DJI earlier this week announced its new Phantom 4 drone, which can sense obstacles in front, behind and on both sides of it, and it has left industry experts wondering how much downward price pressure the drone-making behemoth can put on the industry.
The new Phantom 4 Pro, priced at $1,499, is an improvement on the Phantom 4 drone, which is also targeted to the prosumer segment and has only one sensor on the front.
Because you’re probably one of the 9 million people out there who have already seen this “epic Halloween prank” video (or your friends who know you love drones have sent it to you 9 million times), here’s an ALL-NEW Halloween drone video!
Autel is capitalizing on the joke around their ‘orange pumpkin’ drone nickname and checking out how their drone stacks up against some real pumpkins.
They took some drones and dressed them in costumes including a Phantom, a Parrot, a Hero, a Typhoon and a Solo — Han Solo.
In my own reviews, I’ve found that the X-Star holds up quite well to crashes. However, spoiler alert: the X-Star does NOT hold up to pumpkin collisions. Check it out:
For the record — the orange color of Autel’s drone actually has a purpose — better visibility of the drone while flying!
This week I am super excited because I now have my remote pilot certificate from the Federal Aviation Administration. I wanted to tell you a little bit about my experience, how I studied, and what to expect.
While most testing centers do take walk-ins, it’s best if you call ahead. The FAA has designated two private companies to administer the test— either Computer Assisted Testing Service (also known as cats) or PSI / LaserGrade Computer Testing. I chose LaserGrade just because it’s the closest to where I live.
Thanks so much to all the fans that met up with me at Interdrone!
The drone industry has come a long way since last year’s Interdrone. Last year it was unclear even how journalists could legally use drones. There was no Part 107 test, and we didn’t have the sense and avoid in consumer drones like we have today.
I saw some of my favorite consumer drone makers, and plenty of new ones. I got a kick out of the drone with claw arms from Japanese company Prodrone. I was intrigued by the goggles that almost resembled Google Glass — allowing drone users to see their drone from their line of sight and get the first person view simultaneously — from companies including Epson and Brother. Continue reading InterDrone 2016: attendance up 25%→
EAA AirVenture is the world’s largest air show, and it focuses on all things aviation, from traditional planes to homebuilt planes to skydiving. This year, they significantly expanded their drone offerings, complete with a whole drone tent and flight demo cage.
I led a few drone related events, including a hands-on class for 60 young women, and a seminar on Drones in Today’s World.
But I REALLY had fun checking out the rest of the show and learning a lot about manned aviation. I’m dazzled by the positivity and enthusiasm here. People at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh are curious about what’s new, and proud to show off their own stuff. And the nicest crowd too!
So join me on my tour (I do fly in a plane upside down)!