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Yuneec Typhoon H Plus with Intel RealSense brings small upgrade to Typhoon H Pro

Chinese drone manufacturer Yuneec just gave its Yuneec Typhoon H Pro a big sister.

The company this week launched  the Typhoon H Plus with Intel RealSense, dubbing it “Yuneec’s most powerful consumer product.”

The product was first announced back in January as the second generation of Typhoon H. The drone makes improvements to the Typhoon H’s iconic six rotor hex airframe, including a 40 percent reduction in noise from previous hex models, and stable flight in winds up to 30mph. The Typhoon H Plus’s camera is equipped with a high aperture, one-inch sensor camera capable of 20 megapixel stills and 4K resolution video at 60fps. The camera claims to have improved low-light performance as well due to larger aperture optics and extended ISO range. Continue reading Yuneec Typhoon H Plus with Intel RealSense brings small upgrade to Typhoon H Pro

Want a cheap toy drone? TRNDlabs is having a huge clearance sale

For a long time, my advice has been that before dropping $1,000 on a fancy drone (that you could accidentally drop into a pool), make a small investment in a toy drone.

If you’ve been holding out for a deal on toy drones, now may be the time.

TRNDlabs, which makes a range of toy drones, is offering a massive clearance sale with 50-60% off its drones on Amazon.

A spokesperson said the deal doesn’t have a set end date, but will last until its limited stock is gone. She also added that the sale doesn’t mean TRNDlabs is going anywhere soon.

“We’re always aimed at making innovative tech,” according to a statement from the company. “The drone market has changed a lot during these years, so we plan to sell out our stock to launch a few new products. “fader trnd labs TRNDlabs clearance sale

Some of my favorites are the FADER drone, which was formerly priced at $129 is now just $49, and is one of the easiest to fly, with auto takeoff and land buttons. It’s the perfect mix of an awesome drone that is easy to fly, and also at a great price point. Continue reading Want a cheap toy drone? TRNDlabs is having a huge clearance sale

Drones have arrived at high school graduation ceremonies — but not for the reason you might think

With high school graduation comes pomp, circumstance…and now drones.

Drones seem to be popping up everywhere, and high school graduation ceremonies have become their next stop.

Tethered drone maker Drone Aviation Holding Corp. announced that its tethered drones, which are actually DJI Matrice 200 units, were used at two major high school graduation ceremonies held in southern Arizona so far this year.

The tethered drones, part of the company’s FUSE Tether System, weren’t getting epic aerial shots of the ceremony, though. The drones were put in place by Arizona’s Oro Valley Police Department as part of its security and monitoring efforts. Continue reading Drones have arrived at high school graduation ceremonies — but not for the reason you might think

Need to renew your drone license? FAA announces recertification process details for commercial pilots

So you took your test to get your Remote Pilot Certificate two years ago? It’s time to renew.

The Federal Aviation Administration this week outlined details on the recertification process, which is imperative for drone pilots looking to legally operate commercially.

Regulations surrounding the FAA’s drone pilot certification for commercial pilots went into effect at the end of August 2016. 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.

And with those two years coming to an end for thousands of drone pilots, the FAA says it is time for pilots to go through a recurrent knowledge testing process to re-up and to maintain their stature as a commercially certificated sUAS operator.

Much like taking the initial drone test, the recurrent knowledge testing process requires pilots to book a testing appointment at one of around 700 FAA-approved knowledge testing centers across the United States and achieve at least a 70% score to pass.

But the breakdown of topics that remote pilots will be tested on is a bit different.

Here are what types of questions potential pilots can expect to see on the initial license test: Continue reading Need to renew your drone license? FAA announces recertification process details for commercial pilots

U.S. finally approves certain companies to test drone delivery, but Amazon wasn’t chosen

This is an excerpt of a piece originally written for MarketWatch.com. Read the full version here.

More than four years ago, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos promised in an interview that aired on “60 Minutes” that drones would be delivering small items to people’s homes within a half hour of the order being placed.

“I know this looks like science fiction,” he said. “It’s not.”

At the time, he said drone deliveries could happen as early as 2015, but more realistically within four to five years (which would have been 2017 or 2018).

More than four years later, the thought of Amazon drones landing at your doorstep is still a lot more like science fiction than reality.

The U.S. Department of Transportation this week announced the names of the 10 state and local governments that it has selected to conduct flight tests as part of its new Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Pilot Program. The program pairs governments up with private companies to test types of drone flights that are currently banned in the U.S., including flying drones at night, flying over people and, yes, package delivery. Continue reading U.S. finally approves certain companies to test drone delivery, but Amazon wasn’t chosen

Everything you need to know about the FAA’s drone pilot program, including Uber, Google and lots of drone delivery

The Federal Aviation Administration today announced the 10 state, local and tribal governments it has selected to be a part of its Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Integration Pilot Program. — and it is set to involve high-profile companies including Google and Uber.

The drone pilot program pairs governments up with private companies to test types of drone flights that are currently banned in the U.S., including flying drones at night, flying over people and package delivery.

The FAA’s drone pilot program, formally called the UAS Integration Pilot Program, was announced in October by U.S. President Donald Trump and Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao. Originally, only five sites were going to be chosen, though ultimately 10 were picked. About 150 sites applied to be a part of the program, according to the FAA. Continue reading Everything you need to know about the FAA’s drone pilot program, including Uber, Google and lots of drone delivery

ESPN still bullish on drone racing as it gives green light to DRL season 3

The world of drone racing is still going strong, as ESPN announced that it has signed on the Drone Racing League for a third season.

DRL season 3 will premiere on ESPN on Sept. 6, showcasing drone pilots racing around different high-profile spots around the world, including the BMW Welt and the Adventuredome, a five-acre indoor amusement park at the Circus Circus Hotel in Las Vegas.

The TV series will feature 18 FPV pilots, racing to be crowned number one. They’ll race in three rounds (ranking, semi-finals and finals) over a series of 1-minute heats. They’ll be ranked based on times. The top racers will be invited to the  2018 DRL Allianz World Championship event in Saudi Arabia.DRL espn drone racing league fpv

The decision to host the final drone race of DRL season 3 in Saudi Arabia drone race has been controversial for the drone community. This is the first time a professional drone race will have been staged in the country, which is known for being unwelcoming toward minorities including women and the LGBTQ community. Continue reading ESPN still bullish on drone racing as it gives green light to DRL season 3

DJI wants you to know that its drones data practices are totally secure

In an era where fears of companies tracking user data are increasingly growing, Chinese drone manufacturer DJI has made another push to say the data collected from its drones is totally safe. The news comes in the midst of rumors that DJI was transmitted sensitive user data to China.

The world’s largest drone manufacturer this week released the results of an independent report which concluded that customer data collected by DJI drones is secure.

Consulting firm Kiva conducted a study of DJI drones in the U.S. last year, confirmed that for some types of data (such as media files and flight logs), DJI did not access photos, videos or flight logs generated by the drones unless drone operators voluntarily chose to share them. For other types of data (such as initial location checks or diagnostic data), the user could prevent transmission by deactivating settings in the app or via disabling the Internet connection. Continue reading DJI wants you to know that its drones data practices are totally secure