Drones Revitalizing Historical Landmarks

The world’s great historical landmarks often need TLC to keep them standing and sharing their beauty and history for generations to come. Restoring these treasures can be a challenge – but drones are helping with this complex work. Advances in drone technology are not only about improving our quality of life today but also providing new ways of preserving our historical landmarks.

Drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), are performing complex site assessments and accomplishing conservation tasks that used to be extremely difficult and costly. Utilizing drones to inspect fragile, historic monuments help maintain a site’s integrity, eliminating the need for heavy and damaging scaffolding. Maneuverability and acute vision enable specialists to inspect inaccessible areas and identify vulnerabilities.

Drones gather data that can assist in the next stages of restoration planning. In less than an hour of flight time, drones can capture nearly one thousand detailed images, giving researchers data to produce an intricate, true-to-life 3D model of the structure. For preservationists, drones are revolutionizing the field and energizing a new era of historical preservation with better data, in a fraction of the time. In addition to reducing the time and resources needed for these preservation initiatives, drone deployments result in substantial savings—enabling further conservation efforts and the maintenance of cultural treasures for future generations.


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Drones Provide Safety during Ramadan

During Ramadan 2018 (16 May-14 June), security staff at the largest mosque in the world will be using drones to fly high above the throngs of pilgrims to ensure public safety.

Saudi Arabia suffered a major tragedy during Ramadan 2015. During Hajj, two large groups of pilgrims traveling in opposite directions came together at an intersection near the Jamaraat Bridge. There was insufficient space for the people gathering which caused mass panic and a ‘crush’. It was estimated that at least 2200 people from 36 countries were killed. It was the deadliest event at Mecca.

Unfortunately, this was not the only tragedy to strike the holy land. The Al-Haram Mosque in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, is an enormous complex normally capable of holding 900,000 worshippers. During Hajj (the annual period when many Muslims make a pilgrimage to Mecca) this capacity leaps to 4 million! On multiple occasions, hundreds or even thousands of people were killed during stampedes.

As a response to criticism of the tragedy, Saudi Arabia seems to be taking safety more seriously. The drones will be controlled by security forces who will be on the lookout for anyone acting suspiciously, as well as helping authorities to monitor the movements of people throughout Mecca. Accompanying the drones will be 25,000 cameras, 2,400 policemen, and 1,300 security patrols.

Drone technology is changing the world of safety. In the next year, almost 2.3 million of the unmanned aircraft will be sold. Right now, is the perfect time to launch your career into the sky, starting with our FAA Remote Pilot in Command Certification Exam Prep!


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Blood Delivery: Drones in Emergency Health Care

In May of 2018, the FAA is reviewing 150 proposals for the use of Drones in the healthcare field. One exciting proposal lays out plans to use drones to deliver blood during an emergency. This could revolutionize the healthcare field.

Right now, hospitals use a courier service, but the process can be slow.  Depending on the time of day, courier availability and traffic conditions, a delivery can take anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes. With a drone, it will take ten minutes or less! That is a big difference with the potential to impact many lives.

Right now, the focus is on drones delivering blood but, once this process is perfected, drones can be used to deliver supplies after natural disasters or to remote areas where transit is generally slow. Medical drone deliveries could save countless lives all over the world.

It's proving the sky is not the limit.


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Sales Tax Laws Could Affect Your Drone Purchase (and more)

In a recent article on The Hill, organizations are urging Congress to reject proposed legislation that would require out-of-state online retailers to collect sales tax. This comes as the online sales tax issue has come back into the spotlight due to a case before the Supreme Court.  Another proposed law could exempt certain drones from sales tax altogether.

Currently, if you make an online or phone purchase from a company that does not have a point of presence in your state, you are not required to pay sales tax. Supporters of the legislation say that the global sales tax measure is important because it provides a level playing field for brick-and-mortar retailers and allows states to collect sales tax that is owed to them. Further to this, State and Local governments have been pushing for a greater ability to collect sales taxes from internet purchases, as the growth of e-commerce has made it harder for governments to reach their revenue targets. They could cut their expenses, but that is unheard of in government budgets. Some online retailers that once fought to keep "no taxes" on their online sales have now come out in support of the online tax. Amazon is one example of this.

The company wants this new tax IMO because it has grown exponentially, with points of presence in most states and is now required to collect sales tax. For example, if you purchase something from Amazon and Amazon has a warehouse in your state, then you will pay your states sales tax on the purchase. If you purchase something on Amazon from a merchant that is selling on Amazon but does not have a point of presence in your state, then you do not pay sales tax. In this example, Amazon loses the sale, but gains commissions from the merchant using their systems. In the past, Amazon was against all sales tax but has since changed its position. The company negotiated with state governments to collect the sales tax in exchange for bigger tax incentives and to build and have a point of presence in their state.

Now that they have lost their online sales tax advantage, they want to regain that advantage over their online merchants and other small retailers not selling on Amazon by forcing all of the small retailers to collect the sales tax. Once accomplished, they can continue to dominate the small retailer with lower prices.

Submitted by Certified Training Institute Drone Instructor Greg McMaster

 


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Would You Fly in A Plane Without a Pilot?

A new study estimates pilotless flight will be a reality by 2025. Flying planes without pilots could save $35 billion for airline companies and lower prices for passengers. The technology to fly without pilots has been in use by the military for years and many feel the transition from military planes to commercial planes would be smooth since commercial flights already automate the land, take-off, and cruise processes. However, even these automated processes require constant human monitoring and adjusting. Boeing will be testing pilotless planes over the next year.

Many pilots feel this technology cannot work without a human on board. Some suggest having only one pilot on board, instead of the standard two, to intervene if something goes wrong with the computer.

Will people fly without pilots?

A majority of those surveyed said they would not fly in a plane without a pilot. However, younger respondents, between 18 and 34, and those with university degrees were more willing to try pilotless flight. 

 


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This blog is a direct excerpt from our online FAA Remote Pilot in Command Program.

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A Look At HoverMast Drones

Photo: Sky Sapience

The Sky Sapience drone series, HoverMast, is designed to provide rapid and timely intelligence gathering. The drone is tethered to an automobile or ship, allowing it to gather data continuously without the need for recharging. The tether serves another important purpose. Since the drone is not considered airborne it does not have to follow the control regulations most drones are subjected to.

Hovermast is known for its ability to operate during most all weather conditions, completely autonomous with a low acoustic and visual signature. Typical missions for the drone include border patrol, port security, federal and local law enforcement, anti-terror activities, infrastructure protection, forest fire protection, and disaster control missions.


ARE YOU USING A DRONE FOR YOUR BUSINESS?

All commercial drone pilots must possess a Remote Pilot in Command Certificate which can be obtained by passing the FAA Remote Pilot in Command Exam.

Step 1: Pay the $5 fee and register any aircraft that weighs more than 0.55lbs.
Step 2:  Pass the $150 Small UAS Remote Pilot Exam – exam prep is available here.
Step 3: Pass a TSA background check
Step 4: File FAA Form 8710-13

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Drone Taxi

The head of the Dubai transportation agency intends to start using self-flying taxis this July. Dubai will use the Ehang 184 for the service. This drone flies for 23 minutes at a speed of 63 mph without human direction. Ehang carries a single passenger and a bag weighing up to 100kg.

Potential passengers will enter their destination into an app, the drone then maps a route to the passenger and to their destination.  Ehang cannot fly straight, instead it flies along a specific flight line, much like a public bus system. This is intended to avoid potential collisions with other air taxis or drones.

Potential passengers have been assured about the Ehang “fail safe” malfunction system.  If anything goes wrong during the flight the drone will automatically go to the nearest landing pad.

Las Vegas has also shown interest in using Ehang for taxi service in the city.

Commercial Drone Pilots Must Follow these Steps to stay within FAA Guidelines

Step 1: Pay the $5 fee and register any aircraft that weighs more than 0.55lbs.
Step 2:  Pass the $150 Small UAS Remote Pilot Exam – exam prep is available here.
Step 3: Pass a TSA background check
Step 4: File FAA Form 8710-13

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