7.11.19 - Worth Every Penny

DON'T MISS THIS ONE

July 22-26

Integration of UAS into Law Enforcement Field Operations with Skydas

Five-day Course For Law Enforcement

“When we saw a dad with his daughter again, it was worth every penny we spent on this.” -- Police Cpl. Justin Alloway after using their drone to find a missing girl in Ohio.

DJI WATCH

Congress wants to ban the military from buying Chinese-made drones

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Security has been a huge concern in the drone world as we all know, and now Congress is proposing something huge: They want to ban the military from purchasing any foreign-made drones (hellooo, DJI!). Lawmakers are understandably worried that sensitive information may be compromised by foreign governments (hellooo, China!). DJI, of course, says it takes security seriously. They’re even planning to start building drones in California. But we all know this story isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. So you can bet we’ll be keeping a close eye on the bill, which passed the Senate and is now headed to the House!

What you need to know:

  1. Senate passes the National Defense Authorization Act, which would ban the military from purchasing Chinese-made drones.

  2. Lawmakers are concerned about sensitive information being compromised by foreign countries. 

  3. Chinese drone manufacturer DJI continues to dominate the market.

Why should you care?

It’s hard to compete in the drone space so we’re wondering if this move could open up our domestic drone industry. We’ve got a great story about one of those American drone companies below -- so make sure you keep on reading! And if privacy is a serious concern for you, call us -- we’ll walk you through your options.

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PUBLIC SAFETY MINUTE

Drone helps find a missing girl in Ohio

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What could have taken them at least half an hour on foot only took them a few minutes by drone. How cool is that?! Responders in Westerville, Ohio were supposed to be doing a flight demonstration at a fourth of July event. But while they were up in the air, a dad walked up to them saying he couldn’t find his 9-year-old daughter. They spotted her right away -- out of a crowd of a few thousand!

What you need to know:

  1. 9-year-old girl separated from family was quickly spotted by drone.

  2. “This is just another tool in our toolbox to help in those types of scenarios, keeping our community safe and bringing families back together,” said Fire Chief Brian Miller.

  3. Police and fire worked together in Westerville, Ohio, to fund their drone program.

Why should you care?

You never know when your standard flight could turn into a rescue mission!

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MUST WATCH

Massive fire at a Jim Beam warehouse in KY

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A warehouse filled with 45,000 bottles of Jim Beam bourbon has gone up in flames in Versailles, Kentucky. Officials were worried about the environmental impact caused by potential runoff so they let the blaze rage for a few days. They were hoping that would help burn off the bourbon and ethanol. Even so, there’s still what they’re calling an “alcohol plume” running over 20 miles down the Kentucky River. And you want to know what that means? Dead fish. Lots of dead fish turning up everywhere. They’re still not sure what caused the fire.

What you need to know:

  1. Jim Beam warehouse goes up in flames in Kentucky.

  2. Officials tried to let the flames burn off the bourbon and ethanol.

  3. Dead fish are still turning up all over the Kentucky River. 

Why should you care?

We’re not just sharing this story as a bunch of Old Fashioned enthusiasts. There’s great drone footage to go with it, too. Check it out here

A FEW MORE FOR YOUR BRAIN

UPCOMING EVENTS 

July 22-26

Integration of UAS into Law Enforcement Field Operations with Skydas

Five-day Course For Law Enforcement

August 17-18

Part 107 + UAS Skills Camp | North Georgia

Two-day Skills Camp

September 13-14

Advanced UAS Training | Atlanta, GA

Two-day Course, Including Thermography and More Intense Flight Training

SHOUTOUT

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We spotted our friends over at Impossible Aerospace in the news this week. They were out responding to a four-alarm construction site fire near their headquarters in Santa Clara, California. You might be wondering what’s so newsworthy about that. Well they were in the air for over an hour (nonstop) streaming back thermal and daylight images to crews on the ground. Their US-1 drone outlasted three news helicopters who were also on scene. And that’s not with a tether, by the way. That’s purely using their battery technology. Pretty sweet! You can check out the story here.

Alright, folks -- that’s it! Hope you have a great week!

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