The next question in our Ask Drone Girl series has to do with the Part 107 license. But it has nothing to do with how to get one — but rather IF you should get one. Turns out there are pros and cons to having a Part 107 license — besides the obvious one of making money.
What are the advantages to having a FAA drone license versus recreational use other than making a profit? Are you allowed to fly the drone in more areas?
While having a Part 107 license is essential if you want to use your drone to make money, there may actually be some negative things that come with having the license.
Is a drone on your Christmas list this year? Black Friday is offering LOADS of drone deals this year through stores including DJI and B&H Photo Video. You’ll save $100 on the wildly popular DJI Spark, more than $100 on my favorite pick, the DJI Mavic Pro, and you could even walk away with free extras like batteries, memory cards, landing pads and more.
Here are some of the deals you need to know about, sorted by drone, and then broken down by where to buy it:
More than two months after Hurricane Maria, much of Puerto Rico still does not have cell service.
Drones could fix that. The Federal Aviation Administration today announced that it had approved the use of AT&T’s Flying COW drones to help restore cellular service. The Flying COW drones — which stands for cell on wings — functions like a cell tower in the sky, to provide voice, data and internet service. The drones can fly up to feet above the ground and cover 40 square miles.
Want a DJI Mavic Pro that stands out from everyone else’s? This new version has something in common with the drone that put DJI on the drone map — the Phantom.
DJI today announced its limited edition Mavic Pro Alpine White. The drone will only be available at two retailers — the Apple Store and at DJI Flagship stores. It will also be available on both Apple’s website and on DJI’s website.
The Mavic Pro Alpine White will be offered as a Holiday Combo which includes a remote controller, two extra Intelligent Flight Batteries, two additional pairs of propellers and an aircraft sleeve, at a retail price of $1,049 US.
The DJI Mavic Pro still remains The Drone Girl’s favorite drone to date. The DJI Mavic Pro offers a 12-megapixel camera and shoots 4K video at 30 frames per second, and a maximum flight time of 27 minutes.
The U.S. government is farming out the difficult task of establishing drone regulations to private companies, but the choice of one of the world’s largest telecom companies to lead a recent effort is not sitting well with smaller companies in the tightknit drone industry.
Verizon Communications Inc.’s airspace-management company, Skyward, is the first to offer drone companies instant access to fly in controlled airspaces. The ability to fly instantly in controlled airspace is a huge advantage for pilots who subscribe to Skyward’s service.
It is currently illegal for commercial drone pilots to fly within 5 miles of an airport without permission, and getting approval has been a lengthy, paperwork-ridden process that could take months. That made situations like police monitoring crowds during a protest, electric companies inspecting a problem with a power line or first responders trying to find lost hikers impossible, should those drone flights occur near an airport.
Skyward Co-President Mariah Scott said the Federal Aviation Administration has a backlog of about 28,000 requests asking for approval to fly in controlled airspaces.
That could soon change, now that Skyward has rolled out software that makes it possible to fly in controlled airspace in a matter of minutes.
“Automating it is good for the industry,” drone industry analyst Colin Snow said.
But here’s the problem: The ability to offer a service like Skyward’s is currently limited to only about a dozen companies handpicked by the FAA to participate in a beta program to test how those instant approvals would work. That approach is becoming common for the FAA, which has a history of creating public-private partnerships when it comes to solving drone-related problems.
Drones are complicated enough. There are rules to follow, registrations to be done and undone and done again, there’s learning how to fly it, and then there’s deciphering all the components of a drone.
And those components can quickly turn into a pretty messy alphabet soup.
Drone Nodes came up with a handy infographic that makes at least one aspect of FPV drones a little less complicated — deciphering all the parts that make up a drone.