In this week’s drone news, our first big story is about a new FAA law which mandates that hobbyist pilots use LAANC as well. Until now, there have been many hobby pilots who have not been notifying the ATC before flying in controlled airspace. So, is this new law a step in the right direction? Also, we discuss the timely launch of Kittyhawk’s Dynamic Airspace platform and the B4UFLY app which will allow commercial AND hobbyist pilots to use LAANC.
Next, we share details of another drone shoot down story. A pilot searching for a missing dog in Long Island had his drone shot down. Will the shooter face a federal investigation? Is the DOJ adopting a tough stance to prevent such acts from occurring in the future?
Our next big story is about an oil spill near St. Lazare, Canada. Early Saturday morning, a train carrying crude oil derailed and resulted in this oil spill. The extent of this spill was discovered thanks to two drone pilots who posted their aerial footage to social media. Will the frozen ground prevent oil seepage and hence, limit environmental damage?
We also share some exciting details about upcoming events like the FAA Symposium and the NYC Drone Film Festival. Other topics discussed include DJI Geofencing in Asia-Pacific and a successful search and rescue effort in Fremont. Tune in now!
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- [00:28] Paul welcomes Haye to the show
- [01:27] Hobbyist pilots to use LAANC for airspace authorization?
- [03:45] Discussing KittyHawk’s timely release of the Dynamic Airspace platform
- [05:33] Another drone shootdown in Long Island
- [09:33] DJI Geofencing V2.0 rolls out in Asia-Pacific
- [11:05] Drones used to expose an oil spill in Canada
- [14:13] 2019 FAA UAS Symposium rescheduled to June 3-5
- [15:07] NYC Drone Film Festival being held at the Liberty Science Center, March 1-2
- [17:03] Drone used in a successful search and rescue in Fremont, California