See the best drone videos of 2017, according to AirVūz

Drone video sharing site AirVūz scoured the world in search of 2017’s best drone video. The results are in, and the best drone videos of 2017 are really something else.

Moscow Aerial 5K Timelab.pro by Russian drone pilot Timelab.pro was voted the Drone Video of the Year, while Paul Nurkkala won the FPV (First-Person View) Video of the Year for NURK’s Flight of the Year.

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

Watch the record-setting Olympics Intel drone light show

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.

Much like the Super Bowl in 2017 featuring Lady Gaga, the Olympics Intel drone light show was pre-recorded and superimposed on television so the drones wouldn’t have to do complex maneuvers over thousands of people in the stands and nearby. Continue reading Watch the record-setting Olympics Intel drone light show

Drone community to FAA: find that reckless Vegas drone pilot and prosecute him

Days after a video went viral for flying dangerously close to a Frontier airlines plane, the drone community is begging the Federal Aviation Administration to find the pilot and take legal action.

The video starts fairly innocuously with a shot of a city, until a Frontier Airlines jet enters the shot, approaching Last Vegas McCarran airport. The video could become a black eye on the drone industry, which has long struggled to overcome public fears that drones are dangerous and capably of crashing into manned aircraft. Continue reading Drone community to FAA: find that reckless Vegas drone pilot and prosecute him

What to do if you find a lost drone

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:

  1. Dead – no spinning props, no lights, and possibly in several pieces if the unit crashed.
  2. Active – no spinning props, but lights are on, and possibly in several pieces if the unit crashed.
  3. 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.

Related read: How to get the longest FPV range on your drone

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

This video of a drone flying dangerously close to an airplane has everyone freaking out

A video showing a drone flying dangerously close to a Frontier airlines plane has gone viral this weekend — and the drone community is rightfully freaking out.

The video starts fairly innocously with a shot of a city, until a Frontier Airlines jet enters the shot, approaching Last Vegas McCarran airport.

It is unclear who shot the video or when it was taken, but it was likely taken on a racing style FPV drone. A version of the video was captured and shared by Drone U.

FBI and police are investigating the incident, according to KNTV in Las Vegas. Continue reading This video of a drone flying dangerously close to an airplane has everyone freaking out

Which racing drone propellers are the best? Gemfan? DAL? Something else?

Next up in our “Ask Drone Girl” series is about upgrading your racing drone propellers. If you have a question for Drone Girl, contact her here.

I have a Kingdowin & Hitec 280’s quad racers, and would like to change the blades to nylon props.  What do you suggest for these 2 prop quads?  I was looking at GemFan & DALs.

Hey there!

I reached out to some of the world’s top drone racers to get you a better answer than I ever could (when it comes to drone racing, I’m a total novice).

First, you need to decide what more you want out of your propellers. Do you need more thrust? Are you a racer? Do you prefer freestyle?

#Kwads & #Braap #Braap all day long! Such a fun day 😀 Met up with the Santa Cruz FPV crew, and found this little custom built miniature 3inch #Alien! It’s friggin adorable. Huge shout out to the local crew for holding it down and throwing such a great event- was fun not organizing for once and getting to show my #3D moves off. Then over to meetup with the Motorcycles & Misfits at the Re-Cycle Garage garage to do a bit of maintenance on the Shadow, its slowly running better and better- just needs a little TLC after sitting for a couple years. Check out their podcast, it’s one of the most legit and funny #motorcycle #podcasts on the net! Psssss, @genstattu… Your high powered drone batteries might work great for some custom motorcycles hint-hint 😉 #AirVuz #Tattu #Dronehart #Drones #FPV #WorldsCollide #RotorRiot #GoPro #GemFan #BeeRotor

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From there, my friend and drone racing pro Zoe Stumbaugh put together an extremely thorough guide for you (Zoe runs the site HexinAir. Check it out!):

DAL 5045 Cyclones: These are durable, decently efficient, and a good mix of top end speed and low end “grip/torque” in the air.

“I don’t replace broken props- just heavily damaged ones,” Stumbaugh said. “They’re an incredibly durable material mix. You could even call them the original indestructible prop.” Continue reading Which racing drone propellers are the best? Gemfan? DAL? Something else?

A bunch of people are illegally flying drones around the PGA Tour right now

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.

Here’s Dedrone’s count of incidents in the Scottsdale area, ahead of the PGA Tour.

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.

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An RF sensor sits on a pole in Scottsdale to detect drones flying near the PGA Tour. Image courtesy of Dedrone

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.