Calling all drone pilots in Tokyo, Japan!
DJI will open its first DJI Area in Tokyo this Saturday. The 5,759-square food arena will go by the name “DJI Arena By JDRONE Tokyo,” and will include a flying arena, retail store and technical support space. Continue reading DJI is opening a drone arena in Tokyo, Japan
High school students who love drones — here’s a drone scholarship you need to take advantage of.
*Pssst!* Scroll down to the bottom of this post to get $50 off any Drone Pilot Ground School course!
Drone Pilot Ground School launched the High School STEM Scholarship for Aspiring Commercial Drone Pilots. The scholarship provides free access to Drone Pilot Ground School for eligible high school students who are at least 16 years old. The scholarship will also pay for Part 107 test fees for the first 100 students to take the test. The Part 107 test fee is typically $150.
The Part 107 test is issued by the Federal Aviation Administration, and every pilot who operates a drone commercially needs to have passed it in order to obtain a license.
“We know the drone industry has the potential for creating new jobs for young people, and can help students get excited about STEM subjects,” said Perlman. “Providing a scholarship to interested, qualified high school students just seemed like a natural outgrowth of the support we’ve given the students at Taft High.” Continue reading There’s a drone scholarship for high school students. Here’s how you can win it
Know how to build a human-carrying drone or jetpack? Boeing will pay you $2 million to make it happen.
Boeing is the primary sponsor in GoFly, a two-year, international contest to build a “personal flying device” capable of Vertical Takeoff and Landing that can fly twenty miles and carry a person.
In other words: a drone or a jetpack.
“What we are seeking is an “everyone” personal flying device, capable of being flown by ANYONE, ANYWHERE. It should be a device for ALL: young and old, city-dweller and country-dweller, expert and novice,” according to the rules. Continue reading Boeing will pay you $2 million if you can build a human-carrying drone or jetpack
Stop flying your drones over the California fires and subsequent devastation. Why?
Here’s the short answer: the U.S. government says so.
And here’s the long answer:
A large amount of space in the Napa area is currently under a NOTAM, including airspace over Napa, Santa Rosa and Petaluma. A NOTAM is short for notice to airmen, and is something filed by the FAA to alert pilots of hazards in areas they are flying in.
Under the restrictions of those NOTAMs, “no pilots may operate an aircraft in the areas covered by this NOTAM.”
The NOTAMS are effective through Nov. 13 “to provide a safe environment for fire fighting aircraft operations,” according to the text of the NOTAMs. Continue reading Stop flying drones over the California fires. It’s probably illegal
The drone community (well, some key members at least) has a message for President Donald Trump: give more power to state and local governments to experiment with ways of integrating drones, but don’t compromise the FAA’s sovereignty of the national airspace.
More than two dozen drone-related companies and organizations signed a controversial letter addressed to Trump this week calling for a pilot program to get input from states and municipalities to develop policy on UAS operations.
The letter was signed by delivery stakeholders such as Amazon, Fedex and UPS, manufacturers such as GoPro and DJI, and other organizations including AOPA and AUVSI.
“A pilot program would allow for a data-driven process, within a controlled operational environment, to explore the best options for states and municipalities to address their needs, as it relates to different types of UAS operations,” according to the letter. Continue reading Drone community to Donald Trump: give more power to local governments to develop drone operation policies
DJI’s newest camera, the DJI Zenmuse X7, is blowing all other camera drones out of the water.
The Chinese dronemaker, which sprung to fame for its ready to fly, GoPro-carrying drone, the Phantom, today announced the DJI Zenmuse X7.
It’s a Super 35 digital film camera optimized for professional aerial cinematography, designed to work with the DJI Inspire 2 drone.
The Drone Girl hinted at the Zenmuse X7’s launch last month when we interviewed Hollywood filmmaker Phil Pastuhov, but it’s finally here. Continue reading DJI Zenmuse X7: this is the 6k camera all filmmakers need
Human-carrying drone gimmick aside, the United Arab Emirates, and more specifically Dubai, is rapidly adopting drones for a variety of uses.
The city of Dubai has benefited from a number of government-backed initiatives under what’s called the “Dubai Smart Government Plan” to increase the use of a range of technologies, including augmented reality and 3D-printing. Here are four ways the city is incorporating drones into that initiative: Continue reading 4 ways drones are transforming Dubai
Add this to your list of “Drones for Good.”
Swedish-based company FlyPulse has developed a drone it calls LifeDrone AED. It is exactly what it sounds like — a drone that transports defibrillators, which is an electronic device seen in gyms, offices and classrooms that can automatically diagnose cardiac arrhythmias and treat them through defibrillation, the application of electrical therapy.
The idea behind building a drone to transport them? The drone can get the defibrillator to the stroke victim in a short amount of time — time being often the crucial factor in survival rates.
Other companies are using drones for good in the health industry, such as strapping life jackets to drones, which can be flown over drowning victims to drop a life jacket near them. And a range of drone companies such as Zipline and Matternet are using drones for medical deliveries including blood and medicine.
FlyPulse develops the drones, but they recently partnered with Silicon Valley based company, FlytBase to create a network of drones outfitted with AEDs. FlyBase’s software is intended to help drones navigate through the skies, and also manage computer vision, payload management and security, machine learning.
Each year in the U.S. there are about 359,4000 cardiac arrests outside of a hospital. Less than 10% of victims survive, according to the American Heart Association. In communities with comprehensive AED programs, survival rates are closer to 40%.