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  • December 2017 / NO MANDATORY REGISTRATION FOR RECREATIONAL DRONE USE

    It seems the FAA overstepped its authority when it required all pilots to register their drones. In a recent 2017 ruling, a Federal court has ruled that recreational drones are considered as model aircraft, and  the FAA has no authority to regulate them.  A model aircraft user sued the FAA as he did not feel the mandatory registration was appropriate or legal.

    If you fly your drone recreationally, you can still register your drone if you want, but there would appear to be little incentive or reason for doing so. The FAA says having a registration number might help you if your drone gets lost, but putting your phone number on the drone would have the same effect and cost nothing.

  • June 2016 / THE PENDING NEW DRONE LAW 

    We were more than perturbed to learn that the FAA says that you cannot use your drone for commercial purposes. This, of course, is disturbing on a number of levels, which we won't go into at this time. For those honest, law-abiding pilots who want to play by the rules, the only option currently is to file for a 333 exemption with the FAA. But even if you do that, you may be startled to find out that the only person the FAA considers qualified to fly it is  a person with an actual pilot's license. Yes, only a bonafide pilot is eligible to fly the drone!

    The good news in all this insanity is that the FAA is in the process of revising their rules to make them more practical and fair. If you want to see what those new regulations are shaping up to look like, click here. And if you are wondering if you should go through the hassle of filing for a 333 exemption, you might be interested to read this article.  

    In at least one case, the FAA was saying you can't even post videos on You Tube and run ads over them. So much for the free market system!

    Overall, Part 107 would seem to be a vast improvement over the current draconian regulations.

  • June 2016 / COMPARISON OF COLOR STYLES 

    Since we were not able to make the interior of the book in color, we decided to post some of the things that we wanted to show in color. One of those things was a visual comparison of the Color Style settings. Click here to see them.

  • June 2016 / DISCOUNT ON ND FILTERS

    The book also includes a discount code that lets you save 15% off the retail cost for an ND filter kit. As you will learn from reading the book, if you are going to be shooting video in daylight with the Phantom 3, you will need ND filters. You do not need ND filters for photos, only video.