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Posted by Pancari | May 04, 2014 @ 10:39 AM | 1,645 Views
The National Park Service is warning potential amateur pilots that drone aircraft are "prohibited within park boundaries" of Yosemite National Park.

Despite the passage in the CFR the service cites, federal law has been particularly unclear on the use of drones by citizens. The Federal Aviation Administration has not yet drafted full regulations for the domestic use of drones and is not expected to until the fall of 2015. And this year, a federal judge ruled that the FAA doesn't even have the authority to regulate hobbyist aircraft.


http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/calif...257744211.html
Posted by Pancari | May 03, 2014 @ 08:04 AM | 1,781 Views
Summary...

The FAA is already facing criticism from private drone operators, has launched an investigation into drone use in the aftermath of the devastating tornadoes that swept across the southeastern United States.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported Tuesday that the FAA has initiated a probe into the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to gather aerial footage of the terrible scene in Arkansas.

Storm chaser and videographer Brian Eminger sought to help the public understand just how bad the disaster was by sending a drone equipped with a video camera over Mayflower just moments after the storms had passed.

He used (his drone) in the past to help a local TV station obtain footage of a hotel fire in Hot Springs, Arkansas, but could now face a $10,000 fine because of strict FAA guidelines.

Commentary...

I applaud Brian's efforts, and voracity to enter an destroyed area. Planes and Helicopters have been used for decades for news so laws should be modified to adapt to today's technologies. I think we all have seen recent news of planes and helis drop from the sky from mechanical failure that make a DJI Phanton look like debris.

http://rt.com/usa/155S756-faa-journa...investigation/

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On the flip side, I was listening to FM radio in my car, painful as I am a Sirius listener, and a station was still using a traffic helicopter whose report was unintelligible.

With apps like Beat the Traffic, Waze, Google Maps and NavTraffic, do we need traffic helis's in populated airspace before more people die.

http://www.komonews.com/news/local/N...250790281.html

So be happy that the FAA does not maintain oversight and restrict the use of power tools and lasers technology used in the construction field.
Posted by Pancari | May 02, 2014 @ 12:55 PM | 1,992 Views
It seems like a perfect time to get into the drone business.
With easy access to technology and patchy regulation, small commercial drones already have been used to film box-office hits and market expensive real estate.

In a 2007 policy statement, the Federal Aviation Administration essentially declared a ban on operating drones for commercial purposes. The agency doubled down on that position in early April, appealing an administrative order that tossed out the legal foundation for its policy. The ruling came after a commercial drone user challenged an FAA fine levied against him.

http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-...#ixzz30a9U2wNp
Posted by Pancari | Apr 25, 2014 @ 06:01 PM | 1,680 Views
The University of Missouri has brought a class on using aerial drones indoors after a federal government agency told the journalism school last summer to stop flying them outdoors.

The School of Journalism grounded its outdoor use of the unmanned aircraft for news gathering after receiving a cease and desist letter from the Federal Aviation Administration last summer.


http://www.foxnews.com/us/2014/04/25...class-indoors/
Posted by Pancari | Apr 21, 2014 @ 10:52 PM | 1,610 Views
Mar 7, 2014

Raphael Pirker, who had been docked $10,000 by the Federal Aviation Administration for using a drone to shoot a promotional video, won dismissal yesterday of the fine for reckless flying. An administrative law judge determined the FAA had no authority over small unmanned aircraft when it imposed the first-ever such fine on a drone operator. The FAA today appealed the decision.


http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-0...ainst-faa.html
Posted by Pancari | Apr 16, 2014 @ 08:44 PM | 2,086 Views
When I was a kid my grandfather, God bless him, attached one of my loose teeth to a bathroom door and slammed it, now that it's more than 50 years later, I don't recall the results.

Some dad decided to use his DJI Phanton quadcopter.

http://uproxx.com/up/2014/03/tooth-p...rc-helicopter/
Posted by Pancari | Apr 15, 2014 @ 04:02 PM | 1,552 Views
A man is facing charges after deputies say he was flying a video camera-equipped drone that hindered the landing of a medical helicopter at an accident scene.

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories...04-15-10-41-51
Posted by Pancari | Apr 13, 2014 @ 01:32 PM | 1,890 Views
Last June, a team of archaeologists flew a $6,000 CineStar 8 infrared camera-equipped drone over the New Mexican desert floor to find images never before seen structures in an ancient Native American settlement.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/0...ef=mostpopular
Posted by Pancari | Mar 30, 2014 @ 09:56 AM | 1,800 Views
Remember when WL Toys made those stupid add-ons to their 3 Channel heli's like a water squirter and a bubble maker, yeah, I didn't buy them either. Things have become evolved for drone the past 6 months and I though delivering a toothbrush was the high point of applied technology, seems I'm wrong leaving CVS and Walgreen's to fight it out for your sundries requirement.

Take a 2 grand octocopter, make it FPV, mount a stung gun on it and what you have left is a nasty piece of hardware.

http://www.maxim.com/tech/worst-job-...lts-drone-sxsw

But let's consider the defense strategy for this kind of hardware.

You piss off a security company and they send out a drone to get you, it's flying overhead till they get close, you turn around, become started and amazed at the flyer and before you know it you're going a tuna fish impression on the ground like in "Animal House".

So what could you have done, duck and jive a bit, that would work, or how about taking your sneaker off and hitting the drone. It doesn't take much to knock a quad off balance and send it to the ground.

Just a thought.




http://www.maxim.com/tech/worst-job-...lts-drone-sxsw
Posted by Pancari | Mar 29, 2014 @ 06:17 PM | 2,431 Views
Well, it's fast for the air but when it comes to ground speed, this guy has you beat.

Nic Case created a 188mph RC car called the R/C bullet. You can't see it passing the timing gate but the equipment does it's job.

http://www.autoblog.com/2014/03/27/1...deo/#continued

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On a personal note, it's been around 6 months since we've seen the sun here on the east coast. The weather has been very cold, snow on the ground, rainy and windy with saturated ground making it impossible to step on grass. While we did have a few days of sun and 10-15mph winds stopped me as it's no time to practice quad flying.

I finally caught up with work and figured this weekend I could get outside, but it's rain today and the next three days.

When I raced my Corvette there was winter and summer racing. During winter we raced at the edge of the Delaware River with 15-50 mph winds hitting us while working the track in freezing temperatures. I did that for a few years till my body laughed at me.

During summer racing I drove as much as 90 miles in a 30 year old Corvette with poor air conditioning. Both my car and I got too old as younger guys brought newer, more horsepower, fully electronic cars to the track further making my American Iron obsolete. Hey, I still one my class but it was time to hang it up. I felt that flying would be an easier old man alternative, not so this year.

So for all you guys who have evaded this horrible US winter and those who live in scenic Europe, I hate you all.
Posted by Pancari | Mar 24, 2014 @ 02:28 PM | 2,151 Views
A San Fran retail company who supplies drugstore products has received clearance to fly products via an unmanned drone.

The deliveries takes 24 hours with an additional $1 charge and fly's 20' above grade. For details, see link below.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/0...&ir=Technology

I wonder if they'll deliver a six pack, bag of pretzels and some oxy for a nice Sunday afternoon?
Posted by Pancari | Mar 21, 2014 @ 06:24 PM | 1,856 Views
If you live in Toledo you might be able to say this as Rick Hamel created one that is turbine powered and breath's fire.

http://jalopnik.com/5906371/this-fly...-breathes-fire

Me, I'm just waiting for a real springtime here in the east coast without 15mph winds so I can practice flying my quad.
Posted by Pancari | Mar 07, 2014 @ 05:02 PM | 1,961 Views
You quad without the FAA raining on your parade.

Now if the Canadian air would stop dumping snow on me here on the east coast, I might be a bit happier about this ruling.

It might be a good idea to print this article, stick in in your field bag just in case an over-zealous policeman or ignorant passerby wants to break-em for you.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/0...ref=technology
Posted by Pancari | Feb 26, 2014 @ 09:41 AM | 2,203 Views
I am a Netflix guy, love the service and work with a 13" laptop on my left streaming movies. Netflix has humorously outdone Amazon's drone delivery system.

Worth watching.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/0...ref=technology
Posted by Pancari | Feb 17, 2014 @ 04:20 PM | 2,113 Views
I want to know who called the FAA about this drone delivery test, perhaps it was FTD?

A Detroit flower delivery service put up a promotional video, it was picked up by a local news station who had to stick their nose into it.

I'm going food shopping tomorrow, I'll be very hungry and may pick some grapes and put them into my mouth.

But I'll call the township police around the corner and alert them right as I pull into the parking lot. I'll let you know how it went.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/0...ref=technology
Posted by Pancari | Feb 12, 2014 @ 11:50 PM | 2,063 Views
I know what you're thinking, just because I own a Corvette, look to the right for proof, but that doesn't give me the right to put this piece of news into my blog. Seems that AP writer I talked about in my last post was again too slow to react to news.

On Feb 12, a sink hole developed below the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, KY swallowing up a few Corvettes including what looks to me like a black/red 1963 split black Corvette Stingray. Oh, the humanity of it all.

There are two rather poor videos inside the article. From my best guess a group of engineers were called in to evaluate the destruction. One brought in a quad that had a camera on it and did a rather poor job of videoing the damage.

My question to you is, can anyone identify the quad from the ugly yellow legs.

http://jalopnik.com/theres-a-sinkhol...s-s-1521317946
Posted by Pancari | Feb 11, 2014 @ 05:38 PM | 2,382 Views
In Hartford CT, a drone got to the fatal car accident faster than the police. This seems to be happening frequently. Police are concerned that video footage will be seen by family.

Now let's examine that statement, do they really think the pilot will be insensitive enough to post a fatal accident on YT THEN contact the unknown family. There's much more interesting vids to watch on YT.

I will be the first to admit that many people are unable to effectively use their pre-frontal cortex, do stupid things all the time like smoking, drinking, drugs, run with scissors, resist arrest, carry a gun into airports, frequently break social convention and then fly a DJI Phantom 450 out of their 10 story apartment window only to crash and burn onto a busy New York sidewalk below.

The evening local news has cornered death, murder and robbery which I never watch. I prefer my violence tastefully done on HBO and Cinemax.

The article continues to say that people can become targets of media attention with the use of drones. Freelance videographers already have that angle covered on TMZ so I don't see the big deal. Who wants to see the top of Candice Swanepoel's head when cameras flashing a few feet away at eye level do a much better job at exhibiting perfection.

This entire article seems to be a joke, I guess the free lance writer at AP didn't have anything better to write about that day. Perhaps he needs a hobby.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/0...m_hp_ref=media
Posted by Pancari | Feb 01, 2014 @ 03:18 PM | 1,844 Views
Th article below looks like a good idea to me. I just want to know who called the FAA and asked them if they could use a quad to deliver beer on a frozen lake.

The FAA put their foot down on the idea, guess it wasn't their brand. Perhaps they would have been kinder if it was Bud or Coors Light?

Besides, who wants to drink cold beer on a frozen lake, isn't this why they make Jack Daniels?


http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/0...n_4705016.html
Posted by Pancari | Jan 31, 2014 @ 10:15 PM | 2,097 Views
I live on the east coast, we're are under the cold air of Canada, snow has been consistent with temperature's below freezing for weeks with snow slowly melting on my sloped front lawn and obstruction filled back yard.

Today's temperature reached 42 deg. F, I grabbed my quad, case and went to a number of local parks but the snow was 3" deep. I need practice but don't want the quad landing upside down in fresh snow and returned home.

Canada can keep it's winter air next year.

For the past few weeks I've been reorganizing my office, throwing out catalogs, outdated books and software making room for my equipment.

There are a number of 4ch heli's like Nine Eagles, multiple V911's and 9958's not shown.

My squadron photo shows Walkera Mini CP, Mini CP BL, Genius CP BL, Super SP, QRLB, 2 Hubsan X4's, Vitality H36's and a V929. Transmitters are Devention 8s, 7e, 7 and 2402. Not shown is my Turnigy 9x.

Spare parts are organized in large boxes.

My small battery charging area is within arms reach allowing me to change out batteries rather than using my main charger on the other side of my office.

Photo's were taken with my Samsung Galaxy S3.