And the 100,000 milestone may dispel any fears that the drone industry was nothing more than a bubble. Sales numbers are growing in line with the growth in registered pilots, as U.S. dollar sales of drones increased 33 percent in 2017, according to The NPD Group.
A Remote Pilot Certificate is required in the U.S. by the FAA to fly drones for commercial purposes under Part 107. Those regulations required that drone operators pass a UAS aeronautical knowledge test. The test can be taken at one of the 696 testing centers in the United States and asks questions on topics such as air traffic, weather and safety. Upon passing, pilots receive a license, which is good for two years.
The FAA has issued 98,118 Remote Pilot Certificates since July 6. The pass rate on the test is 92%, according to @FAANews.
The following is a guest post by Sasha Rezvina, the Director of Marketing for Aerobo.
When you think of drone shots, you probably picture those graceful high-and-wide, distant aerials.
Not shots like this one:
It’s dangerous to fly so close to people, not to mention illegal most places. It’s incredibly difficult to get a tight, low-to-the-ground steady shot of a subject.
But the shot was pulled off—legally—with a drone. So how did they do it?
The aerial cinematographers at Aerobo executed the shot using a maneuver called adrone catch. A drone catch enables you to start a shot in the air, but then transition it to what looks like a Steadicam shot. As the drone descends, someone on the ground catches it and continues moving the camera manually from the ground, as the drone pilot carefully shuts off the drone.
The drone catch rig enables you to capture a long-take, transitioning seamlessly between aerial and on-the-ground shots. And if you have some basic tools and a drone, you can make one and try it for yourself. Here’s how.
Building a drone catch rig: the gear you’ll need
This guide explains how to build a drone catch rig for the Inspire 2— the same drone that was used for The Greatest Showman.Why is the Inspire 2 a good pick to build a drone catch rig with? 1: The gimbal is sophisticated enough that the shot isn’t compromised when the drone is caught, and 2: the landing gear is large enough such that any handles are on a lower plane than the camera and gimbal.
Big news from Alphabet, the company formerly known as Google, hit this month around its Wing drone delivery service.
Project Wing is going to become an independent business within Alphabet, the company formerly known as Google. Wing had formerly been a part of X, which is Alphabet’s research and development arm working on projects such as Makani, an energy kite project.
DJI just made a change to its software that eases geofencing restrictions it implemented years ago — now making it easier for drone pilots to fly over sensitive areas such as near prisons, power plants and airports.
The Chinese dronemaker this week overhauled its “Fly Safe GEO Unlock program” by now allowing pilots to request authorization to fly in sensitive areas through a streamlined application process, which would essentially allow them to receive a code unlocking their drone in less than 30 minutes.
DJI has had geofencing in some form as early as 2013. Geofencing is a software program that creates a virtual “fence” around a drone, preventing it from flying into certain areas. The geofencing limitations were broadly expanded in 2015 in response to the growing popularity of drones — and drone crashes.
As an incentive for participation in the survey, all respondents will receive a free summary report of the research results (a $95 value) and can enter to win a free DJI Spark mini drone package (a $425 value) or one of two $100 VISA gift cards.
The survey is intended to shed light on questions like “Who’s buying what types of drones from which makers at which prices and for what uses?” and “How much are service providers, business buyers, and public agencies using flight management and data analytic software for image-based projects?”
The survey will be in market for four weeks, and results will be available in September.