DJI is simply not going to sit still. Yesterday, the Shenzhen based leader in drone technology, released advanced imaging solutions for both consumers and professionals. On the “low” end, DJI released announced it will offer its Micro Four-Thirds Zenmuse X5R camera for use with the Osmo, the imaging stabilization system. They call the new system […]

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DJI is simply not going to sit still. Yesterday, the Shenzhen based leader in drone technology, released advanced imaging solutions for both consumers and professionals. On the “low” end, DJI released announced it will offer its Micro Four-Thirds Zenmuse X5R camera for use with the Osmo, the imaging stabilization system. They call the new system […]

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April 18th, 2016­ Redwood City, CA ­ EHang, a leading unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) manufacturer, today released two new versions of its popular Ghostdrone 2.0 drone: the Ghostdrone 2.0 Aerial bundle and the Ghostdrone 2.0 VR. The Ghostdrone 2.0 Aerial, known for its ease of flight and sleek design, now comes with a free, top­-of-­the-­line 4K camera, allowing

The Property Drone Consortium, a collaboration of insurance carriers, construction industry leaders and supporting enterprises this week announced its roster of charter members. The members, which include Allstate Corporation, American Family Insurance, Auto-Owners Insurance, EagleView Technologies, Inc., Erie Insurance and Pilot Catastrophe Services, have agreed to work together to promote the development of standards and […]

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This past week, DRONELIFE reported on the rapid rise in drone use by police in the Middle East. It appears the trend is catching on across the worldwide public-safety community. This week, we turn our UAV eye on Cyprus, and New Zealand. Cyprus Police officials in Cyprus hope to deploy several unnamed-model drones over the […]

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While a growing vanguard of American law-enforcement officials have fallen in love with police drones, the debate over UAV deployment still reverberates from the Smallvilles of Kansas and Mississippi to the Metropolis of Philly. Miss. Police May Miss Out on Drones This Year Vicksburg police say they have no plans nor any desire to launch […]

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Observations from the Drone Dealer Expo, hydrogen fueled drones, a drone rescue patent, and proposed federal preemption of UAS laws.

Guest

Mike DanielsMike Daniels says he has been designing, building and flying model aircraft since the 1970s. He’s flown free flight, control line, and RC airplanes, helicopters, and multi-rotors. Mike built an F550 with parts he designed and printed, and he’s currently flying a Yuneec Typhoon Q500 and an Ares Ethos Q130. His new Typhoon H should arrive at any moment.

Mike holds an FAA pilot’s certificate to fly single engine land and sea planes, and an FAA repairman certificate for Light Sport Airplanes with a Maintenance Rating.

Mike shares his experiences by blogging at blog.mikeflys.com, and he’s created an online e-paper called  “The UAV Daily.” He’s also starting a drone store at www.mikeflys.com where he’ll only sell products he knows and likes. Follow Mike on Twitter as @Mike_Flys.

Drone Dealer Expo 2016

Mike gives us his observations from the Drone Dealer Expo he attended April 11-13, 2016 in Orlando, Florida. Mike characterizes the attendees and describes some of the event themes.

A drone racing expo was held in the parking lot to demo FPV racing, and there was talk about ESPN broadcasting races. The subsequent press story With ESPN deal, drone racing gets serious confirms that ESPN has signed a multi-year deal to broadcast drone races.

We talk with Mike about the theory that the timing of the FAA UAS registration requirement may have depressed holiday drone sales. We also learn that a panel discussion led to a lively discussion about UAS regulations. There was a consensus belief that a future drone operator’s certificate will require an in-person written test, not an online test.

News

MMC’s Hydrogen-fueled Drone, the HyDrone 1800, Leads the Way into a New UAV Era

MicroMultiCopter Aero Technology Co., Inc. (MMC) launched their HyDrone 1800, a hydrogen-fueled drone with a claimed flight time in excess of four hours, a one-minute recharge cycle, and a flight radius of up to 100km with a live video stream.

Google Has Patented a Drone Rescue Service

Google’s concept is that users could push a button instead of calling 911 and get the help they need, delivered by a self-flying drone.

Lawmakers seek to ensure FAA bill won’t preempt local drone laws

Senate debates contentious provision against state drone laws

Some members of the US Senate are adding amendments to the FAA reauthorization bill that would create a federal preemption for state or local laws related to the design, manufacture, testing, licensing, registration, certification, operation, or maintenance of UAS. Local governments could not regulate airspace, altitude, flight paths, equipment or technology requirements, and pilot requirements.

Video of the Week

Killerdrone! Flying chainsaw

Crazy Finnish farmers built an epic drone with a remote controlled chainsaw.

Mentioned

Facebook will now let any camera stream to Facebook Live, even a DJI drone: Post to your wall, but from the air



Experienced and amateur drone pilots have tested out their maneuvering skills using remotely controlled quadcopters at the Drone Grand Prix 2016 in the Moscow Region. The tournament in which everyone is invited to participate will run until Friday. On the first day some 20 professional drone-skilled operators showcased their moves in the likes of Anakin