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Tips for Flying a Drone in Hot Weather Conditions this Summer

With record-breaking heat this summer, it’d be wise to gather some advice on flying a drone in hot weather conditions. The U.S. has been experiencing a heat wave with triple digit highs over the past couple weeks. The good news for UAV pilots is that most drones are built to withstand high temperatures — up to 104° Fahrenheit (F) in some cases. Follow our tips for flying a drone in hot weather this summer, and you should have an enjoyable flight.

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Check the operating temperature designated by the manufacturer.

Drone manufacturers typically include an operating temperature range in the specs of their product. For example, the DJI Mavic Pro and Phantom 4 both list an operating temperature range of 32° to 104° F ( 0° to 40° C ). However, not all UAVs operate the same, and we recommend checking the specs provided by your drone’s specific manufacturer.

Don’t leave your drone, batteries, or other equipment in a hot car.

The interior of a parked car will heat to a much higher temperature than the outdoor temperature. With an outside temperature of 70° F, the inside temperature of a parked car can rise to 104° F within just 30 minutes. Prolonged exposure to high heat will reduce the life of the LiPo battery used in many UAVs. Additionally, internal wires and plastics could be susceptible to melting. Other equipment and the drone itself should be able to withstand very high heat, but it’s best not to take the chance if it can be avoided.

Be wary of electronics/cameras overheating.flying a drone in high temperatures

Many drone operators who use iPhone as their camera report high temperatures causing their iPhones to shutdown. This could lead to a big disappointment if your camera shuts off mid flight, causing lost footage. While the drone itself can withstand high heat, the case could be different for electronics, cameras, and other attachments.

Shorten flight times and take breaks between flights.

One way to prevent overheating of your drone, electronics, or drone camera is to shorten flight times. Hot weather cause your drone’s motors to work harder to generate more lift. This can lead to shorter flight times, so plan accordingly. Additionally, breaks between flights allow your drone and electronics time to cool down and regain a stable temperature.

Keep your drone and equipment dry.

Many hot weather environments are accompanied by humidity. Even in the presence of clear, blue skies, humidity could cause your drone to come back damp with moisture. Humidity is the amount of water vapor in the air. When checking the weather, you might see humidity represented as a percentage — this is known as relative humidity. A reading of 100% relative humidity means that the air is saturated with the maximum amount of water vapor it can hold, creating the possibility of rain (although it can rain prior to a 100% relative humidity reading as well). We advise that you check the weather, including humidity readings and precipitation forecasts before you fly. Have a towel on hand to wipe down your drone after or between flights.

Follow laws and guidelines for flying near crowds

Warm weather tends to draw people outdoors. If you plan on flying near crowds of people, perhaps on a beach or at a park, be sure to follow your country’s drone laws and guidelines for flying near crowds. In the U.S., you should not fly over groups of people, public events, or stadiums full of people. In some instances, licensed commercial drone pilots can obtain a waiver to fly over crowds at special events. If you aren’t sure what the laws are in your country for flying a drone where crowds are present, visit our master list of drone laws organized by country.

To summarize, here are the do’s and don’ts of operating a drone in extremely hot weather.

While many areas of the world are experiencing record temperatures, it may be a good time to test out a thermal imaging camera on your drone. DJI’s Zenmuse XT is a thermal imaging camera for drones that provides rapid and reliable aerial thermal imaging. To learn more about how thermal imaging works check out this article about aerial thermography and its commercial applications.

As you’ve learned from this article, drones are pretty resilient to heat, but there are still some precautions you should take to protect the battery, camera, and other equipment if you plan to fly your drone in very high temperatures. The summer is an excellent time to capture outdoor footage, and we hope you take advantage of it. Just follow our drone flying tips for hot weather conditions and exercise drone safety for a positive flying experience.

 

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Who’s Working Where: Introducing Our In-Depth Guide to Jobs in the Drone Industry

As of July 1, 2018, there are a whopping 95,268 FAA-certified remote pilots in the United States.

So where are all these pilots finding work?

According to a recent report by Skyward, some of the sectors where drone adoption is growing are Construction & Engineering, Government, and Transportation & Warehousing.

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Source: Skyward’s Report on the State of Drone’s in Big Business

SkyLogic Research also released a report back in October that looked at the areas where drone service providers are working.

That report revealed that two of the primary areas for drone service providers were Aerial Videography and Surveying—which is interesting, because these areas don’t directly align with the Skyward report, which looked at where the jobs actually are for drone pilots (as opposed to looking at the drone services being offered by drone pilots).

This information suggests that there are many missed opportunities for drone pilots to take up new types of work. Our new guide to drone jobs might help close the gap.

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Source: SkyLogic Research’s 2017 Drone Market Sector Report

Despite all these data points, drone jobs can still seem pretty abstract if you haven’t done them.

Even for drone pilots, if you’ve never done, say, mapping for a construction site, you might wonder—what does that type of work actually look like on the ground?

Our In-Depth Guide to Drone Jobs

To make things more concrete when it comes to the type of work being done in the drone industry—and to help people hunt for jobs—we just released a huge, in-depth guide to jobs in the drone industry.

The guide takes a close look at the top 11 sectors where drone pilots are finding work, as well as provides multiple resources for those looking for work in the drone industry, either as a pilot or in other, non-pilot roles at drone companies.

Here’s an overview of what’s covered in our new resource, Drone Jobs Guide: How and Where to Find Work as a Drone Pilot or Industry Professional.

The Top 11 Sectors Where Drone Pilots Are Finding Work

For each sector included in the guide, we cover:

  • A description of the work in the sector covered, including details about seasonality, what the work actually looks like on the ground, and the types of skill sets needed to do the work.
  • The pay range for those doing work in the sector covered.
  • The types of drones and software pilots recommend using for work in the sector covered.
  • The missions drone pilots typically fly in this sector.
  • Any additional resources we’ve been able to track down related to the type of work being covered.

A quick note—there are lots of other places where drone pilots are working. However, for the purposes of this resource, we wanted to list the top sectors, as uncovered in our research and in our conversations with our students and community members.

Here are our top 11 sectors where drone pilots are finding work—click on each one to be taken to the corresponding section in our new guide:

Job Hunting Resources

In addition to covering the different sectors where drone pilots are finding work, we also wanted to provide information that would help people looking for work.

To do this, we devoted four chapters of our Drone Jobs guide to different aspects of finding work in the drone industry.

Drone Pilot Work

If you want to build your own drone business, we have a list of seven things to consider to help you get started, including things like getting drone insurance, tackling flight proficiency, and doing some initial business planning.

And in our section on finding work through drone pilot networks, we cover some reasons why pilots join networks while building up their own clientele, as well as a list of some of the top pilot networks out there.

Other Jobs in the Drone Industry

Of course, working in the drone industry doesn’t just mean you’re flying a drone. The industry is growing, and there are lots of companies out there looking to hire people in all kinds of positions, from marketing and sales, to HR, to product development, and more.

We’ve listed out 25+ growing companies in various sectors of the drone industry that are hiring right now, and provided links directly to their careers page to help you with your job hunt. If you’ve been looking to break into a job in the drone industry, but you don’t necessarily want to fly a drone, we hope this list is a helpful resource in your hunt.

And finally, just in case you need even more tools to help you find your dream drone job, we’ve included a search tool in the guide that populates all the different drone jobs out there in the U.S.

The jobs listed here present a wide range of opportunities in the industry, from pilot positions, to data management, to engineering and beyond.

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Want to learn more? Explore our new Drone Jobs guide here.

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Cinematic Aerospace Conducts First Commercial Drone Flight Ever at JFK Airport

On April 11, 2018, Cinematic Aerospace conducted the first commercial UAS operation ever allowed at the John F. Kennedy International Airport.

The flight took place at the Trans World Airlines (TWA) Flight Center, in the heart of the JFK airport.

The purpose of the flight was to get footage of the TWA Hotel, which is being constructed in the TWA Flight Center, for an upcoming documentary on the construction of the hotel and the history of the vintage airport terminal there.

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MCR and MORSE Development have been working to build the hotel to align with the aesthetic of the Flight Center, which was designed by Eero Saarinen and first opened back in 1962. The drone flight at JFK captured aerial footage to document the construction of the new, retro-looking hotel.

Obtaining Permission to Fly a Drone at JFK

The Cinematic Aerospace team first began planning for this shoot back in January, and they were able to obtain permission to shoot in about four months.

To get permission to shoot at JFK, the Cinematic Aerospace team had to hold multiple meetings with FAA representatives, airport authorities, law enforcement, the documentary crews, JFK Air Traffic Control, JetBlue representatives, and other stakeholders.

The key focus of all these meetings was on safety—making sure the UAS flights could be performed at the airport without any risk to manned aircraft or anyone else. In the end, Class B airspace authorization was issued by the FAA in order for this flight to occur.

JFK Drone Flight

In addition, the Cinematic Aerospace team made multiple visits to the site prior to the actual flight to test the area for possible radio and other communication interference, and perform spot checks to anticipate any other possible issues that could arise during the shoot.

During these visits they toured the construction site, visited the Air Traffic Control Tower, and planned the shots they would get with Director Peter Rosen, the documentary director.

It was a pleasure to work with all the teams and agencies involved to make this historic UAS flight possible at the JFK airport.

– Christian Tucci, President of Cinematic Aerospace

Details about the JFK Flight

To conduct these drone flights at JFK, the surrounding airport environment did not have to shut down, since the approved flight area—although located in Class B airspace—was contained solely to the construction site of the new TWA hotel and the historic TWA Flight Center.

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Five flights in total were conducted in the same day during the approved flight window, with Christian Tucci acting as the Pilot-in-Command, and Kyle Hurley acting as his Visual Observer (VO).

Drones have been permitted for use in Class B controlled airspace in the United States a few very limited times before, but never untethered at an airport like JFK within the busy New York / New Jersey Terminal Area.

– David Windmiller, Co-Founder of Cinematic Aerospace

All of the JFK flights were performed with a DJI Inspire 2, which flew untethered to the maximum allowed altitude of 200 feet in various flight patterns to get coverage of the TWA terminal building, where the new TWA hotel is being constructed.

All of the five flights were conducted with continuous visual line-of-sight of the drone while it was in the air, along with a flight crew operating from a stringent series of procedures and checklists.

Another drone flight is planned for 2019, once the TWA Hotel has been complete, so that additional footage can be gathered for the documentary.

We should note that Christian Tucci, the President of Cinematic Aerospace, is an old friend of ours, and has written for UAV Coach on how to step up your color correction game and how to keep your footage organized and accessible.

Kudos to you, Christian, and to the team at Cinematic Aerospace for making this historic flight happen!

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No Flying Allowed: The 15 Countries Where Drones Are Banned

We just finished completing a massive undertaking: updating our master list of drone laws for countries throughout the world.

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While conducting research to make these updates, here are a few things that stood out:

  • Drone adoption is growing. Out of around 200 countries about 45 had passed drone laws since our last big update over a year ago. That is a lot of countries, and indicates a general trend of adoption throughout the world.
  • Many countries still lack drone laws. Although drone legislation now exists in about 25% more countries than the last time we did a major overhaul of these pages, it’s still lacking in many countries. In fact, our research found that there are 71 countries that still have no drone laws at all on their books—or about 36% of the countries in the world.
  • Only a small group of countries ban drones. Although drone laws simply don’t exist in a lot of countries, only a relatively small group of countries ban the use of drones completely—15, or about 7% of the world’s countries, to be exact.

Why Ban Drones?

In general, we found two primary reasons that countries ban drones:

1) They’re just not sure what to do about drones, so they’ve decided to ban them altogether until they can develop the appropriate legislation.

In a similar vein, we’ve encountered several countries in our research whose policies for flying a UAV are so strict—things like requiring you to obtain approval from three different government entities, pay a huge registration fee, or seek permission before each individual flight, for instance—that they have effectively banned drone use as well.

2) They want to control information, and their population’s ability to obtain it.

We’re not going to name names, but these countries will be pretty clear when you scan the list below. We’re talking about authoritarian countries that often impost severe restrictions on the freedoms of their citizens—in these cases, it’s not much of a surprise why drones are banned, because things like Facebook, or just open access to the internet, might be banned there as well.

As drone adoption grows throughout the world, we would expect to see many of those countries that don’t have drone laws, or that have banned drones for the first reason listed above, start to pass drone legislation—it won’t be too long before drones are a generally accepted tool for agriculture, deliveries, and other commercial work, and those countries who aren’t regulating drones will simply be missing out.

In some areas, organizations are even popping up to spur drone adoption in order to help the economy grow—in Sub-Saharan Africa., for example, the Technical Centre for Agriculture and Rural Cooperation (CTA) was created in partnership with drone manufacturer Parrot to promote the set-up of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) services throughout the region.

Although many African countries still lack drone laws, or have banned drones altogether, some—such as Rwanda, Namibia, and South Africa, for starters—have developed robust drone laws, and are leading the way for neighboring nations to do the same themselves.

The 15 Countries Where Drones Are Banned

Wondering which countries ban drones? Here they are.

Algeria

drone laws in AlgeriaAlgeria’s National Aviation Authority: Directorate of Civil Aviation and Meteorology of Algeria (DACM)

Contact information: dg@egsa-alger.dz / +213 2 74 06 99

 

Barbados

drone laws in Barbados Barbados’ National Aviation Authority: Barbados Civil Aviation Department (BCAD)

Contact information: civilav@caribsurf.com / +1 246 535-0001

 

Brunei

drone laws in BruneiBrunei’s National Aviation Authority: Brunei ​Department Of Civil Aviation (DCA)

Contact information: info.dca@civil-aviation.gov.bn / +673 7292187

 

Cote d’Ivoire

drone laws in Cote-d’IvoireCote d’Ivoire’s National Aviation Authority: National Authority of Civil Aviation (ANAC)

Contact information: anacsvat@anac.ci / +225 21 58 69 00

 

Cuba

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Cuba’s National Aviation Authority: Civil Aviation Institute of Cuba (IACC)

Contact information: webmaster@iacc.gov.cu / +53 537 834-4949

 

Iran

drone laws in IranIran’s National Aviation Authority: Civil Aviation Organization of Iran (CAOI)

Contact information: info@cao.ir / +98 21 603 6341

 

Iraq

drone laws in IraqIraq’s National Aviation Authority: Iraq Civil Aviation Authority (ICAA)

Contact information: dg@iraqcaa.com / +964 1 813 3370

 

Kuwait

drone laws in KuwaitKuwait’s National Aviation Authority: The Kuwaiti Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA)

Contact information: dg@dgca.gov.kw / DGCA Contact Form

 

Kyrgyzstan

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Kyrgyzstan’s National Aviation Authority: Civil Aviation Authority of Kyrgyzstan (CAA)

Contact information: mail@caa.kg / +996 312 251 619

 

Madagascar

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Madagascar’s National Aviation Authority: Civilian Aviation Directorate of Madagascar (CAD)

Contact information: acm@acm.mg / +261 20 222 2438

 

Morocco

drone laws in Morocco

Morocco’s National Aviation Authority: Moroccan Directorate of Civil Aeronautics (DCA)

information: DCA Contact Form / +212 3 773 242

 

Nicaragua

drone laws in Nicaragua

Nicaragua’s National Aviation Authority: Nicaraguan Institute of Civil Aeronautics (INAC)

Contact information: divulgacion@inac.gob.ni / +505 2276 8580

 

Saudi Arabia

drone laws in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia’s National Aviation Authority: Saudi Arabia’s General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA)

Contact information: gaca-info@gaca.gov.sa / +966 11 525 3222 / 525 3111

 

Senegal

drone laws in Senegal

Senegal’s National Aviation Authority: Senegal’s National Agency of Civil Aviation (ANAC)

Contact information: anacim@anacim.sn / +221 33 865 60 00

 

Syria

drone laws in SyriaSyria’s National Aviation Authority: Syrian Civil Aviation Authority (SCAA)

Contact information: SCAA Contact Page / + 963 11 333381

Want to learn more about drone laws throughout the world? Check out our newly updated master list of drone laws, where you can find information on all the drone laws out there.

Know something we don’t about drone laws in any of these countries, or know about additional countries that ban drones? Send us an email at support[at]uavcoach[dot]com—if we missed something, please reach out to let us know.

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Drones Offer Breakthrough Potential in Africa’s Agricultural and Medical Industries

Lately commercial drone adoption has been gaining momentum in Africa within two specific industries: agriculture and medicine.

And the impact has been significant—from creating safer work environments, to saving lives, to increasing crop yields. Through partnerships with drone tech leaders such as Parrot and Zipline, African countries have improved their processes and increased their productivity in fields, farms, and hospitals.

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On the Agricultural Front: CTA’s Eyes in the Sky Program

Earlier this year, the Technical Centre for Agriculture and Rural Cooperation (CTA) launched the program Eyes in the Sky in partnership with Parrot.

CTA is a program designed to support the set-up of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) services for agriculture in Sub-Saharan Africa. The program was a direct response to the Executive Council of the African Union’s request that African countries find ways to harness emerging drone technology.

The CTA has been accepting submissions to join their Eyes in the Sky program from interested parties in Sub-Saharan Africa who wish to receive UAS training for agricultural use. Companies/organizations selected for the program are provided these benefits:

  • An 8-day training workshop in Zambia for one company executive with travel and accommodation costs covered by CTA
  • Partial financial support for acquiring UAV equipment (UAV, sensor) and analytical software
  • One year free access to the AIRINOV FIRST+ agriculture mapping cloud platform
  • Technical backstopping until the end of 2019
  • Remote and (based on merit) onsite support for UAS business development
  • Training (distance learning) in the use of social media for marketing purposes
  • Marketing for UAS services via dedicated CTA social media platforms.

The call for submissions was closed April 10, 2018. We will keep an eye on it and post an update if it reopens.

On the Medical Front: Zipline’s Medical Deliveries

Zipline, a U.S. startup, launched the world’s first recurring commercial drone delivery service in Rwanda back in 2016. The company was contracted by the Government of Rwanda to establish a distribution center with 15 drones to deliver blood, plasma, and platelets to twenty one hospitals across the western half of the country.

Since we first wrote about the launch in 2016, Zipline’s drones have delivered 7,000 units of blood over 4,000 flights—approximately a third of which have been in emergency life-saving situations.

Catching up on what Zipline’s up to now in 2018, they have expanded their services to Tanzania, plan to begin services in the U.S., and have created the world’s fastest delivery drone. Impressive progress for just two years!

We’ve taken everything Zipline has learned making thousands of life-critical deliveries and flying hundreds of thousands of kilometers and redesigned our entire system and operation from top to bottom.

– Keller Rinaudo, CEO of Zipline

These fast deliveries enable doctors to perform life-saving operations they would not otherwise have the resources to complete.

Before implementing drone deliveries, Rwandan hospitals had limited access to medical supplies because of their remote locations. The nearest regional blood center could be hours away—too far a journey in an emergency situation. Now, thanks to Zipline, blood and other medical supplies can be delivered in under 30 minutes.

You can read more about their fastest drone and how it’s being used to deliver medical supplies like vaccines and blood in this blog post.

Drones Offer Breakthrough Potential

Like the Sub-Saharan countries of Africa, much of the world is changing the way they think about drones. Many people are starting to recognize that the potential for drones in agriculture and medicine represents a breakthrough not only of technological importance, but societal and economic importance as well.

Drones are changing the field of medicine by delivering medical supplies to remote locations. Similarly, drones are revolutionizing agriculture—making farmers’ jobs safer and easier. UAS can map and survey farm boundary lines, assess farm infrastructure, calculate crop yield estimates, and gather other data to improve agriculture management.

Additionally, the introduction of UAVs into agricultural vocations may entice educated rural youth to find employment in their own community, rather than move to urban locations.

Imagine the excitement of being a rural drone operator and creating a whole new career structure as a drone pilot, data analyst, or agronomic advisor. Those are the opportunities we are helping to create.

– Agathe Courteille, International Project Manager for Airinov

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One big hurdle that remains for drone adoption to grow on scale in Africa is the lack of official regulations governing the use of drones in many of its countries.

Only 28% of African countries have official regulations in place governing the use of drones, and some are quite restrictive and disabling.

– Michael Hailu, Director CTA

That being said, some African countries, such as Rwanda and South Africa, have established drone policies that support the commercial use of drones—you can explore drone laws in Africa in our recently updated Master List of Drone Laws by Country.

So what breakthrough can we expect from Africa next? The more African countries develop the legislative structure for commercial drone operations to be possible—that is, the more drone laws that are passed—the more likely we are to see not only adoption grow in Africa, but breakthrough uses and applications grow as well.

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