December 9, 2013 at 2:00pm
Couple of things to note here.
1. Note the limits that the operator used. Max height was 100 meters at the most. It never went very far from the starting position, which means it was within the visual line of sight of the operator at all times (at least, it appears so). About the only thing that would cause regulators concern in other countries with UAV rules would be the flying over and near crowds of people.
2. Speaking of making regulators nervous: It’s worth noting that the BBC could not do this same story in the UK. Civil Aviation Authority restrictions in the UK would bar them from flying in an urban area like this, as well as flying over and near people outside of the crew’s control. Journalists will be contending with vast gulfs between what one country allows versus another for quite some time.
November 18, 2013 at 4:51pm
Karl Penhaul reports from the middle of the Tacloban devastation using a drone camera to get a bird’s eye view.
Breathtaking. And, to be clear, illegal in the US.
November 14, 2013 at 2:12pm
Syrian rebels this week showed off a miniature drone that they claim to have brought down using frequency interference. Fighters from the Free Syrian Army told Reuters that the unmanned, remote-controlled aircraft belonged to President Bashar al-Assad’s forces. The reb &
Click through to the link. The “government drone” they “captured” is a DJI Phantom with a GoPro camera mounted to it. You can buy these on the internet. The operator almost certainly crashed it, which was how it was “captured.”
Calling something a “drone” in the context of war carries with it huge connotations. A $500 remote-controlled quadcopter, as great as they are, hardly qualifies as a “drone.”
November 12, 2013 at 2:26pm
Here’s Brendan Schulman — who is representing Team BlackSheep in the first case the FAA is bringing against a drone operator — writing about the FAA’s Road Map.
Inexpensive aerial newsgathering may be inching closer to takeoff in a few years, with the FAA’s release this week of its first detailed plan for commercial use of unmanned aerial vehicles in the US.
Chuck Tobin at Holland and Knight takes a look at the FAA road map.
What the FAA’s UAS roadmap means to Drone Journalism
Today, the FAA released a pdf document called the Integration of Civil Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) in the National Airspace System (NAS) Roadmap. In it, the FAA lays out what it intends to do in the near future when it comes to UAS in the NAS — drones in the sky.
So what does it mean for drone journalism?
Palo Alto High School starts using drones for journalism
By Daniel Wheaton
Until now, only a few colleges, freelancers and news organizations have attempted to use a drone for journalism. But there is a younger newcomer — Palo Alto High School.
On Sept. 13, four journalism students flew a DJI Phantom quadcopter over the dedication of their high school’s new football field.
Once the angle on the Go Pro camera was correct, they sent it up high, out of the range of the fireworks show and captured the unrolling of a massive flag.
Journalism teacher Paul Kandell had the idea to use drones when he saw a Parrot AR drone in a Brookstone store in an Arizona airport. Because of its reasonable price, he purchased one and took to the skies. He told the Paly Voice he enjoys “bringing Silicon Valley into my classroom, getting my students to push the envelope with new technology.”
October 29, 2013 at 11:50pm
CASA warns of fines for anyone caught flying unapproved drones over fire affected areas in NSW.
So maybe Australian civil aviation authorities aren’t so cool with brushfire drones just yet.
More from the BBC on their Hexacopter, including flight restrictions and how they structure their team.
I was asked if this was a big moment in journalism. It depends on how much UAVs end up becoming a part of journalism. That said, one of the most respected journalism institutions in the world is legally in the air doing journalism with a multirotor. That isn’t small. — Matt Waite