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February 20, 2018, issue of 'AOPA Drone Pilot'February 20, 2018, issue of 'AOPA Drone Pilot'

VOL 2, ISSUE 4 February 20, 2018
Top Stories
Broadcast engineer embraces drones
The engineering director of a Colorado-based company that operates radio stations around the country has become an industry advocate for drones as tools that save dollars and reduce risk. (Photo courtesy of Cris Alexander/Crawford Broadcasting Co.) Read more >
Training and Safety
A safety code for drone pilots
The Aviators Code Initiative and the University Aviation Association have collaborated to produce the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Pilots Code, a set of practices and principles to help pilots confront real-world challenges. Download the code >
Drone insurance 101
AOPA Senior Director of UAS Programs Kat Swain will be among the presenters of a free webinar Feb. 21 at 11 a.m. Pacific Standard Time covering the basics of drone insurance, and beyond. Learn about risk management best practices, and shop for coverage as an informed consumer. Register now >
Are you ready for autonomy?
Being chased by a flying machine with 13 cameras has a way of focusing the mind, writes Farhad Manjoo for The New York Times. Read more >
Navigating uncertain terrain
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has published research into deep learning technology for drones that will facilitate crash-free flights at speed in obstacle-rich environments. Read more >
Charge batteries in the drone
A team of engineers from Europe backed by U.S. venture capital has developed a wireless charging pad for small, unmanned aircraft, with an eye on automation and operations at scale. Read more >
DroneBase upgrades augmented reality
The online drone services marketplace DroneBase has landed a fresh influx of funding and upgraded an augmented reality tool that is part game, and part serious business. Read more >
Intel sets Olympic drone record
Intel set a new record for drone formation flying at the Olympics. Wired magazine takes us behind the scenes. Read more >
Drones are changing the world
From disaster relief to beer delivery, drones are poised to fulfill many missions. Read more >
Trouble in the industry
Kittyhawk co-founder and chief pilot Joshua Ziering has a few thoughts about why it's tough for many pilots to convert drones into earnings. Read more >
Public Safety
Drones help police defuse standoff
A distraught woman waved a gun and begged police to kill her. Officers in Virginia deployed drones to help defuse the situation from a safe distance. Read more >
California firefighters find stranded hiker
Firefighters in Fremont, California, made short work of a recent search and rescue using their drone. Read more >
COA or Part 107? Navigating the regulations
Police departments seeking to integrate drones must decide under which FAA regulations they will fly. Analyst Andy Osantowske sorts it out in this article for Read more >
Webinar planned for public safety personnel
FAA staff will host a webinar crafted for public safety personnel interested in drone implementation on three dates starting Feb. 21 at 2 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Register now >
Regulation and Policy
FAA reports progress
FAA officials hope to have a drone identification regulation finished before the end of the year. Read more >
Kansas lawmakers eager to influence drone rules
Kansas wants to be at the center of the action in a federal drone integration program. Read more >
FAA to hold third UAS symposium
The FAA and the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International will co-host the third annual Unmanned Aircraft Systems Symposium in Baltimore. Read more >
Crash pilot blames drone
A helicopter instructor told authorities that a drone encounter led to a crash landing. Read more >
Autonomous passenger-carrying drone tests detailed
Chinese startup Ehang has revealed details and test-flight footage of a passenger-carrying drone that has logged more than 1,000 flights. Read more >
PrecisionHawk buys pilot networks
PrecisionHawk has purchased two startups that match drone pilots with customers, absorbing 15,000 pilots into the fold. You might be one of them. Read more >
Marines equip with quadcopters
The U.S. Marine Corps plans to have a quadcopter in the hands of every infantry squad soon. Read more >
Airbus tests delivery drone
Airbus Helicopters has unveiled its version of a commercial delivery drone. Read more >
Featured Video
'Unmanned' takes you offshore
Shayna Brody's short film Unmanned explores the potential and the pitfalls of filming aquatic wildlife with drones, and captured the Dr. Robert O. Levitt Emerging Filmmaker Award at the 2018 Gray's Reef Film Festival this month. (Photo courtesy of Shayna Brody via Vimeo.) Watch the video >
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