You could win $1,000 — every week — for your awesome drone footage

Have an amazing drone video? You could get a huge payday for it.

AirVūz, a drone video sharing social network, is hosting a drone video contest every week, and $1,000 is up for grabs.

The contest is dubbed the “Drone Video of the Week” contest, where one video maker will be chosen each week to win $1,000.

All drone videos uploaded to AirVūz.com are eligible to win. The contest begins Monday, April 2, and the contest’s ending date is still indefinite.

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What does the inside of a drone look like? Here’s a dissection of a DJI Phantom

Ever wonder what the inside of a drone looks like?

Southern California-based retailer Dronefly did a virtual drone dissection to show exactly what’s inside (click to expand the image size).

The dissected drone is a DJI Phantom 4, which was released in 2016 and was revolutionary for being the first consumer-grade drone to have a sensor capable of detecting obstacles and making decisions to autonomously fly around them. The DJI Phantom 4 drone only had a forward obstacle avoidance sensor, though most DJI drones today, including the new DJI Mavic Air, have a rear obstacle avoidance sensor as well. Other consumer-grade drones on the market today have evolved to have closer to a dozen obstacle avoidance sensors.

 

Related read: DJI Phantom 4 review: a drone light years in the future Continue reading What does the inside of a drone look like? Here’s a dissection of a DJI Phantom

DJI just got its largest commercial order ever: 1,000 drones for a construction company

DJI just got a huge custom order — 1,000 drones to be exact — and they’re headed to the construction industry.

The drones were ordered by Komatsu Smart Construction, a division of Komatsu, which is a Japanese corporation that manufactures construction, mining, and military equipment, as well as industrial equipment like press machines, lasers and thermoelectric generators.

The custom ordered is being fulfilled in partnership with Skycatch, a San Francisco-based commercial drone data company that uses drone data to create 3D maps. The 1,000 drones are manufactured by DJI and outfitted with specialized Skycatch technology, where they will fly autonomously over Komatsu construction sites to  come up with maps and models.

The data is intended to augment Komatsu Smart Construction’s new data service that enables robotic earth moving equipment to dig, bulldoze, and grade land autonomously. Continue reading DJI just got its largest commercial order ever: 1,000 drones for a construction company

Nominate the top leaders in the drone industry for the Women and Drones second annual award

Do you know of an incredible leader in the drone industry? The Women and Drones organization is now accepting submissions for their 2018 Women to Watch award.

Whether she’s a leader in technology, business, government relations, advocacy, research, journalism, education or agriculture, as long as she has made an impact in drones, then the judges want to know who she is! Nominations are being taken between now and Thursday, April 19 at 5 p.m. CT.

Any woman working in the drone industry is eligible to win, and you CAN nominate yourself. To enter, fill out the form here, including an essay of up to 500 words on why the nominee deserves to win.

Last year’s winners included Holly Kasun, cofounder of Flybrix, a company that makes drones kits out of LEGO® bricks, Lexie Janson, a high-profile drone racer from Poland, and General Manager of Intel Drone Light Shows Natalie Cheung, who is responsible for making Intel’s drone light shows possible. Her work at Intel has been seen over the skies of Walt Disney WorldCoachella and even the Super Bowl.

Read about all of 2017’s winners here.

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This pro football team is using drones during football games — and the drones are flying indoors, too

Drones are coming to disrupt yet another industry: pro football.

The Salina Liberty pro indoor football team based in Salina, Kansas is now playing with drones flying overhead. The drones are performing a variety of tasks, ranging from making the 35-foot ball drop to the head referee before opening kickoff, as well as capturing aerial footage of the games to livestream on the team’s Facebook page.

The drones most recently flew over Saturday’s game against the Bismarck Bucks, at the Tony’s Pizza Events Center.  The drones will fly during six home games this season.

The drones are operated by students at the Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus’s Applied Aviation Research Center. Continue reading This pro football team is using drones during football games — and the drones are flying indoors, too

DJI has a whopping 72% market share among Kittyhawk users

In case it wasn’t already clear that DJI has a mammoth market share in the drone industry, newly revealed data from Kittyhawk proves it.

San Francisco-based drone flight planning startup Kittyhawk analyzed all its user data to put together a comprehensive list of the most popular drones used by its customers.

Kittyhawk customers use its software for a range of drone-related tasks, whether it’s in the media, oil and gas or transportation industry.

Kittyhawk

By far, the DJI Mavic Pro is the most popular drone out there — totaling more than 21% of all drones entered into the Kittyhawk database. The Phantom 4 comes in at No. 2, making up just under 10% of all Kittyhawk registered drones Other DJI drones, including the Inspire line, the Spark and others in the Phantom line, round out spots three through seven. Continue reading DJI has a whopping 72% market share among Kittyhawk users

Here’s your ultimate travel guide to flying a drone in Europe

Wondering where you should head for your next vacation? Consider making a drone vacation through Europe. That’s right: pick your tour spots based off where you can get the best pictures from your drone.

The Case Farm, a U.K.-based drone company that makes durable drone cases, including waterproof ones, came up with a dream vacation travel itinerary through Europe.

This dream-worthy itinerary covers a range of spots around Europe, from the rugged highlands of Scotland to the beautiful blue waters surrounding Croatia.

Before traveling international with a drone, check the individual drone laws in that country. Some countries have laws around the value of possessions you bring into that country, and others have strict privacy laws dictating whether you can take pictures with a drone — not just whether you can fly it. Continue reading Here’s your ultimate travel guide to flying a drone in Europe

The DJI Mavic Pro is now cheaper than the Mavic Air — so which should you get?

If you’re an Amazon shopper, then it is now cheaper to buy the DJI Mavic Pro vs. Mavic Air.

The DJI Mavic Pro is now selling for just $769 on Amazon, vs. $999 when it first launched. (Thanks to a reader, Dallas, for outpointing the Amazon deal!). That’s vs. the DJI Mavic Air, which sells for $799 on Amazon, as well as on other sites like B&H Photo or the official DJI site.

So which do you get? The now-cheaper DJI Mavic Pro, or the DJI Mavic Air?

I had previously done a comparison of the two drones, as well as the DJI Spark. At the time, it was a lot easier to say that the DJI Mavic Air was your best bet of the three. But with the price changes, your decision got a whole lot tougher.

Here’s a breakdown comparing the three drones: Continue reading The DJI Mavic Pro is now cheaper than the Mavic Air — so which should you get?