DJI's new GEO Software

Really excited to try out the more advanced Geofencing software by DJI!
Get more information on DJI's Geospatial Environment Online (GEO) new software here!


https://www.engadget.com/2016/07/05/dji-geofencing-system-drone-controller-app/

FAA Guidelines: Part 107

The new addition to the FAA guidelines promises big changes for the future of commercial droning. This part is intended to simplify and streamline the licensing process, increase safety of operators, technicians, and bystanders, and broaden the abilities of drone operators.  

Our friends over at Skyward have compiled a handy summary, comparing the 333 Exemption to the new part 107.  Click the photo below to check it out!
 

The FAA's most recent guidelines will no longer require that a commercial drone operator hold a pilot's license 

The FAA's most recent guidelines will no longer require that a commercial drone operator hold a pilot's license 

Rebuilding our Website: Part 1

As part of our new face, Colin and I are working our butts off to change how the world sees us online. Part of the process is showing people who we are. No one who has found our website even knows what we look like... until now.

It's all about to change as of this weekend! We've been putting together a little plan and trying to schedule and it's beginning to happen thanks to our friend, Tim.

Are there enough hours in the day to work on the website, buy new equipment and get these photos done???? Probably not, but why not try?

Are there enough hours in the day to work on the website, buy new equipment and get these photos done???? Probably not, but why not try?

For weeks, we planned out what would make a fun photo shoot since the holidays can be notoriously slow for work. We couldn't decide between a hangar and a runway. I researched Santa Monica Airport, LAX, Ontario, Van Nuy, Mojave airport and even Moffett field in San Jose as possibilities, but realized that if we were going to do this, we'd want to go big. Like 737's and private jets hanging out with us in the hangar. One thing came up every time, 9/11. No one wants you to waltz into a working hanger with a multimillion dollar jet with a bunch of drones anymore. I don't get it america, but ok, no problem. So we hatched another plan. Both Colin and I had shot a drone training video for DSLRPros' Drone Academy X at the Simi Valley Flyers Club field which was perfect. The north-south facing field is perfect for sunset in the winter because the sun sets in the South South West.

We got in touch with Todd who advised us on when the best days and conditions to shoot would be. We finally decided on a date and we began to steer the ship in that direction. One challenge we gave ourselves was to make the rc field look more like a runway of an airport. The best way we could think of was to add runway lights. We decided to just build some. With LED's, you can do things that just weren't possible a few years ago, like string 60 of them together on a single circuit with thin gauge wire. We just made a couple trips to Home Depot and bought out all the LED lightbulbs we could get and sprinkler risers. 

We spoke with our Photographer, Victor Lightworship, about what we had in mind and he said he was ready to do this, so we packed up our cars, grabbed some rental gear from Samy's Camera and built a runway!

It took us about 4 and a half hours to lay out the lights and connect them.

It took us about 4 and a half hours to lay out the lights and connect them.

We had to shave down the wires to get our add-a-tap connectors to work.

We had to shave down the wires to get our add-a-tap connectors to work.

Our Yaeger Cart with Spectrum DX8's and Eartec Comstar headset system

Our Yaeger Cart with Spectrum DX8's and Eartec Comstar headset system

Our X-8 Custom Drone with the Freefly Movi M10 and  with the Freefly Alta in the background with a Red Dragon on the Gimbal

Our X-8 Custom Drone with the Freefly Movi M10 and  with the Freefly Alta in the background with a Red Dragon on the Gimbal

Building Bertha

prototyping and retrofitting 


The parts for our new heavy lift drone are finally here! 

We've spent the last few weeks prototyping the main hub for our new custom-built X8 octocopter frame. The original center plates are not designed with enough space to accommodate our KDE Direct ESCs, so we had to form a slightly larger core to fit them in. The new plates design will also allow Anderson Powerpole connectors to be hard mounted to the plate, making connecting the motor wires a cinch. 

BMW M3 spot

Our office for the day.

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We had a great time shooting some aerials with the Octocopter in Malibu last Friday! Can't wait to see the final product.