DJI Spark discount: B&H Photo is offering sweet deals on DJI Spark drone

Still holding out on the DJI Spark? Now is the time to buy the tiny camera drone.

B&H Photo is offering a pretty sweet DJI Spark discount.

Purchase the DJI Spark quadcopter in any color from B&H Photo and get a $50 gift card. Or, purchase the DJI Spark Combo (totally worth grabbing to get the RC transmitter included) to get a $70 gift card.

See my review of the DJI Spark here.

The gift card can be used to purchase anything from B&H’s store, so you can grab an extra memory card, DJI Spark battery or — gasp(!) — non-drone related item. If you opt not to get the Spark Fly More Combo, it’s worth at least upgrading to the RC transmitter.

Read more: DJI Mavic Pro vs. Spark: which is better?

B&H also offers free expedited shipping — so no problem if you don’t have an Amazon Prime account.

How to get a job in Hollywood as a drone pilot: Phil Pastuhov shares the secret

Want to get a job in Hollywood as a drone pilot?

Phil Pastuhov is one of the pros, having served as an Academy Award-winning aerial director of photography with over 120 feature films and hundreds of commercials to his credit including “Lord of the Rings,” “Matrix,” “James Bond,” “Spiderman,” and “Mission Impossible.” He is also an ambassador for DJI and juror for the 2017 Skypixel Video Contest.

And he’s sharing his skills this year via a drone cinematography workshop called Drone Aerial Adventures, taking place this October in Utah.

He chatted with Drone Girl on getting a job in Hollywood, what your drone reel should look like, the future of DJI and more.

Drone Girl: Let’s start with the basics. How did you get into aerial photography and then drones?

Phil Pastuhov: My whole interest in aerial photography happened quite by fluke. I started as an assistant cameraman, then became an operator. From there, I was involved in a documentary that got me involved in skydiving. Several weeks after that, I got a call from a guy asking if I could help him with a project which turned out to be “James Bond: Moonraker.” That was my first opportunity to start working in aerials and it happened to be a Bond movie.
Drone Girl: Of course, that was before people were using drones.

PP: All of my aerial photography had been through helicopters primarily. But in the last 2-3 years, drones began starting to knock on the door of commercial film making.
Continue reading How to get a job in Hollywood as a drone pilot: Phil Pastuhov shares the secret

The Yuneec H520: Yuneec’s first commercial drone is here

Yuneec’s H520 is finally here.

The commercial-focused drone, which starts at $1,999 and can cost up to $4,699, was announced back in January at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada.

It looks very much like the Typhoon H drone, but with two key noticeable differences (among many other less noticeable differences): it’s bright orange and slightly larger.

Like the Typhoon H, it has a 360-degree, 3-axis gimbal with retractable landing gear. Camera options include the CGOET dual thermal RGB camera, E50 seven-element inspection-ready camera and E90. Continue reading The Yuneec H520: Yuneec’s first commercial drone is here

AeroVironment stock up more than 100% in the last 12 months

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

One American drone maker’s stock is flying especially high this year.

Shares of Los Angeles-based AeroVironment, which makes drones for military and enterprise customers, are up 81% this year and 102% in the past 12 months. That was boosted by a 9% rally after AeroVironment reported better-than-expected first-quarter earnings last month.

While Chinese drone maker DJI has crushed much of the competition for consumer drones, commercial drone makers are finding success, especially in military and enterprise applications.

AeroVironment, which makes drones both for reconnaissance and as lethal weapons, is increasingly turning to small drones, about the size of a water bottle.

“The demand for our small UAS products and solutions internationally is strong and continues to be strong,” AeroVironment Chief Executive Wahid Nawabi said during the company’s quarterly earnings call last week.

Aerovironment has delivered 30 of its Snipe drones to the U.S. Department of Defense. The 5-ounce, cell phone-sized camera drone has motors so quiet that it is difficult to detect, and is used for reconnaissance. AeroVironment sells its drones to 40 other countries, and this quarter signed contracts with the Australian military and an unnamed Middle East customer. Continue reading AeroVironment stock up more than 100% in the last 12 months

VSDC Video Editor Pro is giving away free Pro licenses to Drone Girl community

How many of you, guys, use advanced video editing software to fix drone footage? As you record more videos, you might want to have a more serious approach to post-production.

We’ve partnered with VSDC Video Editor PRO – a video editing program for Windows – to show how to improve what you might consider a good shot into a better one.

And there is an even more awesome piece of news! You can get VSDC PRO annual license for free in a special promo arranged exclusively for The Drone Girl community, and it’s valid for a week. Continue reading VSDC Video Editor Pro is giving away free Pro licenses to Drone Girl community

Israeli dronemaker Airobotics raises $32.5 million in funding

Israel-based industrial dronemaker Airobotics this week announced a $32.5 million funding round led by BlueRun Ventures China, as well as Microsoft Ventures and OurCrowd.

The funding is expected to help Airobotics expand its use cases into mining, refineries, seaports and the oil and gas industries.

The company’s existing investors include Waze’s CEO and the former COO of building 8 at Facebook. While Airobotics primarly works in Western countries, investors predict the company’s footprint will grow in Asia.

Airobotics this week also announced its new Homeland Security and Defense division. Defense and industrial drones have been flying high recently; American dronemaker Aerovironment’s stock is up more than 100% over the past 12 months. Continue reading Israeli dronemaker Airobotics raises $32.5 million in funding

Stay tuned for tons of Interdrone news after a hiatus

Hey Dronies!

You may have noticed a small hiatus in my posting. I just spent two weeks in Australia at four different events — two talks at the incredible World of Drones Congress, a Drone Day for young ladies interested in tech in partnership with my friends SheFlies, and a guest lecture for a journalism class at Queensland University of Technology.

It was all crazy busy, educational and tons of fun!

Here were some highlights from the last few weeks:

 

 

I’m now en route to Las Vegas for what I like to call “Drone Christmas” aka Interdrone! It’s a big family reunion and packed with drone news.

Stay tuned for more posts, and I apologize for the brief hiatus! Happy flying!

 

Propel’s Star Wars drones are back and better than ever

Propel’s incredible (and collectible!) Star Wars themed drones are back, and they’re better than ever.

To ring in Force Friday, the drone maker has launched a limited edition range of hand-finished, individually numbered battle drones for collectors based on actual aerial vehicles from the Star Wars movies.star wars propel drone tie fighter

The drones are battle drones, meaning not only do they simply fly, but they also are intended for battle combat. They have eye-safe lasers that can be fired at other Star Wars drones. If a drone is hit, it will wobble. If it takes three hits, it will crash land.

Propel has already created a series of Star Wars drones. (Check out my review of Propel’s first version of Star Wars drones in the video below):

But this version is new and improved. Continue reading Propel’s Star Wars drones are back and better than ever

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