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 […]


The FAA releases guidance for model aircraft

09-02-15  The FAA released a revised version of 91-57A the advisory circular for model aircraft. The language also applies to sUAS (drones). This revision reaffirms the FAA’s position that the guidance applies to recreational users. The document contains additional language advising modelers to operate “in accordance with a community-based set of safety […]


Green Bay’s new drone ordinance becomes law

Green Bay is the first City in the State of Wisconsin to pass an ordinance banning drones from operating at special events. What does this mean for you? Here’s the text of the ordinance: 27.310 DRONE USE AT SPECIAL EVENTS. (1) SPECIAL EVENT DEFINED. For purposes of this subsection, Special […]