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3dRobotics 3DR RTF X8 Drone

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Overview

The 3DR RTF X8 is a great way to start taking shots for your aerial photography. With it’s built in in auto pilot system, Pixhawk, the X8 is capable of multiple autonomous flight modes such as waypoint navigation, loiter, circle, and return to launch. All these modes make the X8 capable of getting your ideal aerial shot.

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Specs

•Pixhawk Autopilot System
•3DR Power Module with XT60 connector
•3DR ublox GPS with magnetometer
•880 Kv brushless motors
•20 Amp ESCs with SimonK firmware
•10×4.7 slow-fly APC propellers
•One (1) 4S 6000 mAh battery pack, battery charger and battery bag
•Vehicle weight (with battery): 5.4 lbs
•Box dimensions: 24 in x 24 in  x 8 in
•Shipping weight: 14.5 lbs
•Average flight time:  12-13 minutes*
•Payload capacity: 800 g

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Ar.Drone 2.0

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Overview

Able to perform flips and twists, the Parrot Ar.Done 2.0 is a fun and easy to use drone that can be controlled with a smartphone or tablet. Although it’s not meant to be used for professional work it’s still able to provide a fun experience for anyone looking to pilot and perform stunts with a drone.

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Specs

•4 brushless inrunner motors. 14.5W 28,500 RPM
•1 Micro ball bearing
•1 Low noise Nylatron gears for 1/8.75 propeller reductor
•1 Tempered steel propeller shaft
•1 Self-lubrificating bronze bearing
•1 Specific high propelled drag for great maneuverability
•1 8 MIPS AVR CPU per motor controller
•Emergency stop controlled by software
•Fully reprogrammable motor controller
•Water resistant motor’s electronic controller

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3dRobotics 3DR Y6 Drone

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Overview

Featuring the Pixhawk autopilot system, the 3DR Y6 is a light, foldable, and stable drone which is ideal for capturing aerial shots. With a new higher voltage battery the Y6 is capable of longer flight times as well as a higher lifting capacity.

Specs

•Pixhawk Autopilot System
•3DR Power Module with XT60 connector
•3DR u-blox GPS with magnetometer
•850 Kv brushless motors
•20 Amp ESCs with SimonK firmware
•10×4.7 slow-fly APC propellers
•4S 6000 mAh battery pack, battery charger and battery bag
•Vehicle weight (with battery): 4.2 lbs
•Box Dimensions: 20 in x 14 in x 8 in
•Shipping Weight: 12.5 lbs
•Average flight time: 12-15 minutes*
•Payload capacity: 600 g

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Phantom 2

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Overview

Equipped with the H3-2D or H3-3D gimbal, the Phantom 2 is an easy to fly lightweight drone that makes it easier than ever before to take quality aerial shots.

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Specs

Weight (Battery & Propellers Included)
1030g
Hover Accuracy (Ready To Fly)
Vertical: 0.8m;
Horizontal: 2.5m
Max Yaw Angular Velocity
200°/s
Max Tilt Angle
35°
Max Ascent / Descent Speed

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Phantom 1

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Overview

With a 10-15min flight and a Go Pro camera mount the Phantom 1 is a must have for any filmmaker/photographer who wants a new aerial angle for their shots or hobbyists who just want to enjoy a leisurely flight with their drone.

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Specs

Operating Temperature
-10°C ~ 50°C
Power Consumption
3.12W

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Phantom FC40

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Overview

The Phantom Fc40 comes with a built in HD video support smart camera along with an iOS/Android app control. Using a 2.4G Wi-Fi connection, this drone is able to provide a realistic first person experience at 720p/30fps for up to 100m. If you want a clear and perfect arial shot for your film then look no further because the Phantom Fc40 is right for you.

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Camera Specs

Image Sensor
HD 720p/30fps
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Commercial Drone Approved

Commercial Drones Approved

The First Ever Commercial Drone Approved By FAA

In order to fly the UAVs over North Slope of Alaska, FAA asked AeroVironment and BP for permission on 10th June 2014.

On Sunday, AeroVironment held its first commercial flight. The Puma AE drone flew to carry out survey of BP roads, pipelines, and Prudhoe Bay equipment, which, according to FA, is the largest oil field.

The flight used sensors to perform maintenance activities. FAA believed that it would enhance safety and reliability in the sensitive North Slope environment in addition to saving time.

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Drones in Florida

Drones in Florida

Rick Scott, Limits the Use of Drones in Florida

On Thursday, Rick Scott, Gov. Florida signed a bill on how to protect the citizens from the use of unwarranted drones in surveillance. There was a need to approve the unwarranted surveillance act before the state and local law enforcement agencies start using the drones.

There were few exceptions in the act including any damage to property or life and any terrorist attack by the Intelligence team of federal Department of Homeland Security,

In regards to the bill passed by the state lawmakers this year, Rick said, “It maintains a balance between the need for law enforcement to protect our citizens against credible threats and imminent danger while ensuring that the privacy of Florida families is protected.” The bill was supported by both conservative Republicans and the American Civil Liberties Union.

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Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) – Drone Guidelines

Drone Guidelines

FAA Drone Regulations

One of the questions frequently asked to pilots is about the future and drone guidelines of the UAV technology. As the drones are becoming increasingly popular technologies in the skies, there is a necessity to establish the protective legislations that not only protect the users but also other UAVs flying in the designated proximity.

Canada’s Transportation Safety Board recently spotted drone during an investigation. The drone was a few dozen meters from the jets of an Air Canada pilot who was landing at Vancouver International Airport. The aircraft had to undergo strict testing for bird strikes and manufacturers kept pace in order to make it the safest means of travel. Still, a carbon fiber drone, weighing 70 pound, and flying into the engine or windshield of a jet creates huge problems for regulators.

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