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April 3, 2018, issue of 'AOPA Drone Pilot'April 3, 2018, issue of 'AOPA Drone Pilot'

VOL 2, ISSUE 7 April 3, 2018
Top Stories
From construction engineer to 'Sky Ninja'
Taylor Mitcham was a project engineer working on the Dakota Access Pipeline when she first flew a drone. Now, she flies them full-time–and helps others (pilots and clients alike) profit from the technology. (Photo courtesy of Taylor Mitcham/Sky Ninja.) Read more >
Training and Safety
No place like home
Getting your bird back is a good feeling, particularly after a scare. Read more >
Use caution with online advice
Not everything you read online is accurate. For example, drones and clouds do not mix. Read more >
Out of the box
Popular Science offers some good tips for beginners with new drones. Read more >
Calibrating Mavic Air compass
Knowing how and when to calibrate the compass of DJI's new Mavic Air will help your drone find its way home. Read more >
DJI upgrades Zenmuse XT
DJI unveiled an upgraded thermal imaging camera and announced coming expansion of payload integration compatibility for high-end systems. Read more >
Aspen Avionics teams with Sensurion
Aspen Avionics is working with Sensurion to develop certified avionics for drones. Read more >
Shooting salt lands award
Go behind the scenes with Tom Hegen and learn how finding salt in out-of-the-way places led to an award from the British Journal of Photography and DJI. Read more and watch the video >
Droning on 'The Tonight Show'
This recognizable quadcopter landed an appearance on The Tonight Show. Read more >
Public Safety
DroneSAR automates
Watch how DroneSAR software facilitates search-and-rescue missions. Watch the video >
Hazmat response, with air support
Firefighters in Menlo Park, California, used drones to investigate a noxious smell suspected to be coming from a methamphetamine lab. Read more >
Drones to assess nuclear plant damage
A research team will use drones to assess Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station, which was damaged by an earthquake and tsunami in 2011. Read more >
Predicting outages with aerial analysis
Drones have long assisted with utility restoration, and now they will help predict outages. Read more >
Regulation and Policy
Legislation targets drone security
Drone law attorney Jonathan Rupprecht looks at the Safeguarding America's Skies Act. Read more >
FAA predicts drone growth
The FAA does not expect rapid increases in drone and Part 107 pilot numbers to slow any time soon. Read more >
Taylor continues to fight registration requirement
Model aircraft hobbyist Robert Taylor continues to fight the FAA recreational drone registration requirement, despite a recent law that reinstated it. Read more (free with registration) >
Integration workshop coming to Colorado
AOPA will be among many participating in a drone integration workshop planned for April 29 at the Mount Princeton Hot Springs Resort in Nathrop, Colorado. Learn more and register >
Subscale Super Cub advances drone integration
NASA is flying a subscale Piper Cub on a mission to help make drone flights beyond visual line of sight safe and routine. Read more >
Crash pilot blames drone
A pilot who crashed a small airplane in New Zealand blamed a drone, though it was unclear what came through the windshield. Read more >
Caribou pursuit
Scientists are bringing drones to bear on caribou migration studies. Read more and watch the video >
School board backs drones
School officials in Ocala, Florida, have approved drones for use by teachers and coaches. Read more >
Increased autonomy predicted
Analysts at Frost & Sullivan expect more than half of all commercial drone flights will be autonomous by 2022. Read more >
Featured Video
'The Ice Cave'
A drone pilot navigated some very tight spaces to capture amazing images inside an Icelandic ice cave in March. (Image courtesy Iceland Aurora Films via Vimeo.) Watch the video >
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