Weekly Drone News from Drone Pilots Federation - 03 April 2017

Beginning in early 2017, we started sending a weekly email newsletter to all Drone Pilots Federation members in 35+ countries around the world.  WIth this edition for April 3rd, 2017, we are moving the newsletter to our blog.  DPF members continue to receive an email with all of the news headlines and a link to each weekly blog post. 

With this new format, the emails will be shorter, allowing for a quick scan of all headlines. The articles and hyperlinks will be easier to find for future access (by going to our website).  Finally, the hyperlinks formerly contained in our email will more effectively strengthen connections between all of us stakeholders and news-makers in the drone community by becoming part of the visible web. 

Thanks for your efforts to fly safe and successfully with drones as a member of Drone Pilots Federation. Enjoy our first weekly transmission in a blog location.  As always, we are happy to receive feedback and suggestions on how we can serve you better.  Write a comment below after reading this edition to let us know how we are doing for you.


Every week we strive to curate the most relevant, valuable, or interesting drone news from around the world in each of these categories:

WORLD NEWS HIGHLIGHT OF THE WEEK

BRIGHT SPOT OF THE WEEK

LESSON OF THE WEEK

NEWS FROM DRONE PILOTS FEDERATION

UPCOMING EVENTS

SAFETY MESSAGE

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

SACRAMENTO CHAPTER NEWS

Now the news for this week:

WORLD NEWS HIGHLIGHT OF THE WEEK

The 2nd annual FAA-AUVSI UAS Symposium was held in Reston, Virginia

The FAA is the Federal Aviation Administration, charged by the United States Congress to have authority over all aircraft that operate in the national airspace system (NAS) in the United States of America.  By Congressional definition, all Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) or drones over 250 grams are legally classified as aircraft.  Thus the FAA is charged with developing the rules, regulations, and frameworks to safely integrate the thousands of drones entering our skies now and the years ahead.  This event was co-sponsored and co-hosted by the trade association AUVSI.

Key statistics and updates revealed by the FAA at this event:

  • More than 37,000 remote pilot certificates (Part 107) have been issued since this classification began in August 2016
  • More than 770,000 drone registrations have been made since that program began in January 2016
  • The FAA will establish a Remote Identification Aviation Rulemaking Committee

Betsy Lillian of Unmanned Aerial Online has more information about the event at this article.

BRIGHT SPOT OF THE WEEK

Drone Football (Soccer) from PepsiMax

If you want some eye candy for highly interactive and dramatic technology, watch this video. It was released in April 2015 but still holds its power.  We happened to recently be talking with the CEO of the company that put this event on and thought it would be fun to share.

LESSON OF THE WEEK

Know your state and local laws.

Unfortunately it isn't enough to know the federal (FAA) laws and regulations in the United States if you are drone pilot there.  Fortunately, The Drone Center at Bard College has compiled a list of every state and local law on drones that they could find.  Don't rely exclusively on this resource but it's a great start. PDF report here.

 

NEWS FROM DRONE PILOTS FEDERATION

Nothing to report this week.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

First US Collegiate Drone Racing Nationals – April 15th West Lafayette, IN.  DPF isn’t engaged with this event or the organizers to sanction and plan this event, but we are happy to share it with you.  It is hosted by the Purdue Drone Club. Click here to learn more about the event. If you are involved with this event in any way please let us know.  We would be happy to hear from you.

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. 

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

Use checklists!  These are proven tools for quality and safety in aviation, operating rooms, and many other situations.  Some drone apps have checklists built in or you can create your own. Some pilots (and we recommend) also have a laminated sheet so they aren’t reliant on electronics.  If you want to read a best-selling business-oriented book on this topic, read The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right by Atul Gawande.

One of the many potential projects to help pilots be more safe and successful within DPF was a proposal to compile and provide a set of world-class checklists for pilots.  If you have a strong opinion on that idea (or think you have any worth sharing or distributing) we would love to hear from you with a comment below.  

If you want to purchase The Checklist Manifesto, click the image below and you will be brought to the product page on Amazon. Our affiliate link will send a small fraction of your purchase back to us, which we greatly appreciate. 

 

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

We have a large number of partners and supporters to help you fly safely and successfully.  Be familiar with everyone on this page and the special discounts or offers available to you as a member of Drone Pilots Federation.

 

SACRAMENTO CHAPTER NEWS

Nothing to share this week.

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Thanks for reading this new format of our weekly transmission.

Fly safe, be well, and do Good.

 

Bruce Parks,

President

 

Brett Hoffstadt, PMP

Vice President