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Getting Great Aerial Shots Over Water

Getting Great Aerial Shots Over Water

Very early on, I became fascinated with the possibility of using drones to create  island-wide panoramas and unique perspectives of the beautiful Hawaiian Islands. I learned some hard lessons about how to research and prepare for each flight, when I would fly my drone into the very unforgiving environment of breaking waves, high winds, and […]
Put Your Drone To Work

Put Your Drone To Work

What recommendations would you give to an aspiring drone operator who has a Part 107 certification and is looking for commercial work? Answer: Having the certification is a good starting point, but there is a lot more to becoming a competent commercial drone pilot. Prospective pilots must have additional training in the various platforms, payloads, […]

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Charging several battery packs at once

Charging several battery packs at once

Lithium battery chemistry is volatile. If one battery can catch fire and cause a lot of damage because of improper charging, imagine what several batteries hooked together and charging in close proximity to one another can do if anything goes wrong. Parallel charging might sound like a convenient way to charge multiple batteries at the same time, but it can […]
Make Money in Real Estate

Make Money in Real Estate

We are often asked, “How can I make money flying a drone?” While there are many different ways to cash in using your aircraft, one that is available to new pilots in almost every city is real-estate photography/videography. Because getting started can be a challenge, we asked our good friend Joe McBride, owner of Discovery […]

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Rho-Lens: Prescription lenses for FPV

Rho-Lens: Prescription lenses for FPV

Today’s FPV goggles offer amazing resolution for a truly immersive flying experience. Unfortunately, fliers with less-than-perfect distance vision may not get the most out of these outstanding headsets. While there are diopter-lens sets available to provide a measure of distance-vision correction, these can’t take the place of genuine prescription lenses.  RHO-Lens fills this need by […]
Fly Safely with a 3-Person Crew

Fly Safely with a 3-Person Crew

When working as a commercial drone pilot shooting footage for TV commercials and movies, pilots have to be able to fly their multirotors in a wide array of  circumstances. This includes flying indoors and outside under various weather and lighting conditions. Needless to say, this can create a stressful environment for pilots, who can have […]

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How to Pass the Part 107 Exemption Exam

How to Pass the Part 107 Exemption Exam

When I tell fellow drone pilots that I have my remote pilot’s license, the first question they usually ask is “Was the unmanned aircraft test hard?” This is a subjective question, and much will depend on your background and experience with full-size aircraft. If  you’ve never had any experience with any type of aircraft and […]
Aerial Photos — Getting Started

Aerial Photos — Getting Started

Many drone pilots will begin the process of moving from just flying drones to flying drones with some purpose, and there are two directions you can go. For sports and enjoyment, many will head toward drone racing, while others will want to document their flight through photography or videos. We will save drone racing for […]

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Drone Search and Rescue- Mission Ready – Part Two

Drone Search and Rescue- Mission Ready – Part Two

The rain was so heavy that, in no time, we were all completely drenched. We didn’t have time to put on our rain gear. Luckily, I had decided to pack the drone in a dry bag inside the backpack. So at least I knew that the Phantom 4 would stay dry. The conditions got worse […]
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