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History of Drones

Military to Commercial Use For over a hundred years drone use was mostly exclusive to militaries. For example, the Kettering Bug, designed by Orville Wright and Charles F. Kettering, was able to drop bombs on predetermined targets up to 75 miles away.  Operators could direct the Bug after calculating wind speed, direction, and desired distance. Today’s military uses…

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Drone Racing

LED lights are used to trace drone paths and obstacles  DAVID T KINDLER Imagine zipping through the air at 60 miles per hour, avoiding obstacles, using only your thumbs to steer. Drone racing is an exciting new sport with leagues popping up all over the nation. Pilots make their own drones and wear First Person…

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DRONES SAVE ONE LIFE PER WEEK

According to a recent study by DJI Technology Inc, 59 lives have been saved by civilian drones in 18 different incidents, 38 of these lives were saved in the last 10 months. Based on this experience, drones are saving on average one life per week. Most rescues occurred in the United States and China with…

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Procedures for Unmanned Aircraft Accidents

As many first-time drone pilots can attest, drone operation takes practice.  Strong winds, inclement weather, or human interference can cause drones to behave unpredictably and, in worst case scenarios, crash.  Drone crashes need to be reported to the proper administrations in a timely manner. Here is a short list of must-report drone incidents. When do…

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New Ultra-Industrial Drone Announced

Drones are increasingly being used in commercial markets.  DJI recently released their most industrial model, meant for use on search and rescue missions, bridge inspections, cell tower inspections, and everything else. The new model has an upward facing camera specifically for bridge inspections and a front-facing camera which streams to the pilot constantly.  The new…

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UAS Sighting Reports

An associate of mine recently sent me a list of UAS sightings by manned aircraft and it astounded me. As a licensed private pilot and commercial drone operator I have an understanding of the negative consequences associated with reckless drone flight. I remember my one “close call” while flying a Cessna 172 Skyhawk G1000. I was on…

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Drones for Construction

How are drones used in construction? Drones can do the job of manned aircrafts and human surveyors but they collect data more accurately than either. This allows construction crews to work quicker with less wasted time and product. Technology companies are currently working to perfect software that will enable contractors to turn the data collected…

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