Taking your drone into a different country — or simply a different state?
Some U.S. states also have specific drone laws, and most countries have some sort of official drone laws. And specific state or country drone laws vary dramatically — even if the areas aren’t geographically far apart. While Saudi Arabia outright bans drones and will even confiscate them at customs, neighboring countries like the United Arab Emirates and Oman have been quick to embrace them.
So can you legally fly your drone in X country that you plan on traveling to, and if yes, then how?
I’ve got a new, 10-day adventure up my sleeve. Today, I’m headed to the Canadian Arctic on a drone trip! I’ll be traveling with Quark Expeditions on their Arctic Watch Wilderness Lodge trip.
For the next 10 days, you’ll find me 500 miles north of the Arctic Circle. I’m looking forward to seeing beluga whales for the first time, encountering polar bears (just not too close, hopefully), and doing my favorite things to do in nature like hiking and kayaking.
And this trip should be especially exciting as a drone enthusiast. I often hear so many people say, “I don’t want to buy a drone given that they are restricted in so many areas!” Many people live within five miles of an airport, or had hoped to bring a drone with them into a National Park. Though flying drones near airports could change under LAANC, it truly is difficult to find places where you can legally fly drones. And even if it’s legal, a lot of people feel uncomfortable flying near crowds or buildings. That’s why I’m thrilled to head to the Arctic. No people to bother, no airports to worry about nearby — just completely free flying!!
Looking for a great YouTube channel to follow all about drones? Check out Bill The Drone Reviewer. And a great episode to start out with? How about the one with yours truly?
I joined Bill, from the Bill The Drone Reviewer YouTube channel, for his first official livestream called Tuesday Night Rotor Talk Live. We discuss NAB2018, the latest on the Autel EVO and the Mavic Pro 2 (yes, you read that right! It’s not a typo!).
Bill has amazing, kind fans! I love the livestream comments which you can find on the full link here.
Do you know of an incredible leader in the drone industry? The Women and Drones organization is now accepting submissions for their 2018 Women to Watch award.
Whether she’s a leader in technology, business, government relations, advocacy, research, journalism, education or agriculture, as long as she has made an impact in drones, then the judges want to know who she is! Nominations are being taken between now and Thursday, April 19 at 5 p.m. CT.
Any woman working in the drone industry is eligible to win, and you CAN nominate yourself. To enter, fill out the form here, including an essay of up to 500 words on why the nominee deserves to win.
Last year’s winners included Holly Kasun, cofounder of Flybrix, a company that makes drones kits out of LEGO® bricks, Lexie Janson, a high-profile drone racer from Poland, and General Manager of Intel Drone Light Shows Natalie Cheung, who is responsible for making Intel’s drone light shows possible. Her work at Intel has been seen over the skies of Walt Disney World, Coachella and even the Super Bowl.
Major drone industry players, led by the Academy of Model Aeronautics, this week launched a new marketing campaigned aimed at educating the public on drone laws.
The new advertising campaign is titled “Even the Sky Has Limits: Learn the Drone Laws.” It’s primarily a website that aims to clarify the confusing (and often changing) drone laws. Ads for the campaign will also run on YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, according to a news release.
The”Even the Sky Has Limits: Learn the Drone Laws” campaign is a new initiative that is part of Know Before You Fly, another marketing campaign which was created in 2014 with a similar goal to help drone pilots learn what the drone laws are.
“Just days after women in Hollywood protested unequal representation, pay, and treatment of females in the entertainment and other industries at this year’s Golden Globes, organizers at CES, the world’s leading electronics and technology trade show, have bafflingly cited a “limited pool” as their reason for naming not a single female keynote speaker at the show.”
The article is a follow-up to an article in USA Today outlining why women need to be onstage at events like the Consumer Electronics Show.
Architectural Digest provided a list of eight women who could be potential keynotes at next year’s event. I’m honored to be included in that list, alongside people who have made amazing contributions to tech including former marketing manager at Apple Music (and currently CBO at Uber) Bozoma Saint John, SVP of retail at Apple, Angela Ahrendts, and Recode founder Kara Swisher.