Michael Robbins

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Michael Robbins

About Michael Robbins

Mr. Michael Robbins, who resides in Northern California, is our drone tech expert with over 30 years of experience. He started his career building gas powered UAVs at age 12. He has since earned a Bachelor's of Science degree in Design and Engineering and is AutoCAD certified. He has worked with the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Animal Planet, Travel Channel, Hearst Castle, CNN, Adobe, Oracle, HP, Cisco Systems, Discovery Channel, National Geographic and NASA. With a passion for aviation, Mr. Robbins spends his spare time studying for his Commercial Pilot’s License.

What Every Flyer Should Know About FPV Flying

What Every Flyer Should Know About FPV Flying FPV stands for First Person View, and is a form of flying that allows you to see what your drone’s camera sees. Many flyers like to wear VR goggles as their display, while others prefer standard transmitter or mobile device displays. In this article, we’re going to [...]

By |2017-08-31T15:23:41+00:00March 1st, 2017|Drones|Comments Off on What Every Flyer Should Know About FPV Flying

Peace, Love and Drones. Governor Brown is Sending the Right Message.

This couldn’t have come at a better time for me. Just the other day, I was demonstrating a new drone prototype for the children of a friend. I was flying the quadcopter above his house while everyone watched the on-screen HD image. I then safely landed. The mood was happy and positive, that is until a disgruntled neighbor who yelled from across the street, “if that drone comes near my house, I’ll shoot it out of the sky.” The 4-year-old child started to cry.  It was then that I took the opportunity to attempt to explain to the neighbor why [...]

By |2017-08-31T15:24:09+00:00October 10th, 2015|Drone Law, Drones|Comments Off on Peace, Love and Drones. Governor Brown is Sending the Right Message.

Shoot Down A Drone And You Could Face Jail Time And More

Bullet holes in my s900 props Before you consider shooting down a drone, whether you plan on using a shotgun or an air cannon, you should remember this fact - you could face jail time and more. Drone operators have rights, and not only are drones private property, they are also considered by [...]

By |2017-08-31T15:24:20+00:00September 25th, 2015|Drone Law, Drones, Opinion|Comments Off on Shoot Down A Drone And You Could Face Jail Time And More

Too Many CA Firefighter vs. Drone Incidents Leads To Proposed Legislation

Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Glendale) New drone specific legislation in California is being proposed by Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Glendale) and state Sen. Ted Gaines (R-Rocklin). The legislation, specifically Senate Bill 168, indemnifies any and all emergency personnel who would take action against someone’s privately owned drone. “We don’t imagine someone shooting it out of the sky,” said [...]

By |2017-08-31T15:24:33+00:00September 2nd, 2015|Drone Law, Drones|1 Comment

Peace, Love And Drones In Stephentown, New York

FPV In Stephentown, New York, a group of drone pilot gathered. They came together to pilot their FPV (First-person View) fixed wing drones in a park field of NY-22. This peaceful gathering demonstrated the fun, positive qualities that consumer drones have. "We fly it FPV, through this little camera here. The video transmits through [...]

By |2017-08-31T15:24:33+00:00September 2nd, 2015|Activism, Drone Events, Drones|Comments Off on Peace, Love And Drones In Stephentown, New York

Over 1,000 Airport Intrusions Expected In 2015 According To The FAA

FAA Logo At the risk of sounding like a broken record, I felt compelled to write about the alarming rise in drone sightings near airports. This trend is being reported by aircraft pilots and airports alike. Last years 137 sightings we reported, 650 sightings have already been reported this year. The FAA projects 1,000 [...]

By |2017-08-31T15:24:34+00:00September 2nd, 2015|Drone Law, Drones, FAA, Safety|3 Comments

Drones Are Helping Farmers In Modesto Get A Leg Up

The drone industry is growing fast. Very, very fast. One of the key areas of growth in the commercial drone industry is the farm/agriculture sector. Drone for Hire founder Thomas Davis wants to be the one who brings this technology to the farm. Mr. Davis feels drones are perfect way to optimize many farm related tasks, such as [...]

By |2017-08-31T15:24:34+00:00September 1st, 2015|Drone Agriculture/Farming, Drones|Comments Off on Drones Are Helping Farmers In Modesto Get A Leg Up

Hobbyist: When Should You Consider Drone Specific Insurance?

Insurance It's clear if you are a commercial drone operator with a Section 333 Exemption that insurance is necessary, but it becomes a little less clear when you consider the hobbyist. If you are a hobbyist drone operator do you need insurance? The short answer, in my opinion, is "yes." Your typical general purpose homeowner's insurance [...]

By |2017-08-31T15:24:34+00:00August 12th, 2015|Drones|Comments Off on Hobbyist: When Should You Consider Drone Specific Insurance?

The FAAs Confusing Position On FPV (First-person View) Racing

FPV Radio Control Flying The adrenaline rush of flying in First-Person View, or FPV is now available to almost anyone through the semi-new sport of drone racing. Typically, this involves radio-controlled multi rotors flying around a course made of trees and other obstacles while generally flying quick and low to the ground.  This small [...]

By |2017-08-31T15:24:34+00:00August 7th, 2015|Drone Law, Drone Sports, Drones, FAA, FPV|Comments Off on The FAAs Confusing Position On FPV (First-person View) Racing

Another Drone/Airplane Close Call, Stricter Drone Laws Urged In Phoenix, Arizona

A remote-controlled aircraft had a near miss with an American Airlines flight on Sunday night, prompting two Phoenix City Council members to work on stricter drone laws. Phoenix Police stated the UAV came surprisingly close, within 100 feet, to American Airlines Flight from Milwaukee on Sunday. The American flight was flying over Fountains Hills at [...]

By |2017-08-31T15:24:35+00:00August 6th, 2015|Drone Law, Drones, First Responder, Police, Safety|Comments Off on Another Drone/Airplane Close Call, Stricter Drone Laws Urged In Phoenix, Arizona