Posts tagged COA
DJI R&D head dreams of drones fighting fires by the thousands in ‘aerial aqueduct’

4/20/2019 - VentureBeat
“I have my group of people laughing about it on the internet, but I’ve done my homework, and the idea is to use a fleet of drones — thousands of them working in a constant chain that are continually going and fighting — in collaboration with other drones that collect data and low Earth orbit satellites. This is what I really am excited about, and I’m seeing the pieces from different industries coming together to create that type of solution,” he said.

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Drones Are Responding To 911 Calls

4/17/2019 - UAV Expert News
The Chula Vista Police Department has started using drones to respond to calls, as part of a Federal Aviation Administration program. While police departments have already used drones as part of investigations after a crime has occurred, this program sends a drone out ahead of officers while the crime may still be in progress; officers use that footage to decide how to approach the situation.

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DJI drones helped firefighters put out Notre Dame inferno

4/16/2019 - DroneDJ
Last night, a massive fire destroyed the roof and spire of the Norte Dame in Paris. DJI drones helped firefighters put out the inferno. French firefighters used the drones, likely a DJI Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual and an M210 borrowed from the culture and interior ministries, to aid them in tackling the blaze.

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'STEPPING STONES' FOR DRONES APPROACHING ADVANCED OPERATIONS WITH CAUTION

3/29/2019 - AOPA
On March 21, Skyfire Consulting, a drone services and training company created by Matt Sloane and certificated flight instructor Ben Kroll, announced FAA approval of the first authorization to fly drones for emergency response beyond the pilot’s line of sight. That was a significant step forward for a police “drone as first responder” program that is among 10 collaborations around the country involving local and tribal governments and drone industry leaders chosen by the FAA and Department of Transportation to demonstrate advanced missions and applications for drones.

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Consumer drones: ensuring secure communication protocol between drone and pilot

3/31/2019 - SpaceDaily
UAVs come with their own unique security vulnerabilities. As more people use drones, the risk of hijacks and thefts is rising, especially where video and photographic content is concerned. But few owners appear to know how to secure their vehicles against these attacks.

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DJI introduces new DJI Terra that captures and analyses drone data

3/28/2019 - Commercial Drone Professional
DJI has introduced DJI Terra, a new software tool that transforms drone data into digital 3D models and maps for easy analysis and decision making.

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Starting A Law Enforcement Drone Program: Choosing the Right Drone

Choosing the right equipment for your police drone program can be confusing. That's why we've put together this helpful guide to finding the right law enforcement drone equipment.

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Starting A Law Enforcement Drone Program: The FAA Process

Learn about the FAA COA process, FAA 107 rules, FAACOA, and FAA drone enforcement in this informative blog about police department drone certification with the FAA.

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DJI drones will not be affected by GPS 2019 Week Rollover

3/20/2019 - DroneDJ
On April 6th, an event will take place called the GPS 2019 Week Rollover and DJI just released a statement saying that their drones have been “thoroughly tested” and that the Chinese drone maker can confirm that their platforms “will not be affected by the rollover.”

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Tiny claws let drones perch like birds and bats

3/13/2019 - NBC4
Drones are useful in countless ways, but that usefulness is often limited by the time they can stay in the air. Shouldn’t drones be able to take a load off too? With these special claws attached, they can perch or hang with ease, conserving battery power and vastly extending their flight time.

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LAFD Has Flown Drones During 175 Incident-Related Missions Since 2017

3/19/2019 - NBC4
Since becoming one of the first major metropolitan fire departments to have a significant drone program and conducting its first aerial mission during the 2017 Skirball fire, the Los Angeles Fire Department has used the devices in at least 175 incident-related missions, according to a report presented Tuesday to the Board of Fire Commissioners.

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Skyfire Obtains First COA With Beyond Visual Line of Sight Provision for Public Safety as Part of FAA IPP

3/21/2019 - PRNewswire
Skyfire Consulting, the country's premier public safety UAV consultancy, announced today FAA approval for the first active emergency response Certificate of Authorization with a Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) provision for public safety as part of the FAA's IPP program.

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California Police Department Earns Drone Waiver for BVLOS Flights

3/18/2019 - Robotics Business Review
The first-ever authorization for beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) operations for a public safety organization has been granted to the Chula Vista, Calif., Police Department. The police department has been working closely with the FAA, Cape, and Skyfire Consulting to finalize the COA, “which will open the doors for future drone integration across industries.”

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SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT SET TO DEBUT AERIAL ASSISTANT

6/29/17 - Advantagenews.com
“Ultimately, its resources are endless,” Detective Jared Fravell of the Investigations Division said. “It’s just an extension of law enforcement itself.” One of the department’s six pilots, Patrol Deputy Darren Onwiler, demonstrated the drone’s payload capability as he steered it to an officer in a pickup truck and dropped a life jacket. Onwiler also maneuvered the drone near a utility tower and zoomed in for a close-up view of bolts as he operated the machine from a screen-equipped controller.

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Georgetown Police Department Uses Drones to Locate Suspects, Perform Search and Rescues

8/14/2018 - The Drive
With the help of Skyfire Consulting, The Georgetown Police Department (GPD) in Kentucky has been using drones to find missing persons, locate stolen vehicles and suspects fleeing from crime scenes, and document infrastructural failures. According to News-Graphic, the primary motivation to purchase the aerial equipment was a sharp rise in vehicle break-ins, and an urge to stay in lockstep with practical technological innovation.

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All about the COA's

Navigating the FAA regulations around operating fire service and law enforcement drone programs can be very tricky. That's why we've broken down the public agency certificate of authorization (COA) for the FAA.

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The ABC's of Part 107

Part 107 regulations can be confusing, but here's a handy guide to everything you need to know to get started.

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So, what's a COA?

We get a ton of questions about COA, so we decided to put together this helpful guide to jurisdictional and blanket COAs.

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