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DroneDeploy Series D brings $35 million into drone industry

Investors are still confident in the drone industry, if this news is any indication. DroneDeploy, an enterprise-grade drone software company based in San Francisco, today announced it closed a $35 million Series D round led by Bessemer Venture Partners. Bessemer has a solid track record, having backed other notable companies including Pinterest, Yelp, LinkedIn and…
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TerraView RangePro X8 can carry a DJI Zenmuse for more than an hour

So you want to fly a DJI Zenmuse through the air, but the less-than-30-minutes of flight time on the DJI Inspire 2 won’t cut it? The TerraView RangePro X8 can fly with a Zenmuse on it for more than 70 minutes. That’s on average two and a half times longer than the competition. The new…
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Dedrone’s DroneTracker 4.1 can track and identify your drone in flight

Think you can fly a drone without anyone knowing who is behind the controls? Think again. As drones grow in popularity, so comes the growth of products that can detect the pilots behind them. One of those products is DroneTracker 4.1, a platform designed by San Francisco-based, counter-drone tech company Dedrone. Drone detection technology is…
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How much money do drone pilots make? Survey finds surprising answer

Fewer than 10% of drone pilots make a living from flying full-time, according to one recent survey, but it’s not all bad news. First off, most drone piloting is a freelance job, meaning you can make it a part-time gig to earn side hustle money on top of a more traditional job. And second, the…
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249 gram Mavic Mini was designed for safety, DJI says, but that’s not all

The $399, 249 gram Mavic Mini launched on Wednesday with one standout feature: an ultra small size. Coming in at 249 grams exactly, that’s 1 gram short of the Federal Aviation Administration’s threshold for when recreational pilots need to register your drone with the government. Since the drone is under 250 grams, people flying as…
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everything you need to know about this tiny drone

The DJI Mavic Mini is DJI’s tiniest drone yet, weighing in at 249 grams. Yes, that’s less than 250 grams. That means, the new Mavic Mini won’t fall under the purview of the Federal Aviation Administration. The FAA currently only requires drones weighing 250 grams or more to be registered, which means you won’t have…
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More than half of drone pilots unsatisfied with FAA Part 107 waiver process

Update: An AUVSI spokesperson confirmed that personally identifying information in the survey results referenced at the end of this post have now been made private after they were made aware of the public nature of the survey based on this article. (AUVSI worked with the FAA to conduct the study.) “It was an oversight that…
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DJI Mavic Mini expected to launch this week

DJI has a new drone, possibly the Mavic Mini, set to launch on Oct. 30. The Chinese dronemaker sent out invitations for its next production launch, dubbed “Fly As You Are,” set for Wednesday, Oct. 30 at 9 a.m. ET. Since the event is dubbed, “Fly As You Are,” it’s safe to assume DJI will…
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FAA’s Jay Merkle says hobby drone pilot test should be “fun”

The Federal Aviation Administration revealed new details on the plans for the upcoming Knowledge Test for Recreational Flyers. And you probably don’t need to sweat if you have a fear of taking tests. Jay Merkle, Executive Director at the FAA’s UAS Integration Office said he intends for it to be “a fun, enjoyable format instead…
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Nominate a woman to join FAA’s Women in Aviation Advisory Board

The Federal Aviation Administration is creating a Women in Aviation Advisory Board, and they’re seeking nominations of who should join it. Wouldn’t it be great to have a representative from the drone industry on the board? The U.S. is facing a shortage of female pilots (only about 5% of the world’s pilots are women). But…
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