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FAA Releases Holiday Safety Video for Flying Drones

Got a drone as a present, and never flown before? 

Check out this video from the FAA on drone safety, posted to remind folks how to stay safe during the holiday season (and all year round!). This is especially useful for anyone new to flying drones, but not a bad refresher for all of us, even those who are old hands at piloting an sUAS.

Here are some key points from the video:

  • Register your drone before flying it at FAA.GOV/UAS.
  • Be safe. Keep in mind that a drone is an aircraft, and it’s your responsibility to fly safely.
  • Don’t fly over groups of people, and be mindful of privacy when piloting your drone.
  • Avoid flying near other aircraft and in restricted airspace. You can download the free B4UFLY app from the FAA to see where you can and can’t pilot your sUAS, which is worth doing since there may be some surprises—for instance, did you know that national parks have special restrictions regarding drones?

Just getting started flying a multirotor drone? Check out our free resource, How to Fly a Quadcopter—The Ultimate Guide to help you learn the basics. Also, if you’re new to flying drones and don’t live in the U.S., you may find our Ultimate Guide to Drone Laws helpful.

Happy flying!

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Brinc and Incubio Launch Reimagine Drone, Barcelona’s First Dedicated Drone Services Incubator

New startup incubator Reimagine Drone located in Barcelona looks to grow the international drone industry. 

 

Reimagine DroneBarcelona, Spain – December 6, 2016 – Last month emerging technology hardware accelerator Brinc announced the launch of Reimagine Drone, the first drone services incubator program based in Barcelona.

In partnership with Incubio, a leading big data startup accelerator, the program will serve as a global platform for leveraging the use of commercial drones to unveil a new generation of services and applications disrupting categories, including virtual reality, augmented reality, 360 drone user experiences, data analytics, computer vision, surveying and mapping, deployment systems, and more.

The program will be overseen by the Brinc Technical Head of Reimagine Drone, Heriberto Saldivar Massimi, who will work with startups to develop applications in a variety of industries including agriculture, construction, mining, insurance, videography, cinematography, oil & gas, and utilities.

Heriberto, both an aerospace and a mechatronics engineer, has developed autonomous vehicles, aerodynamics and engines, and was most recently with Hong Kong Polytechnic University’s High-speed Therm-fluid and MAV/UAV Laboratory, where he developed software to help design the next generation of space vehicles and planes.

“At Incubio we offer a global startup ecosystem combined with strong curriculum and continuous training to offer the entrepreneurs in our program access to the resources they need to rapidly create a business,” said Simon Lee, co-founder and managing director of Incubio. “By partnering with Brinc, we can now give entrepreneurs looking to jumpstart their hardware startup but without knowledge of Asia the depth of expertise that comes from an accelerator with locations in Hong Kong and China and a compelling opportunity to develop, validate, and build a drone services business in Barcelona.”

The deadline to submit applications was supposed to be November 25, but it looks like the application window has been extended, since the ReImagine website still shows applications as open. Once applications close, the first batch of semi-finalists will be entered into a 2-month pre-accelerator program, which will run at Incubio and consist of a combination of a customized online Lean Startup curriculum and in-house technical support, training, and mentorship. During this time the semi-finalists will also compete to be one of three finalists for the incubator program starting in February 2017.

The three finalists announced in February 2017 will go on to participate in the incubator program where, in exchange for 6% equity, they will receive access to the latest drone prototyping tools and technology, 5,000 pounds ($6,368 dollars) in financing to cover costs, mentorship from IT, legal and accounting professionals, free housing in Barcelona, 200 hours of specialist time to refine execution, and opportunities to exhibit at The Drone Show and pitch at the Internet of Life Summit. The program will culminate with a demo day on May 31, 2017.

“With Brinc’s accelerator platform located in the center of manufacturing that is the Pearl River Delta (PRD) and collective experience working with entrepreneurs from all over the world, from concept to commercialization, we can’t wait to join forces with Incubio to  combine our platforms and offer startups the education and resources traditionally reserved for companies located in Asia to build the next generation of drone based services and applications,” said Manav Gupta, CEO and founder of Brinc.

The three finalists ultimately selected in February 2017 for the incubator program will receive:

  • €50,000 ($63,680 dollars) at the end of the program for those who demonstrate the most traction
  • €5,000 ($6,368 dollars) up front, to cover costs
  • Access to the latest drone prototyping tools and technology
  • 200 hours of on-demand, one-to-one support on key aspects of their business
  • Multiple points of exposure in Europe and in Asia, with the opportunity to exhibit at the Drone Show BCN in March 2017 and pitch at Brinc’s Internet of Life Summit in April 2017 in Hong Kong
  • The opportunity to network with hardware investors in Asia and meet with the local hardware ecosystem, including government and manufacturers, during the world’s largest consumer electronics trade shows, such as HKTDC and Global Sources
  • The development of marketing strategy, research, and materials through Reimagine Drone’s in-house research center
  • Highly-customized support to help successfully build a go-to market strategy and test it

For more information visit reimaginedrone.com. To apply (while applications are still open) go to https://www.f6s.com/reimaginedrone or email incubator@reimaginedrone.com for more details.

Want to learn more about where the drone industry is headed? Check out these drone companies to watch, as well as these 10 startup drone companies we profiled a little while back.

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GoPro Offers Free Camera to Karma Drone Buyers

Back in September we were excited to announce the launch of the Karma, GoPro’s very first foray into the drone market. It was foldable, and featured a detachable stabilizer that could be used to make non-aerial, handheld shots more steady, along with a rugged, outdoor-ready travel case.

But as you may have heard, GoPro’s first attempt at breaking into the drone market has essentially failed due to several of the Karmas dropping from the sky due to sudden power loss. Given the number of Karmas that have failed, GoPro has issued a general recall.

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The Impact on GoPro’s Business

It’s no secret that GoPro isn’t doing so well. To quote The Verge:

GoPro announced its first quarter earnings today, and the details were fairly bleak. It saw its revenue drop by 49.5 percent from the same period in 2015, and it swung from a $22 million profit to a $121 million loss. The company also announced that its new drone, the Karma, will be delayed until the winter holiday. It was originally slated to be released in the first half of this year.

What GoPro Is Doing to Make Things Right—and Why It Matters

Hero5 Black GoProBut wait! This is not the full story.

While the Karma recall could be a story about failure, we prefer to see it as a story about company culture and doing right by people.

Even though GoPro has had to issue a recall—which is certainly frustrating for consumers and GoPro manufacturers alike—they are doing right by those effected, and offering those Karma buyers who return their drone a free Hero5 Black camera.

This is a big deal not just because they’re offering something for free, but because what they’re offering is GoPro’s top-of-the-line action camera, just released last month in October. How cool is that?

We’ve been excited to see other demonstrations of transparency and ethics in the drone industry, such as the open communication DJI kept with consumers when they faced a delay delivering the Mavic Pro, and that’s why we choose to see a silver lining in this story.

Usually, when a company is failing is the time they do everything they can to cut losses. This almost always extends into how customers are treated. For GoPro to stick to their integrity at a time like this seems to be a clear indicator of their culture, and if they do swing back up, we like to think that those values will be an integral part of their return.

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DroneBase Projects 700% Revenue Growth This Year

Drone BaseRecently we wrote about DroneBase, the startup that crowdsources aerial photography and videography.

DroneBase has a new pilot program that allows UAV pilots to find local work and get paid incredibly easily, and it’s taking off like wildfire.

Following a traditional crowdsourcing model, DroneBase makes it easy for those people with the skills and UAVs needed to do high quality aerial photography and videography to connect with those clients who need their services. Clients now include construction companies, Hilton hotels, Allstate insurance, Zillow, commercial real estate giants CBRE and JLL and Keller Williams, the largest realtor by number of agents.

Dan Burton, DroneBase’s founder and CEO, recently told TechCrunch it was “really rewarding” to pay some pilots as much as $50,000 a year. In addition, DroneBase is projecting 700% revenue growth this year 2015 to 2016.

Below is a picture of DroneBase CEO Dan Burton speaking live about their crowdsourcing model and how they are leveraging UAV pilots everywhere to bring in high quality aerial images and videos.

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Funding News

DroneBase recently raised $3 million in Series A funding, with previous investor Union Square Ventures leading the funding round.

This round of funding brings DroneBase’s total funding up to $5 million. Other investors in this round are Upfront Ventures, Accel Partners and DJI.

DroneBase and DJI

DJI is one of DroneBase’s biggest partners, a big indicator that DroneBase is here to stay. One benefit of the partnership is that using the same hardware allows the footage DroneBase collects to be easily standardized. “All the jobs we’ve done, we’ve done every single one on a DJI drone,” Burton says. “It removes hardware as a variable.”

How does this standardization play out in day-to-day operations? DroneBase did monthly check-ups on 40 construction sites across the country for one company, and the reports from Arizona and Florida are directly comparable, as you can see in the image below.

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Says Burton, “We’re actively flying in all 50 U.S. states and 30 countries. Any address in the United States, we can get you drone imagery and data in 48 hours, for almost always under $500.”

Interested in working for DroneBase yourself? Learn more about the FAA certification process, or contact DroneBase directly if you’re already certified.

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FAA Preparing to Launch New Rules about Flying Over People

faa-logoThe Hill recently reported that the Federal Aviation Administration is preparing the launch of a new set of drone regulations concerning UAV flight over people.

As you probably know, back in June the FAA issued a requirement for drone operators to pass an Aeronautical Knowledge Test, to register their drones with the FAA, to not fly at night, and to maintain a direct line of sight with the drones they fly (among many other operating limitations under the new Part 107 rules). Since then, drone operators have been hustling to be in compliance.

The new FAA rules under discussion concern situations in which UAVs fly over people who are not inside cars or buildings. This practice is currently prohibited, but it is anticipated that exceptions will be proposed in the new rules.

The FAA recently sent a proposal of the new rules to the White House. This quote from the abstract for the proposed new rules about flight over people provides a little more clarity around what these rules might look like:

This rulemaking would address the performance-based standards and means-of-compliance for operation of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) over people not directly participating in the operation or not under a covered structure or inside a stationary vehicle that can provide reasonable protection from a falling small unmanned aircraft. This rulemaking would provide relief from certain operational restrictions implemented in the Operation and Certification of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems final rule (hereinafter the sUAS Operation and Certification rule).

Want to learn more about drone laws? Check out our drone law guide here.

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