Drones Provide Safety during Ramadan

During Ramadan 2018 (16 May-14 June), security staff at the largest mosque in the world will be using drones to fly high above the throngs of pilgrims to ensure public safety.

Saudi Arabia suffered a major tragedy during Ramadan 2015. During Hajj, two large groups of pilgrims traveling in opposite directions came together at an intersection near the Jamaraat Bridge. There was insufficient space for the people gathering which caused mass panic and a ‘crush’. It was estimated that at least 2200 people from 36 countries were killed. It was the deadliest event at Mecca.

Unfortunately, this was not the only tragedy to strike the holy land. The Al-Haram Mosque in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, is an enormous complex normally capable of holding 900,000 worshippers. During Hajj (the annual period when many Muslims make a pilgrimage to Mecca) this capacity leaps to 4 million! On multiple occasions, hundreds or even thousands of people were killed during stampedes.

As a response to criticism of the tragedy, Saudi Arabia seems to be taking safety more seriously. The drones will be controlled by security forces who will be on the lookout for anyone acting suspiciously, as well as helping authorities to monitor the movements of people throughout Mecca. Accompanying the drones will be 25,000 cameras, 2,400 policemen, and 1,300 security patrols.

Drone technology is changing the world of safety. In the next year, almost 2.3 million of the unmanned aircraft will be sold. Right now, is the perfect time to launch your career into the sky, starting with our FAA Remote Pilot in Command Certification Exam Prep!


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Roofing with Drones

In August 2016 the FAA updated the regulations on the non-recreational use of UAS (unmanned aircraft systems) or drones. It has now become easier for roofing contractors to utilize drone technology while staying within the laws.

The new drone regulations are quite beneficial to the roofing industry. Let’s look at how the use of drones can save money and benefit your roofing business.

  • Inspecting- You will be able to take imagery of the entire roof and show the homeowner it's condition first-hand. Whether it is a thermal imaging inspection to check for leaks and wetness, or photos that show missing shingles or broken pipes. Drones are especially valuable for inspections of extremely steep roofs. Using a drone for roof inspections reduces the risk of death or injury from a fall.  Once the drone inspection occurs, you have the ability to use collected information to review with the home-owner any problems and explain how you can fix them.
  • Measuring- Drones equipped with the proper mapping software can also save you time and money by gathering measurements in a timely and safe manner. You will also gain a broader view of the workspace.
  • Professionalism- Drones could help you to look more professional in the client’s eyes. You will stand out from the competitor. Using a drone to gather your information quickly will be impressive to a potential client. Not to mention the pictures and videos you'll be able to show them.
  • Marketing- Using before and after photos/videos will be a powerful tool for your website and marketing outlets. Potential clients will be able to see the high-quality work you are able to do. There’s a reason that drones have played a big part in real estate marketing. There’s no denying the flare drones bring.
  • Recruitment- The ability to advertise to potential new hires that there is no need to frequently climb onto steep roofs could turn you into a more attractive company to work for. This safety advantage will help you attract and keep valuable employees.
  • Savings- Finally, and maybe the best part of using drones in your roofing business, saving money. You will no longer need to dispatch trucks with ladders and a crew of workers to do an inspection. So, think of all that money you will save on gas and labor. Measuring a job will take less time, and allow your employees conduct more inspections and estimates per day.

You will want to make sure you are aware and up-to-date on all the UAS laws in your area. Make sure to practice and become familiar with your drone before taking it out.


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Summer Lovin’ for Your Drone!

Longer days and warmer temperatures can only mean one thing. Summer is around the corner. Drone owners are rejoicing all over the country. Summer is the most popular time for drone pilots to head outdoors. While it is tempting to charge those batteries and head outside, there are some safety standards to keep in mind when it comes to flying your drone in the hot summer months. Be sure to ask yourself these three questions before you head out.

Is it too hot to fly my drone today?

The ideal temperature to fly a drone is 75° Fahrenheit.  With that said your drone will still perform above 75°. All electronics with moving parts including drones are going to generate heat, so, the higher quality drone will do better in the hot summer sun. Avoid those hot days where the mercury levels are high, this will cause unnecessary wear and tear on the computer and battery systems. Don’t forget to store your drone in a place that doesn’t get extremely hot, as that can cause long-term damage to your drone.

How humid is it?

Not only does summer bring high temperatures, it may also bring a lot of humidity. Some U.S. cities have average relative humidity levels over 72 percent. This means that in the summer, there can be more moisture in the air than you might realize.

When it comes to humidity, you should worry more about where you store your drone. Flying a drone in a humid weather shouldn’t feel all that different from flying in a dry area. The key is to store it in a dry area, as humid air can condense on electronic parts and cause major problems. If you don’t have a dry place to store your drone, consider running a dehumidifier to prevent damaging moisture build-up.

Are there too many people to fly in this area?

Drone pilots aren't the only ones who will be outdoors when the weather is nice. Just about everyone under the sun is outside enjoying the sun during the summer months. For drone pilots, it’s important to keep these crowds in mind when flying. The last thing you want to do is to accidentally crash into someone at a busy park. It is best to fly your drone in less-crowded places, this way you won’t accidentally cause harm this summer.

The summer months should be all about fun times and sunshine. By following these key points, you can be sure that your drone makes it through the summer unscathed.


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Blood Delivery: Drones in Emergency Health Care

In May of 2018, the FAA is reviewing 150 proposals for the use of Drones in the healthcare field. One exciting proposal lays out plans to use drones to deliver blood during an emergency. This could revolutionize the healthcare field.

Right now, hospitals use a courier service, but the process can be slow.  Depending on the time of day, courier availability and traffic conditions, a delivery can take anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes. With a drone, it will take ten minutes or less! That is a big difference with the potential to impact many lives.

Right now, the focus is on drones delivering blood but, once this process is perfected, drones can be used to deliver supplies after natural disasters or to remote areas where transit is generally slow. Medical drone deliveries could save countless lives all over the world.

It's proving the sky is not the limit.


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How Drones Are Helping Forests

Every year 15 billion trees on average are cut down, then just 9 billion are replanted. That is a loss of 6 billion trees in just one year. Replanting forests has been a slow and expensive process, until now. A UK based Engineering company recently teamed up with a drone manufacturer and to create a quicker, cost-efficient method of reforestation.

How do drones plant trees?

  • First, a drone is used to make a 3D smart map of the terrain to be planted. The engineers will calculate a planting pattern that will be the most efficient for the planting drones.
  • Next, the “firing drone” is loaded with germinated seed pods. These pods contain the germinated seed for a native tree along with nutrients needed to guarantee a healthy sapling. Each drone can carry a mixture of different species at one time.
  • Lastly, the drones follow the smart map pattern; flying about six feet above the ground. They fire the seed pods quickly to penetrate the soil, hitting their marks within centimeters. Each drone pilot can operate up to 6 drones at a time.

Engineers estimate the drone method is 10 times faster and can save 80% in cost compared to planting by hand. One drone pilot can plant 100,000 trees in just one day. Because there is no heavy machinery needed it’s possible to plant in hard-to-reach areas that have no roads or, inaccessible terrain. There has been testing in various locations and recently a trial reseeding in historic mining sites around Australia.


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Breaking Wind: Drones And Turbines

Drone innovation hasn’t stopped yet! A firm called Aerones has created a drone that can de-ice a wind turbine while workers remain safe on the ground. As wind farms continue to gain in popularity, it seems logical that they will need to be de-iced regularly in areas that experience frigid temperatures. This used to mean workers climbing hundreds of feet in the air, but not anymore!

This giant tethered drone has 36 propellers, can lift up to 220 pounds and spray 26 gallons per minute.  This is great news for general maintenance but also helps to increase the turbines power efficiency. Snow and ice buildup on a turbine’s blades slow the rate at which it is able to produce power and can even bring it to a complete halt. The cost is also less than hiring climbers; cleaning by drone costs around $1,000 whereas hiring climbers is $5,000 and up!

This drone opens up the market for other drone uses including help in rescue situations, firefighting, delivery and of course industrial cleaning. The possibilities are endless. Now is a great time to get into the Drone business. Learning to fly commercial drones is just a few keystrokes away at www.certifiedtraininginstitute.com


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Drones for Builders, Contractors & Real Estate Agents

Who would have thought a toy would become a powerful tool for both Real Estate Professionals and Builders?

How long would it take to measure every corner on the outside of a home being built? Every window and door opening, just for starters? You could fly a UAV and map the dwelling in 1 hour, then post process in your office later with millimeter accuracy.

During excavation you have holes dug and dirt moved, but how much?  Drones enable you to map the site in less than an hour and determine how many cubic meters were added or removed. Pre-map the site before excavation is ever performed to see where to store the soil. Depending on your flight overlap, you could get your measurements down to one inch or less.

Real Estate Agents, do you have a custom home you're showcasing and want to sell your services better? Using a Drone captures the creative mind of those looking to buy. It also engages them to reach out to your company which can accelerate sales. Just imagine viewing a new property through aerial footage. Wouldn't it be beautiful? Think about the endless marketing possibilities for this type of videography and photography. Drones will allow potential buyers to view the photos or video to get a feeling for the size, layout, architecture and the land surrounding the home.


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Sales Tax Laws Could Affect Your Drone Purchase (and more)

In a recent article on The Hill, organizations are urging Congress to reject proposed legislation that would require out-of-state online retailers to collect sales tax. This comes as the online sales tax issue has come back into the spotlight due to a case before the Supreme Court.  Another proposed law could exempt certain drones from sales tax altogether.

Currently, if you make an online or phone purchase from a company that does not have a point of presence in your state, you are not required to pay sales tax. Supporters of the legislation say that the global sales tax measure is important because it provides a level playing field for brick-and-mortar retailers and allows states to collect sales tax that is owed to them. Further to this, State and Local governments have been pushing for a greater ability to collect sales taxes from internet purchases, as the growth of e-commerce has made it harder for governments to reach their revenue targets. They could cut their expenses, but that is unheard of in government budgets. Some online retailers that once fought to keep "no taxes" on their online sales have now come out in support of the online tax. Amazon is one example of this.

The company wants this new tax IMO because it has grown exponentially, with points of presence in most states and is now required to collect sales tax. For example, if you purchase something from Amazon and Amazon has a warehouse in your state, then you will pay your states sales tax on the purchase. If you purchase something on Amazon from a merchant that is selling on Amazon but does not have a point of presence in your state, then you do not pay sales tax. In this example, Amazon loses the sale, but gains commissions from the merchant using their systems. In the past, Amazon was against all sales tax but has since changed its position. The company negotiated with state governments to collect the sales tax in exchange for bigger tax incentives and to build and have a point of presence in their state.

Now that they have lost their online sales tax advantage, they want to regain that advantage over their online merchants and other small retailers not selling on Amazon by forcing all of the small retailers to collect the sales tax. Once accomplished, they can continue to dominate the small retailer with lower prices.

Submitted by Certified Training Institute Drone Instructor Greg McMaster

 


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Attention Drone Operators – LAANC Goes Live In April

LAANC Goes Live In April

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released a statement announcing its plans for expanding the drone airspace authorization program.

Under the current Part 107 drone rule, operators must secure approval from the agency to operate in any airspace controlled by an air traffic facility. In order to facilitate those approvals, the agency deployed the prototype Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC) at several air traffic facilities last November. The purpose is to evaluate the feasibility of a fully automated solution enabled by data sharing.

Based on the success, the agency has announced that on April 30th it will be conducting a nationwide beta test. During this beta test, LAANC will be deployed incrementally at nearly 300 air traffic facilities covering approximately 500 airports. The final deployment will begin in September.

Drone operators using LAANC can receive near real-time airspace authorizations. This dramatically decreases the wait experienced using the manual authorization process and allows operators to quickly plan their flights. Air traffic controllers can also see where planned drone operations will take place. The release goes on to say that beginning April 16, the FAA will consider agreements with additional entities to provide LAANC services. Currently, there are four providers: AirMap, Project Wing, Rockwell Collins, and Skyward.

Applications must be made by May 16. This is no standard government acquisition; no Screening Information Request (SIR) or Request for Proposal (RFP) related to this effort.

LAANC uses airspace data provided through UAS facility maps. The maps show the maximum altitude around airports where the FAA may authorize operations under Part 107. LAANC gives drone operators the ability to interact with the maps and provide automatic notification and authorization requests to the FAA. It is an important step in developing the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Traffic Management System (UTM).

For more information, visit www.faa.gov/

Submitted by: Certified Training Institute Instructor Greg McMaster


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Meeting FAA Requirements for Commercial Drone Use

Commercial Drones or Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) must be operated in accordance with FAA operational rules.

What constitutes commercial drone use?

  • Any drone used to provide contract services, i.e. Industrial equipment or property inspection.
  • Selling pictures/videos taken from a drone.
  • Drones used to monitor the progress of your company’s work.
  • Using drones for professional services, i.e., security or telecommunications.

What are the requirements for commercial drone use?

Any person using a drone for commercial purposes must be at least 16 years old and hold a remote pilot airman certificate with a small UAS rating or be under the supervision of an individual with a remote pilot certificate and pass applicable TSA vetting.

How do I obtain an FAA Remote Pilot Airman certificate?

Step 1: Pay the $5 fee and register all aircraft weighing 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

Are there continuing education requirements for remote pilots?

Yes. Pilots must pass the $150 FAA Remote Pilot Airman exam every two years.

What are the requirements for the drone/UAS?

The drone must weigh less than 55 lbs and undergo a pre-flight check by the FAA Remote Pilot Airman certificate holder.

What are the commercial drone operating rules?

  • Fly under 400 ft above ground level unless you are within 400 ft of a structure.
  • Keep the UAS in sight of either the remote pilot in command or an observer.
  • Fly during daylight hours or 30 minutes before and after official sunrise and sunset.
  • Fly at or below 100mph.
  • Yield right-of-way to manned aircraft.
  • Do not fly over people.
  • Do not fly from a moving vehicle in densely populated areas.

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