Recreational Drone Pilots: The hobby is about to get more complicated

If you are a recreational drone pilot, your  hobby is about to get a bit more complicated. You may have heard about new legislation that was passed last October, the FAA reauthorization Act of 2018. One section has received little attention but is likely to have a significant impact on […]


Mavic 2 Enterprise Zoom Review

Being a public safety trainer can be exciting, especially when you get early access to the latest tech goodies. Simply put, if you’re a drone enthusiast it’s a great time to be alive. When I saw the Mavic 2 Enterprise (zoom edition) I made arrangements to get one right away. […]


The FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 (H.R. 302)

Highlights of the sections which impact Unmanned Aircraft Systems On October 5, 2018 Congress passed the FAA reauthorization act which is a comprehensive bill that establishes rules and funding for the FAA for the next 5 years.  Title 49, United States CodeCHAPTER 448—UNMANNED AIRCRAFT SYSTEMS (UAS) Included in this bill are […]


The new LAANC airspace approval system goes live!

What is LAANC? Its the Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability, a system which allows remote pilots to request airspace authorizations in controlled airspace. The FAA announced that the last region of the country, the upper midwest, went live this week. Prior to the implementation of LAANC, commercial drone pilots had to apply […]


Wisconsin passes new drone legislation

The landscape for Wisconsin drone pilots changed on April 16, 2018 without much publicity. In fact this new law was probably the most notable legal development since Wisconsin legislators passed the drone privacy law in 2014. This new legislation made some changes and additions to WI §114.04 and §114.045. I […]


Advice for new drone owners

Are you one of the millions of people who received a drone for Christmas? Maybe you’ve just decided to buy yourself a drone. Either way, you’ll be tempted to pull it out of the box, charge it up and get flying right away, but wait! There’s some things you need […]


What is a great starter drone?

Q: I am interested in getting a drone. Where should I begin? A: You might consider buying a small multi-rotor to practice on. Some people like to get comfortable on one of these before trying to fly a more expensive model. While not necessary, if you are uncomfortable with the thought […]


Tips for Buying Used Drones

Are you thinking about buying a used drone?  Here are some things you should consider before plunking down several hundred dollars on a used piece of technology.  I’m not against the idea and in fact one of my most reliable units, a DJI Inspire 1, was purchased from a friend who […]


Drone Flight Training for Public Safety

If your agency is looking to use a drone in your operations, your team will need training. Essentially, you are creating an aviation unit and training is vital to the success of your program. Drones are a relatively new technology and some police agencies have attempted to jump in without proper […]

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Commercial Drone Operation Rules Go Into Effect August 29, 2016

The FAA has announced the final rules for Small Unmanned Aircraft (sUAS).  This rule will have a major impact on those who are interested in doing aerial photography for hire or any other business venture which seeks to use unmanned aircraft in furtherance of its business. Drone operators will be […]