5 Things I Learned On The Road With Drones

After a 6 week filmmaking adventure that took the Drone Dudes from Texas, up to Michigan, and all the way to New York there are a few things I learned that I wanted to pass on to you. Using Drones on the road isn’t as glamourous as it might sound at times. There’s a lot you have to think about, plan for, and account for while your on the road. Below I’ve compiled 5 things that I learned while on the road with drones. 1. Forget Sleep; Your Batteries Need To Charge! One of the most challenging thing’s I’ve learned in my years in aerial cinematography is that most nights you might not get much sleep. For the Octocopter we had 12 10,000 Mah packs that we…

FPV: Vortex Freestyle

The ImmersionRC Vortex is one of my favorite quads.Having been in a hard crash breaking more than half my motors I decided to upgrade to the Cobra 2204 1960Kv motors. They’re really nice, though I’m still trying to feel the difference between these and my old 1306 2300kv motors. Regardless, the performance of the Pro-Tune’d settings in the Vortex makes flying a breeze. Without worrying about PID settings, it’s going to ensure you a good flying expierence.

A Good Day for FPV Racing

   The Drone Racing League  Today is a great day for drone racing. This morning, the news that Stephen Ross, Miami Dolphins owner, just invested $1 million into The Drone Racing League. With such a substantial investment into the technology, people are bound to take notice and really give drone racing the respect it deserves. But everyone is wondering, who the hell is The Drone Racing League? I cannot seem to find any information about them, which makes me worried about the structure of their events. With people in the space like MultiGP who have been doing timed races for over a year and many chapters all over the US, a lot of people are hoping The Drone Racing League doesn’t screw up potential investment opportunities for…

Quadcopter Surfing; A thrill or a horrible idea?

Quadcopter Surfing; A thrill or a horrible idea?  Yesterday I was cruising the canyons on one of those sunday-drive with no destination type of days. I stopped and found a few cool flying spots, but nothing beat the beach. I’ve flown at the beach before, but never with a mini quad so I naturally wanted to rip it up. I’ve never really had the trust in my solders and my equipment until now, where I have a trust with my equipment. This was filmed with the Immersion RC Vortex and a GoPro Hero 4.

XHover MXP180 FPV Maiden

The XHover MXP180 is quickly rising to the top of my favorite-to-fly list. It’s small footprint is a huge part of making me make that decision. If a 180 flies the same as a 250, why would I fly the 250? The 180’s size reduces chances of crashing in small gaps but still maintains the ability to carry a GoPro Hero4.

Drone Nation: An Inside Look into Drone Racing

Drone Nationals Live Stream @ Drone Dudes A Drone Nation; Something to be excited for, or extremely scared of? In this two part series Fusion TV takes you into the world of Drones to see who’s cashing on on this ‘gold rush’. 1st, we meet the Drone Dudes. Drone Dudes is a full service creative studio out of Downtown Los Angeles providing complete ground and aerial filmmaking solutions, as well as an online shop with expert help if your looking to get your own drone. If you haven’t checked them out before watch part one of Drone Nation. After, go to their website  and look at their work. It’s phenomenal. (Disclaimer: I might be a little bias, as I took the majority the…

Why FlyBi is Set Up For Failure

The FlyBi drone. At first I ignored this concept when I saw it about a month ago. I don’t understand who exactly FlyBi’s is trying to market to, which is a little off-putting. The company is using flashy words like “VR” and “Autonomous” to gain traction while sporting a very high promise of features mixed a very low project funding goal goal. I find it hard to believe they will deliver the on the features they are promising. I give my comprehensive review and explain why I think so. Lets take a look at the features FlyBi is promising. VR Glasses with Head Tracking   This is the first feature that I believe people will be let down by. They are promising a …

CAUTION: Risk of Jail Time For FPV Flights in Los Angeles

Want to fly FPV in Los Angeles? There is a new proposed ruling by the LA city council would completely ban all FPV flights including those done with a VLOS spotter and even in AMA sanctioned flying fields. If you are found flying FPV in Los Angeles you risk a $1,000 fine and/or 6 months in jail. Brendan Schulman, the Drone Lawyer, explains what the proposal would mean below. dronelaws @CineDrones @ericgarcetti Criminalizes children playing in backyards, doesn’t actually track FAA regs, outlaws the new drone racing sport… 10/15/15, 11:34 PM In the words of Mike Fortin, CEO of FAA Exempt filmmaking company Cinedrones, he states: “While I believe there should be rules and laws in place I feel as though the City of Los Angeles has…

Why The Intel Aero Is A Big Deal

This week in San Fransisco at IDF (Intel Developers Forum) Intel released their newest development platform, the Intel Aero. When thinking about drones and their uses, hardware is subjective. The aspect that makes the drone useful for different applications is the software that is paired with the hardware. Having a drone that you can fly is great. Having a drone that can fly its self and navigate obstacles while flying autonomously is a huge deal. The Intel Aero with Intel Realsense Technology will be the 1st open source Smart Vision development platform that is available to customers in an (almost) ready to fly package. (The Flight Control board is available now, with a RTF version coming before the end of Q4.) For reference, the DJI Matrice…

Getting Started in Drone Photography

In this article, I’ll share with you some of my experiences doing drone photography with my new flying camera. I learned on a DJI Mavic Pro, but the principles here apply to any newer camera drone as well. You’ll see how learning to use and fly a drone can help you improve all your photography as well. Here are some of the lessons I’ve learned: Learn to fly before you learn to shoot This means finding an open space and learning the controls well so don’t have to consciously think about every lever and button and what it does. You’ll have plenty of time for making photos later. Get the feel of the aircraft now. Visualize before you take off On the Mavic Pro, you get about 26 …

Mid-Air at the Beach

It isn’t all aerial imaging and crop surveys; sometimes, people use drones to do bad things. Through a partnership with DroneSec—a private drone security intelligence firm with offices in Australia and Singapore—RotorDrone Pro is able to offer these briefings regarding the nefarious use of small UAS worldwide. A Bad Day at the Beach Incident Type: Mid-Air Collision Incident Location: Punta de Tralca, Chile Aircraft Type: DJI Mavic 2 Pro Incident Resolution: Crew injured but safely landed aircraft, drone seized No one is more forceful than me in advocating for the safe use of drones. We must always make safety our highest priority, and avoiding potential conflicts with crewed aircraft must be a paramount concern within that overall goal. Punta de Tralca is a popular seaside resort town …

Augmented Reality: A benefit or a burden for drone operators?

The next time you are out flying, ask yourself: what am I looking at? According to a study by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, there’s a pretty good chance that it isn’t your drone—but augmented reality has the potential to help you do a better job of focusing on your aircraft, which is really important, as this excerpt from Part 107 shows: 14 CFR § 107. 31: Visual line of sight aircraft operation. A. With vision that is unaided by any device other than corrective lenses, the remote pilot in command, the visual observer (if one is used), and the person manipulating the flight control of the small unmanned aircraft system must be able to see the unmanned aircraft throughout the entire flight in order to: 1. Know the unmanned aircraft’s location 2. Determine …

Mission to Mars – NASA’s high-tech RC helicopter

The success of Ingenuity, otherwise known as the “Mars helicopter,” has united the world in celebration of a unique event in the history of aviation: the first powered flight by an aircraft on another world. Even the staid International Civil Aeronautics Organization got in on the act, designating the bare patch of Martian soil where the historic series of flights took place with its own three-letter airport code: IGY. Elon Musk has yet to announce when regular passenger service might begin, but at least now you will know what code to look for on the departure board. It’s a heady moment in the history of flight, but for readers of Model Airplane News, there was something distinctly familiar about the entire episode. Strip away the …

Buying a drone: how cheap should you go?

By Paul Archer, Dronesgator.com Considering the range of prices for a drone these days, the decision is sometimes as hard as buying a car. However, quadcopters can also get cheap and still deliver what you’re looking for at most. Here’s a list of the best drones under $200 where you can learn more about potential choices. Just as with most technology equipment, after a certain price, the additional functions get more expensive and become more of a gimmick than real useful things. This is why we’re going to do an overview on what are the most important aspects you should look for in a drone. Camera You might think a camera is totally necessary to have on a drone, but you might be …

Parrot Bluegrass, the multipurpose quadcopter solution for agriculture

Press release by Parrot  through realwire #### Parrot Bluegrass The Multipurpose Quadcopter Solution For Agriculture Parrot Bluegrass is the first Parrot quadcopter specifically designed for agriculture, and is the latest Business Solution from Parrot joining and complementing the Parrot Professional range. This includes the Parrot Disco-Pro AG & Parrot Bebop Pro-3D Modeling, which launched earlier this year, and more recently – Parrot Bebop-Pro Thermal. 2017 has been a significant and busy year for Parrot, with the launch of the company’s Parrot Professional range in Q2 2017. The new solutions combine Parrot’s consumer and commercial technologies and provide access to drone intelligence for small business and independent users. Just last month (September), Parrot also announced the global launch of two new additions to its consumer range – …

Parrot Bebop-Pro Thermal, the all-in-one drone solution for thermal imaging

Press release by Parrot  through realwire #### Parrot Bebop-Pro Thermal is an all-in-one quadcopter thermal imaging solution specifically designed for small construction businesses, thermal inspection professionals and public safety services. This solution enhances Parrot’s Professional range of business solutions, which launched earlier this year with Parrot Disco-Pro AG, Parrot Bebop-Pro 3D Modeling and, more recently, Parrot Bluegrass. 2017 has been a significant and busy year for Parrot, with the launch of the company’s Parrot Professional Range in Q2 2017. The new solutions combine Parrot’s consumer and commercial technologies and provide access to drone intelligence for small businesses and independent users. Just last month (September), Parrot also announced the global launch of two new additions to its consumer range – Parrot Mambo FPV and Parrot …

DroneVideos.com Shoots High-Quality, Low-Cost Aerial Videos Nationwide

We are glad to publish the following press release by our sponsor dronevideos.com #### Summary: Launching the first nationwide network of licensed drone video operators, dronevideos.com offers 4K Ultra HD aerial videography at affordable prices for a variety of commercial and personal uses, orderable online and shot within 24 hours notice. Gainesville, VA— DroneVideos.com, the first nationwide network of drone video operators, debuts to make aerial video and still photography available to everyone at affordable prices. All drone packages can be ordered online, and include a fully edited and color corrected 1:00-1:30 video shot in 4K Ultra HD to the customer’s specifications, 10-20 high-resolution still photographs, 48-hour turnaround and a 100% money-back guarantee. Serving virtually the entire US, DroneVideos.com uses expert drone videographers …

What Hurdles Will Amazon Prime Air Need to Overcome?

By Victoria Greene – @vickyecommerce At the beginning of December, it will have been 5 years since Amazon kingpin Jeff Bezos announced plans for Amazon Prime Air. Initially mocked in popular culture, everyone soon realized that it’s precisely the sort of thing Amazon could and would do, and settled back to see where the chips would fall. Today, the dream has yet to come to fruition — and other companies have followed suit in betting big on drone delivery hardware and systems — yet the smart money remains on Amazon being the big beneficiary of this automated revolution, especially since it has put so much time and money into getting it right. Credits: Amazon Prime Air However, by the time Amazon’s Prime Air drone fleet goes live (whether …

DJI Osmo pocket – the vlogging camera you’ve been waiting for

By Paul Archer, Dronesgator.com A new recent release from DJI makes its way in 2019 with what seems to be a very unique approach to personal consumer cameras. DJI has quite some history when it comes to gimbal stabilized cameras, both for their drones and for their Osmo line and this makes them quite the expert in the domain. Osmo Pocket I know that at a first glance this device didn’t seem like it had much potential. However, the moment I took it into my own hands I’ve been quite amazed by what it can do. It’s called the Osmo pocket and I’m completely amazed by how far technology has moved in the recent years. Having such a small yet capable device is something that no one …

Natural Power acquires drone software specialist Ascent Technologies

Press release: Natural Power acquires Ascent Technologies Leading renewable energy consultancy and service provider, Natural Power, has acquired the Texas-based firm Ascent Technologies – a developer of software for commercial unmanned aerial systems (UAS) operations. The specialist software, which has been developed by Ascent Technologies during the course of the past two years, will enable Natural Power to automate drone flights, thus increasing speed, consistency and quality of the data gathered during wind turbine blade inspections. Watch Natural Power’s drone video here https://vimeo.com/315845975 Natural Power Drone The automation enabled by this new software means that the drone system calculates and manages the optimal flight along the surfaces of the blades without pilot intervention, as well as constantly monitoring, adjusting and optimising camera angles, exposure, …

10 Effective ways to make your drone footage more natural

By John O. Brooks Drone Footage have become famous and popular on the internet nowadays. It’s very normal to see the footage from all over the world whilst more and more people entering the world of drones. Drones are affordable and accessible these days and nearly anyone can be able to manage to fly one. However, flying a drone is one thing while shooting good quality footage with it is completely a different thing. To impress your viewers with your Drone Shots, your shooting should be on a top level. After watching your Drone Footage, it becomes clear in your viewer’s eyes in seconds whether you actually know what you are doing or not. There is no doubt that using a Drone needs enough practice and some …