Isabella | UAV Coach

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  1. Here at UAV Coach, we've already started to plan out our initiatives to enrich the education and training sector of the drone industry in 2020. But first, we thought it would be nice to take a look back on some of our favorite moments and achievements from 2019. From celebrating our company 5-year anniversary to issuing our first-ever drone industry survey, from granting college scholarships to training professional drone pilots across the country. Take a look back on our biggest moments of 2019: UAV Coach 2019 Year in Review: Company Highlights and Achievements And We want to hear from you. What we can do to help you learn about the drone industry in 2020? Whether it’s a new guide, class, or hands-on resource, let us know in the comments below.
  2. For those of you looking for more information on the Proposed Rule, we've put together this article that explains the FAA's proposal, why it concerns us, and what you can do to help change the proposed rule before it’s finalized: We’re Concerned About the FAA’s Proposed Rule on Remote ID (Here’s Why And How You Can Help) What I found concerning about the NPRM was the cost analysis. The NPRM describes a data subscription plan that drone users would purchase from designated UAS Service Suppliers (probably some of the same players who offer LAANC access). The FAA has estimated that the subscription would cost drone pilots $2.50/month on average per operator. That doesn't sound like much, but what will the initial cost be to upgrade equipment if your old drone isn't compatible? It sounds like cell phone data plans, which have gotten very expensive over the years, especially for "unlimited" plans.
  3. Effective Jan. 13, 2020, people seeking an FAA Remote Pilot Certificate (or any type of airman certificate) will have to register on the IACRA website first and obtain an FAA Tracking Number (FTN) before being allowed to schedule the test. f you have an existing Remote Pilot Certificate, you actually already have an FAA Tracking Number (FTN) for the Unmanned Aircraft General Test. The FTN will allow you to schedule future test dates using an online process instead of having to call the testing center directly. More details here: FAA Changes Testing Process for Drone Pilots — How to Obtain an FAA Tracking Number (FTN)
  4. Hi @David Woodham - Please check out our drone training at https://uavcoach.com/drone-training/. We have instructors across the U.S. including in the Atlanta area. You can submit a booking inquiry and tell us more about your training needs. We offer custom hands on training tailored to your needs. Please reach out if you have any questions!
  5. Hi @Ahmad Jamali What are you hoping to gain from the mentorship? Are you looking for hands-on drone training or educational resources on a particular drone application? I may be able to point you to some resources. Best, Isabella
  6. Hi folks, If you are new to the drone industry and not yet certified under Part 107, you will want to familiarize yourself with all the elements of the FAA Part 107 Rule: What is the FAA Part 107? The Drone License Requirement Explained In this explanatory guide, you will learn about: What the FAA Part 107 allows you to do Where to take the FAA Part 107 test for your commercial drone license Study guides to help you pass the FAA Part 107 test How the FAA Part 107 has changed since it was first implemented Let us know if you find the guide helpful. Do you have other questions about the FAA Part 107? Let us know in the comments below.
  7. Thank you @Dave Pitman. We appreciate your support and are excited to be able to work closely with the FAA on the new Recreational Drone Flyer Test.
  8. This week, the FAA announced the 12 organizations selected to advise the agency in developing the Recreational Drone Flyer Test. We are excited to announce that UAV Coach has been selected as one of the organizations, and we will be participating in developing the test administration process. UAV Coach was selected on account of our response to a Request for Information (RFI) issued by the FAA earlier this year. The FAA’s objective is to work with third-party entities to allow them to administer the knowledge training and test content on various platforms for the recreational flyer community. These are all 12 organizations selected to advise the FAA in developing the recreational test administration process: UAV Coach Embry Riddle Aeronautical University Drone Launch Academy / Southeastern University Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC) DJI Horizon Hobby, LLC. King Schools Unmanned Safety Institute First Person View (FPV) Freedom Coalition Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association Academy of Model Aeronautics Drone Racing League Learn more about the upcoming Recreational Drone Flyer Test requirement and how UAV Coach will be involved: UAV Coach Selected Among Drone Stakeholders to Help the FAA Develop the Recreational Drone Flyer Test And, we want your input on what would make the Recreational Drone Flyer Test most accessible and simple for you to accomplish. Share your ideas and thoughts in the comments below so we can take them into consideration as we work with the FAA and drone stakeholders to develop the test administration process.
  9. Thanks for letting me know @Av8Chuck ! I've fixed the link above, and here it is again - https://uavcoach.com/bosdff-winners/
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. A new law requires UK drone and model aircraft operators to register and complete an online test by November 30. Many are opposed to the new requirement. The primary complaint is over the £9 (about $11.50 USD) annual registration fee. Additionally, members of model flying associations feel they should be exempt from the registration and testing requirements. Learn more about the registration requirement and what model flying associations are saying about it in today's post: UK Drone Pilots and Modellers Displeased With New Registration Law Taking Effect This Month While we feel that a drone registration system does enhance safety and accountability among the sUAS community, the UK registration scheme places a heavier burden on flyers than in other countries. In the U.S., drone operators are required to register their drones for about half the cost and the registration is good for three years. In France, registration is legally required but free. Is the new registration requirement in the UK fair? Tell us what you think in the comments below.
  15. Hi @Ron Knepper - Thanks for joining the forum. Hopefully you've had a chance to review our FAA Part 107 Certification Guide. If you have any questions on where to go from there, please post!
  16. Let’s be honest, drone pilots — most of us have made a few flying flubs we don’t care to admit to. What mishaps did you experience as a beginner? Share your stories in the comments. An amateur pilot eager to fly their new drone straight from the box has a high chance of either crashing or unknowingly breaking the law. But, there is good news. You can easily avoid some of the most common drone pilot mistakes if you know what to watch out for. Here are the top 10 drone pilot mistakes and how to avoid making them.
  17. @Stine - Please be sure to update us once the position has been filled.
  18. Hi @Saksham Bhutani - Can you share this in our 3D/GIS/Land Surveying/Mapping forum category here https://community.uavcoach.com/forum/13-3d-gis-land-surveying-mapping/
  19. Great work @Dmitry Efremov! I enjoyed the soundtrack you picked to pair with this video; it's a good fit!
  20. Commercial and hobbyist drone pilots may find themselves equipping their drones with remote identification technology before the year is up. The Drone Advisory Committee (DAC) has proposed that a voluntary program be implemented until the FAA establishes a Final Rule for remote identification. This program would ask manufacturers or operators to equip their drones with remote identification technology in exchange for certain privileges. At their most recent quarterly meeting, the DAC suggested providing incentives to operators who voluntarily use UAS equipped with Remote ID. These included incentives such as expedited waiver requests, waived drone registration fees, and improved airspace access. Learn more about the suggested incentives in today's post: Drone Pilots Who Voluntarily Equip their Drones with Remote ID Could Receive Major Benefits. Should the FAA decide to implement these incentives, we imagine a majority of commercial drone operators would be willing to comply in order to expand their operational capabilities. Comment below on if you would voluntarily equip your drone with Remote ID in exchange for any of the DAC’s proposed incentives.
  21. This is from the Arizona State Park website: Q: Can I use my drone/plane (Quadcopter/UAV) in a state park? A: The current rule is all recreational drone use is prohibited in state parks. Commercial use will be evaluated with a Filming Permit for news, publicity, and promotional purposes. Film Permit rules require insurance and a current FAA drone registration permit. Final decision and any fees associated with access is at the discretion of park management. Access to areas beyond park boundaries (National Forest, State Trust Lands, Game & Fish and other agencies) may require additional permission and/or permits. Please consult with appropriate agency for details. As local, state and national laws and technology continue to change, ASPT will evaluate updates to current rules. Based on the above, I would not fly a drone in Red Rock State Park. You could contact the park directly and ask for a permit.
  22. The Blue Ribbon Task Force (BRTF) is pushing U.S. Congress and the Canadian Cabinet to take action after recent drone incidents at and around North American Airports. The Task Force released its report on unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) integration, detection, identification, and mitigation in and around airports earlier this month with recommendations for a ‘shared responsibility’ approach to UAS detection. The BRTF takes the position that airports should not be burdened with undertaking this operation alone. Learn more in our article, Blue Ribbon Task Force Calls for Government Action and Trained Law Enforcement to Safeguard Airports from Unauthorized Drones. We'd like to know your thoughts on the Task Force’s recommendations for airports, the FAA, and Transport Canada in the comments below.
  23. Our friends over at AeroVista and FLIR recently put together a good talk on drone programs in public safety in their latest podcast episode: DELTA Podcast Episode 20: Featuring AeroVista In this episode, Randall Warnas of FLIR and Brendan Stewart of AeroVista, discuss the impact drone technology is having on the public safety space. You can find FLIR at These Upcoming Events Pix4D User Conference, Oct. 1-2 DroneDeploy Conference, Oct. 16-17 Commercial UAV Expo, Oct. 28-30 Find more thermal drones and payload education and tips at www.flir.com/delta.
  24. The Boston Drone Film Festival celebrates the creative pursuit of the best drone cinematographers and drone photographers from around the world. Filmmakers and photographers are invited to submit their work until the extended deadline, October 7, 2019. Submit your work for a chance to win the grand prize: a 10-day, all-inclusive travel adventure in the American Southwest. NOMINATION & NOTIFICATION Festival Nominees will be chosen by a Jury of leading producers, directors, drone operators, photographers and creatives. Festival Nominees will be announced on or around October 9th, 2019. The People’s Choice Award will be voted on by the online community, with the Winner announced prior to and screened at the 2019 Boston Drone Film Festival. Finalists in the 360° and Photography Categories will have their work displayed at the 2019 Screening, Events and Website. All nominated submissions will be posted at www.bostondronefilmfestival.com and notified by email. If nominated, exhibition format digital files will be requested from the artist. Good Luck!