in urban environments and inspection use cases. Remeber the inspectors who crashed a drone into Millennium Tower (San Francisco) earlier this year?
  3. Thanks for letting me know @Av8Chuck ! I've fixed the link above, and here it is again - https://uavcoach.com/bosdff-winners/
  4. Hello UAV Coach Community. Our friends over at SkyWatch.AI have shared news with us about how drone pilots can earn reduced rates on drone insurance when they use the ParaZero SafeAir Parachute. UAV Coach members can get $50 off the ParaZero SafeAir Parachute system using the code UAVCOACH50. The following is a press release from SkyWatch.AI: SkyWatch.AI Drone Insurance Launches Partnership with ParaZero Drone Safety Systems to Benefit Safer Drone Pilots Palo Alto, California, December 4, 2019 SkyWatch.AI Drone Insurance, a prominent risk-assessment and InsurTech platform for the drone industry and ParaZero, the leading developer of advanced drone safety systems, announced today a collaboration that will allow drone pilots, using the SafeAir Parachute to receive reduced rates on their drone insurance. The companies have teamed up in order to further benefit safe pilots who take extra measures to reduce drone risks. Pilots with ParaZero’s SafeAir system can now share their flight data with SkyWatch.AI and receive a higher Safety Score that will provide them with a unique reduced rate. At the same time, SkyWatch.AI's pilots will be able to receive significant discounts for ParaZero's system in addition to their end-of-year prices. The collaboration between SkyWatch.AI and ParaZero will allow drone operators to dramatically mitigate risk through the ASTM compliant ParaZero system, reduce their insurance costs with SkyWatch.AI, and also apply for a Flight Over People waiver with the FAA. This cooperation brings with it added value to drone operators, and is another great advancement in the development of the commercial drone ecosystem. ParaZero’s SafeAir Systems support DJI Mavic and Phantom drone models, use independent computer and sensors to detect critical failures in real-time, stop the rotors, deploy a parachute, and bring down the drone at reduced energy, and enhanced safety. The systems have been tested thoroughly in real life flight failures and are compliant with ASTM F3322-18. The ParaZero systems are used in dozens of approved FAA 107.39 waivers for drone operations over people. “Safety has always been a main priority in SkyWatch.AI’s efforts to promote drone usage,” said Tomer Kashi, SkyWatch.AI CEO and Co-Founder. “We are proud to team up with ParaZero as we believe that pilots who use advanced safety systems such as the SafeAir parachute should be rewarded.” “ParaZero is thrilled to be partnering with SkyWatch.AI. This is a unique opportunity that allows drone operators who take all the safety measures to be rewarded for their efforts to mitigate risk.” said Eden Attias, CEO of ParaZero. About ParaZero ParaZero Technologies (www.parazero.com) is the leading developer of safety systems for the commercial drone industry. ParaZero’s autonomous SafeAir parachute systems are the only off-the-shelf systems to enable legal flight over people at scale in the United States, Canada and elsewhere. About SkyWatch.AI SkyWatch.AI is the world’s first on-demand, telematics-based insurance platform for the drone industry. The SkyWatch.AI platform leverages the power of machine learning to assess and mitigate risks and provide tailor-made hourly and monthly coverage for drone pilots across the US and UK. Drone insurance in the US is provided by SkyWatch Insurance Services, Inc. a licensed insurance broker in all US states where SkyWatch.AI operates and is underwritten by STARR Indemnity & Liability Company, the largest aviation insurer in the US (“A”, Excellent rating by A.M. best).
  5. From base jumpers to parkour athletes, to dives inside an abandoned power plant, the first run of the Boston Drone Film Festival (BOSDFF) was nothing short of exhilarating. We share the Grand Prize Winner’s video and other category winners in today's post: The Best Drone Videos and Photos from the First Boston Drone Film Festival — From Extreme Sports to Extravagant Landscapes Check out the winners and get inspired. Which photo or video from the Boston Drone Film Festival was your favorite or inspired you most? Let us know in the comments below.
  6. The FAA has fined a drone pilot $20,000 for multiple violations, including imposing a hazard to other aircraft when his flyaway DJI Phantom 3 drone landed at McCarran Airport in Las Vegas, NV. Watch the video: Drone Pilot Fined $20,000 For Landing Drone at McCarran Airport, Las Vegas Burciaga failed to pay the fine on time because he said he couldn't afford it. Do you think the fine was too high, or was the FAA justified in issuing the $20,000 penalty for his reckless drone operation? Chime in in the comments below. Is the FAA cracking down on regulations? In 2016, they had only issued about 20 penalties according to data obtained by VICE through the Freedom of Information Act. In 2018, the total number of penalties issued had increased to about 50 according to the U.S. Government Accountability Office report. Over the course of two years, that's not a large increase. But, the FAA is taking action to enforce drone regulations by increasing surveillance and updating registration requirements.
  7. Could this footage have been captured legally? I think in a different city, it would be more likely. But in New York City, the chances are a lot lower. Something that hasn't come up yet in this discussion in response to the video over New York City is the city's own set of strict drone laws. There are multiple city codes that ban drones in NYC (see Drone Laws New York). There are ways to fly in cities/populated areas safely without breaking FAA regulations. However, New York City in particular doesn't offer much flexibility considering their own local laws: New York City—City Restriction // 2017 This city restriction declares that drones are illegal to fly in New York City, and advises anyone who sees a drone being flown to call 911. Of course, that opens another can of worms regarding whether or not local governments should be able to create their own laws about the airspace when that authority is reserved soley for the FAA.
  8. For a very very limited time, our good friends at Drone Film Guide are offering an awesome discounted Black Friday Bundle for drone filmmakers and aerial videographers. On sale now through 12/2 at midnight ET, The Drone Film Guide Masterclass and Drone Film Grades LUT pack are available together for $224 (that's over $180 of savings!) We highly recommend their Masterclass and the LUTs pack is a valuable bonus. Details on the Black Friday Bundle here.
  9. Hydrogen fuel cells can keep a drone in the air a lot longer than LiPo batteries. But that’s just one of many reasons why hydrogen fueled drones are becoming more popular. Check out the benefits of this clean energy source, the top hydrogen drones on the market and their applications in the field in today's post: Top Hydrogen Fuel Drones: The Best Hydrogen Drones on the Market + Applications They Benefit Do you think hydrogen fuel cells will catch on as a primary power source for drones? Let us know in the comments below.
  10. SeaWorld has just been green-lighted by the California Coastal Commission to test out a drone light show in place of its nightly firework show. Granted that SeaWorld also obtains the proper approvals from the FAA, they will begin a test run of a nightly aerial drone show during February 2020. The show will involve 500 illuminated Intel Shooting Star drones, programmed to perform a 5-minute show. Drones are likely to become a staple in theme park entertainment in the future. Not only to replace firework shows, but as a part of rides and other attractions. Learn more in today's post: Will Drones Become the Newest Attraction at Theme Parks? In what creative ways can you envision drones taking part in theme park entertainment? With passenger drones in development by companies like AirBus and Ehang, I coIuld see them becoming a part of new thrill rides (think futuristic roller coaster) or park transit systems. Share your thoughts in the comments below.
  11. Our friends at LumeCube are on the verge of running their biggest Black Friday sale ever! The entire store will be discounted 20%-50% from November 25th - December 2nd. Even better, they have given us a $50 gift card to give away to help one lucky winner from the UAV Coach community add EVEN MORE Lume Cubes to their gear bag this Black Friday.Enter to win: Comment your favorite drone on this post before the deadline. Deadline to enter: 11/25/2019, 11:59 p.m. The winner will be announced on 11-27-2019, good luck!
  12. ParaZero is the first company to have an ASTM F3322-18 compliant drone parachute system for the DJI Mavic 2 and Phantom 4 series. Come again? What does this mean exactly? With ParaZero's drone parachute, you are more likely to be approved for operations over people. ParaZero has put its parachute system through the rigorous testing requirements of the standards organization, ASTM International, which gives regulators like the FAA, and other aviation authorities around the world, confidence in the system. It's one of the best drone parachutes available. Use code UAVCOACH50 to get $50 off a ParaZero drone parachute system and to receive your FAA Part 107.39 Waiver. ParaZero helps with the application, and receiving the FAA waiver gives you a 4-year blanket clearance to fly your drone over people in Class G airspace. Learn more about ParaZero's drone parachute system: The Best Drone Parachute — Your Key to Flying Over People Have you tested the ParaZero parachute system, or do you think you might try it out soon? Let us know in the comments below.
  13. NASA and the FAA recently completed the final phase of a 5-year research project aimed at developing an air traffic control system for drones. For five years, NASA has been testing its Unmanned Air Traffic Management System (UTM) concept in phases, with the final phase concluding August 23rd in Corpus Christi, Texas. The Corpus Christi demonstration was focused on advanced drone operations at altitudes between 200 feet and 400 feet within a dense city environment. City landscapes present unique challenges to drone traffic management, including: more obstacles to avoid, specific weather and wind conditions, reduced lines of sight, reduced ability to communicate by radio, and fewer safe landing locations. The Pittsburgh-based company, Near Earth Autonomy, provided a drone with a sensing/computing payload for handling contingencies requiring emergency autonomous landing. Near Earth’s drone was able to land successfully over 25 times during the demonstration. Learn more about the autonomous landing system and NASA's UTM research in our recent article: Near Earth Autonomy Helps NASA Open the Skies for Drones Comment below to share your thoughts on how NASA and its partners are addressing the challenges many of you face when operating drones in urban environments.
  14. The Nevada Institute for Autonomous Systems (NIAS) and FAA-designated Nevada UAS Test Site recently announced the official launch of its world premier business-to-business (B2B) trade and investment matchmaking platform for autonomous systems: the Nevada-Global Drone Trade Alliance (NV-GDTA). This membership-based platform focuses on delivering a series of annual marquee events to bring end-users, technology proponents and service providers, and investors together to identify the needs for novel technology solutions and the capability of autonomous systems to support commercialization, promote investment, and drive the autonomous systems industry forward. The NV-GDTA will focus on four key marque areas to include: Commercial UAV Seminar and Technology Demonstration; International Investment Forum; Federal Advocacy Fly-in (Regulatory/Legislative focused); and Outbound Trade and Investment Attraction Mission(s) to select key international trade shows/conferences. Learn more at http://nias-uas.com/nevada-global-drone-trade-alliance/.