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News & Reviews

Alleged Crash Between an Airplane and a Drone

It was reported that on Thursday morning a drone and a 1960’s Cessna 172 collided in the air over Costa Rica. It is alleged that the Cessna hit the drone with its right wing strut. This is NOT the wing but the strut supporting…

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Don’t Drink and Drone

Since the holidays are coming up, I thought I should write a short blog post to educate individuals on one of the lesser known regulations regarding flying drones and drinking. This blog post is going to address only those individuals operating commercially…

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The Problems with Mandatory Drone Registration

[Oklahoma City,] we have a problem. The DOT’s Announcement Can Be Viewed Here. The FAA’s request for comments is here. The underlying FAA report of drone sightings is located here. The Academy of Model Aeronautics responded to the report with an…

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What Does a 2nd AC Do?

When people ask me what I do for work, I tell them I’m usually working as a Multirotor Safety Officer or a 2nd AC. As you can guess, that typically doesn’t help them much. What in the world is a…

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Overcranking Versus Undercranking

[embedded content]In this video, there are examples of “overcranking” in this comedy bit we did with Jamie Costa. You may have heard the terms “overcranking” and “undercranking” before in relation to frame rate. But what do these terms mean and…

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How the Canon ME20F-SH Sees in the Dark

It’s always been a dream to have a camera that’s as sensitive as the human eye. If you’ve ever been outside at dusk, marveled at the low-light beauty of a moment, rushed to get your camera, and then struggled to get…

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Bringing Reality Back to Star Wars

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, the original Star Wars trilogy used real actors in real costumes on real locations doing real stunts. Sadly, years later, this approach was thrown out the window in favor of copious…

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Uncovering the Freefly ALTA

Ever since its announcement in April of this year, the Freefly ALTA hexacopter has been making waves and inspiring many web searches in hopes of finding more info on Freefly’s first UAV. Since then, Freefly has been steadily releasing more…

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