WEEKLY DRONE NEWS FROM DRONE PILOTS FEDERATION - 01 MAY 2017

In this weekly news transmission:

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

 

WORLD NEWS HIGHLIGHT OF THE WEEK

DJI offering cash reward for Chinese airport drone incursions.

For at least four days in April at Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport, drones were a serious problem.  The airport is 950 miles southwest of Beijing. On one day 60 flights were reported to be disrupted.  DJI has come forward with the offer of a cash reward of up to 1 million yuan (about $145,000) to help catch those responsible. Somebody with certain software tools knows something about those flights, but apparently it isn't DJI even though their drones were used. Another software was used which overrides the DJI geofencing and blocks the tracking and recording of owner information to DJI. Drone security now has the attention of a lot more people. For a little more on the story see Digital Trends.
 

BRIGHT SPOT OF THE WEEK

DPF member featured guest on the UAV Digest Podcast.

Ruben Jauregui is the owner of SweepWingsRC, a company that provides custom-designed world class FPV flying wings.  Ruben is a world-class FPV pilot himself, having been one of the pilots who flew in the 2016 World Drone Racing Championship in Hawai'i. Ruben lives in northern California and is also a member of Drone Pilots Federation!  To listen to Ruben as a guest with David Vanderhoof and Max Flight, click here for EPISODE 177 of the UAV Digest Podcast or click the image below. Kudos and congratulations to Ruben for an excellent appearance on the show!

Ruben Jauregui, owner of Sweepwings

Ruben Jauregui, owner of Sweepwings

LESSON OF THE WEEK

Fly and operate like you are being watched.  

You may not think anyone is watching you, but you never know. In reality, your drone flight IS very likely being watched through its various systems. If it isn't happening in real time, when the need presents itself (witness the Chinese airport incursions), massive resources can and will be deployed after the fact to learn what happened.  Whether you are flying for business, pleasure, or education, commit to yourself to always operate legally, ethically, and responsibly.

 

NEWS FROM DRONE PILOTS FEDERATION

Nothing to report this week.

 

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

FAA and ASSURE release drone human collision results.

This is very welcome and valuable news for all of us to have rational and reasonable regulations for drone safety.   The Alliance for System Safety of UAS through Research Excellence (ASSURE), last week announced results of a major study at the FAA headquarters in Washington D.C. 

A key paragraph from the press release article:

The research showed multi-rotor drones fall more slowly, due to aerodynamic drag, and cause less damage than the same mass of metal or wood. Drones also deform and flex more than wood and metal debris, imparting lesser amounts of energy and, therefore, less damage. The report also highlights that the lithium batteries that power many small drones need a unique standard to ensure safety. 

Thanks and kudos to the ASSURE team. We at Drone Pilots Federation also advocate for science-based standards to drive the regulations that are often the biggest constraint to success for our relatively young industry. Click the image for the complete article.

ASSURE drone-human impact testing

ASSURE drone-human impact testing

SACRAMENTO CHAPTER NEWS

Plans are still forming for a May event. Please stay tuned to your email and to our channels on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook.

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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