Friday, February 15, 2019


FAA Makes Major Drone ID Marking Change The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) posted a rule in the Federal Register requiring small drone owners to display the FAA-issued registration number on an outside surface of the aircraft. Owners and operators may no longer place or write registration numbers in an interior compartment. The rule is effective on February 25. The markings must be in place for any flight after that date. When the FAA first required registration of small drones in 2015, the agency mandated that the registration marking be readily accessible and maintained in readable condition. The rule granted some flexibility by permitting the marking to be placed in an enclosed compartment, such as a battery case, if it could be accessed without the use of tools. Subsequently, law enforcement officials and the FAA’s interagency security partners have expressed concerns about the risk a concealed explosive device might pose to first responders upon opening a compartment to find a drone’s registration number. The FAA believes this action will enhance safety and security by allowing a person to view the unique identifier directly without handling the drone. This interim final rule does not change the original acceptable methods of external marking, nor does it specify a particular external surface on which the registration number must be placed. The requirement is that it can be seen upon visual inspection of the aircraft’s exterior. The FAA has issued this requirement as an Interim Final Rule—a rule that takes effect while also inviting public comment. The FAA issues interim final rules when delaying implementation of the rule would be impractical, unnecessary, or contrary to the public interest. In this case, the agency has determined the importance of mitigating the risk to first responders outweighs the minimal inconvenience this change may impose on small drone owners, and justifies implementation without a prior public comment period. The FAA will consider comments from the public on this Interim Final Rule, and will then review any submissions to determine if the provisions of the ultimate Final Rule should be changed. The 30-day comment period will end on March 15, 2019. To submit comments, go to and search for “RIN 2120-AL32.” As Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao promised last month, the FAA also posted proposed new rules to let drones fly routinely at night and over people, and to further integrate them safely into the nation’s airspace. The comment period for these proposals is now open and ends on April 15.

Friday, July 6, 2018

US court upholds FAA Drone Regulations 2018

The FAA just scored a legal win in its ongoing back and forth with drone hobbyists. The U.S. Court of Appeals opted to uphold a ruling granting the administration’s authority over consumer UAVs, a move that is expected to lead the way for additional restrictions on flight. The ruling is based, in part, on a 2012 law passed by Congress that puts the FAA in charge of the then-emerging drone category. At the same time, however, it left a bit of an opening, essentially grandfathering in owners of some model aircraft already governed by safety organizations. According to the act, the FAA “may not promulgate any rule or regulation regarding a model aircraft.” That loophole of sorts is what spurred drone hobbyist John Taylor’s case, which temporarily blocked the FAA’s drone registry requirement. Back in December, however, Trump signed a bill reinstating the registration. Today, the court shot down Taylor’s request yet again. “Because the rule is within the agency’s statutory authority and is neither arbitrary nor capricious, the petition for review is denied,” Judge Merrick Garland wrote in the opinion. As The L.A. Times notes, this decision will also be regarded as a win for Google and Amazon, who have both been lobbying hard for regulation on hobbyist drones as they look to the skies for projects like Prime Air and Project Wing. Along with registry, future laws may include additional flight restrictions and required self-identifying beacons.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

DJI Phantom 5

New rumors have emerged over the next few days about the upcoming DJI Phantom 5 drone, an evolution of the most famous drone line-up ever produced by DJI. DJI Phantom 5 Drone According to a Chinese source, the new DJI drone will come with some really interesting features, such as a gimbal camera with interchangeable lenses, it will have the evasion-enhanced obstacle system with an infrared sensor located at the top of the body, which can enhance the function of obstacle detection. Phantom 5 will also be able to fly in a rainy environment. Phantom 5 Drone The DJI Phantom 5 release date is possible in the second quarter of 2018. If more news comes up, we will update you with the latest updates about it.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

A System for Monitoring and Managing Drone Traffic was Proposed by DJI

Drones are increasingly occupying the sky that resulted into some incident involving other flying machines. As we know, drones are becoming into commodities, using it for fun or using it to take awesome aerial images or videos. But, there is still a missing guidelines that needs to be set in order for this drones to be safe. World’s leading drone maker, DJI believes that it does not needs any new equipment or huge database for monitoring drone traffic, current technology and local communication protocols could provide this as the starting phase for this. The drone manufacturer outlines a regulation for safety especially in increasing number of drone traffic in two white paper, which was delivered to a drone conference in Montreal led by International Civil Aviation Organization. According to Walter Stockwell, DJI’s Director for Technical Standard “The rapid adoption of drones for business, academic, government and nonprofit uses has generated enormous benefits for society, but it has also raised concerns about how authorities can identify drones and ensure they operate safely in complex airspace.” He added “Rather than develop complicated new systems using untested technology, DJI believes industry and government can address these challenges with equipment available today, and without requiring every drone flight to be permanently recorded in a government database.” DJI also proposed that Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM) system does not need a centralized control center for establishing flight paths and helping drones to avoid aircraft, obstacles and other drones. On other hand, the On-board Anti Collision Technology (OTAs) which is a feature now on many drones, can be used for coordinating flight paths and avoid obstacles, and this feature have an obstacle sensing system, radio transmitters and receivers for communicating with others drones. This is the other white paper, available here. The white paper states “We envision a future in which drones will be smart enough to navigate safely through the airspace, avoiding obstacles, each other, and manned traffic, all on their own, in most locations. Because OATs are less complex than an end-to-end automated traffic management system, because they present fewer points of failure, and because they can be deployed with no required investment in ground-based infrastructure, we expect these technologies will receive regulatory approval well before a networked UTM system will.” Stockwell added “No other technology is subject to mandatory industry-wide tracking and recording of its use, and we strongly urge against making (drones) the first such technology. The case for such an Orwellian model has not been made. The focus of the primary method for remote identification should be on a way for anyone concerned about a drone flight in close proximity to report an identifier number to the authorities, who would then have the tools to investigate the complaint without infringing on operator privacy.” DJI developed a working system that uses this principle, detecting radio signals that transmitted by their drones and displaying them on a screen where authorities could check registration numbers and monitor its activities. This system can be easily adopted to use similar wireless transmission protocol on other drone manufacturer, including those hobbyist and innovator. This system is currently deployed in two international airports for testing and evaluation, since April 2017.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

DJI Develops Option to Fly ‘Offline’ for ‘Sensitive Flights’

DJI Develops Option to Fly ‘Offline’ for ‘Sensitive Flights’
AUG 15, 2017 

The US Army recently said that it was removing all DJI equipment from its operations due to “cyber vulnerabilities,” in what was a blow to the public image of the Chinese drone manufacturer. In response, DJI has now developed an option to fly without any Internet data transfers in an effort to appease sensitive corporate and government organizations.

“We are creating local data mode to address the needs of our enterprise customers, including public and private organizations that are using DJI technology to perform sensitive operations around the world,” says Brendan Schulman, DJI Vice President of Policy and Legal Affairs. “DJI is committed to protecting the privacy of its customers’ photos, videos and flight logs. Local data mode will provide added assurances for customers with heightened data security needs.”
The new mode will mean that the DJI apps won’t update maps or geofence information, and will not notify users of any newly-issued flight restrictions or updates. While this might hamper performance in the eyes of some, it will provide enhanced security for “sensitive flights”.
According to DJI, such flights include those involving “critical infrastructure, commercial trade secrets, governmental functions, or other similar operations.”
While it might not seem to be the case when you first hear the news, DJI claim that this local data mode “has been in development for several months,” a fact which would suggest this wasn’t a direct response to the US Army’s withdrawal.
Even so, it would be naive to suggest that the move from the US Army did not at least speed up the process to the launch of this local data mode.

The update will become available over the next several weeks for future versions of DJI apps.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

FAA May Soon Require in-Flight Remote Drone Identification 

In an era where anyone can buy a drone, strap something harmful to it, and fly it anonymously through the skies, law enforcement, property owners, and private citizens are keen on implementing certain safety regulations. Mainly, knowing who is behind the proverbial wheel of any given drone. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA's) most recent idea is to remotely identify drones in-flight, as opposed to requiring registration before or after purchasing a drone.
According to Recode, the FAA held its first meeting regarding this issue last week, with Amazon, Ford, and New York Police Department (NYPD) employees in attendance. Among the talking points that comprised the meeting where various approaches to current remote identification models, general air traffic control, the hearing from the NYPD regarding their main concerns. 
Now, most drones that weigh over .5lbs have a registration number on them, but it's not like the police can identify a moving UAV whizzing overhead. To add to that, the FAA's failure at creating a national database of drone operators has put a halt to all new drones being registered. This is why the FAA and other entities such as the aforementioned groups want to know who is behind any given drone in the sky at one time. Remote identification will allow for these various entities—such as the NYPD—to do so.

From corporations infusing unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) into their business models to hobbyists being offered more and more affordable drone options, the presence of UAVs above our heads will only be increasing as time goes on. That's why the FAA wanted to have a cohesive drone registry for all operators, and why the White House recently invited executives of some of the biggest corporations in the drone industry for a meeting.
Drones have smuggled drugs into prisons, impeded firefighters from battling forest fires, and been the cause of a slew of other negative events across the country. It's important to know who's behind a drone, just as it's important to know who owns the car that crashed into you. It may seem nefarious, for government and police forces to know where your drone is at all times, but like every politicized common practice, we'll have to argue back and forth until an agreeable compromise and middle ground is found. For now, the FAA is keen on identifying your drone remotely. 

The agency's "Drone ID Aviation Rule Committee" is scheduled to meet on July 18-19, according to a press release

Monday, July 3, 2017

Ultimate Guide to Drone Laws List

Ultimate Guide to Drone Laws

Interesting in knowing what federal agencies besides the FAA have regulations which apply to drones?
Interested in finding a large database of state drone laws?
Needing help trying to find international drone laws? 
Well, sounds like you need to read 

I also updated the following state pages:
Texas State Drone Laws Texas passed more laws amending the older state laws. The new changes go into effect September 1, 2017, but the older laws still apply till then. Click this link to read the enrolled bill to see what parts are new.
Colorado also passed a drone law.
Florida's Congress passed a bill and it is waiting for Govenor Scott's signature.
Connecticut passed a drone law.
Oregon passed another drone law on June 29.

Georgia's new drone law went into effect July 1.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Difficulty of Identifying a Drone or Aircraft in Flight ID


It can be really hard to tell who is flying a drone, even if the aircraft is flying within a pilot’s line of sight. Just because you can see the drone doesn’t mean you can see the pilot, and when a drone is hundreds of feet in the air, the pilot could be anywhere.

The difficulty of identifying who is flying a drone has sparked alarm among law enforcement, which is one reason why the Federal Aviation Administration has opened a new rulemaking committee to try to find a solution that would allow police to identify drones remotely. 
The FAA held its first meeting of that committee last week, and today the agency finally reported on what took place. At the meeting, participants — who included representatives from Amazon, Ford and the New York Police Department — talked about various remote identification solutions currently available, air traffic control for drones and concerns from law enforcement.
Though most drones that weigh over half a pound are registered, and thus should have an identification number on the drone, that ID is nearly impossible to see from the ground. 

Not all drones over a half pound are registered, though, since a federal court nixed the FAA’s registration rules for non-commercial aircraft last month, saying the agency didn’t have the authority to require registration of drones that are being flown for fun.

Still, legislation is moving through Congress now that could restore the FAA’s authority to regulate non-commercial drones, which would allow the agency to reinstate the registration requirement.
Registration will likely be necessary for any remote identification system to work, since the drone would have to be listed in some sort of database in order to associate the aircraft with its operator or owner.

Off-the-shelf consumer drones have been used to smuggle drugs and cellphones into prisons by flying over fences. Aircraft could easily be modified to carry an explosive, and there’s even software available that allows drone operators to circumvent geographical restrictions on drones that prevent aircraft from flying near airports or over protected areas, like sports stadiums or military bases. 
All good reasons for law enforcement to be concerned about the FAA moving forward with creating rules that would loosen restrictions on drones flying in U.S. skies.
The agency originally hoped it would release proposed rules about flying over people in December of last year, but multiple sources have told Recode that concerns from law enforcement on remote identification is one of the reasons that rulemaking has been delayed. 

In March, the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, an industry group, put out a call for proposals for a remote identification system for drones and received 45 unique responses, according to an FAA spokesperson. 
DJI, the world’s largest consumer drone maker, submitted a proposal that would require drones to transmit their location and registration number via radio equipment already aboard most drones. 

The committee is set to meet again July 18 and is supposed to present its recommendations for a remote drone identification system to the FAA by Sept. 30 of this year.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

5 Problem Areas When Integrating Drones Into Large Companies

When setting up a drone operation in an organization (school, university, class, etc.), there are a lot of issues that come into play such as legal, insurance, training, manuals and all sorts of other things. 
While the article below was originally written for large companies, there are 5 common problem areas that I outline in this article that also apply to many large organizations. This article will help you start identifying the questions you need to answer for your drone operation to be safe, legal, and profitable.

FAA Explained

Many of us have multiple drones and typically have one or two birds that we usually fly. The good news is you do NOT need to register your recreational or commercial drones if they are being operated only indoors OR they are not being operated at all. This means you can save $5 and not register your Phantom 2 Vision sitting in the back of your attic, closet, or garage. 
Remember, recreational drone operators get one registration they apply to all of their drones while commercial operators register each drone.
The FAA explained this in a letter dated in March of 2016, “A small unmanned aircraft owner need only register aircraft operated in the national airspace system (NAS). See 14 C.F.R. §§ 47.3(b) and 48.15. Thus, you need not immediately register those small unmanned aircraft that you do not anticipate flying for two to three years. As long as you complete the registration process provided by either, 14 C.F.R. part 47 or 14 C.F.R. part 48 prior to operation of your small unmanned aircraft in the NAS, you will be in compliance with aircraft registration requirements. See 14 C.F.R. §§ 47.3(b), 48.5(a) and 48.15.”
Keep in mind that if you are going to register at some point in the future, you should consider going the Part 47 paper-based method as the Part 48 registration process is currently being challenged by John Taylor in a lawsuit in the D.C Circuit Court of Appeals. (I’m helping him). 
There is a good chance the drone registration regulations will be struck down as violating the Administrative Procedures Act and Section 336. A more detailed analysis is here. Save yourself the potential headache of re-registering your drone under Part 47 if the Part 48 registry is struck down as invalid and just register via Part 47.

Drone Federalism Act of 2017(Senate Bill 1272) Senator Feinstein

You might have heard a bunch of hooplah about a bill Senator Feinstein introduced into the Senate. There are some very problematic provisions to the act which make it bad for drone businesses and also for the freedom model aircrafy flyers enjoy.
Find out more about the Drone Federalism Act of 2017 (Senate Bill 1272) and why you should get your elected officials to not support it.
P.S. You might have heard Trump introduced a plan to privatize ATC. I'm currently working on an article on this topic and how that can influence the drone industry. Stay tuned. :)

Saturday, May 20, 2017

DJI to restrict non-compliant drones at next software update.


DJI to restrict non-compliant drones at next software update.
20 May 2017

This will cause a storm and will only be as good as the data DJI provides. It certainly will be a topic on our Tuesday Hangout. One of the things it brings back into sharp focus is just home much data DJI are storing on you. They are, in effect, asking for an update.
If you don’t comply with this update your DJI system will be throttled and fly no further than 50 metres distance and 30 metres altitude.
City fliers, prepare to start taking country trips to get your flying fix.
If this is an effort to appease regulators around the world, I would hope their guidance has been sought as to the applicable restricted airspace in whatever country. The accuracy and completeness of some airspace information is questionable in some places.
Will this stop DJI equipment flying altogether in countries where private RPAS flight is forbidden?

This update, and complaints, will be lost in the noise of next week’s expected launch of the DJI Spark.
DJI will soon introduce a new application activation process for international customers. This new step, to take effect at the end of next week, ensures you will use the correct set of geospatial information and flight functions for your aircraft, as determined by your geographical location and user profile.
Even if you have registered when activating your aircraft upon purchase, you will have to log in once when you update the new version of DJI GO or GO 4 App. If you have forgotten your password since your initial login, you can reset it using a function within the DJI GO and DJI GO 4 apps.
You will need a data connection to the Internet for your smartphone or tablet when you log in, in order to verify the account information and activate the updated software or firmware.
If this activation process is not performed, the aircraft will not have access to the correct geospatial information and flight functions for that region, and its operations will be restricted if you update the upcoming firmware: Live camera streaming will be disabled, and flight will be limited to a 50-meter (164-foot) radius up to 30 meters (98 feet) high.
The feature applies to all aircraft (except standalone A3 and N3) that have been upgraded to the latest firmware or when using future versions of the DJI GO and GO 4 apps.

DJI encourages pilots to always follow applicable laws and regulations in the countries where they operate and provides information about these regulations on its FlySafe website at

Friday, May 19, 2017

Articles News Part 107 etc.Night Flights

I had the pleasure of moderating a panel of extremely qualified experts on the topic of drones in the supply chain. 
It is a 68 minute talk with 2 aeronautical engineers (1 of which worked on a NASA drone), 2 computer software engineers, a drone attorney, and two professors. 
I included the link in the second line of my 3 Major Legal Problems with Amazon Prime Air article since that seemed like a fitting place to put the link. :)

Hey there! 
Have you ever found yourself saying,
"Aren't logbooks required?" 
"What does the FAA want me to log?"
"There are these different logbook terms and I'm confused when to log what."

If any of these statements accurately reflect where you are, I have the perfect article for you!
I created the Ultimate Drone Logbook Guide to help bring clarity to what recreational, commercial, and public drone operators need to know.
This guide will discuss:
  • The Law Surrounding Drone Logbooks
  • Logbooks Definitions
  • Brief History of Where the Definitions Came From
  • How to Make Sense of What to Use
  • Graph of Different Logbook Terms
  • An example page of my updated drone logbook v 1.3. Guess which two science fiction movies are described in the drone logbook entries. :)
  • Recreational Drone Operations (Part 101)
  • Commercial Drone Operators (Section 333 & Part 107). 
  • Reasons Why You Should Have a Logbook
  • Paper vs. Electronic Drone Logbooks
  • What Types of Drone Logbooks Are on the Market?
  • Drone Logbooks Apps
  • Drone Flight Logbook Templates, Excel, or PDF
  • Paper Drone Logbooks
  • Review of the 3 Most Popular Paper Logbooks on the Market
  • How to Fill Out My Logbook.

I created an Ultimate Guide to Drone Events page that lists drone events all around the world. This is great for planning trips (or vacations so you can write off some of it as a business trip) because it shows locations on an interactive map and also by date.
I will actually be speaking in person at one of the events and virtually at two of the events coming up. Make sure to check them out! 

Part 107 allows for certain regulations to be waived so certain types of operations can be done. Click here to read my article on which regulations and operations need waivers.
The FAA has been processing waivers through their system somewhat slowly. I have found that the average turn around time on night waivers for clients currently is running around 45 days. For airspace waivers, they are taking forevaaaa.......
The DOT Inspector General's Office is going to be auditing the FAA's waiver program. Here is the letter. 
This is interesting because this report could come out during the discussions that will start ramping up in the summer regarding the FAA's funding. The current FAA re-authorization of funding runs out on September 30, 2107. In other words, bad news for the FAA could come out during the time when Congress starts discussing their funding. 

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I created three brand new articles (details on how to read them are below):
  • 22 Brand New Super-Hard Part 107 Practice Questions
  • The ULTIMATE Guide of Drone Events & Factors for Choosing the Right Show.
  • 7 Big Problems with Counter-Drone Technology (Drone Jammers, Anti-drone Guns, etc.)
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I had the pleasure of moderating a panel of extremely qualified experts on the topic of drones in the supply chain. 
It is a 68 minute talk with 2 aeronautical engineers (1 of which worked on a NASA drone), 2 computer software engineers, a drone attorney, and two professors. 
I included the link in the second line of my 3 Major Legal Problems with Amazon Prime Air article since that seemed like a fitting place to put the link. :) 

Part 107 Study Guide with 6 Cram Pages

41 Part 107 Sample Questions
Click here to download the 41 Part 107 sample test questions answered and explained. (These are included in the Part 107 study guide above)

You have permission to use these for educational purposes (yes, even if you make money) provided you leave them as is.
(2 Page PDF. Perfect to print out on both sides of a 8.5 x 11 piece of paper and hand to people).
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Popular Part 107 Articles:
Articles on Part 107 Waivers:

The FAA vacated the Part 48 registration requirements as applied tomodel aircraft. Link Insde

You can read the court's opinion here and the summary.
Taylor v. FAA (Drone Registration Lawsuit) drone-registration-lawsuit


Saturday, April 1, 2017

DJI Spark Drone (News)

DJI Spark Drone 6th of March 2017 DJI has filled the application for the trademark for the word mark “Spark”. Is  the DJI Spark going to be a new drone? -Most likely, yes. There was a lot of speculation about Phantom 5 coming soon, but seriously… it’s coming, but not any time soon. DJI has cannibalized the regular Phantom 4 with the release of the next generation just in less than one year and quite a lot of people was unhappy with that. DJI is not going to release a new product until the competition really will push The next drone we are going to see will be DJI Mavic Standard, which will be a downgraded version of the original Mavic, featuring shorter RC range, less sensors, and non 4K camera. What to expect from DJI Spark? Let’s try to find some keyword associations with the “Spark”. First of all spark is fast, secondly it’s small, and lastly it’s bright. Photo by DRL The name of the product is telling us that this will be an FPV Racing drone.  Unlike the world’s largest racing drone, DJI Spark might be even smaller than standard 250 range quads. We can clearly see that DJI has been preparing to this drone for very long time already. First they have opened a DJI Arena in Korea, then they have released a new DJI FPV Goggles, and then they have shown a DJI Snail propulsion kit. UPDATE: Just in 2 hours after publishing this article 2 sources have leaked the images of new DJI Spark! First Henry Wang posted photos on Facebook, then SB-DJI has posted the same leaks.  Here are the photos of Spark: Looks like the DJI Spark is only about 13cm or 6 inch long. Despite the size DJI spark will have a Gimbal. Still unclear if it’s 2 or 3 axis Summary of what we know about DJI Spark: 1. It’s tiny (13cm or 6 inch long) 2. It’s not foldable 3. It has a gimbal (not sure if it’s 2 or 3 axis) 4. It has somewhat quick-charge connectors th the bottom 5. It has VPS and Sonar sensors 6. It can be charged with regular USB Most likely new drone will be coming this summer. The best way to know any further updates about this product is to follow We Talk UAV on Facebook or Twitter. So stay tuned, and let us know what do you expect from the next DJI drone. Thank you for reading!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

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Sunday, February 26, 2017

GoPro Karma Crashes Threw Window

A GoPro drone crashed through a Manhattan woman’s 27th-floor window and landed just feet from her as she sat in her living room enjoying a quiet evening at home, police sources said Sunday. The 66-year-old resident was working on her computer inside the East River high-rise when the hobby craft smashed through the window at around 5:45 p.m., according to the sources. The 1-by-1-foot device — which has a 10-inch propeller and a camera — landed on the floor just 4 feet away from her, cops said. “Poor lady. She’s lucky she wasn’t killed,” said Stephanie Bowden, 23, who was visiting her boyfriend’s apartment 11 floors below at the time. Police on Sunday were investigating who owns the drone, a remote-controlled 2.2-pound GoPro Karma Quadcopter model, and where it came from. The Federal Aviation Administration also plans to look into it, police sources said. If the owner registered the device with the FAA — which is legally required for recreational drones between .55 and 55 pounds — it can be traced back to the owner, sources said. 20 Waterside PlazaChristopher Sadowski Police also may be able to use a serial number located on the base and battery of the drone to track down who it belongs to, sources said. Flying drones recreationally is banned in Manhattan and nearly everywhere else in the city, except in five outer-borough parks, according to the Parks Department. Drones are forbidden fewer than five miles from JFK or LaGuardia airports in any direction under federal aviation law. The FAA offers other “guidelines,” too, noting that the gadgets should not be flown near buildings and bridges or more than 400 feet in the air. The 66-year-old victim of Saturday’s bizarre accident declined comment to The Post — but stunned neighbors at her building at 20 Waterside Plaza said it takes home intrusion to new heights. Nick Ward, 24, a project engineer who lives on 30th floor, said, “That’s pretty crazy. I’d say the statistics for this happening are really, really low.” Bowden added, “The last thing you expect is for something to come crashing through the window. “I can’t imagine how scary that must have been.’’ Drones have caused other problems in the Big Apple. Last year, a 28-year-old video maker was arrested for accidentally flying a drone into the Empire State Building. In July, a 52-year-old man also was busted flying the gadget 20 feet below a passenger jet as it was landing at JFK Airport. And in May 2015, a graffiti “artist” used a drone to spray-paint a six-story Calvin Klein billboard in Soho. A rep for GoPro didn’t return a request for comment Sunday.

Monday, November 28, 2016

This anti-drone gun looks Beastly!

This anti-drone gun looks beastly, but it’s actually quite gentle Link: With airports, prisons, and other important facilities dealing with a growing number of incursions by amateur drone pilots, tech firms have been springing up to develop gear aimed at dealing with the problem. The latest bit of kit to hit the market is this badass bazooka-like contraption from Australian firm DroneShield. This is one awesome beast by any standards, and at first glance looks as if it’d have little trouble smashing a rogue drone to smithereens. And then some. In reality, however, the DroneGun’s method of operation is surprisingly gentle. When the operator pulls the trigger, you’ll see no destructive projectiles flying forth from the DroneGun. Instead, the device jams the signal between the drone pilot and their bird, forcing the machine to fly rapidly back to the ground. A neat feature also gives the operator the option to trigger the drone’s “return to home” function, making it easier for the authorities to locate the perpetrator so they can investigate the motive behind the possibly illegal flight. Keeping the drone intact also aids later inspection of the machine and preserves evidence in the case of a serious incident. Sydney-based DroneShield officially launched its rifle-shaped device on Monday. Operated by a single person and used in conjunction with the company’s drone sensor gear, the 13-pound (6 kg) DroneGun can take down rogue quadcopters and other remotely controlled flying machines up to 1.25 miles (2 kilometers) away, a decent range that should be adequate for most locations and situations. DroneShield says it’s marketing its device globally “to customers who are legally able to purchase it,” which probably means you won’t be using it to patrol the airspace over your house anytime soon. Peter James, CEO of DroneShield, says is his target market includes “a wide range of customers from government and military agencies to civil infrastructure to VIP protection.” More: Halt! A new home security system deploys a drone to patrol your property Other anti-drone solutions that have been getting attention over the last year include this awesome projectile-firing bazooka, a net-carrying interceptor drone used by cops in Japan, and a notably low-tech system that uses trained eagles to pluck rogue drones out of the air. For a quick look at the DroneGun in action, check out the video at the top of the page. The U.K. may start using eagles to take down drones Flybrix is a modular drone for kids that's built almost entirely out of Legos Dutch cops are now using eagles to take down rogue drones

Friday, September 2, 2016

FAA Section 107 Testing

FAA Exam Example:

Date effective: August 29, 2016
The following sample exam for Unmanned Aircraft General (UAG) is suitable study material for the Remote Pilot Certificate with a small UAS Rating. These questions are a representation of questions that can be found on all Unmanned Aircraft General tests. The applicant must realize that these questions are to be used as a study guide, and are not necessarily actual test questions. The full UAG test contains 60 questions. The Application Identification, Information Verification and Authorization Requirements Matrix lists all FAA exams. It is available at
The FAA testing system is supported by a series of supplement publications. These publications include the graphics, legends, and maps that are needed to successfully respond to certain test questions. The FAA-CT-8080-2G, Airman Knowledge Testing Supplement for Sport Pilot, Recreational Pilot, and Private Pilot has the supplemental graphics necessary to assist in answering any question on a UAG exam referring to a figure. It is available at
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Sample UAG Exam:
1 (Refer to FAA-CT-8080-2G, Figure 21.) What airport is located approximately 47 (degrees) 40 (minutes) N latitude and 101 (degrees) 26 (minutes) W longitude?


Garrison Airport. 

PLT064 / UA.V.B.K6a Sources for airport data: Aeronautical charts.
2 (Refer to FAA-CT-8080-2G, Figure 26.) What does the line of latitude at area 4 measure?


The degrees of latitude east and west of the line that passes through Greenwich, England. 

PLT064 / UA.V.B.K6a Sources for airport data: Aeronautical charts.
3 (Refer to FAA-CT-8080-2G, Figure 23, area 3.) What is the floor of the Savannah Class C airspace at the shelf area (outer circle)?


1,700 feet MSL. 

PLT040 / UA.II.A.K1b General airspace: Class C controlled airspace.
4 (Refer to FAA-CT-8080-2G, Figure 59, area 2.) The chart shows a gray line with "VR1667, VR1617, VR1638, and VR1668." Could this area present a hazard to the operations of a small UA?


Yes, the defined route provides traffic separation to manned aircraft. 

PLT064 / UA.II.A.K2 Special use within airspace. (Prohibited, restricted, warning, military operations,
alert, and controlled firing.)
5 According to 14 CFR part 107 the remote pilot-in-command (PIC) of a small unmanned aircraft planning to operate within Class C airspace


is required to receive ATC authorization. 

PLT161 / UA.II.A.K1b General airspace: Class C controlled airspace.
6 (Refer to FAA-CT-8080-2G, Figure 21.) You have been hired by a farmer to use your small UA to inspect his crops. The area that you are to survey is in the Devil`s Lake West MOA, east of area 2. How would you find out if the MOA is active?


In the Military Operations Directory. 

PLT064 / UA.II.A.K2 Special use within airspace. (Prohibited, restricted, warning, military operations,
alert, and controlled firing.)

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7 (Refer to FAA-CT-8080-2G, Figure 20, area.) How would a remote PIC "CHECK NOTAMS" as noted in the CAUTION box regarding the unmarked balloon?


By obtaining a briefing via an online source such as: 

PLT037 / UA.II.B.K7 Notice to Airmen (NOTAMs) System process to include calling flight service, establish
a NOTAM, and advising of flight intentions.
8 To ensure that the unmanned aircraft center of gravity (CG) limits are not exceeded, follow the aircraft loading instructions specified in the


Aircraft Weight and Balance Handbook. 

PLT313 / UA.IV.A.K1b General loading and performance: Balance, stability, and center of gravity.
9 When operating an unmanned airplane, the remote pilot should consider that the load factor on the wings may be increased anytime


the gross weight is reduced. 

PLT310 / UA.IV.A.K3 Determining performance.
10 A stall occurs when the smooth airflow over the unmanned airplane`s wing is disrupted, and the lift degenerates rapidly. This is caused when the wing


exceeds it`s critical angle of attack. 

PLT312 / UA.IV.A.K1b General loading and performance: Balance, stability, and center of gravity.
11 (Refer to FAA-CT-8080-2G, Figure 2.) If an unmanned airplane weighs 33 pounds, what approximate weight would the airplane structure be required to support during a 30° banked turn while maintaining altitude?


38 pounds. 

PLT309 / UA.IV.A.K3 Determining performance.
12 Which is true regarding the presence of alcohol within the human body?


Judgment and decision-making abilities can be adversely affected by even small amounts of alcohol. 

PLT205 / UA.V.E.K2 Drugs and alcohol use.

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13 When using a small UA in a commercial operation, who is responsible for briefing the participants about emergency procedures?


PLT441 / UA.V.C.K1 Emergency planning and communication.
14 To avoid a possible collision with a manned airplane, you estimate that your small UA climbed to an altitude greater than 600 feet AGL. To whom must you report the deviation?


Upon request of the Federal Aviation Administration. 

PLT403 / UA.V.C.K1 Emergency planning and communication.
15 (Refer to FAA-CT-8080-2G, Figure 26, area 2.) While monitoring the Cooperstown CTAF you hear an aircraft announce that they are midfield left downwind to RWY 13. Where would the aircraft be relative to the runway?


The aircraft is West. 

PLT146 / UA.V.A.K3 Recommended traffic advisory procedures. (such as: self-announcing of position and
intentions by manned aviation operations and activities.)
16 Under what condition should the operator of a small UA establish scheduled maintenance protocol?


When the FAA requires you to, following an accident. 

PLT446 / UA.V.F.K1 Basic maintenance.
17 According to 14 CFR part 107, the responsibility to inspect the small UAS to ensure it is in a safe operating condition rests with the

owner of the small UAS. 

PLT372 / UA.V.F.K2 Preflight inspection.
18 Identify the hazardous attitude or characteristic a remote pilot displays while taking risks in order to impress others?
A. Impulsivity.
B. Invulnerability.
C. Macho.
PLT232 / UA.V.D.K4 Hazardous attitudes.

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19 You are a remote pilot for a co-op energy service provider. You are to use your UA to inspect power lines in a remote area 15 hours away from your home office. After the drive, fatigue impacts your abilities to complete your assignment on time. Fatigue can be recognized


by an ability to overcome sleep deprivation. 

PLT272 / UA.V.E.K5 Stress and fatigue.
20 Safety is an important element for a remote pilot to consider prior to operating an unmanned aircraft system. To prevent the final "link" in the accident chain, a remote pilot must consider which methodology?


Risk Management. 

PLT104 / UA.V.D.K1 Aeronautical Decision Making (ADM).
21 When adapting crew resource management (CRM) concepts to the operation of a small UA, CRM must be integrated into


the communications only. 

PLT104 / UA.V.D.K2 Crew Resource Management (CRM).
22 You have been hired as a remote pilot by a local TV news station to film breaking news with a small UA. You expressed a safety concern and the station manager has instructed you to “fly first, ask questions later.” What type of hazardous attitude does this attitude represent?
A. Machismo.
B. Invulnerability.
C. Impulsivity.
PLT103 / UA.V.D.K4 Hazardous attitudes.
23 A local TV station has hired a remote pilot to operate their small UA to cover breaking news stories. The remote pilot has had multiple near misses with obstacles on the ground and two small UAS accidents. What would be a solution for the news station to improve their operating safety culture?


The news station should recognize hazardous attitudes and situations and develop standard operating 
procedures that emphasize safety. 

PLT103 / UA.V.D.K1 Aeronautical Decision Making (ADM).
24 (Refer to FAA-CT-8080-2G, Figure 22, area 2.) At Coeur D`Alene which frequency should be used as a Common Traffic Advisory Frequency (CTAF) to monitor airport traffic?


122.8 MHz. 

PLT064 / UA.V.B.K6a Sources for airport data: Aeronautical charts.

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25 (Refer to FAA-CT-8080-2G, Figure 26, area 4.) You have been hired to inspect the tower under construction at 46.9N and 98.6W, near Jamestown Regional (JMS). What must you receive prior to flying your unmanned aircraft in this area?


Authorization from the National Park Service. 

PLT101 / UA.V.B.K6a Sources for airport data: Aeronautical charts.
26 (Refer to FAA-CT-8080-2G, Figure 20, area 3.) With ATC authorization, you are operating your small unmanned aircraft approximately 4 SM southeast of Elizabeth City Regional Airport (ECG). What hazard is indicated to be in that area?


Unmarked balloon on a cable up to 3,008 feet MSL. 

PLT064 / UA.V.B.K6a Sources for airport data: Aeronautical charts.
27 The most comprehensive information on a given airport is provided by


Terminal Area Chart (TAC). 

PLT281 / UA.V.B.K6b Sources for airport data: Chart Supplements U.S. (formerly Airport/facility directory)
28 According to 14 CFR part 107, who is responsible for determining the performance of a small unmanned aircraft?


Owner or operator. 

PLT454 / UA.I.B.K20 Preflight familiarization, inspection, and actions for aircraft operations.
29 Which technique should a remote pilot use to scan for traffic? A remote pilot should


continuously scan the sky from right to left. 

PLT530 / UA.I.B.K1 Registration requirements for small unmanned aircraft systems.
30 Under what condition would a small UA not have to be registered before it is operated in the United States?
A. Whentheaircraftweighslessthan.55poundsontakeoff,includingeverythingthatison-boardorattachedto the aircraft.
B. Whentheaircrafthasatakeoffweightthatismorethan.55pounds,butlessthan55pounds,notincludingfuel and necessary attachments.
C. All small UAS need to be registered regardless of the weight of the aircraft before, during, or after the flight. PLT530 / UA.I.B.K1 Registration requirements for small unmanned aircraft systems.
31 According to 14 CFR part 48, when must a person register a small UA with the Federal Aviation Administration?


Only when the operator will be paid for commercial services. 

PLT530 / UA.I.B.K1 Registration requirements for small unmanned aircraft systems.

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32 According to 14 CFR part 48, when would a small UA owner not be permitted to register it?


If the owner does not have a valid United States driver's license. 

PLT530 / UA.I.B.K1 Registration requirements for small unmanned aircraft systems.
33 According to 14 CFR part 107, how may a remote pilot operate an unmanned aircraft in class C airspace?
TheremotepilotmusthavepriorauthorizationfromtheAirTrafficControl(ATC)facilityhaving jurisdiction over that airspace. 


The remote pilot must contact the Air Traffic Control (ATC) facility after launching the unmanned aircraft. 

PLT161 / UA.I.B.K16 Prior authorization required for operation in certain airspace.
34 According to 14 CFR part 107, what is required to operate a small UA within 30 minutes after official sunset?


Use of a transponder. 

PLT119 / UA.I.B.K9 Daylight operation.
35 You have received an outlook briefing from flight service through The briefing indicates you can expect a low-level temperature inversion with high relative humidity. What weather conditions would you expect?


Turbulent air, poor visibility, fog, low stratus type clouds, and showery precipitation. 

PLT226 / UA.III.B.K1i Weather theory: Fog.
36 What effect does high density altitude have on the efficiency of a UA propeller?


Density altitude does not affect propeller efficiency. 

PLT351 / UA.III.B.K1a Weather theory: Density altitude.
37 What are characteristics of a moist, unstable air mass?


Haze and smoke. 

PLT511 / UA.III.B.K1d Weather theory: Air masses and fronts.
38 What are the characteristics of stable air?


Poor visibility and intermittent precipitation. 

PLT173 / UA.III.B.K1c Weather theory: Atmospheric stability, pressure, and temperature.

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39 (Refer to FAA-CT-8080-2G, Figure 12.) The wind direction and velocity at KJFK is from


040° true at 18 knots. 

PLT059 / UA.III.A.K2 Aviation routine weather reports (METAR).
40 (Refer to FAA-CT-8080-2G, Figure 12.) What are the current conditions for Chicago Midway Airport (KMDW)?


Sky 700 feet overcast, visibility 11, occasionally 2SM, with rain. 

PLT059 / UA.III.A.K2 Aviation routine weather reports (METAR).