Tag: Federal Aviation Administration
Should we mind the gap between U.S. and U.K. small drone policy?
Many of the U.S. rules that apply to drone use are based on the purpose for which the drone is being flown. In the U.K., the real focus is just how much damage a drone can do.
Four reasons your newsroom needs an FPV drone
“FPV” stands for First Person View, a reference to how pilots fly these drones. Rather than a pilot looking down at a screen, FPV pilots wear immersive goggles that give them the feeling they’re inside the drone, flying it like a tiny, on-board pilot.
New FAA rule is a huge boost for night news gathering by drone
Bundled with the FAA’s announcement Monday of the long-awaited rules on requiring remote ID from drones were two rule changes that will ease drone newsgathering for news organizations. Clearly the bigger of these was a drastic change in the way pilots will receive approval to fly at night. Under current rules, drone flights at night … Continued
Year in review: How RJI continues to work with, and for, journalists
Eight ways RJI helped newsrooms like yours in 2020 It doesn’t happen every year, but when the unexpected discovery becomes a bit of a trend at the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute, it’s a good year. And that it happened in 2020, which, for the most part, has been a tough year, is especially good. … Continued
Amazon’s win toward drone deliveries will benefit journalists
It’s not clear who was more excited about the announcement from the FAA Monday that the agency was granting approval to retail giant Amazon to operate as an air carrier with a fleet of drone delivery vehicles: online shopping addicts or drone nerds. The move by the FAA certifies Amazon Air — the company’s name … Continued
The skies are changing: The FAA does a bunch of things to make the drone business grow up
The Federal Aviation Administration has been busy these last few weeks, promulgating a bunch of different rules that have some consequences — short-term and long-term — for us as drone journalists. Each of these changes taken alone is something small. Taken together, we’re seeing the ongoing codification of how drones interact with the National Airspace … Continued
Look up to see the coming battle of privacy vs. access
How much airspace — and how much privacy — are you entitled to? This is important to us as drone journalists because it speaks to where we can fly and how we gather our visuals.
Can we drone without a phone? No. Here’s some apps to make your drone journalism safer and better
Judd Slivka has noticed how dependent he’s become on his phone for a lot of information regarding how to fly with drones. Here are some he uses every day.
A tussle over airspace. Could news drones be collateral damage?
It’s a crisp autumn day and the news director has asked for drone video of fall colors. You know just the place: a rise aside a subdivision that borders a state park whose oaks and sugar maples are a riot of colors. You take off and, with camera pointed forward, fly a conservative 80 feet … Continued
Five lessons learned about the drone part of drone journalism
The Missouri Drone Journalism Program has flown more than 450 sorties since December. Our drones have spent more than 38 hours in the air. We’ve had 32 different student pilots fly our drones, and they’ve flown our drones for more than 38 miles. In that time, we’ve had no serious incidents. In fact, our most … Continued