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Malaysian Drones need approval to take to the air

  Malaysian drones, flown by hobbyist or businesses, are not allowed to fly without approval by the Civil Aviation Authority. In some countries hobbyist can fly their UAVs without approval, not in Malaysia however.  Malaysian drones are not legal to fly, at least for now, without approval. The government is working to determine the best path forward and remain concerned about potential safety concerns.  The Star Online, a Malaysian website, is reporting: “Drones or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) need the approval of the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) before they can fly,…

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Shapeways ‘Take Flight’ Design Contest – Win a DJI Phantom 3

  Interested in winning a new DJI Phantom 3?  Check out the “Take Flight” Contest We love coming across contest like this, ones that require creativity and give you the opportunity to win a great drone.  The “Take Flight” contest from Shapeways can be found on their website. The contest page notes: “It’s no surprise that drones are really taking off these days, and the possibilities of what you can do with them are soaring to new heights. You can fly one for fun, take beautiful aerial images, and even…

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The Drone Girl Ireland tours Trim Castle – County Meath, Ireland

  Another great video outside Trim Castle, a Norman castle – south bank of the River Boyne – Trim, County Meath, Ireland. The Drone Girl Ireland creates amazing aerial video with her Yuneec Q500 drone.  In this video tour she shows us Trim Castle, a film made famous to many through the Mel Gibson movie, Braveheart. Wikipedia includes the following information about the castle: “The Castle was used as a centre of Norman administration for the Lordship of Meath, one of the new administrative areas of Ireland created by King…

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SkyBot – Build your own drone kit and educational program

  The SkyBot Kickstarter is part educational program for kids and part a build your own drone kit I was a geek, I admit it.  I learned to build my own robot in school and would have loved every aspect of this program if it had been available then.  A build your own drone kit?  You can’t go wrong. The SkyBot Kickstarter page notes “We Developed “DRONE ROBOTICS” which offers an engaging program at “The Boys and Girls Club of America”, in- and after-school classes at local BGCA around greater Los Angeles“.  Engaging kids in…

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Sign the petition – Hobbyist Drone Rules and Guidelines

  We need to agree to follow a basic set of hobbyist drone rules and guidelines With recent incidents in the news about drones flying too close to airports, too high in the air, or dangerously close to crowds, it is important that we all understand and follow a common set of hobbyist drone rules and guidelines. We have created a petition on Change.org that we are hoping all of our readers will take a moment to sign.  It will take you 5 minutes to show your agreement to follow these rules…

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A brief talk about drone policy with DJI’s US Policy Leader

  DJI is the current leader in the market so we had to ask their US drone policy leader a few questions Jon Resnick leads DJI’s drone policy efforts in Washington DC. Prior to joining DJI, he was a senior television planning editor with the Associated Press, leading news planning for AP’s national elections coverage. Jon spearheaded AP’s program to incorporate drones into professional news-gathering operations. He also played a leadership role in the News Media Coalition which is now conducting formal testing at an FAA sanctioned site. Jon will be a panelist at…

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Kickstarter drone yeair! is shaking things up

  This Kickstarter drone is combustion powered and open sourced, it may just be the quadcopter of the future The yeair! Kickstarter drone has generated a lot of buzz and, along the way, is closing in on its crowd funding target of $76,902.  With 57 days to go they have already raised over $61,000 and appear to be another crowd funding success story in the making. What did we do when we saw this?  Of course, we reached out to the team to ask a few questions.  Before the interview, however, here is an overview…

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Airware creates Commercial Drone Fund to drive UAV innovation

Money is beginning to pour into the unmanned marketplace, the Commercial Drone Fund is the latest entry You know a market is becoming real when the investment community begins to put their money into the game.  Airware launched their new Commercial Drone Fund with initial investments in Sky-Futures and Redbird, DJI and Accel launched SkyFund the other day, and money is flowing into companies like CyPhy Works and others from multiple sources. When we saw the announcement we reached out to Jay Forte, VP of Business Development at Sky-Futures, to find out why European businesses seem to be…

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LIPO Battery Charging – Tables for Various LIPOs

Want to keep your drone flying longer?  Continue to learn about LiPo battery charging… Dean at Skylab Flight Systems has put together a really good series of how-tos on these batteries, this time following up with even more information on LiPo battery charging.  If you missed the first two in the series, here is article 1 and article 2. Charts for various LiPo batteries (a few 2S, 3S, 4S and 6S LiPos) are included below. If you have these specific LiPos the charts will give you the settings necessary to…

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Earth Forensics is getting things done with their DJI Phantom

Replacing a 50-foot monopod and a tethered aerial blimp with a DJI Phantom has made Earth Forensics much more productive Earth Forensics is using DJI Phantom drones to deliver on their mission in a much more efficient, and richer, manner.  is an interesting company, here is a bit about them from their About Page: “The Earth Forensics team is comprised of geoscientists and professional educators hired by public entities and private industry around the globe to investigate, identify, and implement solutions to geologic, hydrologic and environmental concerns. Earth Forensics specializes in outside-the-box thinking…

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