The five finalists for best drone video of 2017 were selected by AirVūz staff from 13 different categories, including People, Cities, Countries, Landscape, Freestyle FPV, Drone Racing, Tiny Whoop, Animals (including pets), Dronies (selfies taken with a drone), Sports, Originality, Reels and Photo. From there, all AirVūz community members could vote for which finalists they thought were the best of the best. Continue reading See the best drone videos of 2017, according to AirVūz→
Add drones to the list of things you can now see at the Olympics.
Intel set a new record for most drones flown simultaneously as 1,218 drones flew over the Opening Ceremony of the 2018 Olympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea. The drones recreated the shape of icons like a snowboarder and the Olympic rings.
The following guest post was written by Oliver McClintock. McClintock is the creator of drone community MyDearDrone.
It’s not every day that a drone lands in your backyard, on your roof or driveway — but it does happen. What do you do if you find a lost drone?
Lost quads are found in 3 general conditions:
Dead – no spinning props, no lights, and possibly in several pieces if the unit crashed.
Active – no spinning props, but lights are on, and possibly in several pieces if the unit crashed.
Live – Still trying to fly, lights are on, and possibly in several pieces if the unit crashed.
Here’s what to do if you find a drone in each of these conditions:
Dead Unit (safe to approach with caution): Most drones have lights and indicators visible from outside the unit. These lights enhance visibility at long-range, and can indicate the current status of the onboard navigation system, such as flight mode, low battery, GPS status, etc.
Most of the time, if a unit is completely “dark” with no marker lights or status lights illuminated, the unit is off or has drained its battery pack below a working level. Drones in this category are safe to approach (with caution). From there, check for an identification tag or marking (some owners will mark their unit with a contact name and phone number).Continue reading What to do if you find a lost drone→
Want to get that sweet drone shot of a golf ball flying through the air, or that cool aerial photo of all the holes in a pristine golf course?
If you were planning on making those shots happen during this year’s PGA tour, don’t. Odds are, unless you have permission from the FAA then it’s illegal.
The PGA Tour is happening this weekend at the TPC Scottsdale – Stadium Course, and drones already seem to be posing a problem.
Dozens of drones have been spotted flying illegally already over the past few days — and the main event hasn’t even started yet. More than 250,000 attendees are expected to attend the PGA tour’s main event day on Saturday.
That’s according to drone detection company Dedrone, which is being deployed to look for risky drones throughout the weekend.
Last Sunday alone, Dedrone detected about three dozen “drone intrusions” in the PGA Tour area, which means a single drone entering the specified protected airspace multiple times or multiple drones on a single occasion.
The PGA tour is being held at the TPC Scottsdale-Stadium Course, which is not far from the Scottsdale Airport. Commercial operators cannot legally fly within five miles of an airport without permission, and recreational operators are advised to give notice for flights in that area, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.
Beyond just flying in restricted airspace, drones taking videos of the event may actually risk violating not just FAA rules, but copyright and IP laws. If the drone is streaming video of the PGA Tour, that actually may violate the broadcasting rights of NBC and The Golf Channel, according to a Dedrone spokesperson.
Dedrone says it can track the specific drone, the time it’s in the air, and how many times it’s visited the site. The San Francisco-based drone startup also claims it can distinguish between a whitelisted drone (like if the police department were to do their own surveillance) vs unauthorized drones.
Dedrone uses sensors, including RF/WiFi scanners, microphones and cameras to collect data and determine whether or not a drone is in a certain area, as well as analyze its flight path and the type of drone.