WEEKLY DRONE NEWS FROM DRONE PILOTS FEDERATION - 17 APRIL 2017

In this weekly news transmission:

WORLD NEWS HIGHLIGHT OF THE WEEK

BRIGHT SPOT OF THE WEEK

NEWS FROM DRONE PILOTS FEDERATION

UPCOMING EVENTS

SAFETY MESSAGE

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

SACRAMENTO CHAPTER NEWS

 

WORLD NEWS HIGHLIGHT OF THE WEEK

DJI Phantom 4 Advanced announced. In keeping with what appears to be a fierce 6-month product launch cycle, DJI announced their newest drone, the Phantom 4 Advanced and Advanced+.  Included in the announcement is that the original Phantom 4 will cease production on April 30, 2017. At Drone Pilots Federation, we focus on you, the pilots and operators, more than the technologies.  But for this week we acknowledge that this technology news was a major highlight in the news for drone pilots around the world. Click here to read the announcement on the DJI page or click the image below.  

DJI Phantom 4 Advanced on DJI website

DJI Phantom 4 Advanced on DJI website

BRIGHT SPOT OF THE WEEK

Drone Pilots Federation and many DPF members featured in Crain's Sacramento article.  The Crain's Business news franchise wanted to do a story about drones in greater Sacramento.  Who else would they contact to learn about the best drone pilots in Sacramento but Drone Pilots Federation?!  The article mentions leading efforts (and people) on drones for recreation and hobby, FPV racing, commercial uses, education, and public safety / emergency response.  To see who was included in the article, read our blog article here or click the image below.  That article includes a link to the original Crain's Sacramento article on drones published earlier this month.  

Kudos and congrats to everyone leading the way for the safe, legal, and beneficial uses of drones in Sacramento!  (Whether or not you are a member of Drone Pilots Federation.)

NEWS FROM DRONE PILOTS FEDERATION

We are honored to be featured in the recent article about drones in the Sacramento region by Crain's Sacramento.  To read their article, see All Drones Lead to Sacramento.  To see photos of people behind the many of the drone efforts mentioned in the article, see our other blog article here.

UPCOMING EVENTS

International Drone Day Year 3 – May 6th across the globe.  This is an open call and invitation for drone enthusiasts and leaders in every community across the world to showcase and promote their efforts to the public, educate others, and inspire people. Do you have plans or groups in your area to collaborate with?  Now is the time to start planning!   Let us know if you want help connecting with others in your area and we will do our best to help. 

3rd annual Drone Focus conference  May 31 - June 1, Fargo, ND, USA. This event will convene industry leaders in the unmanned aerial systems and autonomous vehicles in an engaging space to learn and connect.  

Interdrone 2017 – September 6-8th in Las Vegas, NV, USA.  This drone-centered conference made news itself recently when it was named one of the 50 fastest-growing trade shows in the U.S. by Trade Show Executive. Learn more about the event at the InterDrone website.

 

SAFETY MESSAGE

Never Fly Alone.

You may know that SCUBA divers have a saying: Never Dive Alone.  Wilderness hikers also have a saying: Never Hike Alone.  (Have you seen the movie 127 Hours with James Franco?)  Mountain climbers have a saying: Never Climb Alone. Note the pattern!  Here are just a few relevant reasons for drone pilots:  

  1. What if a STRANGER or CHILDREN or a LEO (Law Enforcement Officer) approaches you to question, interrogate, or complain about your drone flying?
  2. How will you ensure that you are keeping a SAFE and LEGAL separation distance from OTHER AIRCRAFT?
  3. What if your drone suffers a MALFUNCTION or INTERFERENCE, or you make an UNSCHEDULED LANDING away from your position?  (Perhaps due to battery power loss.) Conducting a DRONE SAR (Search and Rescue) OPERATION by yourself is NOT FUN and NOT SAFE AND EFFECTIVE.
  4. What if something goes badly with your physical health or well-being?  It could be something completely unrelated to the drone. Or it could be an unfortunate impact with a spinning rotor blade. 

For all these reasons and more - to fly safe and be safe - for you, your drone, and for others - NEVER FLY ALONE.

You may think this advice is impractical or unrealistic.  Are you struggling to find other drone pilots in your region who also care about operating safely, legally, and responsibly?  (Even if it's for fun, this still matters.)  This is where your membership in Drone Pilots Federation benefits you!  Our membership list is private. But it includes people from over 53 countries around the world.  Most of them are in the United States.  

Here's what to do:

  1. Write a comment below introducing yourself with your name, location, and primary interest with drones. Include a link to your website if you have one.
  2. After confirming your membership, we will search for other members in your region and make a personal introduction via email.
  3. This public comment also provides an opportunity for you to be discovered organically and spontaneously by people looking for drone pilots in your city. (Online Marketing 101.) 

Thanks for stepping forward to be an advocate and representative for  the safe, legal, and responsible use of drones in your corner of the world.  We look forward to hearing from you and connecting you with other Drone Federation Pilots in your area with a comment below.

 

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

Are you familiar with the PARTNERS AND SUPPORTERS of Drone Pilot Federation?  Not only are some of these companies mentioned in the Crain's Sacramento article, they offer valuable products, services, or expertise for your drone efforts!  By working together with other people who also value safe, legal, and responsible drone operations, we will continue to be a force for Good in the drone revolution.  

 

SACRAMENTO CHAPTER NEWS

Nothing beats the positive attention many of our members and leaders got in this recent Crain's Sacramento article. We encourage you to share the "good news" story about drones in Sacramento. 

 

SIGN OFF

Thanks for reading this edition of our weekly drone news from Drone Pilots Federation.  Fly safe, be well, and do Good.

 

Bruce Parks,

President

 

Brett Hoffstadt, PMP

Vice President