What is Causing Your Drone to Stall?

Quadcopter Stalls. The streamline colors in the picture above indicate airspeed. When you have clean air entering the rotors, you have nothing that will oppose the flight of the UAS....it's just straight line wind. As air enters through the props, air is pushed through and down, causing rotor turbulence. Clean air is the air coming in, it hits the rotors, twists, and turns, and becomes dirty (also called rotor wash.) Flying a drone in the dirty air reduces lift and can lead to stalls. Stalling occurs when the air that passes through the rotors is disrupted. This is usually caused by hovering and descending rapidly into rotor wash. The copter will ‘dance’ on it’s (Z) axis as it slowly falls into its own wake. In-place flight increases stall risks. Move the air frame out of the rotor wash to reduce the likelihood of a stall. Wake turbulence is one of the main reasons a quadcopter will crash!

Fixed Wing Stalls. This will occur when critical angle of attack is exceeded. Can occur at any airspeed in any flight altitude.

How to recognize a stall:

• Low speed, high angle of attack
• Ineffective controls due to low airflow
• Buffeting caused by separated flow from wing

How to recover from a stall:

• Decrease angle of attack - increases airspeed and flow over the wings
• Smoothly apply power - minimizes altitude loss and increases airspeed
• Adjust power a required – maintain coordinated flight


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This blog is a direct excerpt from our online FAA Remote Pilot in Command Program.

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Uber to Test Drone Taxis in Los Angeles

Uber recently added Los Angelos to the list of cities where they will be testing drone taxis. Dallas and Dubai are already on the docket for the experiment in 2020. Uber's taxis will land and take off vertically with zero emissions. 

Recent reports confirm that Uber has formed an agreement with NASA to develop Traffic Management Systems for the unmanned crafts. Uber's hope is that Los Angeles will have the system worked out by the 2028 Olympic Games. Once the system is up-and-running Uber expects travel time from San Francisco's Marina to San Jose to decrease from over two hours to about 15 minutes.

A similar project in Dubai will use set routes, much like busses to ensure safe travels for drone passengers. This will prevent collisions with other drones that may occur if they each tried to get to a set location using the shortest distance.


ARE YOU USING A DRONE FOR YOUR BUSINESS? All commercial drone pilots must possess a Remote Pilot in Command Certificate which can be obtained by passing the FAA Remote Pilot in Command Exam.
  1. Pay the $5 fee and register any aircraft that weighs more than 0.55lbs.
  2. Pass the $150 Small UAS Remote Pilot Exam – exam prep is available here.
  3. Pass a TSA background check
  4. File FAA Form 8710-13
Check out our Complete Guide to Commercial Drone Use for more information.
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Watch for these Trends in 2018

If you run a construction company (large or small) it's probably a challenge to keep on top of the latest trends. Trends come and go, but maybe you should start taking some of them more seriously. It's not always technology that continually improves the construction industry. Other trends concern labor issues, spending, and hiring.

You'll also want to look at the future of sales and profits which may tend to shift as a new decade approaches.

Here's a look at what you can expect in the construction field in 2018, and how you can prepare now before that time arrives.

  1. Advances in Technology
    There isn't any doubt that technological advancements have already improved construction tenfold, expect more virtual reality and augmented reality use allowing people to tour construction sites without having to do so in person. Also look out for technologies like 3D printing, more drone use, self-driving vehicles, and more efficient coatings for specific surfaces.
  1. Modular Construction
    Pop-ups and permanent modular buildings for big-name companies will continue to be hot construction ideas. They’re also becoming more energy-efficient is always attractive to home-buyers and commercial businesses. Modular and Pop-up buildings are also growing in popularity in the disaster-ravaged portions of the US where Hurricanes, Floods, and Fires require the quick installation of permanent and temporary housing and business facilities.
  1. Cost-Saving Measures
    Price increases for supplies and skilled labor shortages are current concerns. Construction companies like yours will likely feel the need to incorporate more cost-saving measures to stay competitive. Explore the benefits of turning yourself into a design-build company to reduce middlemen. For those of you that need to keep up with your architecture license, there are online alternatives to classroom courses. Consider creating internships to train more skilled laborers to avoid heavier workloads on your other builders.
  1. Increased Safety Measures
    Construction leads the industry in workplace accidents. This is slowly beginning to improve with better technologies and procedures. It's time to take action yourself if you're still experiencing too many on-site injuries lately. Educate your employees on proper safety precautions

 

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3 Ways to Optimize Downtime

It’s the beginning of the winter season and many of you will experience a bit of downtime between jobs.  Here are 3 ways to maximize your free time benefitting you and your business. 

#1 Create a marketing strategy for the coming year

Spending a little time planning for the future will benefit you and your business.  Put together a customized, cost-effective marketing program that will work year after year. Even seasoned contractors will learn how to build a strong marketing program and cost-effective methods of generating leads.  If you are unsure where to begin, Builders License Training Institute has created an online video course “Marketing for Contractors” that will walk you through the process and you could also earn continuing education credits for license renewal in the process.  WIN! WIN!

#2 Research the latest technological advances and equipment and how they can benefit your business specifically.  Learn to utilize them to enhance your services and increase your income and productivity. One of the more recent technological advances in the use of Drones in the construction industry.  Commercial drone usage is gaining in popularity and the demand continues to grow. Once used exclusively for military purposes, the drone is now utilized in a variety of industries. Join instructor Greg MacMaster and explore the advantages of using drone technology for Construction and Real Estate purposes.

#3 Broaden your knowledge base, learn new skills and meet continuing education requirements in the process.  Many states require a varying amount of continuing education each license renewal cycle.  Why not get a jumpstart on your education requirements and beat the deadline!  Even if you are not required to take continuing education to renew your license, you can always learn something new to enhance your skillset.  Check out the wide variety of General Education Courses available online.  While you are at it, how about providing a little education for your employees as well. 

 


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Drone Strikes Passenger Plane Over Canada

A Skyjet charter plane was struck by a drone as it approached Jene Lesage International Airport in Quebec City. The plane was carrying two crew members and six passengers at the time. Luckily for everyone involved, the plane was struck in the wing and not badly damaged.

As drone usage continues to increase worldwide, encounters between drones and planes have increased. However, this incident is the first confirmed collision.

It is illegal to fly recreational drones within 3.5 miles of airports or more than 300 feet high in Canada. Individuals who do not follow these regulations may face a fine of $20,000 U.S.D. and a prison sentence. 

The drone that struck the passenger plane last Thursday was within the 3.5-mile restriction but was flying 1,500 feet high. Had the drone struck a window or damaged the engine the results would have been catastrophic.


ARE YOU USING A DRONE FOR YOUR BUSINESS? All commercial drone pilots must possess a Remote Pilot in Command Certificate which can be obtained by passing the FAA Remote Pilot in Command Exam.
  1. Pay the $5 fee and register any aircraft that weighs more than 0.55lbs.
  2. Pass the $150 Small UAS Remote Pilot Exam – exam prep is available here.
  3. Pass a TSA background check
  4. File FAA Form 8710-13
Check out our Complete Guide to Commercial Drone Use for more information.
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Lockheed Martin Destroys Drones with Lasers in Weapons Demo

Lockheed Martin recently released a video of its latest laser weapons test. The laser was fired from the 30-kilowatt class ATHENA, a prototype powered by a Rolls-Royce turbogenerator.

Tests were conducted on five Outlaw drones by Lockheed and the US Army's Space and Missile Defense Command. Outlaws are commonly used for target practice and training in the United States military. The laser destroys the drones by hitting their fuel source and causing an explosion on board.

Lasers are especially useful for military as they are able to cause confusion and chaos without giving away their position. While this technology may seem new, the U.S. military shot down a drone with a laser back in 1973.


ARE YOU USING A DRONE FOR YOUR BUSINESS? All commercial drone pilots must possess a Remote Pilot in Command Certificate which can be obtained by passing the FAA Remote Pilot in Command Exam.
  1. Pay the $5 fee and register any aircraft that weighs more than 0.55lbs.
  2. Pass the $150 Small UAS Remote Pilot Exam – exam prep is available here.
  3. Pass a TSA background check
  4. File FAA Form 8710-13
Check out our Complete Guide to Commercial Drone Use for more information.
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A Look At HoverMast Drones

Photo: Sky Sapience

The Sky Sapience drone series, HoverMast, is designed to provide rapid and timely intelligence gathering. The drone is tethered to an automobile or ship, allowing it to gather data continuously without the need for recharging. The tether serves another important purpose. Since the drone is not considered airborne it does not have to follow the control regulations most drones are subjected to.

Hovermast is known for its ability to operate during most all weather conditions, completely autonomous with a low acoustic and visual signature. Typical missions for the drone include border patrol, port security, federal and local law enforcement, anti-terror activities, infrastructure protection, forest fire protection, and disaster control missions.


ARE YOU USING A DRONE FOR YOUR BUSINESS?

All commercial drone pilots must possess a Remote Pilot in Command Certificate which can be obtained by passing the FAA Remote Pilot in Command Exam.

Step 1: Pay the $5 fee and register any aircraft that weighs more than 0.55lbs.
Step 2:  Pass the $150 Small UAS Remote Pilot Exam – exam prep is available here.
Step 3: Pass a TSA background check
Step 4: File FAA Form 8710-13

Check out our Complete Guide to Commercial Drone Use for more information.


 

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Why Use Drones in Solar and Wind Plants

Imagine rappelling down the side of a 250 to 400 foot-tall wind turbine for inspections. Next, you must inspect each 150-foot long blade. Better hope it's not windy. Drones are being used as a safer, faster alternative to human inspection at wind farms worldwide. A drone pilot, on the ground, can inspect windmills with as much, if not more, accuracy than a human swaying from a rope 400 feet in the air. As a bonus, drone inspections provide recorded footage of the structures for comparison in years to come.

Drones are even more useful at solar farms because the naked eye cannot detect damage to solar panels. Instead, 20% of each plant is scanned with an infrared camera every year. Clearly, a 20% scan only gives solar farms an idea of how their panels are holding up. Drones can be used to scan an entire solar farm several times each year for the same or less cost and time than a handheld thermal camera.


ARE YOU USING A DRONE FOR YOUR BUSINESS?

All commercial drone pilots must possess a Remote Pilot in Command Certificate which can be obtained by passing the FAA Remote Pilot in Command Exam.

Step 1: Pay the $5 fee and register any aircraft that weighs more than 0.55lbs.
Step 2:  Pass the $150 Small UAS Remote Pilot Exam – exam prep is available here.
Step 3: Pass a TSA background check
Step 4: File FAA Form 8710-13

Check out our Complete Guide to Commercial Drone Use for more information.


 

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The Perils of Civilian Drones in an Emergency

Well-intentioned, civilian drones often hinder search efforts during and after an emergency. This was perfectly illustrated in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.  Many civilians wanted to fly their drones over flooded areas to look for stranded people and send help. However, novice drone pilots are a danger to manned aircraft rescuing people from rooftops and searching for survivors.

The FAA authorized 43 specific drone operators for recovery efforts and prohibited all other private drones from flying within 100 miles of Houston or 30 miles of Rosenberg. Civilian drone pilots that do not adhere to these flight restrictions will face fines from the FAA. In California and Arizona, firefighting aircraft have been hindered and forced to land to avoid crashes with drones flying thousands of feet in the air. In this case, civilian drone pilots put the aircraft crew and any civilians trapped by the fire in greater danger despite their best intentions.


ARE YOU USING A DRONE FOR YOUR BUSINESS?

All commercial drone pilots must possess a Remote Pilot in Command Certificate which can be obtained by passing the FAA Remote Pilot in Command Exam.

Step 1: Pay the $5 fee and register any aircraft that weighs more than 0.55lbs.
Step 2:  Pass the $150 Small UAS Remote Pilot Exam – exam prep is available here.
Step 3: Pass a TSA background check
Step 4: File FAA Form 8710-13

Check out our Complete Guide to Commercial Drone Use for more information.


 

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50 Mile Commercial Drone Flight

This July, FlyLogix, a privately owned UK company announced a 50 nautical mile civilian drone flight - the longest of its kind in Britain. FlyLogix, a company that performs energy inspections, flew the drone round trip from Blackpool to energy company Centrica's unmanned gas production platform, located in the middle of the East Irish Sea. The company needed special permission from UK's Civil Aviation Authority to fly the drone from Blackpool, out of the pilot's line of sight.

FlyLogix's drone is called Condor, it has fixed wings and resembles a small airplane. The drone was deployed to capture high-quality infrared images of the outpost for inspection. Since the drone is unmanned the company was able to inspect the outpost at huge savings to the company.


ARE YOU USING A DRONE FOR YOUR BUSINESS?

All commercial drone pilots must possess a Remote Pilot in Command Certificate which can be obtained by passing the FAA Remote Pilot in Command Exam.

Step 1: Pay the $5 fee and register any aircraft that weighs more than 0.55lbs.
Step 2:  Pass the $150 Small UAS Remote Pilot Exam – exam prep is available here.
Step 3: Pass a TSA background check
Step 4: File FAA Form 8710-13

Check out our Complete Guide to Commercial Drone Use for more information.


 

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