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  1. @Dmitry Efremov - pasted the video in for easier viewing. Thanks for sharing!
  2. Yuneec announced Mantis G at Interdrone last week in Las Vegas. The new drone is an upgraded version of the Mantis Q (launched last year) with a new integrated gimbal for smoother videos and sharper photos. Yuneec is marketing the drone as the must-have drone “for all those who want to spice up their social media profiles,” dubbing this a souped-up selfie drone. But that’s nothing to scoff at. Taking a look at the specs, we can see why videographers and photographers of all sorts would like to get their hands on this drone. Learn more about Mantis G in our article: Yuneec Expands Mantis Series with New Selfie Drone: Mantis G
  3. The timeline for launching a drone traffic management system (UTM) continues to see delays, but recent FAA demonstrations give us a boost in confidence that drone operators will have such a system to operate within in the near future. The FAA, NASA, and their partners recently conducted three demonstrations involving multiple advanced drone operations in close proximity to each other at low altitudes (below 400 feet). The demonstrations included package delivery, aerial videography/photography, field surveys, utility inspections, and newsgathering. View video of the demonstrations and learn more about the progress being made toward the deployment of a UTM in this article: FAA Demos Manage Multiple Drone Flights in Close Proximity, Setting a Foundation for UTM System
  4. InterDrone 2019 kicked off this week in Las Vegas, Nevada with 2,500+ attendees as well as over 135 exhibitors. Keynote speaker Michael Chasen of PrecisionHawk says we’re at the end of a chasm and Dan Elwell of the FAA says the industry is making practical progress. Catch more of the highlights from InterDrone in today's article: Michael Chasen and Dan Elwell Evaluate the Drone Industry, “We’re Crossing the Chasm.” | InterDrone 2019 Keynotes We were stoked to attend the conference for the fifth year in a row. It’s been great to reconnect with existing partners and industry friends, and with our Drone Pilot Ground School students. We hosted a student breakfast onsite at the conference—thanks to everyone who could make it!
  5. Before flying your drone, you should always conduct airspace research. You'll want to look at the Sectional Chart, interpret the regulations, and think through your intended flight operations and how to best mitigate risk. All of this can be intimidating for a lot of folks, but in this article we put together with Altitude Angel we simplify the process by running through the basics of conducting airspace research as a drone pilot. sUAS Airspace Research: 5 Tips to Help With Your Drone Flight Mission Planning
  6. Hurricane Dorian became the strongest and most destructive storm The Bahamas has ever seen as a Category 5 storm over Labor Day weekend. At least 20 deaths have been reported. The hurricane continues to make its way up the United States' eastern coast this week as a Category 2 storm, bringing destructive wind, tornadoes, storm surges, and heavy rainfall. Recovery and relief efforts are already underway, with drones playing an essential role. Florida Power & Light deployed 58 drones to help crews visualize damage in dense or flooded areas that would have been difficult to reach on foot. With the drone-collected visuals and data, FPL was able to determine where to prioritize their efforts and send their crews. Of course, prior to flying near any disaster area, general aviation and drone pilots should check NOTAMs and TFRs. Drone pilots must comply with FAA rules and should: Avoid flying in the area unless conducting an active disaster response or recovery mission. Be aware that the FAA might issue a TFR in the affected area. Be sure to check for active TFRs if you plan to fly. Remember that you cannot fly inside a TFR without FAA approval. More on Hurricane Dorian drone emergency response efforts here. Will you be in the path of Hurricane Dorian or involved with relief efforts?
  7. FPV drone pilots are enjoying a tidal wave of new tech recently. DJI kicked off the trend last month when they launched the DJI Digital FPV System, followed by the Drone Racing League’s release of the new DRL Racer4 Street, and Fat Shark announced that they’ve been working on an HD FPV system called Byte Frost. Now, Parrot is the latest manufacturer to hop on the wagon, announcing the ANAFI FPV just this week. This may seem like a surprising move on behalf of Parrot considering that the French drone company reported a 45% drop in revenue during the third quarter of 2018 and plans to cut 100 jobs. But, then again the move makes sense since Parrot ceased the production of most of its drones to focus solely on the ANAFI. Learn more about the ANAFI FPV here and tell us what you think of Parrot’s strategy to stay in the game and maintain its presence in the consumer drone industry in the comments below.
  8. An all-electric drone made a mighty trek across Black Rock Desert on a single battery charge in an aviation first this month. Impossible Aerospace announced that its US-1 "flying battery" quadcopter became the first aircraft of its kind to cross the northern Nevada desert without recharging in repeated 72-minute flights across the playa on August 6, 2019. Learn more about the flight in our article: All-Electric Drone Travels 50 Miles Across the Black Rock Desert Without Recharging
  9. Skydio 2 has been confirmed, and new test footage from the drone has us really geared up for the launch. Watch the video here. Last month, Skydio announced that they’ve got something new coming this fall. Their tongue-in-cheek remark on Twitter, “If you’re thinking of buying a drone, wait,” confirmed a new drone is in the works, and it will be worth waiting for. Now we have an idea of what we can expect of Skydio 2 thanks to test footage uploaded on YouTube. How would the Skydio 2 change the way you capture aerial footage? Let us know in the comments.
  10. Update: We've extended the submission deadline to allow time for more entries. Enter by 9/20 for a chance to win a free pass to the Commercial UAV Expo! Our community here at UAV Coach is comprised of some of the most driven and enthusiastic drone pilots. We're excited to offer you all a chance to attend a major commercial drone event with this giveaway. We are giving away two passes to the Commercial UAV Expo Americas 2019, a conference and exhibition exclusively focused on the commercial drone market. The exhibit hall will have around 230 booths, displaying cutting-edge airframes, components, software and services as well as end-to-end solutions focused on commercial applications. The conference will take place October 28-30, 2019 at The Westgate in Las Vegas, NV. Prize Two winners will be selected to each receive one Full Conference Pass, valued at $800. Winners are responsible for their own travel, meals, and accommodations. How to Enter To enter, tell us why you want to attend the Commercial UAV Expo Americas 2019 in up to 300 words by replying to this post. Entries over 300 words will not be considered. Scroll to the bottom of this post and enter your reply by midnight, September 10, 2019 for a chance to win one of two tickets to the Commercial UAV Expo Americas 2019. Details Contest Opened: August 27, 2019, 11:30 AM Eastern Standard Time (EST) Contest Closes: September 20, 2019, 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time (EST) Prize: One Full Conference Pass Includes: Access to Exhibit Hall Welcome Happy Hour Keynotes & Plenaries Vertical Deep-Dive Sessions Industry Update Panel Discussions Product Previews Exhibit Hall Theater Programming Breakfast & Lunch Conference sessions focus on UAV/UAS integration and operation for large asset owners in commercial markets. In addition to industry-specific breakouts, topics include regulatory/legislative issues, security/counter drone technology, future of robotics, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, UTM, ATM. Keynotes and plenary sessions cover topics of interest to all end-users, while breakout sessions focus on these vertical industries: Construction Energy & Utilities Forestry & Agriculture Infrastructure & Transportation Mining & Aggregates Public Safety & Emergency Services Security Surveying & Mapping Good luck to our entrants!
  11. Hi @Doner815 Here is an excerpt from one of our articles on the topic. You can read the full article here. Pay attention to the temperature. LiPo batteries don’t work well in cold weather. The colder it is, the shorter your battery life will be due to the slowing down of the chemical activity within the battery. You’ll start to see decreased performance at 59°F (15°C) or colder. If it’s below 14°F (-10°C), LiPo usage is not recommended at all (i.e., no flying!), since your battery could cause your drone to suddenly fail without warning in these temperatures. In talking to our CEO Alan Perlman, he told me that he took off in 20° weather with a fully charged battery, and after just 2-3 minutes his battery had dropped to 79%. He flew for about 10 minutes in total and landed just fine with battery to spare, but it was interesting to see that immediate drop after take off. Battery storage is crucial. Temperature matters. Always store your LiPo batteries in a cool, dry place. Shoot for room temperature. Do not store them in a hot garage or in a refrigerator. Even though a cold battery has less chemical reactions taking place, and this can prolong its lifespan, taking a battery out from a cold fridge can cause condensation to occur on the inside of the battery, which can be very dangerous. And while cold can be damaging, so can heat. The hotter your batteries get, the shorter their lifespan will be. Never charge a battery that is still warm from usage, and never use a battery that is still warm from charging. Here are a few more tips for storage: Make sure to disconnect the batteries when you’re not using them, and store them in a fireproof container. Don’t story batteries in extreme cold or heat, including sunlight. The ideal temperature range for storage is 14°F to 113°F. If storing for a long period of time without any use (i.e., several months or more), ideal temperature range is 73°F to 82°F. Don’t store loose batteries together. This could lead to the terminals touching, which might cause a short circuit. Bottom line, be thoughtful not just about what you do right before you fly (which we’ll get into below) but also about how you care for and maintain your batteries between flights.
  12. Two participants in the FAA UAS Integration Pilot Program (UAS IPP) have received approval to conduct beyond visual line of sight drone operations using detect-and-avoid technology in place of a visual observer (VO). Both approvals were granted from the FAA based on Iris Automation’s proven collision avoidance system. The approvals were given to the University of Alaska Fairbanks and the Kansas Department of Transportation—both are UAS IPP participants. Historically, all FAA-issued Part 107 BVLOS waivers have required some ground-based visual observer to mitigate the risk of non-cooperative aircraft entering the mission area—an expensive and unscalable restriction on the use of drones for commercial purposes. Learn more about these two flights that marked industry firsts in today's article: Iris Automation Detect-and-Avoid System Earns Second BVLOS Waiver and Trust of FAA The latest Iris Automation approval is just one of many successes to emerge from the UAS IPP. Share your thoughts on the progress made by UAF, KDOT, and other UAS IPP participants in the comments below.
  13. Captain Stephen M. Dickson has been announced as the new Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration. The U.S. Senate made the long-awaited decision 19 months after the previous administrator, Michael Huerta, completed his five-year term in January of 2018. In the interim, prior to Dickson’s election, FAA Deputy Administrator Dan Elwell stepped up to lead the FAA as Acting Administrator. Elwell will return to his position as FAA Deputy Administrator upon Administrator Dickson assuming office. Learn about Administrator Dickson's background and his nomination for the role in our article: Federal Aviation Administration Announces New Administrator, Stephen M. Dickson.
  14. Thank you everyone for posting. The first five respondents, @Dave Pitman, @aircam, @The Kid, @Ricky, and @Blaine have been emailed their coupons.
  15. It’s been three years since the FAA’s Part 107 regulations went into effect. In our 2019 drone industry survey, we sought out to understand how the U.S. drone industry is doing — are pilots making money? What industries are they in? How often are they flying? We received 1,389 responses, and over the last couple of months have been pouring through the data. In this summary report, you’ll see data from the professional drone pilot community on: How much money drone pilots are making Industries where drone pilots are finding work The breakdown of pilots flying for themselves vs. for an organization What percentage of drone pilots are renewing their Part 107 certificate And more Read the published survey results here. Have some thoughts about the survey that you’d like to share? Leave a comment below.
  16. Hi @Dmitry Efremov I've embedded the video above for easier viewing. Thanks for sharing!
  17. Photos of a new drone from DJI have leaked online, and many are speculating that it's a Mavic Mini. The images depict a very small drone with dimensions of about 17 cm (L) x 12.5 cm (W) and a similar body to other Mavic series drones. Some of the features we expect to see on the Mavic Mini include foldable design, 12 mp camera, and a 3-axis gimbal. See the pics on our news page: DJI Launches Osmo Mobile 3, Rumors Say Next Launch will be Mavic Mini Drone. Do you think DJI will release the Mavic Mini before the end of the year? Let us know in the comments below.
  18. DRONERESPONDERS, a non-profit organization that supports drone use in public safety, is hosting a two-day summit for public safety professionals. The DRONERESPONDERS Public Safety Summit will offer a robust discussion forum to tackle some of the biggest challenges facing first responders operating drones. The summit will take place at the 2019 Commercial UAV Expo Americas from October 28-30 at the Westgate Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. The Summit will combine traditional panel presentations with a full-day Public Safety/Law Enforcement Workshop for officials to address key issues facing drone operators and UAS program leaders across the public safety sector. Learn more about registration, costs, and agenda here: Public Safety Summit to Unite Police, Fire, and Emergency Services Drone Operators at Commercial UAV Expo Americas 2019 Let us know if you plan to attend in the comments below, or share what kinds of topics you would want to learn about if you were able to attend.
  19. The DJI Mavic 2 Pro is one of our favorite drones on the market. Since its launch last August, the Mavic 2 Pro has become the most popular consumer drone. With hard-to-beat camera specs and long-lasting battery life, it checks most of the boxes on a pilot's wish list. The drone comes with a pretty significant price tag, retailing at $1,499. Check out our review of the DJI Mavic 2 Pro. We've partnered with DJI to offer an exclusive discount on the Mavic 2 Pro, making it more affordable. We're giving away codes for 20% off the Mavic 2 Pro to five members of our community. To claim them, simply comment on this post what you'd do with a Mavic 2 Pro. The first five members to comment will be emailed the 20% off coupon code and link to purchase. The codes will be given on a first-come, first-serve basis.
  20. Hi Rick, To fly in the USA, you'll need to follow the guidelines we outline on this page: At the minimum, you will have to register your drone through FAADroneZone. If you plan to fly commercially, you will also need a certification. The Canadian license will not carry over to the USA. Hope this helps!
  21. Agricultural growers are striving to find alternatives to crop management that will allow them to protect their plants without harming the people who will eventually eat them. Chemical pesticides can be toxic for both people and the environment, so companies are taking action with the help of drones. One company to do so recently is UAV-IQ, a veteran-owned agriculture technology company specializing in developing drone applications for farm management. UAV-IQ has developed a new form of pest management that uses drones to release beneficial insects over crops. Learn more about UAV-IQ's work in our article, How Drones Are Reducing the Use of Chemical Pesticides, and share your thoughts in the comments below.
  22. Thank you to everyone who entered. Winners have been contacted by email. Make sure to check back for future giveaways!
  23. The FAA has officially released their updated B4UFLY app in partnership with Kittyhawk. Learn more: FAA Redesigns B4UFLY App After Updating Requirement for Hobbyists to Use LAANC Let us know what you think of the redesigned B4UFLY app in the comments below.