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September 5, 2017, issue of 'AOPA Drone Pilot'September 5, 2017, issue of 'AOPA Drone Pilot'

VOL 1, ISSUE 15 September 5, 2017
Top Stories
Amid warnings, drones respond to Harvey
While the FAA, first responders, and other officials pleaded to keep untrained drone pilots from flying their unmanned aircraft in the disaster area after Hurricane Harvey, drone response crews from Texas A&M University’s Center for Robot Assisted Search and Rescue were deployed at the request of Fort Bend County’s Office of Emergency Management to monitor ongoing flooding. (U.S. Coast Guard photo with TFR graphic.) Read more >
Drones interfere with Harvey response
In the first days after Hurricane Harvey's Aug. 25 landfall, drones were much more of a problem than a solution. Read more >
FAA updating flight restrictions
A series of temporary flight restrictions implemented to protect rescue helicopters and other authorized responders in the greater Houston area will be updated. Notices to airmen are essential preflight reading for any pilots operating near the Texas and Louisiana coasts. View the current TFRs >
Training and Safety
AOPA drone seminars draw pilots
Manned-aircraft pilots comprised most of the audience at the AOPA Part 107 Drone Seminar Aug. 26 in Simsbury, Connecticut, and it has been the same at other locations. Whether you plan to fly drones for fun or for profit, these seminars offer useful knowledge, practical tips, and, in some cases, actual flight demonstrations. More locations are being added, and flight schools are finding that drones also can bring a few new customers in the door. Find a seminar near you and register today >
Massachusetts trains workers for drone careers
A workforce development specialist in Worcester, Massachusetts, spotted DARTdrones (a provider of drone training offered at discounted rates for AOPA members) on the ABC television show Shark Tank, and instantly saw the career potential. Classes scheduled in September and October will prepare students for drone careers. Read more >
DJI updates Phantom, Mavic
DJI chose IFA 2017, Europe’s version of the Consumer Electronics Show, to unveil updates to its Mavic and Phantom drones, and new capabilities for the Spark. The new Mavic is quieter; the Spark gets added features with a software update; and the new Phantom 4 Pro Obsidian has a new look. Read more >
New tether option
While a tethered drone must abide by the same FAA regulations as a drone without a tether, the ability to fly well beyond battery limits has many uses, including surveillance, news gathering, and infrastructure monitoring. Drone Aviation Holding Corp. has teamed up with Drone Nerds to bring a new system to the commercial market. Read more >
Drone wish list
Photographer Jordan Bush is a fan of the DJI Phantom 4 Pro, and has a few thoughts about the features a Phantom 5 ought to include. Read more >
Stunning drone photos
Pilots around the world are capturing images that captivate from above. The editors of Business Insider collected 50 of their favorites. Read more >
And the Emmy goes to...
The world market leader in camera drones for consumers and photography professionals has another feather in its cap: an Emmy award for Technology and Engineering. Read more >
Regulation and Policy
Rapid authorization on the way
As the FAA prepares to implement the Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability this fall, a North Dakota pilot looks forward to what it will mean for drone operations in controlled airspace. Read more >
Iceland approves drone delivery
It's a debatable point whether depositing burritos on your doorstep is the highest and best use of unmanned aircraft technology, but Iceland is giving drone food delivery the green light. Read more >
Rewards offered for drone bugs
With much attention now focused on drone data security, Bloomberg Businessweek looks at what steps DJI has taken to respond to customer concerns, including a bounty of up to $30,000 for those who find software vulnerabilities. Read more >
Drone buzzes grizzly, officials unamused
Authorities in Wyoming would like to find the pilot of a drone that buzzed a famous grizzly bear in Grand Teton National Park, breaking several rules in the process. Read more >
Bitter battle
A Long Island teenager and a New York City jail official are making headlines once again in their long-running feud over privacy. Read more >
Mother of all drone cages
Drone cages have become a familiar sight at airshows and aviation events, but they're nothing like what's being built in Virginia. Read more >
Featured Video
SkyPixel winner
Judges looked at nearly 3,000 submissions from 100 countries before choosing Epic of Tanna as the grand prize winner in the 2017 SkyPixel Video Contest. The video features views of the South Pacific island of Tanna, including an aerial tour of a volcano. The grand prize winner and category winners were posted Aug 31. (Photo from video courtesy of xiaoxiao via SkyPixel.) Watch the winning video >
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