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Remote Identification of Aerial Drones – Aerial Photography Article

Remote Identification of Aerial Drones New Rule Will Impact Small Aerial Drones Small aerial drone technology will be changing in the next two to three years as the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) implements new technologies that will enable tracking of drones in the U.S. airspace. New Rule Affecting Small Aerial Drones The FAA is currently developing a new rule that will require remote identification of small unmanned aerial systems (UAS). Upon publication of the final rule, all UAS systems flown…

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Precision 3-Dimensional Mapping | Fredericksburg Aerial Drone Photography – Aerial Photography Article

Precision 3-Dimensional Mapping | Fredericksburg Aerial Drone Photography Topography Map Draped Over the 2-D Map Precision 3-Dimensional Mapping Aerial drones are the ideal method for collecting precision aerial mapping information for your land development projects. This is exciting technology and the map products that we deliver are truly breathtaking. Each project begins with a client-provided map that outlines the site that needs to be surveyed. We enter this information into our drone’s autopilot (a mapping application), which flies the drone…

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Flying Your Aerial Drone Over Water – Aerial Photography Article

Flying Your Aerial Drone Over Water Flying Over Water Flying your drone at low altitude over water can be hazardous to its health. However, there are times when professional aerial drone photographers and videographers will have to do precisely that. The drones I fly are manufactured by DJI, which discourages flying over water. DJI Manufacturer Statements Include: The Vision System requires clear pattern variations, with light conditions greater than 100 lux. Further, they state that users should operate the aircraft…

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Aerial Drone Altimeter Accuracy Specification – Aerial Photography Article

Aerial Drone Altimeter Accuracy Specification Measuring Your Drone’s Altitude One of the specifications that you won’t find for your aerial drone is its altimeter accuracy. In fact, if you call the manufacturer’s support staff they won’t be able to provide you with that spec either. Technology behind the common altimeter is consistent across many of the latest airborne vehicles, including drones. In most cases, altimeter inaccuracies are minor, so these instruments serve their purpose well. However, aerial drones operate much…

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Flying Your Drone in Native American Reservation Airspace – Aerial Photography Article

Flying Your Drone in Native American Reservation Airspace Flying in Native American Airspace A question was raised during my recent vacation to a National Park in Montana: Do Native American Nations have sovereign authority over their airspace? I had intended to fly the Park’s edge region from Tribal lands (which legally complies with the NPS Policy Memorandum 14-05). However, I realized the rules that apply to airspace over tribal lands might be different. Airspace Sovereignty from the Native American Perspective…

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

No Fly Zones – Flying Your Drone in Restricted Airspace, Update 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…

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

Your Rights to Retrieve a Drone If It Lands On Private Property, Part 2 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…

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

Your Rights to Recover a Drone If It Lands On Private Property, Part 1 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…

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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 an Aerial Drone Pilot have the Right to Fly Over Private Property? 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…

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This Crosswind is Driving My Drone Crazy – Aerial Photography Article

This Crosswind is Driving My Drone Crazy 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…

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