Guest Post – How New Laws Are Affecting Drones

A guest post by Pae Natwilai. Very interesting and informative.

How New Laws Are Affecting Drones

It is a common wish to possess and have absolute control over any properties we acquire without limitations. To drone owners, as from the look of things, this wish will never come true. Nations, globally are on their toes to ensure the control of alarming indulgence of its civilians in drone uses and applications. Thus to say owning and operating a drone is no longer fun as what was once not a big deal can land one behind bars.

A civic perspective defines a drone as an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). That is to say UAV is any aircraft that has the potential to fly autonomously without a pilot in it. Bearing this capability in mind, governments are putting formulating, enacting and enforcing laws to govern the drone activities beginning with their manufacturers.

Compelled Registration and Identification

This must have come as a complete shock to those who thought a receipt of purchase is all that one needed to be in ownership of a drone. A good number of nations have made drone registration with concerned authorities and labeling paramount requirements. The reason behind this measure is to help authorities in the tracking of inappropriately flown drones and in case of a theft. This agitation for 250g and above drone registration implies;

 Drone possession will be to some extend limited to those who can constantly afford the registration and adhere to subsequent laws.
 A reduced drone-aircraft collisions whose cause, in most cases is inappropriate operation.
 An increase in ownership of light drones by individuals to avoid registration demands.


The governments in conjunction with concerned bodies are committed to see to it that drones are not completely free gadgets. Unlike their counterparts the aircrafts, they are highly restricted to a number of things. Below is a number of restrictions to drones brought about by enactment of new laws.

Restricted locations

The new law has set its foot in the determination of which bearings and coordinates the drones are to and not to take. This is clearly illustrated in the demarcation of particular regions and areas as no go zones. For instance the drones are never to fly or be flown over places housing facilities such as densely populated places, airports, military bases and prisons. The restriction calls for the expansion, renovation and make up of drones by integration of a geo-fencing. This will ensure the drones are programmed not to trespass and instead maintain their lawful paths.

Restricted ownership and operation

No nation is taking any risks when it comes to incidents of drones crashing as a result of children operating them. To eliminate these risks, drones can only be owned and registered under the name of elder civilians. Thus to say the drones have specified markets margins. Also the drones will be entrusted to no operator but the one who has been tested and certified. In addition, the operator will not at any circumstances lose the sight of the drone. The drones are being portrayed to be dangerous devices to be handled with caution.

Restricted time of flight

Unlike the manned aircrafts, UAVs will operate only during day time and 30 minutes before when the visual degree of the operator is at its peak. The exemptions will be applicable only where the drones are fitted with gadgets to enhance the operator’s visual ability. This section of the law facilitates the encroachment of the application and total output of the drones. The drone cannot be put to maximum use and consequently low outputs.

Restricted airspace, weight and speed

Some drones are large enough to be associated with manned aircrafts, so why the height and speed restrictions? It takes a drone weighing 2kg, flying at a speed of about 100km/hr to break the windscreen of helicopter upon collision. This is why the drones have no choice but to fly at a height not greater than 400 ft (120m), a speed of less than 100 miles per hour and under prescribed as well as approved routes.

Recreational and commercial application

Now one cannot just walk to a market and purchase a drone without a plan for it. The governments have made this stands since the law is more rigid with commercial use than for fun. Such include remote pilot certification that is subject to expiry, registration, pre-flight inspection, maintain stipulated speed and height at all times.

Despite all these restrictions through legislative measures, there remains blatant evidence for increased use and application of drones by the civilians. The laws are being enacted day in day out targeting the ownership, operation, manufacture and technology of drones. This has diversely affected the experience and ability of drones and consequently limited their uses.

Pae Natwilai, is the founder of TRIK, a former oil and gas inspection and maintenance engineer, who was named as one of the rising stars in the Forbes 30 under 30.

Guest Post – 6 Interesting Commercial Uses of Drones by Oliver McClintock

Photography and motion film-making are the primary industries UAV or drone is mostly used. However, as time passes by lots of companies use unmanned aircraft system in their services.

From precision agriculture to commercial aerial surveillance, quadcopters are a multi-purpose aircraft that offers a lot of usage and application, especially in business sectors. Whatever it may be, keeping a tab on the direction drone use is moving in is now essential to every business owner, and could be your next key to success.

As the national laws become less strict, having a drone will soon be more readily accessible and popular. In other words: the time is now to get in on the drone rush. Just having one puts you a step above a competitor, and pushes your company from amateurish into the professional realm. That is why, first and foremost, we have to understand the essential thing about drones, which is their value or better yet, their edge.

Usage and Application of Drones in Business

Will UAVs or drones be part of your business in the future? Listed below are the top 6 uses of UAVs or drones for enterprises and firms.

Agriculture/Aerial Crop Survey

Agriculture farmers could benefit from quads in different ways. Many in the drone industry cite farming as a massive opportunity area for UAV technology. Drones can save farmers cash by supporting them conduct aerial crop surveillance, study and map the land and its water sources systems. Utilizing drones in the agriculture sector can assist time-consuming projects. Plus, drones or UAVs can get equipped with pesticide spray, fertilizers, water for crops.

Aerial Surveillance for Engineering Projects

Engineering companies are also making use of drones or UAVs on critical projects like airport planning, maintenance and road construction as well as building, and other infrastructure projects. Using drone technology in performing surveying work can help their job in many significant ways, like increasing efficiency and productivity.

Courier Services

Companies like DHL and Amazon are on the verge of fully implementing the future drone to provide quick delivery services to different customers. It is not only cost-effective at lowering dispatching costs but very much efficient as well. You would prefer your parcel delivered to your doorstep within minutes than days. The future drone will even deliver your freshly made pizza to your door.

Small and Large News Corporation

Media coverage is other areas were drones or UAVs are widely used. From small-scale press outlets to big news corporation, drone technology has been used to record the aerial video for breaking news coverage. Plus, drones can enter tighter areas to log a one-on-one interview by using engaging and dynamic camera-equipped quadcopter hovering to any locations.

Architecture and Construction Business

Construction and architectural firms business are also benefiting from the usage of UAV or drones. Architects can use footage and images of real estate to create three-dimensional structures renderings they try to build. By producing aerial shots from one location to the other, architects can form their projects realistic concepts.

Environmental Monitoring and Surveillance

Technology can get utilized to maintain tabs on environments. Unmanned systems are discrete as well as can monitor wildlife populations without interfering them. This kind of monitoring provides vital understandings for conservation purposes, flood assessment, habitat management, migration tracking, which is especially helpful on the shorelines. Drones also show information on the animal populations and vegetative health, and the platform offers a distinctive ability to determine species in challenging to reach locations.


Besides, with the mention applications above, drones are finding immense popularity in areas like weather forecasts, search and rescue operations, disaster relief, home security, road patrol, etc. The list of examples is endless and just another reason why drones are officially here to stay. So grab a new drone, send it off and start inventing your future today.

About the Author

Meet the author Oliver McClintock, a passionate drone enthusiast and pilot who shares his knowledge and experience on his website Driven by pure dedication and interest in flying devices, the sky is no longer the limit for Oliver’s vision. He is on a mission to explore the ins and outs of aviation gadgets, create in-depth buyer guides, do hands-on product reviews, etc. With his site, you will understand far better about RC drones and aviation news like never before.

Drone Over Freeman Hotel & Plazuela Machado, Mazatlan, Mexico

Mazatlan is an amazing city. There’s never a shortage of fun & interesting things to do. Here is a video from two excellent excursions and locations to check out when in Mazatlan Mexico. The Freeman Hotel offers one of the best views of Olas Altas on Mazatlan’s malecon. Plazuela Machado is an iconic public square in the Centro Historico district of Old Mazatlan. Click on the You Tube link below to view the video.

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Honing your drone skills for creative drone videography

Here’s a guest post by Helen Clark. I think you’ll find this information helpful and useful in refining your skills as a drone pilot. Feel free to leave a comment on what you thought and if you found it beneficial!

Honing your drone skills for creative drone videography


Video editors increasingly like to incorporate drone footage into their productions. The footage provided by a skilled drone pilot can add a creative touch to many different video formats. To tap the advantages a drone can provide, it’s important to have solid piloting skills at your disposal. A skilled drone pilot will not only avoid mishaps that can derail a production but will have the skill to properly execute complex movements and shots in a smooth, controlled fashion. This is the kind of footage that video editors love to use – here’s how to hone your skills so you can provide it to them.

Master the basics
It may seem obvious, but before you start getting those great shots, you need to spend some time mastering the basics of drone piloting. Keep it simple to start. Find a large open area and practice the basics of take-off and landing, hovering, moving backward and forwards, and circling. Only then, start adding in flying to and around specific destinations. That can be as simple as setting up a simple course with some cones and navigating around it. And you don’t have to wait for the weekend to get outside and practice. There are numerous drone flight simulators where you can hone your basic skills too.
Many pilots start by piloting by a line of sight, but then move into FPV (first person view) remote piloting as they improve. When you’re transitioning into this, be sure to use a spotter to keep you aware of obstacles you may not be able to see through the drone’s FPV camera.

Get the most out of your drone videography by blending piloting skill and creativity

Understand your drone’s flight modes
Many models of drones have different flight modes within the controls. Be familiar with the performance aspects of each. A “beginner” mode might allow you to fly safely but won’t allow the sort of fine control you’ll need for complicated shots. Likewise, “expert” settings may allow you to execute some very impressive maneuvers, but also let you get in over your head if your skill set isn’t up to snuff.
Whichever settings you use, remember that the objective is to get usable footage to your video editors. So, don’t get caught up in showing off your flying skills when all video editors want is smooth, consistent footage.
Smooth and slow is the ticket
To the point raised above. Video editors want footage they can use. And that usually means slowing down your drone and concentrating on the fluid movement of the drone and camera. As you develop your skills, set up practice situations and simulations that allow you to practice these skills. Video editors aren’t interested in your drone racing skills, but they’ll pay well for a long, steady shot.
Skills to master
Most drone videography consists of variations on panning shots. Here are some basic skills to practice before you start marketing yourself to video editors.
• The Bird’s Eye View: The bird’s eye view is a favorite of video editors. With the camera pointing straight down, the drone rises straight up. To pull off this shot successfully, you’ll need to practice tracking straight up at an even speed. For a variation, rotate the drone on its axis to create a spinning effect.
• The Strafe: To execute the strafe, the drone needs to slide across the “frame” where the action is occurring. The key element of a successful strafe is maintaining a constant speed and altitude.
• The Fly-through: As the name suggests, with a fly-through the object is to move through a gap or series of obstacles. This is where your practice of the fundamentals pays off!
• Orbits: Orbits can require some skill in pacing and control. In an orbit, you slowly circle an object at a constant speed and altitude. Practicing at low altitude around a fixed location is great preparation.

Author Bio: 

Helen Clark has over 5 years of experience in writing and creating Video films. She has been associated with a host of sites related to Video films and has the expertise to work both on an editorial and advisory level. She intends to educate and keep audience abreast of the latest trends in the world of videography and filmmaking.  Presently, she is associated with Video Caddy – a video editing service company that is engaged in video editing and animation. For more:

Drone and Quadcopter Photography

Quadcopter photography is used in a lot of different ways. Surveillance and firefighters employ it in situations hazardous to manned aircraft, and use is growing in the civilian commercial and private sectors. Cameras are mounted on the aircraft and quadcopters also have built-in equipment that can film in high definition.

Phantom 3

Using a quadcopter for aerial photography opens up a whole venue of new options for both commercial and personal uses. Quadcopters, a type of unmanned aerial vehicle, are maneuverable enough to allow for photos and videos that have been out of reach for the hobbiest before now.

Since quadcopters are quite versatile, and they can be used to very creative effects in many different ways. You are only limited by your financial budget and how good your piloting skills are. For cost, there are increasingly more budget-friendly quadcopters available, and as demand continues to grow, there will be even more inexpensive options available for public purchasing. Here are some reviews of the latest quadcopters on the market today.

Learning how to fly the quadcopter, however, is a matter that can only be solved through practice. Buy cheaper models, which may or may not come with cameras, to practice your flying skills. The turning of the craft is perhaps the most difficult part of flying these crafts, and you will crash a few times. Always be sure to follow safety rules and common sense when flying. I used this 10-day regimen to acquire some skills before moving on to an expensive quadcopter and am glad I did

The commercial implications are very promising, as audiences are always eager for the beautiful vantage points that aerial photography can bring. The best thing about this method is it can be used directly in commercial endeavors, or it can be used to merely increase traffic to websites, blogs, or social media outlets. If you are going to use quadcopter photography for commercial purposes, however, you do need special licenses that will vary upon your location and what type of quadcopter you purchase.

Quadcopter photography can suffer from the vibrations and shakiness of flight, but as you grow more adept at piloting your craft these vibrations will decrease. There are also certain technologies, such as brushless stabilizing gimbals, that help to significantly minimize the effects of flight. Special permissions are also necessary if you plan to fly and film at night, as there are special hazards that come with night time use of an unmanned aerial vehicle.

First Person View (FPV) photography is a very useful way to do your photography. The real-time streaming from your quadcopter’s camera to a viewing device near you allows you to see exactly what it is you are taking a photo or video of. There are also some suggestions that with the FPV you no longer have to keep the quadcopter in your sight, as you can see what the aircraft itself is “seeing,” but caution should always be used.

Quadcopter photography is a exploding in many areas of use in nearly all walks of life. Whether you are looking to use private or commercial use, a quadcopter can provide stunning photography and it’s a really fun way to turn a hobby into some extra cash or even a full-time career.


Follow this Drone originally began as a website to document my journey as a new drone pilot. My learning curve, experience, and some of the video and photographing that I’ve done in the process. Initially, I got interested in drones as a way to enhance my travel articles and provide unique angles and images for publications. You can read some of my travel articles here:

Since then, I have ventured into various aspects of flying drones and making some extra cash. I’ve done drone mapping, roof inspections, real estate, promotional videos for resorts & golf courses, and of course documented a lot of my travel experiences.

As of yet, I haven’t really developed a blog and posted on a regular basis. That is something that I’m drawn to start doing at this time. Even though much of my journey is documented and available here on the site, I haven’t structured it in such a way as to attract an audience of interested and like-minded people. Please feel free to subscribe to opt-in for the site and you will automatically receive new posts.

In two weeks I will be on a Schooner Zodiac cruise in the San Juan Islands north of Seattle. I will be writing 3 articles on the press trip and will be utilizing the drone at every opportunity. We will be hitting 6 lighthouse stations over a period of 3 nights and 4 days. I’ll be aboard a 160 foot vessel that has been fully restored and is the oldest Tallship on the West Coast. Hoping for great sailing weather, not only for the experience, but also for the opportunities to fly the Phantom 3.
Stay tuned or opt-in to see some of my photos and hear about the experience.

If you’re new to my site, please check out some of my older posts and take a peek at where I started. Have an awesome week!

Jed Vaughn… Follow This Drone!