8.14.19 - Houston, We Have A Problem...


FRI was on fire


We laughed. We cried. We flew drones. You flew drones.

This past week was Fire Rescue International, the International Association of Fire Chief’s conference here in Atlanta, and boy did we have fun!

A big giant flight cage on the expo floor gave us a great opportunity to let you fly the latest drone systems, and answer all of your questions about starting a drone program.

We also came together with WS Darley, The Public Safety Network, Tech Nexus, and DroneSense to have the second annual Smart Firefighting Network shindig, and it didn’t disappoint!

Over 100 public safety technology thought leaders spent the evening networking, eating delicious food at The Cooking School at Irwin Street Market, and discussing new tech that can help save lives.

Thanks to everybody who came by and said hey, and those who helped make this weekend such a success.

Look for us next week at the National Tactical Officers Association Conference in Orlando, August 18th - 19th; and the California Peace Officers Association Conference in Long Beach, August 20 - 22nd.


Drones for public safety has a dark sider


It’s not all sunshine and roses when we talk drones in public safety. There is a dark side researchers say we’re not talking about — pilot fatigue.

Sure, we all jump in and help when the adrenaline is pumping, but during natural disasters, extended operations and work in grueling environments, even flying a drone can take its toll.

Texas A&M researchers surveyed 16 search and rescue drone pilots through three natural disasters and found some scary stuff. Most alarming — after only 1 day of flying during Hurricane Harvey, pilots fatigue at levels similar to someone who was drunk!

Add the normal stress of natural disasters to intense drone piloting, and Houston, we’ve got a problem.

So what can be done?

  • It won’t be popular, but it may be time to look at work hour limits for drone pilots, just like airline pilots have had for years.

  • If we don’t, they say, it’s only a matter of time until human error causes a serious incident.


    Guy saves his drone

  • We’ve all been there-you're out flying over water, and thinking ‘man, this would be a baaaaad time for my drone to fall out of the sky.’

    But this dude took one look at his drone coming down and said NOT TODAY SATAN!

    Talk about good timing!


September 13-14

Advanced UAS Training | Atlanta, GA

Two-day course, including thermography and more intense flight training

September 4-5

Part 107 + UAS Skills Camp | Orlando, FL

Comprehensive two-day course, including ground school and lots of flight training

September 30 -October 4

Integration of UAS into Law Enforcement Field Operations

5-day course that will cover everything you need to know to start your police UAS program


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