Find Drone Girl in ‘The Six-Word Lessons Series’ for drone hobbyists

New to drones, or perhaps looking for a gift idea for someone you want to get into drones?

A new drone hobbyist-focused book has released as part of  “The Six-Word Lessons,” and Drone Girl gets a shoutout in it too.

Six-Word Lessons for the Drone Hobbyist: 100 Lessons to Fly Your Drone Safely with Skill and Confidence” launched last month as a guidebook of 100 lessons to gain skill and confidence for flying drones as a hobby.

In 100 brief lessons, the book teaches readers about the many fun things you can do with a drone, including video and photography ideas, tips on choosing the right drone for you, properly operating your drone in all environments and situations, staying safe, following laws and rules, and how to avoid crashing and losing your drone.

Drone Girl has the absolute honor of being one of those 100 lessons — No. 96 to be exact! Here’s a sneak peek: Continue reading Find Drone Girl in ‘The Six-Word Lessons Series’ for drone hobbyists

The FAA is conducting an anonymous survey about drones

Got thoughts on drones? I thought you did.

The Federal Aviation Administration just released an anonymous survey about drone usage on its site — a sign that the FAA wants user input as it shapes the future of drone regulation.

The FAA’s survey is intended for people who have registered commercial drones, not hobbyists.

“The goal is to collect information on drone flight activities under the FAA’s small drone rule (Part 107), data that will help the FAA improve the services it delivers to the UAS community,” according to a statement from the FAA. Continue reading The FAA is conducting an anonymous survey about drones

Finally, a transparent drone insurance policy is here (with daily rates!)

Paying for a big insurance policy to cover your drone business, but not exactly sure what you’re paying for?

Finally, a drone insurance policy with transparent pricing is here.

DroneInsurance.com launched this week as a new insurance option that provides drone operators with 24/7 ground coverage and the option to purchase on-demand flight coverage for as little as a day or as long as a year. Flight liability limits range from $1 million to $25 million.

So what’s different about this insurance plan?

The neatest feature is a calculator that makes it completely transparent what you’re paying for.  Create an account, plug in what type of drone your flying or for how many days you need insurance, and the calculator will tell you the cost. Decide you want to change your coverage? Mark it in the calculator, and your price will change in real-time, updating before you commit to any different costs. Continue reading Finally, a transparent drone insurance policy is here (with daily rates!)

Boeing HorizonX makes investment in drone delivery startup Matternet

Boeing HorizonX Ventures has been on a tear lately investing in drone startups — and the venture capital group just expanded its portfolio to include a drone delivery company.

Boeing HorizonX Ventures, the venture capital arm of aerospace leader Boeing, led a $16 million Series A funding round in drone delivery startup Matternet.

The $16 million funding round was announced on Tuesday and includes participation from Swiss Post and Sony Innovation Fund.

Matternet said it is using the money to expand its urban operations.

Related read: Drone delivery is here today. Here’s how it works

Boeing HorizonX in October 2017 invested an undisclosed amount of money in Near Earth Autonomy, a Pittsburgh-based firm that develops technologies enabling autonomous flight such as drones. And in June, Boeing’s HorizonX led a relatively small $5 million funding round in San Francisco-based drone software startup Kittyhawk. Continue reading Boeing HorizonX makes investment in drone delivery startup Matternet

Attention West Coast: LAANC testing rolls out today

They say the West Coast is the Best Coast (it is!), and it just got even better. Flying a commercial drone in West Coast states, as well as Hawaii, just got easier today.

This week marked the third phase in the roll-out of the Federal Aviation Administration’s multiphase plan to test Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC).

The LAANC program allows drone operators to use an interface (designed by FAA-selected private companies) to request approval to fly in restricted airspace. Operators will then receive approval almost instantly. That instantly speeds up the ability to legally fly in controlled airspace such as near airports — a cumbersome process that had previously required individual applications and took months.

The rollout opens up airspace near airports in California, Arizona, Hawaii and Nevada. That includes major airports such as LAX in Los Angeles, and McCarran International in Las Vegas. Click here for a complete list of facilities participating in the FAA’s LAANC program. Continue reading Attention West Coast: LAANC testing rolls out today

A huge, crossover video game and drone race is coming — and $50,000 is up for grabs

A huge crossover FPV drone race is coming to California, and $50,000 is up for grabs.
The Xfinity CA Drone Speed Challenge Level 2, put on by California-based drone racing group Aerial Sports League, will take place July 18 and 19 at the Golden1 Center in Sacramento, Calif.
And it’s not just a drone race. The event is actually a crossover of FPV racing with what’s called Velocidrone, which is a fast paced multi-player and single player FPV drone racing simulator game .
To participate in the big race, pilots need to qualify in one of four races, which are underway right now.
Two qualifier races were held over the weekend, and two more will take place next weekend — on June 23 at 8 p.m. ET and June 24 at 3 p.m. ET.

Continue reading A huge, crossover video game and drone race is coming — and $50,000 is up for grabs

Two drone companies land on Wall Street Journal’s 2018 list of tech companies to watch

The drone industry is still flying high — at least according to the Wall Street Journal.

The Wall Street Journal named 25 emerging leaders as tech companies to watch in 2018, and among them are two drone companies. Kespry landed on spot No. 15, while Airobotics made it as No. 21.

Kespry is a Silicon Valley company founded in 2013 to gather data using drones and analyze it for industries such as mining, insurance and construction. Its services are mostly used for inspections and inventory and operation management. The company has 104 employees and has raised $61.4 million in funding, and is led by founders Paul Doersch, Nathan Hall-Snyder and Ben Stabler.

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President Trump holds a drone as George Mathew, CEO of Kespry, explains how it works during the American Leadership in Emerging Technology Event.

Kespry was among a handful of companies invited to attended a historic White House meeting last year between drone industry leaders and U.S. President Donald Trump. Continue reading Two drone companies land on Wall Street Journal’s 2018 list of tech companies to watch

Another potential income stream for drone pilots: stock video creator

Want to make some easy money off of the photos you take from your drones? There’s a pretty easy way now for you to become an aerial stock video photographer by simply recycling the scenic shots you’ve already taken.

Drone network site DroneBase released hundreds of its 4K aerial videos to license on Shutterstock’s Footage Collection. If your video is one of them, then you’ll get $15.

So how does it work?

Drone operators who are a part of DroneBase’s Pilot Network can upload their 4K clips via the DroneBase Pilot App.

If accepted by DroneBase, those videos will appear for sale on Shutterstock, which is a royalty free stock photo, picture and video site. All videos that are not accepted will receive quick, constructive feedback on what could be improved.

And how much money can you make off of your stock video? Continue reading Another potential income stream for drone pilots: stock video creator