Author Archives: Kyle McKinnon

DCL Creates a Manned Racing Drone

If you’ve ever fantasized about flying your own racing drone through the obstacles to glory – get ready to be totally addicted.  The  Drone Champions League (DCL), the world’s largest live drone racing league, will release their first online drone game, DCL – The Game, on February 18.  In preparation, they’ve made the fantasy real: withe launch of […]

Drones used to spread disinfectant over people

  It is of greatest concern that the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) has spread through more than 20 countries and become a global health emergency. To address the urgent need for strengthening disease prevention measures, a Chinese agriculture technology company XAG announced on Friday that it would set up a 5-million-yuan special fund on coronavirus response, calling for […]

Colorado Drone Mystery

  Police are no closer to finding out why a swarm of drones keeps allegedly appearing over Colorado and Nebraska despite ramped-up efforts, leading some pundits to question if the mystery is even real. The hubbub took flight over Christmas when Colorado residents and police reported at least 17 fixed-wing drones traveling in what appeared to be […]

FAA Announces Requirements for Drone Remote ID

  On Jan 1st, 2020 the FAA released a Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) for Remote identification of drones. For now this only effects our Southern neighbors but it is the first indication of what we can expect in the coming years. As law are created and adopted by the FAA Transport Canada usually […]

Lockheed Martin looking to create UTM

  The ability to fly unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) beyond the visual line of sight (BVLOS) significantly improves their effectiveness and potential. The increased range of BVLOS operations requires real-time airspace situational awareness for the UAV pilot and support crew to ensure safe, repeatable operations. Canadian UAVs and Lockheed Martin Canada CDL Systems have signed […]

The drone that knows where to go

  A drone capable of flying independently of an operator has cruised beneath the treetops of a Rotorua pine forest along a flight path it had mapped itself in what is thought to be a world first. The use of drones to capture data like photographs and video from the air is common, but it […]

The Merging of Manned and Unmanned Aviation

  Whether you’re flying a manned or an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), the laws of physics are the same, and most, if not all, risks are also the same. Falling from the sky is not a unique feature of a drone, nor is it the exclusive domain of aircraft manned by expert, FAA-certified pilots. Everything […]

Drone pilot fined $20,000 after fly-away

Drone pilot Reuben Burciaga was fined $20,000 by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) after his fly-away DJI Phantom 3 drone landed right next to an active runway at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas. The drone incident took place in June of 2018 when Burciaga wanted to take an aerial photo of a Ferris wheel. Early on during the flight, he […]