Author Archives: Andrew Nixon

How to Prevent Drone Flyaways (and What to Do If You Have a Lost Drone)

how to prevent a drone flyaway and what to do if you have a lost drone

Drone flyaways are more common than you think and can happen to anyone whether you are a beginner or an expert. Here are some tips for preventing a flyaway and how to recover your lost drone if it happens. But first, why do flyaways happen anyway? What Causes Drone Flyaways? A drone flyaway happens when […]

The US Government is Leading The Way in Testing New Drone Applications

Prime Air, one of the promising new drone programs

In many fields it’s often the private sector that has led the way to new innovations with the government left behind to catch up with regulations. That has mostly been the case in the drone industry. Companies firms like DJI and Intel have helped bring to reality futuristic drone programs and applications. But this time […]

AI and Drones: An Emerging Partnership With Huge Benefits (and Some Concerns)

AI in UAVs for agriculture and other industries

UAVs in agriculture, construction and other sectors are increasingly using AI-powered drones to improve data gathering and analysis. This partnership between drones and artificial intelligence carries new benefits as well as some concerns. Around 100 meters over the arctic, a drone flies almost silently over the vast glaciers. Down below in a boat researchers excitedly […]

Use of Drones to Disrupt FBI Operation Shows the Dangerous Side of Drones We Rarely Talk About

Swarm of Drones - criminal use of video camera drone

According to a report by Defense One, an FBI hostage rescue team was just settling in to carry out surveillance of an unfolding situation when a swarm of drones started buzzing overhead. The drones quickly ratted out their position to the suspects under surveillance and scuttled the whole operation. The suspects went as far as […]

Feel Like You Are Getting Rusty? Try These Drone Challenges to Improve Your Skills

UAV Practive and Training - Filming a rally

Feature image: A DJI drone filming a car rally. Courtesy of World Rally Championship and DJI. UAV training does not end when you finally ditch your cheap beginner drone for a more expensive one. You need to keep practicing and challenging yourself in new ways to constantly improve your skills. Whether you are still an […]

How to Do a Drone Pre-Flight Safety Check Like a Pro (Tips for Beginners)

Drone school pre-flight safety check

If you’ve gone to drone school, you probably already know how to perform an in-depth pre-flight safety check before operating your drone. If you’ve not, here is a quick explainer on how to do it like a pro. The two most important aspects of a pre-flight drone check are the flying environment and your equipment. […]

How to Become a Better Drone Pilot in 2018 (Even If You Are Already an Expert)

UAV Pilot training through practice

Whether you are just starting out or you already have some drone flying experience under your belt, it’s important to keep growing your skills. You never know when you’ll need to pull off a last minute maneuver to avoid crashing into a tree or safely land a drone in strong winds. For those using drones […]

Plane Near-Miss Drone Incidents are On the Rise But There’s Little Cause for Panic (Or Tougher Regulations)

Camera drone

You read about a new near-miss incident every month or so. Yet another camera drone nearly collided with a military jet or passenger plane. A major catastrophe has been avoided, the reports say, but just barely. In the UK, The Telegraph reports that drone near-misses have tripled to 92 in 2017 compared to just 15 […]