Aerial

MaxAmps 4S 5600 Phantom 2 battery set

MaxAmps 4S 5600 Phantom 2 battery set

The new MaxAmps 4S 5600 Phantom 2 battery set is designed specifically for the DJI Phantom 2 and Phantom 2 Vision. It comes with 4S taps on both batteries for charging along with an additional 3S tap on one battery that is wired for the Unlocked DJI Phantom 2 cap. This new 4S setup will […]
11 Dos and Dont’s of RC Drone Flying

11 Dos and Dont’s of RC Drone Flying

There are many questions in the air about whether it is legal to fly commercially, even as the dust clears after the November 18, 2014 National Transportation Safety Board decision in Huerta v. Pirker. The Board reversed Raphael Pirker’s win against the FAA in early 2014 by finding that “model aircraft” are “aircraft” and must […]

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Aerial Photography

Aerial Photography

Thanks to the advent of smaller and lighter cameras that can easily be attached to our multirotors, more and more pilots are getting their high-quality shots and HD video from the sky. Let’s discuss lifting cameras into the sky by multirotor and how to guide your camera through the air. For more, click on the […]
Graupner Hott MC-20

Graupner Hott MC-20

by Mike Gantt When I first saw a tray-type transmitter, it seemed a little goofy to me. Then I saw the extremely talented Gernot Bruckman using one of them and knew then that there was nothing goofy at all about using a larger-size radio. Many multirotor pilots like to “pinch” the sticks with both thumb […]

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Alaska researchers study sea otters with unmanned aircraft

Alaska researchers study sea otters with unmanned aircraft

This is a very good use of a multirotor by researchers. by Sue Mitchell Watching marine life to gather data about behavior and abundance can be tedious and time-consuming for researchers, but recent studies indicate unmanned aircraft may offer a way around such obstacles. University of Alaska Fairbanks scientists conducted two field studies to see […]
Vulcan 1200mm Raven Octocopter review

Vulcan 1200mm Raven Octocopter review

When I think of a raven, I picture a large, heavily built crow with black plumage or something rapping on Edgar Allan Poe’s chamber door. Alex of VulcanUAV has a different idea: a monster octocopter that can lift almost any size camera you dare to put in the air. But it is still black. The […]

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Can UAVs Save the Elephants?

Can UAVs Save the Elephants?

Here is a great story from Air & Space Magazine (July 2015) By mark Betancourt. Sentinels in the sky are hunting the poachers. Biologists predict that within 10 years, rhinos and elephants could be extinct in the African wild because of poaching. Wildlife rangers patrolling millions of acres of land are mostly helpless to stop […]
Drone University

Drone University

When does a community of enthusiasts and innovators become an industry? In the case of commercial unmanned aircraft in the United States and all of its potential applications, it is a question for academics and historians to take up years from now. When scholars assemble and analyze the chronology of events and milestones that formed […]

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Epic drone crash with first person view

Epic drone crash with first person view

While on location for an upcoming RotorDrone Magazine article, we got to capture some great footage of our race pilots flying through some very small openings.  However not all flights end successfully as evident by this short video clip. This was the first and best crash of the day, at least voted by the other […]
Amazon Drones get FAA Experimantal Certificate

Amazon Drones get FAA Experimantal Certificate

Amazon, which one day hopes to make deliveries via drone, have got permission to take the first step in the quest.  Amazon now has permission from the Federal Aviation Administration to perform testing of its Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) technology.  Last Thursday the FAA issued an experimental airworthiness certificate to an unmanned aircraft design that […]
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