DJI Mavic Pro vs. Platinum bundle: which is better?

DJI Mavic Pro vs. Platinum bundle: which is better?

You want a great, safe, easy to use drone that has a high-quality camera and folds up to the size of the water bottle, making it highly portable. It sounds like you’re in the market for a Mavic. But which should you get? The DJI Mavic Pro? Or the Mavic Pro Platinum? And is it worth upgrading to the bundle version? The Mavic Pro Platinum is a new and improved iteration of the DJI Mavic Pro. It claims to offer a 60% reduction in the noise generated vs. the original DJI Mavic Pro, plus a flight time increase from 27 to 30 minutes (thanks to the new propellers) using the same battery. But you’re also going to pay more for it. While DJI is not currently selling Mavic Pros on their site (only Mavic Pro Platinums, or Mavic 2 drones if you’re ready to spring about $1,500 for the newest version), you can find them through retailers like Amazon. The Mavic Pro Platinum is going for $999, or $1,299 if you opt for the bundle upgrade. The DJI Mavic Pro is just $790, or $999 as a bundle “Fly More combo”. DJI Mavic Pro vs. Mavic Pro Platinum: the biggest differences Here are some of the most important specs on each of the two drones: DJI Mavic Pro Mavic Pro Platinum Cost (non-bundle version) $790 $999 Flight time 27 minutes 30 minutes Max Total Travel Distance (One Full Battery, No Wind) 8 mi 9.3 miles Camera 4K 4K Sensor 1/2.3” (CMOS),

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This is the most popular fixed-wing drone in America

This is the most popular fixed-wing drone in America

It’s probably no surprise that Chinese drone manufacturer DJI dominates the market in multicopters (and more specifically quadcopters, meaning drones with four rotors). But who makes the most popular fixed-wing drone in America? That award goes to senseFly, which makes the eBee fixed-wing drone. The senseFly eBee drone senseFly drones (largely the eBee) accounted for 45% of all new commercial, fixed-wing drone registrations in the United States during the period spanning January through September 2018, according to Federal Aviation Administration Part 107 commercial drone registration data. In that period, registrations of the senseFly eBee are 29% ahead of the next fixed-wing provider on the list. The next most popular dronemaker behind senseFly is Aerovironment. SenseFly was founded in 2009 to develop and produce aerial imaging drones primarily for surveying, agriculture, GIS, industrial inspection, mining and humanitarian aid. The company was acquired by Parrot, maker of the Bebop drone, in 2012 for an undisclosed amount. The company’s eBee drone primarily targets mapping clients, capable of land surveying and topographic mapping to urban planning, crop mapping, thermal mapping and environmental monitoring. Of course, fixed-wing drones account for just a tiny portion of the whole drone industry. While senseFly may have a huge market share of fixed wing drones, their drones represented just a 1% overall market share, according to the 2018 Drone Market Sector Report by Skylogic Research. To put that into perspective, DJI now has an estimated 74% market share. DJI still has the dominant market share. But Gilles Labossière, CEO of senseFly,

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This guide highlights all the best places to fly drones in the U.S.

This guide highlights all the best places to fly drones in the U.S.

Flying drones is certainly fun, but it can be tough to do. Every new place you fly your drone comes with the concern of “can I legally fly my drone here?” coupled with concerns of whether you can safely do it, whether there will be tons of objects or people nearby to distract from your flying, and whether it’s even a pleasurable place to fly and get great photos. The team at UAV Coach put together an incredible guide to amazing places to fly your drone in over 25 of the most populated cities across the U.S.  Each city has 3-5 recommended spots that are great for flying in. Plus, each city’s page comes with airspace maps and information about local regulations, to ensure you have a seamless flying experienece. Here are some of my personal favorite spots from UAV Coach’s “Where To Fly Your Drone” guide: View this post on Instagram Just some test footage I shot on the @yuneecapv #TyphoonH at one of my favorite places in San Francisco, The Ferry Building! Video unedited and unretouched to show video directly from camera. See a review of the Typhoon on my blog TheDroneGirl.com . . . . . #sanfrancisco #ferrybuilding #bluesky #sf #explore #baybridge #drone #dronesaregood #dronesetc #dronestagram #dronegirl #ameliadronehart #howsfseessf A post shared by Sally French (@thedronegirl) on May 28, 2016 at 8:07am PDT In my current home of San Francisco, Calif: Sue Bierman Park Sue Bierman Park is located across the street from the historic San Francisco Ferry

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Happy 5th Annual International Drone Day!

Happy 5th Annual International Drone Day!

Coming off the heels of the AUVSI conference in the U.S. and the Western Drone Show in Canada, it’s been a busy week. But today’s the day to cap off a busy year in the drone industry as we celebrate the 5th Annual International Drone Day. International Drone Day was first created back in 2015 by the team of “That Drone Show” as a way to educate the world on the positive ways in which drones are used. The show’s mantra — and the theme of International Drone Day is “Drones are Good!” “That Drone Show” has evolved over the years, but the holiday itself has not only held steady, but grown into a worldwide phenomenon. Drone groups worldwide are hosting their own events separate from the show. One of the biggest events is being held today at Vaughn College in New York, where activities include live drone flights in the hangar, workshops on how to utilize Computer-Aided Design (CAD) to design your own drone, an introduction to the programming language Python on Linux, and a discussion by Drone Girl friend Loretta Alkalay, a New York-based aviation attorney. Every year, That Drone Show hosts their own main event (I had the joy of attending the first-ever event just outside of Las Vegas). This year’s That Drone Show event is being held in El Paso, Texas. El Paso has been designated as the 2019 official host of International Drone Day which will be celebrated by the El Paso Drone Hive at

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Everything you need to know about drone lobbying groups

Everything you need to know about drone lobbying groups

The following is a guest post by Kennedy Martinez. You can read more of her work on dronethusiast.com With the recent growth in the drone industry — particularly around major drone delivery developments, drone companies are looking to build a future where drones are viewed favorably by the government and the public. Much of those efforts are being led by drone lobbying groups. Here are some of the biggest players in the drone lobby world that you need to know: Non-profit drone lobbying groups AUVSI The Association For Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) claims to be the world’s largest nonprofit organization devoted to advancing the unmanned systems and robotics community, and is one of the most well-known drone lobbying groups out there with a broad following online and even major annual conference. The FAA recently proposed two new regulations around rules for operating small unmanned aircraft over people and for safe and secure small UAS operations. AUVSI says these new proposed rules are overly conservative and too restrictive. AUVSI members have advocated for the FAA to enact a revised framework of its regulations that provide certainty for operators, such as safety compliance based on relevant standards and aircraft reliability. They’ve also urged the FAA to develop new performance-based regulations that better account for the low risk posed by UAS operations. AUVSI membership is open to all types of companies and professionals in the unmanned systems industry as well as university students interested in technology. Anyone can join AUVSI, and standard

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