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Construction Drones and the Law: Know Before Your Fly

The construction industry is being revolutionized by drone technology. According to an industry report, construction is the fasting growing sector for drone use – surging 239 percent two years ago. And, construction companies have good reason to adopt UAS. “Leveraging drones can increase safety on a construction site by 55 percent,” the report adds. Deploying drones for aerial mapping and …

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How Do I Register My Drone with the FAA?

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) mandates that all drones be registered before use. The first step in registering your drone is understanding exactly how you fly and use it. Not sure what kind of drone flyer you are? Some drone types include: Recreational Flyers & Modeler Community-Based Organizations; Certificated Remote Pilots including Commercial Operators; and Public Safety and Government. Whichever …

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Your Guide to International Drone Rules & Regulations

The worldwide non-military drone market is expected to triple in market sales to $14.3 billion over the next decade. With international markets taking off and opening new market space for drone companies, it’s never been more vital to know and understand drone laws from around the world. Note: Drone regulations by nation are in a constant state of change. While …

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Tips for Mastering & Memorizing the Phonetic Alphabet

If your dream is to someday become a drone pilot, you’re probably already aware of the many rules and regulations that go into becoming certified. On top of the required aeronautical knowledge, Part 107 drone airman or remote pilot certificate, a variety of online training and more, aspiring drone pilots also need to be well-versed in the NATO phonetic alphabet. …

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LiPo Batteries: A Drone User’s Guide

Taking your drone out for its maiden voyage can be an almost spiritual experience as you watch this majestic aircraft follow your commands (hopefully) as you share in the Wright Brothers’ dream.  However, if you fail to choose, install and maintain your LiPo batteries, your maiden voyage may crash and burn from first launch. And, we’re not using “burn” as …

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UTM: What Every Drone Pro Should Know

As a new decade begins, the commercial drone industry is poised to soar. A recent FAA report reveals that – in the U.S. alone – the non-model UAS sector will see more than 835,000 drones in the air by 2023. As airspace grows more crowded, government and industry leaders view safety as the top priority in crafting future drone policy. …

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FAA Drone Regulation Changes: 2019 & 2020

Drone pilots and the companies who employ them must always stay on top of the ever-changing regulatory environment surrounding the dynamic Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) industry.  Let’s take a moment to look at some of the recent changes to drone laws and some that are in store for 2020.  In 2019, changes were flying through the regulatory skies as the …

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FAA Announces New FTN Requirements for Drone Pilots

On December 19th, 2019, the FAA announced via webinar various improvements to the way it tests all applicants for an FAA airman certificate for all certificated pilots (including drone pilots). These changes pertain to pilot identification (FTN) and to the testing process and reports (AKTR). FTN Information Necessary for Drone Pilots   The FAA is requiring all new applicants to …

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9 Ways Drones Are Transforming Business

Drones are everywhere.  Since taking the business world by storm in late 2016, the technology has quickly transformed from a nice-to-have luxury, into a must-have commodity.  Like with any new technology, some people embrace the modernization, while some are hesitant to change the way that things have been done for years. Although the drone industry is still relatively new, drones …

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What Does a Drone See from 400 Feet?

When talking with drone pilots, many will say they can only fly up to 400 feet. Why? What is so special about 400 feet? And what does 400 feet even look like? 400 feet is the maximum altitude the F.A.A permits a sUAS (small unmanned aircraft system), or drone, to operate at so as not to interfere with other aircraft …