Great article on new UAS technology…. More too come soon
So today I was invited to a UAV product launch, with a company I’ve discussed before Drone Deploy, http://www.dronedeploy.com and https://theuavguy.wordpress.com/2015/01/21/god-is-my-co-pilotor-is-it-drone-deploy/ . However this story has a couple of twists, actually 3 in total. But before we get to that, let’s go back to how it all started.
Drone Deploy was founded by Mike, Jono and Nicholas, 1 Ex-Google and 2 Cambridge Ph.D.’s. Back in the early days in their home in South Africa they decided to try and turn their hobby of RC flying, into saving Rhinos from being poached. That idea sat in their collective minds, and with their passion for RC flight and Engineering knowledge, fast forward and they founded Drone Deploy back in 2013. That’s a pretty noble start, Drones for Good, rather than setting up to just make a quick buck and check out. And I believe that is what makes Drone Deploy what it…
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Way to go Garth Brooks… much watch this one.
MINNEAPOLIS — Garth Brooks took a moment to honor a woman fighting cancer during a concert in Minneapolis.
Teresa Shaw traveled from Iowa to see Brooks in concert, according to KARE.
During the song, The Dance, Shaw held up a sign that read, “Chemo this morning, Garth tonight. Enjoy the dance.”
An usher brought Shaw up to the front row where Brooks spotted her, sang to her, gave her his guitar and kissed her on the forehead.
Brooks then took Shaw’s sign up on stage, held it up and said, “You have all my strength. You have everybody’s strength in here, and you go kick cancer’s a**!”
Shaw has been fighting stage-three breast cancer since June.
Hayden Schaumburg is like so many other FFA members. He’s active in his Watseka FFA Chapter as its president, serves his state FFA association and participates in other school activities. This willingness to get involved has made Hayden a well-known member of his Watseka, Ill., community.
And that involvement is why so many are rallying around Hayden as he fights back from a tragic accident.
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From The Canadian Press
Oct 21, 2014
Federal Transport Minister Lisa Raitt has launched a public campaign to help make sure Canadians are flying drones safely.
Raitt announced new guidelines for the increasingly popular unmanned aircraft, and trumpeted the Transport Canada website, which gives operators of drones an easy-to-read list of do’s and don’ts.
Online ads and a social media campaign are to follow.
Those flying drones for commercial use or using devices over 35 kilograms must apply for a special permit from the federal regulator.
Transport Canada has seen a spike in those applications, issuing 945 certificates last year — a 500 per cent jump from 2011.
Drones are being used for a range of purposes — from hobbyists to farmers surveying crops and even movie productions looking for an epic aerial shot.
Most drones range in price from a few hundred dollars for personal aircraft up to $200,000 for commercial grade units and can be operated with a controller, similar to ones used for video games, or by a tablet or an iPhone.
Transport Canada states that UAVs can not be flown higher than 90 metres, to limit safety concerns with other aircraft, and are required to be within the line of sight of the pilot or someone who is in contact with a pilot.
Helping Canadians understand their responsibilities and comply with Canada’s safety laws
October 21, 2014 – Toronto, Ontario – Transport Canada
The Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport, today launched the Government of Canada’s safety awareness campaign for unmanned air vehicles (UAVs), or drones. The national campaign will help ensure UAV users—both recreational and commercial—understand the rules of the skies and always think safety first.
The first phase of the campaign, unveiled today, provides the public with new safety guidelines and an easy to follow infographic that clarifies when to apply for Transport Canada permission to fly their UAV. This winter, the second phase of the campaign will include search engine and social media advertising, awareness videos and a simpler process to apply for permission to fly. Transport Canada has also launched tc.gc.ca/SafetyFirst, which provides Canadians with the information and advice they need to fly their UAV safely and legally.
The safety guidelines introduced today complement the existing requirements and will help ensure Canadians understand the risks and responsibilities of operating an unmanned aircraft. In addition to respecting the Canadian Aviation Regulations, UAV operators must follow the rules in all acts and regulations, including the Criminal Code as well as all municipal, provincial, and territorial laws regarding trespassing and privacy.
-Transport Canada regulates the use of all aircraft, manned and unmanned, to keep the public and our airspace safe and secure.
-Canada has had safety regulations in place that govern the use of UAVs since 1996.
-Transport Canada is now working to develop new regulations that will help safely integrate unmanned aircraft into civil airspace, while maintaining the safety of those on the ground and in the skies.
-Operators must apply for a Special Flight Operations Certificate if they use their UAV for commercial purposes or if it weighs more than 35 kilograms (regardless of how it’s used).
-If a UAV is operated without a Special Flight Operations Certificate and should be, Transport Canada can issue fines of up to $5,000 for an individual and $25,000 for a company.
-If an operator does not follow the requirements of their Special Flight Operations Certificate, Transport Canada can issue fines of up to $3,000 for an individual and $15,000 for a business.
-Flying an UAV too close to passenger jets or closer than 8 kilometres to airports can lead to criminal charges and steep fines for individuals and companies.
Quote “As Minister of Transport, it’s my job to make sure we keep our skies safe for aircraft of all sizes. This campaign will help build awareness so that Canadians always think safety first and understand how to operate their drones safely and legally.” The Honourable Lisa Raitt Minister of Transport
Infographic: Flying a UAV? You may need special permission from Transport Canada: http://www.tc.gc.ca/safetyfirst
Safety Guidelines: how and where to fly your UAV: http://www.tc.gc.ca/safetyfirst
Great post from Illinois Corn Growers. Nice Job Garret!
The following statement has been issued by Michael Drobac, executive director of the Small UAV Coalition:
“The Small UAV Coalition is extremely disappointed with the comments of the FAA Deputy Associate Administrator for Aviation Safety related to unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV). At a time when the FAA is currently behind schedule in developing a rule for commercial use of small UAVs, any conclusory and indiscriminate statement about the safety of UAVs when only a handful of commercial operations are allowed is simply not credible. It is profoundly dismaying as well as unproductive for a senior official of the agency tasked with writing a rule on small commercial UAVs to question the technological safety of UAVs when hundreds of companies can demonstrate that the technology is safe but have been frustrated in doing so due to delays and restrictive processes at the FAA. UAVs have been operating safely in other regulated countries for years.”
About the Small UAV Coalition:
Leading technology companies founded the Small UAV Coalition to pave the way for commercial, philanthropic, and civil use of small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) in the United States and aboard. Chief among the organization’s goals is to advance a regulatory environment that will support safe, reliable, and timely operation of small UAVs.
Members are: 3DR, Airware, Aerialtronics, Amazon Prime Air, DJI Innovations, Google[x] Project Wing, GoPro, Parrot, PrecisionHawk, and Skyward IO.
From Academy of Model Aeronautics. October 15th.
AC 91-57 Cancelled in Error
Last Friday, Oct 10th, it was announced that FAA Advisory Circular 91-57, “Model Aircraft Operating Standards”, published in 1981 was cancelled. This obviously caught the aeromodeling and sUAS community by surprise and left a lot of unanswered questions.
In a communication earlier today with Jim Williams, Executive Manager of the FAA UAS Integration Office, it was learned that the announcement was premature and the cancellation notice on the FAA webpage was posted in error.
FAA does plan to cancel AC 91-57 in order to reconcile the outdated AC with current sUAS policy and the “Special Rule for Model Aircraft” provided by Congress as part of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012. However, this will occur at a later date and will be accompanied by additional information and an explanation as to the reason for the cancellation.
AMA members are encouraged to become familiar with the provisions of the Special Rule and continue to operate their model aircraft safely and responsibly in accordance with the National Model Aircraft Safety Code and the AMA Safety Program.
Special Rule for Model Aircraft
AC 91-57 – Model Aircraft Operating Standards
AMA Government and Regulatory Affairs
Seems like FAA is moving forward with updating the rules for UAV flight in the United States.
From the FAA:
Cancellation Notes AJV-11 Memo from Gary Norek
Date Cancelled October 10, 2014
Date Issued June 09, 1981
Responsible Office AJV-8, Air Traffic Procedures Description
Outlines, and encourages voluntary compliance with, safety standards for model aircraft operators.
This memorandum is to request cancellation. of AC 91-57 Model Aircraft Operating Standards.
This AC is superseded by statutory language in the FAA Modernization and Reform. Act of 2012, Section 336. The FAA has issued an interpretation regarding the scope of the special rule and the FAA’s enforcement authority over model aircraft as affirmed by the statute. The new interpretation also provides guidance to the model aircraft industry. Therefore the guidance in this AC is no longer applicable. A new AC is under development and will be coordinated with the appropriate offices.
A copy will be provided to your office for posting to your database.
If you have any questions regarding this request please contact Jackie Jackson. AJV-115 at 202 267 8177.
By Chad Colby
Some exciting news in recent weeks about the use of Unmanned Aerial Systems for commercial activities here in the United States. The movie industry has been allowed to use this new technology.
Yes to many these, the guidelines might seem too much. But honestly it seems very well thought out.
Step in the right direction, review below.
The operator proposed the following conditions and/or limitations, which were accepted by the FAA.
The operator may update or revise its operator’s manual. It is the operator’s responsibility to track such revisions and present updated and revised documents to the Administrator upon request. The operator must also present updated and revised documents if it petitions for extension or amendment. If the operator determines that any update or revision would affect the basis for which the FAA granted this exemption, then the operator must petition for amendment to their exemption. The FAA’s UAS Integration Office (AFS-80) may be contacted if questions arise regarding updates or revisions to the operator’s manual.
In addition to the conditions and limitations proposed by the operator, the FAA has determined that any operations conducted under this grant of exemption must be done pursuant to the following conditions and limitations:
Unless otherwise specified in this grant of exemption, the UAS, the UAS PIC, and the UAS operations must comply with all applicable parts of 14 CFR including, but not limited to, parts 45, 47, 61, and 91.
This exemption terminates on September 30, 2016, unless sooner superseded or rescinded. Issued in Washington, DC, on September 25, 2014.
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Remember the hobby guidelines:
Be sure to check out the Fall Photo album, so many amazing views from this fall from the field. Adding more very often, so be sure to return to see more.
Exciting updates very soon about UAV technology for 2015, going to be game changing. Looking forward to sharing what I learned, very very soon. Hints: new data processing, sensors (more than Hero4), flight systems, etc etc
Plan is to have Colby UAS class in late October, mid November & December. Much more coming soon.
Please keep safe during this fall season.