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  • The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has issued a technical opinion on the future of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in the skies over the European Union (EU), dividing them into three classes, and issuing 27 recommendations for their safe operation in EU airspace.

    The proposed regulatory framework creates operational categories based not on weight, but on operational parameters:

    • Open Category: Consumer-grade vehicles operated without the involvement of an aviation authority. These would include aircraft flown only within the visual line of sight of the operator, at a defined maximum altitude below airspace used by manned aircraft and at specified distances from airports and sensitive zones. These vehicles would not be allowed to fly over crowds, and they would need to meet industry standards in the case of "toys" that weigh less than 500 grams (17.67 ounces).
    • Specific Category: Aircraft in this category include vehicles used by the media in urban areas, as well as industrial inspection aircraft. They could also be larger tethered vehicles. These unmanned aircraft would need to undergo a specific operation risk assessment, which would identify all hazards to third parties on the ground or in the air. These vehicles would be governed by an operation authorization specific to their type, airworthiness and operational parameters.
    • Certified Category: These systems could include international transport operations involving larger unmanned aircraft, which may involve carrying cargo or people in such a way that the risk-assessment process used to approve aircraft in the Specific Category is not sufficient. Operators of these vehicles would need to be certified and pilots licensed.


    XK X500 is out now. Looks like a very interesting quadcopter in the (sub) Phantom price bracket.

    But I suppose it would be dreaming to imagine it could lift a RX100 underneath it??

  • New weapon

  • The Federal Aviation Administration currently prohibits most commercial drone flights over populated areas, especially crowds. That ban frustrates a host of industries that want to take advantage of the technology.

    “Every TV station in the country wants one, but they can’t be limited to flying in the middle of nowhere because there’s no news in the middle of nowhere,” said Jim Williams, a former head of FAA’s drone office

    The AP obtained a copy of the recommendations, which were sent to the FAA late Friday. The agency is not bound by the recommendations and can make changes when it writes final rules.

    The recommendations call for creating four categories of small drones that commercial operators can fly over people, including crowds in some cases.

    Law is the will of the ruling class transformed into legal regulations.

    Always remember this!

  • You're not kidding. They even dropped the arbitrary 4.4 lb limit in favor of risk categories. Get ready for more expensive "risk compliant" models to arrive on the scene for commercial use. They'll probably rule the Phantom 4 with dual IMUs, dual compass and 2.9 lb fly weight to somehow be non-compliant. There are already some models being peddled to the media with features designed to meet FAA specs, whatever that final determination is -

  • They even dropped the arbitrary 4.4 lb limit in favor of risk categories. Get ready for more expensive "risk compliant" models to arrive on the scene for commercial use.

    Not they. Just business (ruling class) told their clerks that they made some mistake and need to correct it.

  • Now your drone will spy on you

    As of now, 'GEO' works only with updated Phantom 3 and Inspire 1 products. DJI notes that "in general" they will not turn over any of your personal information or flight data to authorities, but they acknowledge that the information entered, including when and where you unlocked and operated your drone, in addition to your own personal information, can be handed over in the event of an investigation. The requirements for DJI to deliver your information to authorities varies by country, but in the United States a subpoena, warrant or court order will be necessary.


  • I have to admit that I wasn’t really expecting to be wowed by the Xioami drone and really thought it would be nothing more than a DJI clone with a few Xiaomi touches here and there, but I have been proven wrong and indeed I have been wowed.

  • DJI Spark. It's smaller than the Mavic Pro. It's a rumor for now but as you can see, it does appear to be the real deal.

  • The court ruled that the FAA’s drone registration rules, which have been in place since 2015, were in violation of a law passed by Congress in 2012. That law, the FAA Modernization and Reform Act, prohibited the FAA from passing any rules on the operation of model aircraft — in other words, rules that restrict how non-commercial hobbyist drone operators fly.

  • Teaser video for a May 24th announcement. Most likely the DJI Spark.

  • DJI mandatory activation

    The activation process will require users to connect to the internet through DJI's app, to verify your account and activate the update. And if you don't? Your drone won't be able to access the geospatial info and flight functions, camera streaming will be disabled and flight range will be curtailed to a 164-foot radius, up to 98 feet high. These rules will apply to all of DJI's "aircraft" running the latest firmware, whether you own a Phantom 4 or one of its cheaper drones.