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RotorDrone Pro December - January 2021

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United States
Air Age Media
6 Issues

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2 min.
building a drone program

From firefighters to city planners, employees in public works departments across the United States are wondering how they can benefit from using drones. Although municipal budgets are notoriously tight, the cost of a few basic drones, training, and licensing fees, is well worth increased efficiency and human safety. So what’s stopping these departments from embracing this new technology? The biggest hurdle may be the knowledge needed to follow FAA rules and guidelines. To help solve that challenge, in this month’s “Cleared for Takeoff,” Wendie Kellington and Patrick Sherman explain the basics of U.S. drone regulations and how commercial drone pilots can become certified. From explaining U.S. airspace classification to drone trespass laws and more, this 14-page feature will ensure that your public works drone program will get off to a…

2 min.
return to home

We love hearing from our readers. Your emails, tweets, and comments let us know what you’d like to see in print and online. Here’s what some of you are saying about RotorDrone Pro. RotorDronePro.com › Herd the One About the Missing Cows? When a herd of cows mysteriously disappeared, the quickest way to find them was to try to spot them from a bird’s-eye view. The worried farmer turned to newly qualified drone pilot John Allcock to find the missing 100-strong herd. After all, every second was vital, especially if they had wandered onto roads. John’s drone discovered that some of the inquisitive beasts had meandered into a neighboring farmer’s fields while two were discovered stuck in a brook and had to be rescued. Cue the cow jokes: Alan Piney: At least they weren’t…

1 min.
amazon prime air

Amazon recently received the FAA’s approval to operate its fleet of Prime Air delivery drones. In its announcement, the FAA says that this gives Amazon broad privileges to “safely and efficiently deliver packages to customers.” The beyond-visual-line-of-sight flights will deliver packages up to 5 pounds in 30 minutes or less. “This certification is an important step forward for Prime Air and indicates the FAA’s confidence in Amazon’s operating and safety procedures for an autonomous drone delivery service that will one day deliver packages to our customers around the world,” David Carbon, vice president of Prime Air, said in a statement. “We will continue to develop and refine our technology to fully integrate delivery drones into the airspace, and work closely with the FAA and other regulators around the world to realize…

1 min.
dji collaborates with shell oil

DJI has announced a Solution Development Partnership with Shell Oil Company to create, test, and deploy DJI drone technology at its Deer Park Manufacturing Complex to improve efficiency and worker safety during industrial inspections and emergency incident response. “As one of the world’s largest energy companies, Shell has provided us with valuable insight into the unique challenges of conducting aerial inspections at one of its largest facilities where infrastructure exceeds the height of 250 feet off the ground,” said Cynthia Huang, Director of Business Development at DJI. “Through our collaboration, DJI will receive valuable first-hand insight into the complexities of deploying drone technology at a world-class refinery, and co-develop new product features like AI Spot-Check that will allow Shell and other innovative energy companies to use drones to safely and easily…

2 min.
defibrillator delivery

Everdrone, a global leader in autonomous drone technology, recently announced that its drones are now being used to deliver Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) to the scene of cardiac arrests in real-world emergencies—a first-of-its-kind project. The service, currently reaching 80,000 residents in Gothenburg, Sweden, is teaming up with Sweden’s national emergency call center and the Center for Resuscitation Science at Karolinska Institute. The company recently announced that operations are expanding internationally thanks to an agreement with the Copenhagen Emergency Medical Services, which will act as a research partner and be responsible for emergency dispatch services to determine which calls need priority drone assistance. “The research project in Sweden is running along as planned and final evaluation of feasibility will take place during autumn,” says Andreas Claesson, principal investigator for the project at…

1 min.
pix4d pix4dmatic

Photogrammetry software company Pix4D has released Pix4Dmatic, the digital photogrammetry software for accurate and fast corridor and large scale mapping. Pix4Dmatic has been created to suit an evolving demand as professionals map bigger areas around the world. Projects that would have previously been mapped by aircraft are now being surveyed with drones. With Pix4Dmatic, these expert projects are easier to accomplish. Pix4Dmatic now offers support also for large datasets resulting from multiple flights by easily processing over 10,000 images without compromising the results’ accuracy. This software will potentially open the door to a new era of drone mapping. Pix4Dmatic is available for Windows and macOS. pix4d.com…