The Part 107 exam availability is about a week away — and it’s not going to be an easy test for people unfamiliar with aeronautics.
If you’re like me and have trouble committing to — and understand — a book, then reading the FAA’s Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge may not be enough. There are a number of online and in-person training courses to help you learn what you need to know
The case fits any DJI Phantom model drone as well as any laptop up to 13-inches in size with a laptop sleeve in the back.
This case seems designed particularly with the photographer in mind. While the main compartment is designed for a Phantom drone, the padded inserts can be removed or reconfigured to store a DSLR camera body and lenses. It also has an external tripod mount, which I find useful when shooting my own Drone Girl videos.
I review quite a few drone backpacks and what I found really intriguing about this one was a TSA approved combination travel lock. I could see this coming in handy not just when you’re traveling, but also in cases where you need to ensure the contents of your backpack are secure — perhaps even just from your kids!
While walking around with this backpack, I enjoyed the form-fitting and ergonomically designed shoulder straps with chest and waist supports that alleviate pressure points.
This drone backpack is 19x13x9.5 inches, so unlike most hardshell cases, this meets most airline carry-on restrictions. If you need to check your drone in through the airport, I would still recommend a hard shell case. But for carrying your drones on hiking adventures or wherever you like to fly, the ultra-padding on this case makes it pleasant to carry.
If you’re in the market for a Phantom backpack, this one holds up!
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The first piece of advice I will give anyone looking to getting into drones for the first time. Don’t start with an $1,000 drone you will inevitably crash. Pick up a $30 toy drone and start practicing with that.
Autel Robotics announced today that it will cover the cost for its customers who take (and pass) the Federal Aviation Administration’s Remote Pilot Knowledge Test.
Autel drone operators who submit a proof of a qualified X-Star series drone purchase and proof of a passing result on the FAA’s knowledge test will be entitled to a rebate for the test, which otherwise costs $150.
It’s a wonderful premise to set as it looks like Autel wants to make sure its customers are educated and safe. But it’s also a wise move for the drone company in an effort to remove itself from any bad press from rogue drones and ensure its drones aren’t the ones crashing. The drone that famously crashed into the White House lawn was a DJI Phantom — Autel’s primary competitor.
“We want to make professional drone use easy and accessible to wide variety of business users, and paying for the testing fees for our users is one small way we’re helping customers learn about how drones can make their businesses more profitable, safer and more productive,” Autel Robotics USA CEO Steve McIrvin said. Continue reading Autel will pay its customers to take the Part 107 test→
You want to make a business card that stands out, right?
Marque Cornblatt, Founder and CEO of the Aerial Sports League has the coolest business card in town, and he wants to share it with the rest of us.
Cornblatt turned his business card into a tiny racing drone, complete with FPV. It’s made from one single 3D printed card and parts from a Blade Inductrix Micro Quad (you may know it as the Tiny Whoop).
And, at 22.6 grams, you won’t even have to register it!
Boeing’s Insitu, the American dronemaker, is using drones to fight wildfires — and it’s relying on Microsoft’s HoloLens.
Essentially two futuristic technologies — drones and holograms — are fighting wildfires.
It uses the mixed reality headset to put a map display in three dimensions. Users can then drag the aircraft on a map to direct the aircraft where to fly. Flight operators manipulate holographic tactical maps of ScanEagles, helicopters and firefighters to direct resources to where they’re most needed. With Inexa Control software, the engineers hope to use mixed reality technology to one day control an entire fleet of UAVs for commercial use.
How are you studying? A good friend of mine told me, “I’m going to just study the night before — college style.” Wait, what?! No! Don’t do that!
It’s important that you know the information not to simply pass, but to really know the airspace so you can be a safe pilot. If you’re like me and struggle to absorb information simply by reading, and prefer to take a course — in-person or online — then here’s how I recommend you study for the Part 107 test.
What is the best drone to use for roof inspections?
You really don’t need to do anything fancy! I was thinking about the use case for drones in roof inspections when I was at my mom’s house in Missouri over the weekend. (I live in a condo building in San Francisco, so no need for me to do my own roof inspections here!)
Roof inspections can get fancy. You could add a thermal camera (particularly if you have solar panels on your roof). If you had a huge roof and needed to fly the exact same route every time, you might want to use Skycatch, which could even generate a map for you.
But for most roof inspectors, all you want is a relatively small drone that is stable, easy to fly, can get close to the roof, is safe, and offers both a live video feed and generates high qualities images or video that can be saved.
Often, all you need to see is a clip something like this, which I took when my mom asked me to drone-photograph her house for her:
I shot the following clip on the Autel X-Star.
So what drone should you use for roof inspections?
There are really 3 drones I would recommend, all of which cost less than $800 including camera, and offer at least 20 minutes of flight time. Each of these drones also
If you need to do more advanced roof inspections — such as needing a dual controller, scroll down for more recommendations.