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Austin Haughwout Back In Court, Now Expelled From CCSU

Austin Haughwout Police Photo It seems like Austin Haughwout can't stay out of trouble (and can't stay out of the media). In this latest chapter of the Haughwout sage, Austin is suing Central Connecticut State University (CCSU) for expelling him on what he considers to be trumped-up charges. (If you missed any of [...]

By |2017-08-31T15:23:46-07:00March 18th, 2016|Drone Law, Drones, Opinion|Comments Off on Austin Haughwout Back In Court, Now Expelled From CCSU

Drones And The Disciplines They Have Changed

Drones are definitely a transformative technology and we still don't know the full impact that they will have on society of tomorrow. Today they have already changed a number of disciplines. Drone and related technologies are becoming standard tools used in a wide array of disciplines including, without limitation, media, film, journalism, agriculture, construction, engineering [...]

By |2017-08-31T15:23:47-07:00March 17th, 2016|Aerial Photography/Videography, Drone Agriculture/Farming, Drone Applications, Drone Education, Drones, Journalism, Opinion|Comments Off on Drones And The Disciplines They Have Changed

European Drone Operator Pilots DJI Phantom 2 To 11,000 Feet. Why?

What is the maximum height you feel comfortable flying your drone? To answer that question, you have to evaluate a number of factors; where are you flying (what country, state and city), when you are flying (visibility), why are you flying (for hobbyist or commercial purposes), exemptions and certifications you have, and what if any special permission [...]

By |2017-08-31T15:23:47-07:00March 16th, 2016|Drones, FAA, Opinion, Safety, WTF|Comments Off on European Drone Operator Pilots DJI Phantom 2 To 11,000 Feet. Why?

Introducing The Rook, The Quadcopter That Breaks FAA Regulations

I recently learned about a new drone, the Rook, being developed by a startup called Eighty Nine Robotics. The development of the Rook drone is being funded on Indiegogo. According to Eighty Nine Robotics: By connecting to the Internet, Rook allows you to control and view the camera stream from your phone in real-time. Just [...]

By |2017-08-31T15:23:54-07:00March 7th, 2016|Drone Law, Drone Startups, Drones, FAA, New Drones, Opinion|Comments Off on Introducing The Rook, The Quadcopter That Breaks FAA Regulations

Drones, Flying Flamethrowers And Flying Guns

Austin Haughwout Austin Haughwout and his quadcopter with a mounted semi-automatic pistol has been the subject of a number of my blog posts. The quiet whirring of the drone's propellers gives way to the sound of gunshots — pop, pop, pop, pop — in the 14-second video titled "Flying Gun." The YouTube video [...]

By |2017-08-31T15:23:54-07:00March 6th, 2016|Drone Law, Drones, Opinion, WTF|Comments Off on Drones, Flying Flamethrowers And Flying Guns

What Makes A Good Commercial Drone Operator?

The question "What makes a good commercial drone operator?" is fairly open ended, and while I have my own ideas, I was curious what were some of the qualifications suggested by others in the drone industry. If you ask Jonathan Rupprecht of Rupprecht Law P.A., he'd reply with something similar to: What makes a good commercial drone [...]

By |2017-08-31T15:23:55-07:00March 5th, 2016|Drones, Opinion|Comments Off on What Makes A Good Commercial Drone Operator?

The Curious Case Of The Now Infamous Austin Haughwout (In Depth)

Austin Haughwout Even if you wanted to, I’m not sure how you could have avoided the name Austin Haughwout. It seems he has been everywhere since his initial media exposure. Austin’s first stepped into the limelight when he was involved in a drone-related assault incident in May of 2014. During the incident, Andrea [...]

By |2017-08-31T15:23:58-07:00February 22nd, 2016|Drones, Opinion|Comments Off on The Curious Case Of The Now Infamous Austin Haughwout (In Depth)

Happy Holidays From The Drone Universities Family To Yours

We wish everyone a happy and safe holiday this year, and we are all looking forward to meeting all of our new 2016 students in person. Again, happy holidays and have a happy new year!

By |2017-08-31T15:23:59-07:00December 25th, 2015|Drones, Opinion|Comments Off on Happy Holidays From The Drone Universities Family To Yours

Still Unsure What To Buy For Your Loved Ones?

DJI Phantom 3 Standard This holiday drones are definitely the ubiquitous gift on everyones list, but with so many choices, which one should you buy? I recently highlighted a list of drone gift suggestions from Wired Magazine, as we get closer to Christmas, here is another list of possible drone gifts just in [...]

By |2017-08-31T15:24:00-07:00December 13th, 2015|Drones, Opinion|Comments Off on Still Unsure What To Buy For Your Loved Ones?

We Need More People Like Larry Bossone In The Drone Industry

The following is an excerpt from a letter to the editor of Technical.ly. The letter was sent by Larry Bossone, a Section 333 Exempted UAV operator/owner at MCS Communications. Larry points out the importance of not publicizing film or photos collected by drone operators that don't have a Section 333 Exemption. I saw your article on [...]

By |2017-08-31T15:24:04-07:00December 2nd, 2015|333, Drones, Exemption, FAA, Opinion|Comments Off on We Need More People Like Larry Bossone In The Drone Industry