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Drone Collides with Passenger Aircraft, and Other Near Misses

Drones are exciting and fun to fly, and that's a big part of the reason that people forget the dangers consumer drones can pose. I'm not talking about personal injury in this case, but rather the very real danger that drones can pose to other aircraft. Previous articles I've written on subject have been more positive, and while I wish I could continue that trend, it seems that the facts no longer support it. After a documented collision and numerous near misses this is a safety issue that we must be aware of, and as a community address.

By |2017-11-14T14:21:30+00:00November 14th, 2017|Drones, Military, Safety|Comments Off on Drone Collides with Passenger Aircraft, and Other Near Misses

Drones For Search And Rescue and First Responder Use

Search and rescue dog, Credit: Wikimedia Common Drones have an amazing future helping our first responders. They provide new perspectives, add the ability to see in different conditions, travel where we can't and remove or at least significantly reduce the risk of human life. In the near future I expect to see more [...]

By |2017-10-04T12:58:06+00:00August 29th, 2017|Drones, First Responder, Safety|Comments Off on Drones For Search And Rescue and First Responder Use

In Russia We Have Drone Vs. Spear … Spear Wins

You can file the video below as both "accurate" and "unexpected." Watch below to see a medieval reenactment take an odd twist as a Russian gentleman decides to hurl his spear at a flying drone. Apparently he has spent "many a fortnight" practicing because around 16 seconds in you can see the drone take a [...]

By |2017-08-31T15:23:23+00:00July 25th, 2017|Drone Videos, Drones, Safety|Comments Off on In Russia We Have Drone Vs. Spear … Spear Wins

Dear Pilot: It Wasn’t A Drone, It Was A Bat That You Collided With

I'm always happy when I see an article like the one below. This article, titled "Bat, not drone, blamed for light plane collision during landing at Parafield Airport" makes a correction to an earlier story. In Australia, originally they were attributing a collision incident with a light plane to a drone, now they are attributing [...]

By |2017-08-31T15:23:23+00:00July 22nd, 2017|Drones, Interesting, Safety|Comments Off on Dear Pilot: It Wasn’t A Drone, It Was A Bat That You Collided With

Drone Operator Charged with a Felony – Unlawful Surveillance in the 2nd Degree

As a drone pilot, what would you do if you suddenly found yourself being arrested and charged with a felony because of where and when you decided to operate your drone? While it might sound a bit far ferfetched, that's exactly what happened to David Beesmer in New York. Beesmer was charged with unlawful surveillance in [...]

By |2017-07-12T07:19:25+00:00July 12th, 2017|Drones, First Responder, Police, Safety, WTF|Comments Off on Drone Operator Charged with a Felony – Unlawful Surveillance in the 2nd Degree

Firefighting Operations Disrupted Four Times in Four Days by Drones

Let's face it. We've got some bad actors in the drone community and their behavior is reflecting badly on the community at large. I'm still shocked every time I read about a firefight or other first responder operation being disrupted by a careless drone pilot. Please stop. You aren't going to catch some amazing shot and [...]

By |2017-07-06T11:25:18+00:00July 10th, 2017|Drones, Fire Department, First Responder, Safety|Comments Off on Firefighting Operations Disrupted Four Times in Four Days by Drones

In the UK, BALPA Seeks Tougher Drone Regulations

At Drone Universities, we believe in education over regulation, but that isn't the stance that everyone takes. Now the British Airline Pilots Association (BALPA) feels like a drone catastrophe is very likely. They cite recent "near collision" incidents that have recently grounded and diverted flights. The organization is demanding a compulsory registration of all drones. The [...]

By |2017-08-31T15:23:26+00:00July 7th, 2017|Drones, Safety|Comments Off on In the UK, BALPA Seeks Tougher Drone Regulations

What You Should NOT Do With Your DJI Mavic Pro

Alcohol and drones don't mix. It's just not a safe combination. That being said, a quick search on YouTube will show that not everyone has the common sense to recognize this. The article "Don't drone drunk" walks you through what could happen if you decide to over-consumer and then take your drone out for a [...]

By |2017-08-31T15:23:29+00:00July 5th, 2017|Drones, Safety, WTF|Comments Off on What You Should NOT Do With Your DJI Mavic Pro

In the UK, A Man Is Accused Of “Recklessly” Operating His Drone

It was really just a matter of time until a story like this hit. In the UK, a man has been accused of recklessly operating his drone. A man has been accused of dangerously flying a drone in south Warwickshire. The 37-year-old man has been accused of five offences, including allowing the drone to land [...]

By |2017-08-31T15:23:29+00:00June 28th, 2017|Drone Law, Drones, Safety|Comments Off on In the UK, A Man Is Accused Of “Recklessly” Operating His Drone

In Memphis, A Drone Forces Two Medical Helicopters To Land

In Memphis, Tennessee, a small group of drone operators are breaking the law in Memphis, they are endangering people and it's reflecting negatively on the entire drone community. The most recent incident was a near accident with two medical helicopters carry young patients en route to the hospital. A drone forced the helicopters to land and an ambulance [...]

By |2017-08-31T15:23:29+00:00June 27th, 2017|Drone Law, Drones, First Responder, Safety|Comments Off on In Memphis, A Drone Forces Two Medical Helicopters To Land