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Product review: DJI Mavic Air drone


July 2018 issue Tech

The Mavic Air, introduced in January, represents the latest iteration of DJI’s top-selling drone line, the Mavic series. The Air name might represent that the drone is about half the weight of the Mavic Pro or could simply serve as a reminder that DJI is the Apple of drones in that it dominates the worldwide market share. What is clear about the Mavic Air is that it represents another evolution in DJI’s mission of bundling new features into a take-anywhere package.© Justin... Continue Reading >

Reporting Requirements for Drone Accidents and Incidents


4.10.2018 News

The number of pilots certificated to fly unmanned aircraft (UAS or drones) commercially is increasing, as well as the number of people flying unmanned aircraft for hobby or recreational use, so it’s important to be familiar with the FAA and NTSB rules for unmanned aircraft accident reporting.The FAA and NTSB each have different rules to ensure proper oversight of certain UAS operations, and different rules mean that some events may have to be reported to one agency but not the other.For... Continue Reading >

Product review: DJI Spark drone


March 2018 issue Tech

There’s an old adage that the best camera is the one you have with you. For many of us, that camera is often the smartphone in our pocket. Drone maker DJI wants to add a camera to your take-it-everywhere collection. To do this, the company introduced a tiny drone that weighs just over a half pound, takes 12-megapixel photos, shoots HD video, and can cut through the air at over 30mph. They named this little aerial marvel Spark.© Justin Moore Spark can fly in Sport mode up to 30mph if you... Continue Reading >

Review: PolarPro Cinema Series filters


10.25.2017 Tech

Drone videos have come a long way. Just a few years ago, warped, shaky, low-altitude drone video was so new it was mind blowing. Times have changed.Today, drone operators are able to capture stunning, stabilized aerial videos with camera systems that get better with each new drone that hits the market. If you want a piece of this action, you’ll want to consider purchasing a set of neutral density (ND) filters to add to your drone’s carrying case.Videos are simply large collections of... Continue Reading >

Product review: DJI’s Inspire 2 drone


October 2017 issue Tech

The Inspire 2, DJI’s flagship professional drone, will fill you with creative inspiration. This is the long-awaited successor to the Inspire 1, a drone that became the mainstay on movie sets around the globe. The $2,999 price tag (without camera) reflects its superior level of engineering and sophistication.AIRFRAMEThe Inspire 2 inherits its predecessor’s design, with landing gear that pivots upward to bring the motors above the fuselage, allowing the camera to have an unobstructed... Continue Reading >

PPA launches new drone photography certification


July 2017 issue News

Justin Moore first to be certified by PPAIn response to a growing interest in aerial images, PPA has launched a drone photography certification program. To become a certified drone photographer, a PPA member must submit an application showing that he or she meets certain minimum requirements—an FAA Section 333 certificate or remote pilot certificate (Part 107), proof of general liability insurance, UAS registration number, and a logbook summarizing 30 hours of flight time—and then pass a... Continue Reading >

Aerial Milestone: DJI Phantom 4 Pro


6.26.2017 Tech

The Phantom 4 Pro drone introduces significant upgrades—a completely new camera, a new obstacle avoidance system, and more. This caught many people by surprise when it was introduced late last year.© Justin MooreWhen DJI introduced its Phantom 4, the price of having an obstacle avoidance system was a frustrating decrease in the drone’s speed when flying in the popular Position/GPS mode. DJI recognized this limitation and increased the Phantom 4 Pro’s top speed by 10 mph while... Continue Reading >

New product review: DJI Mavic Pro


April 2017 issue Tech

Ever heard of an aerial camera that shoots 4K video, folds down to the size of a water bottle, and can stay aloft for nearly 30 minutes? Until several months ago, no one had. In September 2016, drone maker DJI introduced the Mavic Pro and with it, a new genre of personal drones that are small, capable, and full of technology.You have to get your hands on a Mavic Pro before you can fully appreciate how compact it is. For your convenience, DJI offers a Fly More combo that features a small... Continue Reading >
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