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Farai Sevenzo and Anna Cardovillis, CNN Drone footage by Lewis Whyld, CNN Tica, Mozambique (CNN) It has been nearly two weeks since Tropical Cyclone Idai ripped through Mozambique, razing buildings and submerging entire towns and villages -- but even now the human toll is yet to be fully understood.

The Category 2 storm -- which made landfall in the early hours of March 15 with 175 kph (110 mph) winds and heavy rains -- has devastated this southern African country.

Driving away from the airport in Beira, a port city that bore the brunt of the cyclone, it was impossible to escape the sight of debris. As the rain eases, residents are emerging to surveying the ruins that remain and begin their clean-up efforts.

The Category 2 storm -- which made landfall in the early hours of March 15 with 175 kph (110 mph) winds and heavy rains -- has devastated this southern African country.

Driving away from the airport in Beira, a port city that bore the brunt of the cyclone, it was impossible to escape the sight of debris. As the rain eases, residents are emerging to surveying the ruins that remain and begin their clean-up efforts.

Factories have been ripped clean apart while the entire aluminum roof of a school building was hanging precariously.

Nothing in Beira -- from the cathedral to restaurants, banks and the port, where the cyclone dislodged shipping containers -- escaped Idai's wrath.

From affluent homes built in eye-catching Portuguese colonial style to more modest properties, the tropical cyclone took something.

Telecom masts, satellite feeds and the internet all bowed to its force. The overall effect was that Idai knocked this thriving port city into a pre-digital world.

Yet it's not until you leave Beira that the cyclone's destructive powers are really exposed.

On the road to Tica, around 80 kilometers (49 miles) from Beira's beaches, drone footage revealed massive tracts of waterlogged land and huge trees snapped like twigs.

This road into the interior of Mozambique should lead all the way to Zimbabwe with the sea firmly in the rear-view mirror.

Instead, the huge swathes of inland water that are visible from space greet motorists.

For so many, these waters have taken over their lives. Farmers' crops have disappeared, and their livestock are left to wade through the murky waters in search of somewhere to graze.

Complicating the situation further, the flooding will not clear away anytime soon as rains have continued to fall.

The new homeless are left with no choice but to trudge through the waterlogged landscape towards hastily improvised shelters.

More than half a million people have been affected in the country and at least 110,000 have sought refuge in camps.

Meanwhile, the humanitarian efforts to reach those trapped continue but collapsed roads are hampering progress.

With no other option, some people are using rudimentary canoes to cross the flooded plains while others are trudging across higher ground to safe havens several hours walk away.

One eyewitness told CNN that in areas where flood waters were still high, people were joining hands to form human chains.

Mozambique's Minister of Land and Environment, Celso Correia, said over the weekend that 446 people have now been reported dead in the country. But aid agencies say it is premature to say how many people have been killed while some affected areas remain inaccessible.

Many are wondering at what might come in the next few days in this heady mixture of undiscovered dead, stifling heat and flooded land.

Eyewitnesses have given ghastly accounts of corpses. One described seeing 300 to 400 bodies wash up on a flooded stretch of road just north of Tica.

Mozambican President Philippe Nyesi has called this "a disaster of great proportions," and its full extent is yet to be truly realized.

Farai Sevenzo and Anna Cardovillis reported from Mozambique. Lauren Said-Moorhouse contributed to this report

[ Modified: Thursday, 28 March 2019, 9:39 AM ]
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By JONATHAN DREW .    Matternet CEO Andreas Raptopoulos walks next to an operator carrying a drone used for delivery of medical specimens after a flight at WakeMed Hospital in Raleigh, North Carolina on March 26, 2019. Matternet and UPS partnered with the hospital to start commercial flights of medical samples across the WakeMed campus.

RALEIGH, N.C. -- A pioneering use of drones to fly blood samples across a North Carolina hospital campus launched Tuesday in the latest move to expand their roles in business and health care.

The short trips between WakeMed buildings in Raleigh mark the first time the Federal Aviation Administration has allowed regular commercial flights of drones carrying products, according to UPS and drone company Matternet, which partnered with the hospital on the program.

"This is a turning point, and it's an historic moment because this is the first FAA-sanctioned use of a (drone) for routine revenue-generating flights," Bala Ganesh, vice president of UPS' advanced technology group, said in an interview before the announcement.

The FAA confirmed in a statement Monday that it hadn't previously allowed drones to make routine commercial package deliveries, known as revenue flights. Others have flown drone deliveries as part of smaller-scale tests or demonstrations.

The WakeMed program will start by flying patients' medical samples one-third of a mile (.5 kilometer) from a medical park to the main hospital building for lab testing at least six times a day five days a week, Matternet CEO Andreas Raptopoulos said in an interview. Vials of blood or other specimens will be loaded into a secure box and carried to a drone launching pad, where they will be fastened to the aircraft and flown to another building. He said the flights will technically be within sight of operators on either end of the route, and they are authorized to fly above people.

The aim is to cut down on the time it takes to transport the time-sensitive samples typically driven on the ground.

"This is going to bring tremendous benefit to health care," he said in an interview. "Health care is one of these domains of commercial activity where being fast really matters."

The announcement doesn't mean routine physical checkups this year or next will feature unmanned aircraft whizzing into your internist's office to speed along your cholesterol results, experts say.

But the North Carolina program could expand to flying miles-long routes between Raleigh-area WakeMed buildings in the coming months, Raptopoulos said. He also said medical specimen flights could start at one or two more hospitals in other cities later in 2019.

North Carolina is one of nine sites participating in the FAA's pilot program to accelerate integrating drones for new uses ranging from utility inspections to insurance claims. The test sites get leeway trying new innovations while working closely with the federal officials in charge of regulating the drones.

At other program test sites, drone operators recently delivered ice pops to doorsteps in a Virginia neighborhood, and officials in Reno, Nevada, are in early testing of a program to deliver defibrillators to people having health emergencies.

The Nevada defibrillator project has so far been testing at a rural site and hasn't begun home deliveries, said Rebecca Venis, the city's communications director. The approval process for drone flights of medical devices or supplies is complex because they may contain hazardous materials.

"It's different than dropping a package," she said.

Mark Blanks, the director of the Virginia Tech Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership, also said the approval to fly commercial drones can be a significant achievement.

"It's not a safety piece; it's an economic licensing portion," he said.

Colin Snow of the drone research firm Skylogic said it remains to be seen how cost-effective medical drone deliveries will be. He said regulatory hurdles and the significant costs of establishing the programs could hinder their wide rollout across the country.

"It just goes down to the old adage: Just because you can, doesn't mean you should," he said. "They're cool, headline-making tests. But when you get down to ... the economics of logistics, that's a different matter."

[ Modified: Wednesday, 27 March 2019, 2:10 PM ]
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Posted By: Miriam McNabb  The FAA and U.S. DOT have clarified the travel policy for LiPO batteries – something that drone flyers need to know before traveling.


Lithium ion batteries do carry a risk of fire – incidents reported to the FAA show that some problem comes up at least a couple of times a month.  But as it may be more difficult for an airplane crew to deal with a fire when it is in the cargo hold, passengers are required to carry the batteries with them in the cabin.

“This rule will strengthen safety for the traveling public by addressing the unique challenges lithium batteries pose in transportation,” said U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao.

“This IFR prohibits the transport of lithium ion cells or batteries as cargo on passenger aircraft.  In addition, the IFR requires lithium ion cells and batteries to be shipped at not more than a 30 percent state of charge aboard cargo-only aircraft,” says the DOT notice.

The full text of the interim final rule (IFR) can be downloaded here.   The critical points for drone operators are:

(1) prohibits the transport of lithium ion cells and batteries as cargo on passenger aircraft; (2) requires lithium ion cells and batteries to be shipped at not more than a 30 percent state of charge aboard cargo-only aircraft when not packed with or contained in equipment; and (3) limits the use of alternative provisions for small lithium cell or battery shipments to one package per consignment.

The interim rule issued on February 27 was mandated by theUnited Nation’s International Civil Aviation Organization for all member countries in 2016.

In addition to obeying the regulations and carrying your batteries with you in carry on baggage, there are a few other pointers that will make traveling with your drone easier.


Make sure you understand the regulations in your destination country or state: and if you are traveling for work, you may want to ask your employer for help with this.  You can find state regulations here; but local regulations can be hard to track down without contacting the city or park regulators directly.  Regulations for other countries may also require research – you should definitely spend some time on forums and websites to figure them out before you go.  Some countries may require your drone to be registered in advance of your visit.


Avoid breakage by packing your drone in an appropriate case.  It’s worth the investment in a travel case designed for your drone to protect your purchase – and save you from the hassle of repairs on site.  Keep it inconspicuous: those designed to look like ordinary backpacks or briefcases may prevent your drone from being targeted for further examination.

[ Modified: Wednesday, 27 March 2019, 7:19 AM ]
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by Bruce McPherson - Tuesday, 26 March 2019, 10:29 AM
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[ Modified: Tuesday, 26 March 2019, 10:33 AM ]
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The following is a summary of the newly updated regulations. Please note that these Regulations do not come into effect until June 1 2019

You will require an SFOC up until June 1 2019

Single weight class from 250g -25kg for VLOS operations

Single set of regulations for recreational and commercial use, does not matter if you use your drone for fun or for work

The updated Canadian Gazette 2 document is here for download

The Knowledge Requirements for drone pilots is here for download.

Operations fall into two type of operations

  • Basic - Uncontrolled airspace (Usually away from cities and towns, out in the country)
  • Advanced - Controlled airspace (Usually found where ever there is an airport, or hospital heli pad)

We offer an online course that will help you pass either of these Transport Canada exams

Advanced Knowledge Requirements for Pilots of RPAS 250g up to 25 kg VLOS

Basic Operations and Basic Pilot Permit

  • Class G airspace only (uncontrolled airspace)
  • 1 nautical mile from heliports, 3 nautical miles from airports
  • Aircraft must be registered and marked with registration number from Transport Canada
  • Basic online Transport Canada test passed
  • Minimum 14 years old or adult supervised
  • Operations within built-up areas permitted
  • No operations over people, must be minimum 30M distance from anyone
  • Maximum altitude 400 feet
  • Night operations permitted
  • Must be flown within Visual Line of Sight (VLOS)
  • No liability insurance required 

Advanced Operations and Advanced Pilot Permit

  • Class G, C-F airspace   (controlled airspace)
  • Operations near airports with Air Traffic Control (ATC) approval
  • Manufacturers must declare their drone has a Safety Assurance (This can be found when you log into your Transport Canada online drone portal account and register your drone.  The site will tell you if your specific drone is Safe Assured and wether it can be used in Controlled Airpsace)
  • Aircraft must be registered and marked with registration number from Transport Canada
  • Advanced online very comprehensive Transport Canada test must be passed
  • Flight Review must be taken and passed
  • Minimum 16 years old 
  • Operations within built-up areas permitted
  • Operations over people with proper safety protocols in place with Safe Assured drone, 0-30M from people
  • Maximum altitude 400 feet
  • Night operations permitted
  • Must be flown within Visual Line of Sight (VLOS)
  • No liability insurance required
[ Modified: Wednesday, 27 March 2019, 8:30 AM ]
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At low speed, it operates like a quadcopter, at high speed, it's a jet-propelled, highly efficient supersonic aircraft whose entire body acts as a low-drag wing. Those are the claims of the Romanian creators of this flying saucer that's designed to offer unprecedented aerial agility across a broad range of speeds.

ADIFO, or the All-DIrectional Flying Object, is a flying machine designed "to change the actual paradigm of flight," according to engineer and inventor Razvan Sabie. Sabie worked with accomplished aerodynamicist Iosif Taposu (Senior Scientist at Romania's National Institute for Aerospatial Research, and former Head of Theoretical Aerodynamics at the National Aviation Institute) to develop the concept, and has built a working prototype with a 1.2-meter (3.9-ft) diameter for testing.

Simply put, ADIFO is a disc-shaped aircraft whose entire surface is a wing. Specifically, it's shaped to mimic the back half of a dolphin airfoil, radiating out in all directions from the center. The outer edge tapers to a thin ring, making it extremely slippery in horizontal flight.

VTOL and slow speed maneuvers are handled by four ducted fans, letting the ADIFO operate like a regular quadcopter drone. There are also two jets on the back (replaced by additional electric fans on the prototype) that provide horizontal thrust, and which can also vector individually to achieve a high degree of agility in level flight. At high speeds, small discs can come out and cover over the quadcopter fans for an even smoother profile, and likewise the legs can retract.

The final propulsive touch is a set of two lateral thrust nozzles pointed out to each side, which operate like the reaction control system thrusters on a spacecraft. In horizontal flight, these allow the ADIFO to rapidly push itself sideways in either direction, or to rotate extremely quickly as it flies. That, according to Sabie, gives it maneuvering capabilities unmatched by anything else in the air, without the need for separate wings, ailerons, rudders or flaps.

There's more: it'll fly upside down, either in quad mode or in horizontal flight, with the right jets it'll be extremely efficient as it goes transonic and supersonic, and Sabie says the team's modeling suggests there will be no traditional sonic boom created when it does.

While the prototype is obviously unmanned and radio controlled, the ADIFO team claims it has the potential to democratize supersonic flight if it gets built into a single or multi-seat manned aircraft with a hybrid electric/jet propulsion system. It'll be interesting to see how the team builds pilot visibility into the mix, and what sort of control scheme you'll need to handle the flying saucer's variety of flight modes and control options.

It's a fascinating idea, and could clearly offer some mind-bending acrobatic flight capabilities once the wrinkles are ironed out. There's certainly nothing else out there that can hover and dart about like a drone, while also offering extreme high-speed performance as well as the ability to spin wildly or suddenly produce thrust in five different directions at speed – not to mention potentially employing the main ducted fans to tilt or even flip the aircraft in horizontal flight. The mind boggles just thinking about what this could do in the hands of a well-trained pilot – as well as how treacherous it could be for the ham-fisted.

At the same time, it doesn't seem like a ludicrously far-fetched thing to get built. There are plenty of manned electric multirotors in development, with more or less the same kinds of capabilities ADIFO promises in low-speed flight. Those things are happening, nobody is in any doubt. The vectored thrusters on the back end are far from new, jet propulsion is more common and reliable than ever, and there's nothing about the tapered body shape that looks impossible or even super difficult to build. ADIFO might need to consider additional ducted fans, or contra-rotating coaxial props, for redundancy, but it certainly doesn't look impossible.

Sabie and Taposu are looking for partners to take ADIFO into the next stages of development. Check the aircraft out in the video below.

[ Modified: Tuesday, 26 March 2019, 8:05 AM ]
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by Bruce McPherson - Monday, 25 March 2019, 7:14 PM
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By Mike Koshmrl Jackson Hole News&Guide Via Wyoming News Exchange     JACKSON — A California-based drone manufacturer is being investigated for promoting its “true follow-me” technology with footage of a Rollerblader kicking it along a West Thumb Geyser Basin boardwalk.

Flying drones is illegal in Yellowstone and all other national parks, as is in-line skating on boardwalks. The drone company involved, named Skydio, geo-tagged the Wyoming video as shot in Iceland.

“Thermal tour a la rollerblade,” the company posted in a caption alongside the video, which was viewed over 10,000 times in its one week up on Instagram.

The video has since been removed.

Skydio representatives initially responded to the News&Guide’s request for an interview over email, but their willingness to talk withered when the story’s topic was disclosed.

Based in the Bay Area, Skydio pitches itself as a startup created by former Google engineers that got off the ground with $28 million in venture capital raised through the fall of 2017.

The “pre-eminent investors” the company lists on its website include Justin Timberlake and Magic Johnson.

Yellowstone National Park law enforcement rangers learned of the video’s existence last week and, as of Tuesday morning, had not made any determinations, park spokeswoman Morgan Warthin said.

“They are aware, and they will investigate it,” Warthin said. “What’s important to recognize is that there are so many incidents of drone use that we deal with. Visitors using drones in Yellowstone is a problem.”

During 2018 there were about 40 drone flights that Yellowstone rangers became aware of. A chunk of those resulted in citations, some of which resulted in mandatory court appearances for pilots, who paid over $1,000 to square up on fines, Warthin said.

The Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem’s two national parks have been home to a number of infamous illegal drone flights since the National Park Service banned the emerging technology from its 419 properties in 2014. The Park Service director at the time, Jon Jarvis, said the policy was necessary because drones were interfering with rescues, causing excessive noise, ruining views and disturbing wildlife.

Perhaps the most notorious illegal Yellowstone drone took flight five years ago. The aircraft never made it back to its owner, Dutch tourist Theodorus Van Vliet, who crashed his drone into Grand Prismatic Spring and was fined more than $3,000. His DJI Phantom quad-copter was never recovered, and its remnants stew today in Grand Prismatic’s depths. Scientists have worried that the sunken drone could clog one of Grand Prismatic’s vents or melt and forever alter the microbial mats that make the famously photographed spring so brilliant.

In Jackson Hole a drone in 2017 illegally buzzed world-famous grizzly bear No. 399, who eyewitnesses said wasn’t too bothered. But earlier that year some 1,500 elk gathered on the National Elk Refuge had the opposite response, stampeding a half-mile away from Highway 89 toward Miller Butte after a Washington, D.C., man’s drone spooked them.

Problems with drone use in Grand Teton National Park have persisted, too. All told there have been 45 drone flights since 2015 that resulted in a citation or warning from a Teton park ranger, spokeswoman Denise Germann said.

Though the West Thumb rollerblading scene Skydio shared on Instagram drew oohs and ahs from most followers who weighed in on the social media site, some weren’t too enamored.

When Instagram user @matdifference inquired on a comment thread where in Iceland the footage was shot, fellow Instagrammer @javier.g.roeth set the record straight.

“It’s not Iceland,” he wrote. “It’s Yellowstone National Park, and it’s illegal to fly drones in national parks. Shady and irresponsible marketing!”

Social media’s faithful mob mentality quickly took over, and other commenters piled on.

“Super dishonest,” Instagrammer user and avid drone photographer @justin_mcvideo posted.

“I was following this account, but no more. Shame.”

[ Modified: Monday, 25 March 2019, 7:15 PM ]
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By Alan Levin .     The first concrete evidence of a possible link between two deadly Boeing 737 Max crashes came from space. A new satellite network capable of tracking planes in high fidelity across the globe captured the flight path of the Boeing Co. 737 Max that crashed Sunday. The data was critical in persuading the U.S. to join the rest of the world in grounding the jet, according to industry and regulatory officials.

The erratic, six-minute flight of the Ethiopian Airlines plane convinced the Federal Aviation Administration that it was close enough to what preceded the Oct. 29 crash of another Max off the coast of Indonesia to warrant concern.

After reviewing the data “it became clear -- to all parties, actually -- that the track of the Ethiopian Airlines flight was very close and behaved very similarly to the Lion Air flight,” agency Acting Administrator Daniel Elwell said Wednesday.

Canada’s Transport Minister Marc Garneau also cited satellite tracking on Wednesday as the reason his country joined more than 50 other nations in grounding the 737 Max models.

The data was provided by Aireon LLC, which was formed in 2012 by Iridium Communications Inc. and  Nav Canada, a nonprofit company that guides air traffic in Canada. After years of development and the launches of 66 satellites into orbit, Aireon will introduce a new commercial flight-tracking service in coming weeks.

The company shared the information with the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration, as well as “several European aviation authorities and various African aviation authorities,” said Jessie Hillenbrand, an Aireon spokeswoman.

Elwell said that initial tracks of the plane available immediately after the accident by a separate company with a ground station in Ethiopia weren’t consistent with how aircraft fly and weren’t credible. However, when agency experts reviewed a refined track provided by Aireon, it raised concerns.

The Lion Air plane experienced more than two dozen sharp dips shortly after takeoff. Indonesian investigators said in a preliminary report that the plane was automatically commanded to dive because software known as Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System, or MCAS, thought the plane was in danger of losing lift on the wings.

Aerodynamic Stall

Boeing had added the MCAS as protection against an aerodynamic stall. However, in the case of the Lion Air flight, a malfunctioning sensor signaled that the plane was in danger when it wasn’t and it commanded unnecessary dives.

Rather than switching off the motor triggering the dives -- a procedure pilots on all models of the 737 are taught to memorize -- the Lion Air crew continued counteracting it with their controls until it dove into the sea.

While Elwell and Canada’s Garneau didn’t detail the Ethiopian plane’s flight path, it apparently made the same highly unusual descents followed by climbs. Normally, a jet climbs steadily after takeoff.

“It certainly puts a magnifying glass on the MCAS system,” said Peter Goelz, a former managing director at the NTSB who is now senior vice president at O’Neill & Associates, a Washington lobbying and public relations firm. “There’s an implication that there were two similar accidents and that it likely involved the interaction of the MCAS system with the flight of the aircraft.”

Kevin Durkin, an aviation lawyer, said the connection could be important in any court cases. If Boeing knew of a defect in the 737 Max fleet, the plane manufacturer could face extra damages in lawsuits. The company’s knowledge might be demonstrated by its statements that it was making software changes after the Lion Air crash, he said.

“If you have a defective product and it turns out Boeing knew about it, this could easily expose them to punitive damages,” said Durkin, a partner at Clifford Law Offices in Chicago. The standard is whether the company engaged in conduct with a “conscious indifference to the safety of others,” he said.

Boeing has said that following longstanding procedures should prevent accidents involving MCAS failures.

On Wednesday, the Chicago-based manufacturer issued a statement saying it still has “full confidence” in the plane.

“We are supporting this proactive step out of an abundance of caution,” Boeing Chief Executive Dennis Muilenburg said in the statement, referring to the FAA action. “We are doing everything we can to understand the cause of the accidents in partnership with the investigators, deploy safety enhancements and help ensure this does not happen again.”

Elwell cautioned that there is still no definitive evidence suggesting that the two accidents are related.

The Indonesian accident investigation isn’t complete. In addition to MCAS, the preliminary report cited repeated maintenance failures and pilot performance issues. For example, the Lion Air plane suffered the same MCAS malfunction on a previous flight but it wasn’t repaired.

The Ethiopian pilots had received notice about MCAS and additional training suggested by Boeing after the Lion Air accident, Tewolde Gebre Mariam, chief executive of Ethiopian Airlines told reporters in a broadcast on state-controlled ETV.

The tracking of aircraft from space was made possible by technology designed to move away from traditional radar tracking as the U.S., Europe and other regions introduce more modern technology to their air-traffic systems. By the end of 2020, most aircraft in the U.S. will have to be equipped with devices that use GPS to calculate a plane’s position and then broadcast that and other information about the flight.

The U.S. invested more than $1 billion in building a network of ground stations that track the signals as it attempts to move to the tracking technology, known as Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast or ADS-B. That network is operated by  Harris Corp., which is also a partner with Aireon.

The same data transmissions reach space only a small fraction of a second after the ground antennas and it’s what Aireon relied on to track the Ethiopian Airlines flight. A ground station operated by tracking firm FlightRadar24 captured only data from the first two minutes of the flight before the plane went out of range.

Aireon has agreements to sell its data to countries including Canada and the U.K. to track flights over the ocean, where ground-based radar doesn’t reach and planes must be kept far apart.

In addition to helping air-traffic agencies monitor flights over oceans and in countries without radar, Aireon has said the data may also assist accident investigations and help locate aircraft that crash in remote areas.

It took about two years to find an Air France plane that went down in the Atlantic in 2009, but Aireon’s data would have limited the search area to a mile or less.

“We now have a global picture of all aircraft,” Don Thoma, Aireon’s chief executive officer, said in an interview last month. “It’s finally real. It’s finally here.”

[ Modified: Monday, 25 March 2019, 7:14 AM ]
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The Aeromapper Talon Amphibious is the only truly affordable fixed wing UAV system that can be used for inspection and mapping in marine environments.  The UAV system delivers high resolution georeferenced imagery as well as video feed from up to 30 kms from the operators. After completing its mission the UAV later returns and safely lands on the water, adequately serving maritime Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) operations.

But how to ensure proper waterproofing for repeated landings on the water?

By design, the UAV can stay indefinitely afloat on the water, and even sustain full immersion without any damage or water intrusion, even in salt water. 

To reach this level of dependability the engineers at Aeromao spent more than a year of lab work and field testing, experimenting with different materials, solutions & compounds, techniques and components to ensure a very high level of reliability. The base model is the well-known Aeromapper Talon, which has been the flagship for the company since 2014. The UAV is designed to fully survive and float even if fully filled with water, because internal components have been carefully waterproofed individually. 

Some of the industries that can benefit from this technology are:

- Coastal & river mapping/surveying

- Fisheries

- Inspection of infrastructure or wildlife

- Ecology & conservation

- Surveillance

- Marine management

Flying on remote atolls

As of this writing, a couple of Amphibious Talon units have been successfully operating during a 4 week expedition by a worldwide renowned British conservation institution. The location is on an undisclosed remote atoll in Belize, as part of a series of very important efforts for conservation & ecology and enforcement and control of illegal fishing activities over protected areas. 

The type of terrain offers little or no land to operate from, therefore only truly amphibious drones are usable. The drones have been successfully launched from both beaches or small boats and then landed autonomously landed on the water after each flight is completed. 

The expedition team required a drone capable of be launched from a boat, record high resolution video and stills, send live video feed to the Ground Station at very long ranges, be able to fly in 40km/h winds, return and land on water, and repeat several times daily and for several weeks. The Aeromapper Talon demonstrated to be the only suitable solution for the challenge.  More information on the expedition to come soon. 

More information about the Aeromapper Talon Amphibious can be found here:

[ Modified: Saturday, 23 March 2019, 4:32 PM ]
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by Bruce McPherson - Saturday, 23 March 2019, 8:55 AM
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By Press . The CAA has received six Mandatory Occurrence Reports in the last three months affecting the DJI Matrice 210 series drone. The reports have indicated that on each occasion the DJI M210 has malfunctioned resulting in uncontrolled descent and consequent damage to the airframe upon impact with the ground. Reports suggest the issue may lie with one of the airframe’s motors. We are working with the manufacturer and monitoring the situation.

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All users of the DJI M210 series are advised to consider their obligations under Art. 241 of the ANO and avoid flying over people or property until further notice.

[ Modified: Saturday, 23 March 2019, 2:44 PM ]