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  1. Hi there fellow drone pilots. We're working on a resource here at UAV Coach to help drone pilots find places to fly their drones legally in the U.S. Sometimes, you may think your neighborhood park is the perfect place to take out your drone, only to find out there's a local ordinance there against it. With cities more commonly creating their own local drone rules on top of FAA regulations, it has become harder to find places to fly. How have you worked around this, and what drone-friendly flight locations have you discovered? We'd love to receive feedback from those of you who actively participate in this community forum. So, go ahead and drop a comment below with your favorite places to fly a drone.
  2. The Uniform Law Commission (ULC) has proposed a law that draws an arbitrary 200-foot line in the sky under which no drones can operate without permission from private property owners. If implemented in its current form, this law would cut drone operators’ accessible airspace in half in many areas. In a letter from 19 drone industry leaders, including AUVSI and DJI, the faults of the ULC's proposal are exposed. Learn more about the ULC's proposed law and why it's problematic for drone operators in our recent article: Backlash Against ULC Proposal to Ban Drones from Flying Below 200 Feet. This Friday, the ULC will convene in Detroit to discuss the proposal, and their decisions could shape the future of the American drone industry. In its current form, the ULC’s proposal is likely to cause significant controversy and could create a complicated patchwork of differing state laws that erode, rather than enhance, aviation safety. Share your thoughts on the ULC’s proposal and how it may impact the drone industry in the comments.
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    FAA Makes Major Drone ID Marking Change

    Thanks for sharing @Spitfire76 . You can get all the details of the new rule in our post: What Drone Operators Need to Know About the FAA’s Major Change to the Drone ID Marking Rule. The rule requires small drone owners to display the FAA-issued registration number on an outside surface of the aircraft. Owners and operators may no longer place or write registration numbers in an interior compartment.
  4. We’ve seen drones put to creative use in various drone light shows, but never before have we seen drones used for artisitc expression like during this year’s Mexico City Art Week. Last weekend, modified drones completed the world’s first live urban art installation powered by blockchain during the annual Mexico City Art Week. The event took place February 8-10 and marked the launch of the Drone Graffiti Project—a creative initiative to unite communities across virtual and physical worlds, empowering them to create unique artworks with drones in a collaborative manner. Get a better understanding of the technology behind the project, and take a look at some of the drones and artists in action during the event in our recent post: Artists Paint with Drones at Live Event for Mexico City Art Week | Tech Startups and Art Studios Collaborate on Drone Graffiti Project
  5. Delair, a leading supplier of commercial drone solutions, this month unveiled Delair Aerial Intelligence (—software that helps businesses process the large amounts of data they collect with unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs)/drones. The software can leverage drone data in a wide range of use cases, with analytics optimized for specific industries such as mining, quarries, construction, power and utilities, and agriculture. Learn more about how you can use the software for your business in our recent post: Transform Data from Drone-based Images into Actionable Insights for Your Business | About Delair’s New, Cloud-Based Software, We’ve been tracking Delair’s progress since they flew the world’s first commercial beyond-visual-line-of-sight (BVLOS) drone mission in 2012. Their noteworthy accomplishments have been stacking up since then, including a strategic partnership with Intel and an expanding line of long-range, fixed-wing drones. It’s the fixed-wing drone hardware that first gained Delair international recognition, but the company has fully evolved from the hardware-only supplier it once was. Delair now claims to have the largest team of software developers focused on drone data management of any company in the drone software space. This growth follows Delair’s acquisition of Airware’s software platform and development team in 2018. In the comments below, tell us what you think about Delair’s break into the software side of drone services.
  6. The newly available whitepaper from PrecisionHawk and Skylogic Research, The Economics of Using Drones for BVLOS Inspections, is a must-read for enterprise and commercial entities considering integrating beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) flights into their operations. The paper walks the reader through how to determine whether BVLOS is or isn’t economically viable for their company using four main factors and presents real-world case studies of companies that have benefited from BVLOS drone technology. Download the free whitepaper here. For highlights, key findings, and an exclusive interview with the authors, check out our most recent blog post. Share your thoughts on the findings from the whitepaper and our interview with the authors in the comments below.
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    Man Arrested for Flying Drone off Severn Bridge

    On the morning of New Year’s Eve, police closed the M48 Severn Bridge when a man was spotted climbing the bridge tower and flying a drone off it. The bridge passes over River Severn and serves as a major motor crossing between Wales and England. The bridge closure brought traffic to a halt in both directions and lasted for about 30 minutes. Alexandru Scutaru, 30, of Northampton, was charged with causing a public nuisance. He was released on police bail with conditions that he not go to either Severn crossing pending a court appearance. Scutaru is due to appear at Bristol Magistrates’ court in February. The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) administers the rules for flying a drone in the U.K.; however, they are not responsible for handling violations. Instead, the public is encouraged to report any concerns about drones being used in their area to their local police. Read the full story: Man Arrested for Flying Drone off Severn Bridge, Brings Traffic to a Stop | Legal Parameters of Flying a Drone in the U.K. What do you think of the CAA passing the responsibility of enforcing drone laws on to the police? How might local police prepare to respond to threats caused by rogue drones? Share your thoughts in the comments.
  8. Drones were present in a variety of forms at Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta, Georgia last week. Tethered quadcopters provided an added layer of security while pre-programmed drones lit up the sky during the halftime show. Present in record-breaking numbers, drones at the NFL championship game set a new precedent for unmanned aerial systems at major public events. Learn more about how the Super Bowl helped advance the industry’s pursuit to make drones regular participants in large-scale, public events and about the restrictions put in place to deter any illegal drone operations: Drone Presence at Super Bowl LIII Breaks Records and Sets New Precedent for Drone Use at Major Public Events Share your thoughts on the drone presence at Super Bowl LIII in the comments below.
  9. Starting today, a new, online masterclass is available for drone data analysts and organizations wishing to improve their data analysis results, especially in emergency and disaster scenarios. The class, Rapid Response Drone Data, teaches students how to capture and process drone data quickly during an emergency or disaster. In full, students who sign up for the class will have access to: 100+ video lectures that provide in-depth training on rapid-data analysis Software tutorials designed around off-the-shelf drone hardware and mapping software Example datasets and labs that provide hands-on experience in data processing Downloadable checklists and guides that cover everything from pre-planning for a disaster to options for hardware/software The course is designed for all skill levels and does not require drone ownership. For a limited time, UAV Coach readers can purchase the class with a discount. Use the code UAVCOACH2019 for $50 off the tuition when you sign up. This offer is only available for the first 100 members of the UAV Coach community that sign up and is good until March 1, 2019. Learn more about the class here. If you choose to take the class, or if you have taken a class with Scholar Farms in the past, share your experience below in the comments!
  10. Reforestation, a $62 billion industry, is one of the best ways to combat and recover from climate-change induced disasters, such as some wildfires. However, reforestation techniques have not changed in 100 years: trees are still planted by work crews with shovels—a slow, expensive, and grueling process in which recruiting labor is a challenge. However, DroneSeed is working to change that with semi-automated reforestation made possible with UAVs. DroneSeed recently announced the first-ever approval by the FAA to operate heavy-lift drone swarms weighing greater than 55 pounds. The drones will be used to accelerate reforestation by planting and protecting trees. Read the article here. Make sure to share your thoughts on DroneSeed’s exciting work with drones in agriculture and reforestation in the comments below.
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    Big guy

    Hi @Big Guy -- Welcome to the forum. Have you heard about how drones are being used for reforestation projects? You mentioned your interest in forestry management, so I think you may find this interesting. Drones For Good: DroneSeed Uses Drones in Post-wildfire Re-planting Project
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    I'm new to the drone world.

    Hi @Floridian1973 -- It's wonderful to hear about your excitement for drone technology. It is opening up new career and professional opportunities in a variety of industries, like real estate marketing, filmmaking, GIS mapping, and inspections. Pursuing your Part 107 is a great first step, and then starting to think about what drone applications most interest you. If you're already taking our course over at Drone Pilot Ground School, and keeping up with the news on UAV Coach, I'm sure you'll find a particular field that interests you. Best of luck on your drone journey.
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    Robert from South Carolina - New here at uavcoach

    Hi @Robert Nix -- You might be able to find some helpful guidance for growing a real estate marketing business with drones in this post: How to Build a Real Estate Marketing Business that Includes Drones. And welcome to the forum!
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    New here

    Hi there @Image360 -- Welcome to our community forum. This is a great place to gather inspiration from other drone photographers. Have you decided which online training to take, and are you working towards your Part 107 remote pilot certificate?
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    Pentagon Domestic Drone Use at All-Time High

    Department of Defense (DoD) drone operations have reached an all-time high in the United States according to new data released by the Pentagon. According to the data, the Pentagon deployed drones domestically more often last year than in the previous five years combined. When prompted to think about drone use by the military, many think about the deployment of armed drones in foreign wars. It’s not often that military drone use is discussed stateside/domestically. However, this new data reveals that military drone use is on the rise here at home in the U.S. But it may not be in the ways you expect. Learn more about the reasons behind the Pentagon's domestic drone operations in our recent article: How the Pentagon Uses Drones | DoD Domestic Drone Use Reaches All-time High. Just as the military is increasing their use of drones, so are civilians. Drones have been used by the military since the times of World War II, but the civilian and commercial use of drones has only taken off recently. The number of registered drone operators in the U.S. reached over 116,000 in 2018. Share your thoughts on the increasing use of drone technology in both the military and civil sectors in the comments below.
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    Pentagon Domestic Drone Use at All-Time High

    Hi @Av8Chuck You bring up an important point that the drones used by the DoD are manufactured by specific contractors. The article covers data from the entire 2018 fiscal year, including DoD operations prior to the ban. They deployed the DJI Phantom from the Chinese manufacturer during 2018 in two instances: (1) to provide installation support in DoD airspace at Camp Pendleton, CA and (2) to provide support at a public air show at Cherry Point, NC. Anyway, I think it's important to bring up the ban as you have, and I may add a note about it to the article.
  18. Reports of possible drone sightings temporarily halted flights at Newark Airport in NJ last week; however, the reports have yet to be confirmed, and some are suspecting the sightings weren’t drones at all. Drone industry insiders are frustrated with the increasing number of reports that drones are shutting down airports with little to no proof that drones were actually involved. Fingers aren’t to be pointed at those calling in to report what they think may be suspicious activity by a drone. Unauthorized and rogue drones operated outside of the parameters set by FAA regulations could pose a real safety threat and should indeed be reported. Rather, the frustration is directed toward the haste with which public media pins reports of any object spotted near an airport on drones before the sightings are confirmed. Read more about the Newark incident and the drone community's reaction in "Drone Industry Insiders Frustrated by Yet Another Unreliable Drone Sighting Report, This Time at Newark Airport in New Jersey." We'd like to hear your thoughts on the alleged drone sightings at Newark Airport and your ideas about how the drone industry can prevent these types of incidents from occurring in the future. Share your thoughts in the comments below.
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    Superbowl is Announced as No Drone Zone

    The FAA has posted a reminder letting Super Bowl fans know the Mercedes-Benz Stadium is a No Drone Zone. Here's the press release: The airspace around Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta is a “No Drone Zone” for Super Bowl LIII, on Feb. 3, 2019, and during three days leading up to the event. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will establish a Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) on game day that will prohibit drones within a 30-nautical-mile radius of the stadium up to 17,999 feet in altitude. The TFR will be in place from 5:30 p.m. to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. Some general aviation operations may be allowed within the TFR provided they meet specific security and operational requirements. The FAA also will restrict drone flights for one nautical mile around the stadium up to an altitude of 1,000 feet on January 31, February 1 and 2 from 10 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, and on February 3 from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., at which time the TFR for the game takes effect. Further details are available in the drone TFRs. Please see NOTAM numbers 9/5085 and 9/5087-5089. Pilots and drone operators who enter the TFRs without permission could face civil penalties that exceed $20,000 and potential criminal prosecution for flying drones in the TFR. Detailed information for general aviation and drone pilots is available at FAA's Super Bowl LIII webpage. Drone pilots should check the FAA’s B4UFly app to determine when and where they may fly. To highlight the “No Drone Zone,” the FAA produced a 20-second video encouraging Super Bowl fans to bring their lucky jerseys, face paint and team spirit to the game – but leave their drones at home – because the stadium and the area around it is a No Drone Zone.
  20. On Monday, January 14, the FAA shared a draft of what will be the largest and most significant regulatory update to present for drone pilots since LAANC went into effect. The FAA has proposed to make operations over people and at night legal, under certain circumstances, without a waiver. Hip-hip-hooray! We can just hear the cheering of drone pilots across the country who’ve been waiting a long time for this kind of operational freedom and flexibility. We've provided a complete summary of the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on our blog. Read through to get an idea of how these proposed rules could change things for recreational and commercial drone pilots. "New FAA Rules Would Let Drone Pilots Fly at Night and Over People Without a Waiver"
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    We Explain the FAA's Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM)

    @AirUpThere Possibly. DJI will have to submit their drones to the FAA for approval before they're allowed to be flown over people. The FAA says they will maintain a publicly available list of UAS that meet the criteria for flights over people. To be included on the list, manufacturers will have to submit a Means of Compliance. This means the manufacturer will need to “develop a test and present evidence to the FAA showing that the test is appropriate and accurately demonstrates compliance” (NPRM, 15). It may be a while (possibly years) before we see any drones officially approved for flights over people under these new proposed regulations.
  22. Remote identification is an essential component of developing an unmanned aircraft traffic management system (UTM). A UTM implemented across the national air space (NAS) would allow drones to operate beyond visual line-of-sight safely, without posing risk to other unmanned and manned aircraft. In order to track the status of drones and provide that information to UTM managers, the FAA must find a way to remotely identify drones and the persons flying them. The FAA has issued a Remote Identification Request for Information (RFI). The RFI will help the FAA select a small group of industry partners to develop a technical and legal framework for initial prototyping and testing of a remote ID system. Companies like Google, KittyHawk, and AirMap are already at work developing remote ID solutions. See what they're up to and learn more about the FAA's RFI in "FAA Issues Request for Information (RFI) from Industry Partners Interested in Developing Remote ID and Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM) Systems." And please share your thoughts on the FAA’s latest remote ID and UTM initiatives in the comments below.
  23. Do you have a drone search and rescue story? Share it with us in the comments below. Drones continue to assist in search and rescue missions, most recently saving a trapped hiker at Snowy Canyon in Utah. A search and rescue team in Snowy Canyon State Park, Utah used a drone to help rescue a hiker trapped on a ledge at night earlier this month. Using a drone to save someone’s life used to be something of a novelty. But these days, it seems like drones are being used more and more in search and rescue scenarios, and proving instrumental in those operations. Read more stories of how drones are being used in search and rescue scenarios in "5 Stories Showcasing Ways Search and Rescue Uses Drones to Save Lives." Don't forget to share your drone search and rescue stories with us in the comments.
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    New Drone Laws in Canada

    Canda’s national aviation authority, Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA), has announced new drone regulations to take effect June 1, 2019. These new regulations differ significantly from regulations in the U.S. Primarily, these new regulations will allow commercial and recreational drone pilots to operate under the same rules. Rather than distinguishing between commercial and recreational operations, Canada's new regulations are divided into 'basic' and 'advanced' operations. Learn more in our recent article: "Canada Announces New Drone Laws That Allow Recreational and Commercial Pilots to Operate Under Same Rules | Plans to Implement June 2019"
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    CES 2019 Drone Tech Reveals

    Brand new drone technology was showcased at CES 2019 this week, from home security drones to autonomous fishing drones. There were over 170 exhibitors in the drone category at the annual conference and showcase this year, including DJI and Skyward. Take a look at some of the best drone technology reveals of CES 2019. CES 2019 Delivers New Drone Technology, From Home Security Drones to Autonomous Fishing Drones What were your favorite moments and announcements from CES 2019? Share your thoughts in the comments.