Your Film Could Win Big!

The 5th annual  NEW YORK CITY DRONE FILM FESTIVAL is now open for submissions. Now in its fifth year, the NYCDFF has established itself as a bridge between the art and technology communities, offering an international platform for drone filmmakers from every corner of the globe to exhibit their work in front of the industry’s top professionals. NYCDFF has helped to promote drones as instruments of innovative artistry and aesthetic beauty while providing a forum for world-renowned creatives. CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT YOUR DRONE FILM NOW! The post Your Film Could Win Big! appeared first on RotorDrone. The 5th annual  NEW YORK CITY DRONE FILM FESTIVAL is now open for submissions. Now in its fifth year, the NYCDFF has established itself as a bridge between the art and technology communities, offering an international platform for drone filmmakers from every corner of the globe to exhibit their work in front of the industry’s top professionals. […] The post Your Film Could Win Big! appeared first on RotorDrone. […] Read More

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Alaskan Drones to Deliver Medical Supplies

Unmanned aircraft will soon be deployed to test the feasibility of delivering emergency medical supplies across Alaska as a part of a national initiative from the U.S. Department of Transportation and the White House. The Federal Aviation Administration and DOT expanded the scope of the Alaska Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Pilot Program’s efforts to include medical supply delivery in remote regions due to the life-saving potential of these operations across Alaska, with an initial test across Turnagain Arm fjord south of Anchorage. K2 Dronotics, Unmanned Systems Alaska LLC and the University of Alaska Fairbanks plan to conduct the first flights early in 2019. Unmanned Systems Alaska, in conjunction with Battlespace Inc. and UAF, is working with the FAA to develop a process that may eventually lead to the standards under which Alaska unmanned aircraft operators can obtain the air carrier certificates required to commercially carry medical supplies and other cargo across the state. “The ability of Alaska companies to get FAA certified for commercial unmanned aircraft medical supply delivery and cargo-carrying operations will have a dramatic effect on Alaska’s economy and the health and well-being of all Alaskans,” said Cathy Cahill, the director of the Alaska Center for Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration at UAF.  “This is exactly what the IPP is designed to do for Alaska and the nation.” The post Alaskan Drones to Deliver Medical Supplies appeared first on RotorDrone. Unmanned aircraft will soon be deployed to test the feasibility of delivering emergency medical supplies across Alaska as a

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Monitoring Endangered Sea Lions

In this video, the South Australian Bight National Marine Park is using drones to survey endangered Australian sea lions, who live and breed on sheer cliff faces and rock ledges. Hunted to the verge of extinction, the endangered Australian sea lions refuge in the waters of the Great Australian Bight, with about 80% of the population found there. To feed, the Australian sea lion dives deep, descending to the seafloor to prey on bottom dwelling fish, squid, rock lobster and even small sharks and rays. The waters here support important feeding grounds, and sea lions travel hundreds of kilometers and swim up to five days without rest to get the marine park. Back on the coast, they seek broad flat areas to rest, give birth and raise their young. Some of these colonies can be found at the base of the Bunda Cliffs and since the 1990s, seasonal breeding surveys have been undertaken by South Australian Research and Development Institute to track their population health. Until recently, these surveys have relied on binoculars, cameras and a lot of patience. However, in 2017 drones were introduced! Using drones increases accuracy and provides much bigger survey capacity. Take a look at this video of the recent survey season to find out more. The post Monitoring Endangered Sea Lions appeared first on RotorDrone. In this video, the South Australian Bight National Marine Park is using drones to survey endangered Australian sea lions, who live and breed on sheer cliff faces and rock ledges. Hunted to the verge of

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Put Your Drone To Work

What recommendations would you give to an aspiring drone operator who has a Part 107 certification and is looking for commercial work? Answer: Having the certification is a good starting point, but there is a lot more to becoming a competent commercial drone pilot. Prospective pilots must have additional training in the various platforms, payloads, and missions that they will have to use in their work. The most important traits that professional drone-service companies are looking for include being scientific, disciplined, reasoned, and able to follow the rules for operating the drones safely and having the ability to learn—and be comfortable with—a variety of platforms, payloads, and missions. The bottom line is that the industry is very new, and potential pilots must be willing to tailor their training to their own goals and competencies. On a résumé, we like to see the types of drones and payloads/missions the prospective pilot is comfortable operating. Along with certification and proof of insurance ($1 million liability available through the Verifly app or other short-term providers or long-term policies), companies need to know the type of work that the individual is comfortable and competent carrying out. Commercial work requires a great deal of discipline and focus to make sure the operation is safe for all involved. This means that pilot job candidates need to be fully aware of their strengths and weaknesses and can identify further training they might need. While not necessarily a requirement, any additional information or demonstrations of competence are a good thing

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Long-Exposure Photo Tricks

You might think that the folks at Polar Pro would know a thing or two about finding great long-exposure locations and capturing incredible images, and you’d be right. In this video, the PolarPro experts share their insider secrets to scouting long-exposure photo locations — great info or drone and ground-based photographers. Check it out! Read PolarPro’s full article here. The post Long-Exposure Photo Tricks appeared first on RotorDrone. You might think that the folks at Polar Pro would know a thing or two about finding great long-exposure locations and capturing incredible images, and you’d be right. In this video, the PolarPro experts share their insider secrets to scouting long-exposure photo locations — great info or drone and ground-based photographers. Check it out! Read […] The post Long-Exposure Photo Tricks appeared first on RotorDrone. […] Read More

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