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No Fly Zones – Flying Your Drone in Restricted Airspace, Update – Aerial Photography Article

Unlocking an FAA No Fly Zone For several years, the more expensive aerial drones on the market have been designed with built-in firmware that prevents start-up of the motors if the drone is in an FAA restricted airspace, also known as a no-fly zone (NFZ). These zones are typically found around airports, heliports, prisons, military installations, etc. Here’s the latest information on No Fly Zones, updating my blogs (Part 1 and Part 2) posted last year. Identification of No Fly…

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Your Rights to Retrieve a Drone If It Lands On Private Property, Part 2 – Aerial Photography Article

What If An Irate Property Owner Has Your Drone? Aerial drones are usually reliable, and in the hands of an experienced operator are brought home with sufficient battery power in reserve. However, there may be circumstances when the aircraft can’t be brought home and it lands on someone else’s property. I established in Part 1 that the property owner does not have a lawful claim on your aircraft. In this blog, we review your recovery options in less-than-friendly circumstances. What…

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Your Rights to Recover a Drone If It Lands On Private Property, Part 1 – Aerial Photography Article

Did Your Drone Come Down On Private Property? Aerial drones are usually reliable, and in the hands of an experienced operator are brought home with sufficient battery power in reserve. However, there may be circumstances when the aircraft can’t be brought home and it lands on private property. Does the private property owner have a lawful claim on your drone? In Part 1, we review your recovery options in relatively cooperative, no-harm circumstances. In Part 2, we’ll review your recovery…

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Does a Private Property Owner Have the Right to Shoot Down Your Drone? – Aerial Photography Article

Shooting at a Drone is Illegal Shooting down an aerial drone is a federal crime and could result in criminal liability. Regardless of how a property owner feels about a drone’s (perceived) invasion of privacy over their private property, there are more civil solutions available. State Privacy Laws Favor Property Owners We established in our May 2017 blog that case law has favored property owners for altitudes up to 500 feet above their property. So, the wise drone pilot will…

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Does an Aerial Drone Pilot have the Right to Fly Over Private Property? – Aerial Photography Article

Does This Sign Apply to Aerial Drones? There’s an altitude limit at which property owners own their airspace. Above that altitude, it’s owned by the federal government. But regardless of altitude, airborne aircraft are always operating under the jurisdiction of the Federal Aviation Administration. Federal case law first established property owner’s airspace in 1946 as a minimum altitude of 83 feet in a foundational ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court “United States v. Causby, 328 US 266 (1946).” A navigable…

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This Crosswind is Driving My Drone Crazy – Aerial Photography Article

Heading Offset Due To Crosswind As mentioned in my 10/25/2018 blog, “Flying in High Winds – What Could Possibly Go Wrong?,” wind can affect your drone’s flight control system. In severe situations, its effects are immediately apparent on your screen, such as an image that bounces around. However, there’s another more subtle effect that can impact the quality of your videography, which you should know about. Review of Your Drone’s Flight Control System First, let’s review what keeps your drone…

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Zoom-in With a Fixed Lens Camera – Aerial Photography Article

Zoom-in With Your Drone’s Fixed Camera Lens At one time or another, everyone has had situations where zooming in on a video clip adds that finishing touch. Whether it’s for effect or for greater stand-off distance, the convenience of camera zoom takes your photography to the professional level. In this blog, I’ll show you how to get Full High Definition (1080p) results at a zoom factor of 1.4x using a fixed-lens camera. This is good information for venues like sporting…

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Flying in High Winds – What Could Possibly Go Wrong? – Aerial Photography Article

Wind Gusts Caused This Problem In this blog, we explain why we limit our flights to wind speeds of 10 mph or less. Seem drastic? Please read on; this is good information. Drone electronics are quite sophisticated, as they use inertial navigation to stabilize the drone’s camera so it’s almost free from the effects of wind patterns. However, there’s a design limit at which the stabilization reaches the “stops” and no longer holds the camera level. When the drone is…

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